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  • 2015 John Pugh - STOP Auto-Renewal Rip Off
    Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Stephen Phillips

    I have a confession to make. I spent my entire career in the insurance industry and was, until my retirement, a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. It therefore shames me to see the industry - we used to call it a profession, although this is no longer the way it seems to behave - failing to treat customers fairly.

  • Zentralbibliothek Zürich Das Kapital Marx 1867 (Zentralbibliothek Zürich - This document was created as part of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich project. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons)
    Article: Aug 21, 2015
    By Stephen Phillips

    Last week, I wrote about a possible justification for limited nationalisation of the most important parts of our infrastructure. To redress the balance, I want to consider whether there is any reason to retain capitalism as a form of creating everything else we need to survive and thrive as a community.

  • Lib Dems parading at Manchester LGBT Pride 2011
    Article: Aug 20, 2015

    Over the past few months Pride events have been happening across the whole of the UK with some of the largest turnouts yet, with 1000s of spectators and even bigger parades than before. The Liberal Democrats have taken part in most of them - from Glasgow, Cardiff and London, to Leeds, Brighton and many more.

  • Tim Farron in Calais
    Article: Aug 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to Theresa May to urge her to address the humanitarian crisis in Calais at her upcoming meeting with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

    Tim Farron visited the Jules Ferry migrant support centre in Calais earlier this month to meet with refugees and organisations working in the area. He is calling for there to be more support and funding to tackle the lack of water, sanitation and medical supplies in the area.

  • Council Tax
    Article: Aug 17, 2015

    Kent County Council Trading Standards is aware of cold callers falsely claiming to offer a Council Tax rebate. Letters are also being sent to consumers demanding payment. Please be aware that these companies are not associated with any District Council or Kent County Council and as a result your Council Tax rebate will NOT be reduced.

  • southeastern HS1 train leaving St Pancras (Photo by http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mattbuck)
    Article: Aug 14, 2015
    By Stephen Phillips

    I never thought I might be saying this about a left-wing politician, but is it possible that the current frontrunner in the Labour leadership election might actually be right? At least, in part.

    In suggesting that he is not against reintroducing clause four of his party's constitution, he is implying there could be a return to state wider ownership. As someone who firmly favours the centre ground of politics, I am naturally always suspicious of anything which smacks of communism or extreme left wing policies.

  • VJ (Victory in Japan) Remembrance
    Article: Aug 12, 2015

    VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) is the celebration of the surrender of Japan, ending combat in the Second World War on the 15th August 1945.
    The day is celebrated by a service in the Garden of Remembrance at the Burma Star memorial commencing at 11:00 hours and is attended by civic dignitaries, military personnel and representatives of ex-service and youth organisations.

  • Lynne Beaumont and Danny Alexander
    Article: Aug 7, 2015
    By Stephen Phillips

    I hate to make a party political point (he lied) but recent news articles tell us that not only has GDP been above pre-crisis levels since 2013, but GDP per capita has also just returned to those levels too, which is more important. The point is that the austerity-hating Scottish National Party managed to oust Danny Alexander, in May, even though he had been one of the leading architects of the strategy which put the entire country back on track.