Brexit, Chequers and this week in Parliament

The atmosphere in Parliament is unpleasant. There’s no denying it. The passions unleashed by the Chequers proposals have been making politics personal. Things are being said that, frankly, should be expressed differently or not at all. Nor is this just within the Conservative Party.

Phones in Schools

So Bournside’s head teacher wants to clamp down on mobile phone use in school. Phones will be confiscated if they are seen or heard in lessons or the school’s dining centre.

Good for him. I think it’s absolutely the right decision.

More funding for Cheltenham's NHS

The NHS is our most precious national institution. No one who watched the Olympics opening ceremony in London in 2012 can have been left in any doubt about the pride we take in it as a nation.

Begging and Homelessness in Cheltenham

Meeting a newspaper deadline often means that my column has to be written in advance. Apologies to those who were looking for a North Korea or Brexit update!

Boots Corner

I’ve tried to see the point of the Boot’s Corner closure scheme. Really I have. I’ve held the plans up to the light to see if that makes a difference. I’ve tried squinting at them. But however hard I try, the justifications for this drastic move never get more convincing.