Covid: Knowing our place

We should all be thankful that here in Fareham we are one of the Local Authorities least affected by Covid-19. Leicester’s latest local lockdown, however, raises key questions for all Local Authorities and their communities. It is now abundantly clear that Leicester’s local management was not fully aware of its Covid-19 crisis. Central government had … Read moreCovid: Knowing our place

Time to extract the digital

The laser light of Covid-19 has pinpoint accuracy. It also has a surprisingly therapeutic effect – it stimulates imaginations. For decades now we have looked with envy at modern parliamentary design and the transforming impact of digital technologies. Electronic voting, presentation facilities, scope for remote inputs, easier debate management and greater citizen engagement – all … Read moreTime to extract the digital

Planning Priorities: time to rethink

The timetable for approving Fareham’s Local Plan will have to be re-assessed. With most of life and endeavour currently on hold, the only certainty is that plans will change once the plague has passed. The urgent and very necessary responses needed to combat COVID-19 have ensured that there will be no ‘getting back to normal’ … Read morePlanning Priorities: time to rethink

This is Fareham in 2020.

3,700 of our local children (nearly 1 in 5) are living in poverty . That may be better than the UK average but still grim. No ifs and no buts. This has been created by Tory policies.  They have no shame. According to the Social Metrics Commission,  nationally 14.3 million people in the UK are now in poverty and more than four million people are trapped in deep poverty. Seven million people, including 2.3 million … Read moreThis is Fareham in 2020.

That’s Why They Call It The Blues

There’s no denying the entrenched Conservative devotion of our parliamentary constituency but in contrast to their large gains elsewhere, Fareham folk bucked the trend, with the Lib Dem vote more than doubling. The marginal growth (0.7%) in the Tory share of the vote was underwhelming given that they must surely have benefited from former UKIP … Read moreThat’s Why They Call It The Blues