Opinions

Goals for 2019

Very Happy New Year. I hope you had a good celebration. Sarah and I were lucky enough to spend it at a wedding in Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham. 

The Post-Christmas Clean Up (and the Cheltenham Recycling Consultation)

There are certain guaranteed features of our family Christmases in Cheltenham. Extended family coming to stay, church service in St Mary’s, warring children (obviously…), walks in Cox’s Meadow or up Leckhampton Hill.

And then the great clear up begins.

Christmas Break

Peace and goodwill around the world seem to be in short supply this Christmas. Syria’s civil war continues to exact a terrible toll. China and the USA contemplate escalating a trade war. Russia and Ukraine eyeball each other in the Sea of Asov. Here in Britain the atmosphere is sulphurous. 

Homelessness in Cheltenham

With Brexit convulsing Parliament, every column could cover the latest instalment in the saga. But with events moving so fast, a piece written on Tuesday might feel rather out of date 48 hours later.

The Pragmatic Deal

The moment of decision is approaching. In a few short weeks MPs will vote on the draft Withdrawal Agreement and outline political declaration on our future relationship with the EU. 

Working Together to Fight for Cheltenham's General Surgery

When it comes to the future of our hospital, I believe elected representatives should put aside their political differences and pull together for the good of the town. And I’m delighted that’s exactly what happened this week.

Cheltenham's Losses in World War One

Queen Street in Cheltenham is a normal, unassuming residential cul-de-sac. You pass it on your left as you head towards Gardner’s Lane off Swindon Road. Nothing out of the ordinary. You’ve probably never given it a second’s thought.

The Autumn Budget

This week was Budget Week. Stronger than expected economic forecasts from the independent Office of Budget Responsibility meant the Chancellor had a bit more financial headroom. And he decided to spend it.