Concerns about Boot's Corner Closure

If Cheltenham is going to thrive in the future, it’s essential that it is as welcoming and attractive as possible. Obvious perhaps, but at a time of growing threats from internet shopping, it can rarely have been more important.

The Heatwave

Does this hot weather remind you of the summer of 1976? Although forty-plus years ago, people still talk about that earlier heatwave.

But there’s an important difference.

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.