WORTHING HERALD ARTICLES
A SELECTION OF MY RECENT WORTHING HERALD COLUMNS CAN BE FOUND HERE
Parliament is Important in Many Ways
20th January 2022
A constituent wrote to suggest a national day of prayer as a way to find the way forward on the dangers of climate change. I responded on the day the House of Lords rejected a number of proposals intended to strike a fair balance between the rights of protest and the legitimate expectation of everyone else to be able to go about their lives without disproportionate disruption or unbearable disturbance. Do look, if interested, at the history national-days-of-prayer-research-document.pdf (wordpress.com) or search UK National Days of Prayer 1897-1957. It starts with modern history.
Leasehold: What They Knew,
When They Knew It
13th January 2022
These reflections are about safety and wellbeing for home occupiers, not the concerns about gatherings in Westminster two years back. Two residents helped develop my interest and activity trying to protect leaseholders; another alerted me to risks faced by park home residents, locally and nationally. John Fenwick at Oaklands Court was the first hero. Around normal retirement age, he was perhaps the youngest resident. On behalf of older more vulnerable neighbours, he rightly questioned significant charges. Their landlord and freeholder were not bad but they were wrong.
Security, Prosperity and Respect
6th January 2022
Sir Kier Starmer, Labour leader, has identified the themes of security, prosperity and respect in the approach he prefers. I welcome this because it makes sense for major parties to share agreement on desired outcomes. As parliament returns, there will be disagreements. That is the nature of debate: find the awkward things because it might be boring for anyone to listen to a stream of MPs echoing previous speakers. Between New Year and the restart of the Commons, I called on the former MP Jim Fitzpatrick and his wife Sheila, retired public health doctor.