2011 – A Watershed Year

Perhaps we are too close to events to appreciate it, but historians may single out 2011 as exceptional, not just for the dramatic events that took place but for the enduring consequences that may result. RA Butler commented that politics is the art of the possible.  2011 saw that unravelling 13 locust years of New Labour would test the limits, both of what Government felt it could do, and of what the people would accept.

Sign the Petition "No to travellers' sites in Bournemouth"

Tobias Ellwood MP is petitioning No 10 Downing Street, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Town Hall in Bournemouth to overturn the proposal to build three permanent traveller sites on Bournemouth’s Greenbelt.

Media Release

On Friday 11 Nov 2010 at 14:00 hrs Tobias will hand a cheque for £1,500 C.R.U.M.B.S a Boscombe based disability training charity, which offers a workplace, pre-employment programme of learning.

The oldest village in Bournemouth tries to re-establish its roots

I write to add my support for Holdenhurst Village to gain Parish Committee status. The village has a number of characteristics which distinguishes it from other areas in the Unitary Authority. This close knit community has a natural geographic footprint and amenities consistent with any village in England which already has Parish status. It is also set apart from much of the conurbation of Bournemouth and is only accessible by a single road.

Libya – A mistake to kill Gaddafi?

The brutal and very public manner of Gaddafi’s demise has divided opinion in Libya and the West. Should his illegal execution be dismissed as an impulsive act brought about following years of pent up anger, a moment most Libyans thought they would never see? Or perhaps a shrewd, pre-determined calculation that to avoid a lengthy and very public trial (aka Saddam Hussain) Gaddifi must not live?

Debate on a Referendum on Europe

Debates on Europe and the EU are a regular feature in the Parliamentary calendar and rarely get reported beyond the Westminster bubble. Last night’s debate was different as is specifically called for a referendum and prompted the press and public to engage as well. 

A long week at the MOD

As you might guess, morale was low on the fifth floor of the MOD during the week following Party conference, and depreciated by the day. The story broke on the last day of conference and nine days of intense media coverage later, Liam Fox had resigned.

Do not expect Syria to follow in the footsteps of Libya

Libya is now the first Arab Spring country to taste freedom by overthrowing a regime whose dictator had responded to the popular uprising by a magnitude of force. It is too simplistic to say, as some commentators have suggested, that Libya presents a new 'intervention lite' blue print on how to overthrow a tyrant, but much as international media attention will now shift to Syria there are some big differences which suggest the Libya experience is unlikely to be so easily repeated.

Next steps for Libya - avoiding the mistakes of Afghanistan and Iraq

Following protracted interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the international community will be breathing a collective sigh of relief that this UN backed; expedition-light intervention turns a critical corner. As Op Herrick and Op Telic illustrated, defeating the enemy, difficult though this can be, can prove less of a challenge than keeping the post-conflict peace. Libya will be no exception.

Mindless Riots across England - time to introduce the water cannon?

We have long taken pride in the mature and responsible relationship that exists between police and society in Britain.  Compared to many parts of the world, including the USA, Germany and France, the British (unarmed) bobby on the street has always been more than just a voice of authority.  Our police are as focused equally on the local community where they prevent the causes of crime, as they are on tackling the consequences.