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Jonathon Porritt

FOE vs. BBC

Published Monday 29th September 2014

As if it wasn’t bad enough for the BBC to have been fingered as a Fox News lookalike earlier in the year for providing endless platforms for climate change deniers , they’re now caught up in another unholy ‘bias row’ – accused this time as a not-so-secret mouthpie...

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Lynne Featherstone

Iraq and ISIL

Published Thursday 25th September 2014

Here is a copy of the email I sent to residents this morning, asking for their views on Iraq and ISIL. You can let me know your views here.Parliament has been recalled for tomorrow to vote on taking military action to support the Iraqi government in ...

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Anne Rowlands

Small is beautiful

Published Thursday 28th August 2014

As a Chief Executive of a housing association with close to 1,500 homes, it was pleasing to see that smaller providers like us have become the biggest bidders for funding for affordable homes. One possible explanation for the larger housing associati...

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Rob Hattersley

Baked bean safety

Published Monday 18th August 2014

Last night Carolyn and I watched ‘The Rain Man’ (1988) starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Despite its age, a surprisingly good film. At one point, Raymond Babbit, who has social difficulties but is a very high functioning autistic, bec...

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Yvonne Hutchinson

"It's all good"

Published Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Last week’s Panorama programme about fraud in the NHS was shocking!  It’s difficult to imagine how apparently respectable professionals can watch NHS budgets being slashed and still stick their greedy mitts in to extract even more!  I’m sitting i...

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Steve Ellard

Sexy Housing

Published Sunday 15th December 2013

"So, you’d like to work in social housing?" - said no Careers Officer; ever.  Okay, so that may be a little presumptuous. There may be a handful of teenagers out there, somewhere, who are desperate for a career in social housing. I highly ...

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Phil Morgan

Yes to Homes, No to Homes?

Published Friday 22nd November 2013

Recently I took part in a BBC Three Counties interview about Yes to Homes. They had already interviewed someone from the National Housing Federation and I was happy to chip in with broadly supportive comments. Feeling faintly smug I was driving later th...

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