I remember the time, way back, when the school RI syllabus changed from (Christian) Bible Study to Comparative Religion – a far more interesting, more-inclusive, approach that opened our young minds to a world we would not have encountered. Ever since, I’ve approached any challenging study by standing back and surveying the wider scene. The … Read moreImagine if our local authority had authority
I’m in a bind. My car, a 1.6 diesel has done 216,000 miles and does 65 mpg. Great for CO2 and cost, but diesels have to go and surely mine will fail at some point. But what to replace it with? I have just investigated the brand new Toyota Yaris self charging hybrid. Toyota claims … Read moreWhat car?
A cold shower of reality. This is 2020. Few of us will be here in 2100, but this is not just because we don’t all expect to live for another 80 years. Very few of us will be here in 2100 simply because large parts of here will be going, going, gone — along with … Read moreRuling The Waves?
Like many people lucky enough to have a garden to use during the Coronavirus lockdown period, I accumulated much more garden waste (grass, weeds, etc) than usual. During this time the waste collection service was suspended and the recycling centre closed so when the service restarted I had plenty of garden waste to dispose of. … Read moreOff yer bike: Barrie’s story
A nice idea from a resident, turning a bland stretch of opon space into a haven for bees. Worth considering for our own lawns – not only does it help preserve the pollinators we depend on for our food crops, it cuts down on energy use (yours and the planet’s!) by reducing the area you … Read moreBringing back the bees
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
Don’t be daft. Whoever heard of ‘Fareham’ at the G20? Or the World Trade Organisation? Why not? You may not have traveled much, but have you never thought you might be part of a bigger picture? But hang on, surely isn’t that why we’ve got all those clever clogs at the Foreign Office? Precisely. Clever … Read moreFareham’s foreign policy
Net zero in 2030 Dear Councillors Mans, Warwick and cabinet members,In light of the latest science on the climate emergency facing us all, Fareham Liberal Democrats believe that HCC’s current plan to achieve net zero carbon by 2050 fails all the criteria for avoiding a climate catastrophe. The IPCC report of 2018 states that if … Read moreOpen letter to the County Council
Few communities have not lost souls to Covid-19. Here in Fareham, with only 100 deaths, it seems that we are escaping lightly – leastways, so far. But each of those 100 deaths is a tragedy for families and friends, neighbours, work colleagues, carers, the nurses, doctors and emergency crews racing to rescue. And for every … Read moreDo it now
Mostly hidden by covid-19 and Brexit, the agriculture bill is steadily going through parliament. This bill will define the shape of farming, wildlife, water management and the quality of food we eat. It will determine whether we continue to push money to big landowners simply because they own land, or whether it is aimed at … Read moreSelling out our farmers