There’s a rhythm to life in politics. It’s no different from the changing seasons or the rotation of Christian festivals. The political world has its own yearly calendar that seems to come around and around, year after year.
As I write this month’s column the news is dominated by the appalling events in Salisbury where a military grade nerve agent was deliberately unleashed on two targets, at the same time putting many others at potential risk.
New figures show that 7,000 more people in Great Yarmouth are now saving more for their retirement because of pension changes introduced by the Conservatives. Auto-enrolment into workplace pensions was aimed to make it easier, and affordable, for workers to save for their retirement.
“All politics is local” is a well-used phrase in the United States, normally associated with a famous Congressman Tip O’Neill. He used it to remind himself that he should never forget that local people elected him.
Who could have predicted that 2017 would have been such a rollercoaster of a political year? Wildly changing opinion polls, an unexpected General Election, the emergence of fake news, Donald Trump’s tweets, ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Working together with Conservative councillors on both the Borough and County Councils I’ve been lobbying the Government for many years to provide funding to assist with the construction of a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth.
The immigration debate in this country is, too often, an uneasy one – and not simply in the context of our departure from the European Union. The reality of it requires us to be both open and pragmatic both in terms of what our ambitions should be, and how we go about delivering them.
Residents in Hemsby met this week to discuss the long-running saga of the neglect of the former Pontins site in the village. I am delighted that they are taking community action on this issue and I am offering them all the assistance I can to get this problem resolved.
Every year as we approach Guy Fawkes Day constituents contact me with concerns about the use of fireworks in their neighbourhood. Irresponsible use of fireworks can cause a nuisance, cause distress for pets and young children and alarm elderly residents.
A century ago today the battlefields of Europe were still ablaze with a bloody conflict that engulfed the whole world. Around the Belgian town of Ypres the brutal Battle of Passchendaele was still grinding onwards – an offensive that would see over half-a-million casualties on both sides.
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