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Social care funding mirage

Posted on: 15th September 2021

The much-heralded social care funding policy was clever but a typical Johnsonian showboating deception. At a superficial level – ie the level at which Johnson prefers to operate and where he performs at his theatrical best – the case is compelling. [We need to find a solution to the long-running crisis in social care. If […]

Public health before libertarians

Posted on: 14th September 2021

Praise and support for the Government. I welcome Ministers’ apparent change of direction. To consider reintroducing some mandatory measures, including mask wearing in enclosed public places and on public transport, and vaccine passports in some limited circumstances. I applaud their preparedness to face down extreme libertarians in their Party and even those in other Parties […]

Government PR offensive cannot hide NHS crisis

Posted on: 9th September 2021

Cornwall’s NHS is in the deepest crisis. Hospitals Chiefs have today adopted further crisis measures; cancelling ALL surgery. Apart of course from the most critically urgent cases. Covid cases and patients continue to rise. 40 in the hospital today. More cases arriving. It’s time for the Government to take meaningful action – e.g. introduce mandatory […]

Masking NHS crisis just deepens the problems

Posted on: 9th September 2021

Applause for our front line NHS. But not for the persistent attempts of the Conservatives to mask the crisis in our NHS and in care. Cornwall’s NHS has never been so threatened and struggling. Last week Hospital chiefs announced further major changes; including that ALL except the most urgent surgery had been cancelled.   Unfortunately, we […]

Covid: “Late & limp Government ‘response package’ is just waffle”

Posted on: 27th August 2021

Response to this evening’s announced Government response to high levels of covid cases in Cornwall and devon: The serious escalation in Covid cases demands clarity and leadership. After all, over a thousand people die of Covid each week. Hospitals face unprecedented pressure. Emergency waits in Cornwall exceed 20 hours. Our serious emergency support hospital in […]

G7 and the Covid tsunami – Just a coincidence?

Posted on: 20th June 2021

The correlation between G7 and the tsunami of covid case-load in St Ives/Carbis Bay (and Falmouth) is undeniable. It ought to drive public bodies to at the very least maintain an open mind about the connection between the two. But Cornwall’s Council’s Conservative Health Chief has already declared that “G7 is not the cause of […]

Publish Covid risk analysis before G7 goes ahead

Posted on: 6th June 2021

The UK Government and other G7 leaders will wish to set an example. Most G7 invitees are from Amber countries. The UK Government’s own regulations insist that anyone entering the UK from a G7 country is required to quarantine for at least five days. That moment has now passed. If they don’t respect their own […]

Thank you for your support. I’ll continue to campaign for Cornwall

Posted on: 9th May 2021

I am deeply grateful to have been granted a majority in the Cornwall Council election. It will be an honour to represent the people of Heamoor, Ludgvan, Madron, Gulval, Zennor, Morvah, Newmill and surrounding hamlets and moors. My thanks to previous incumbent of much of the new ward, Conservative Simon Elliott, who was gracious and […]

NO to developers’ charter. YES to homes for locals

Posted on: 18th April 2021

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Cornwall is one of the fastest developing places in the country. Our housing stock has doubled in the last forty years. But the housing problems of locals have got worse. Conservatives forced Cornwall to take another 52,500 homes in the current plan (2010-2030) and now want to increase again by over 80,000! […]

Conservatives to reinforce second home tax loop-hole, not remove it

Posted on: 25th March 2021

Andrew George was first to expose the multi-million second home tax loophole introduced by the Conservatives a decade ago. He says the apparent “crack-down” on it announced this week “is just pre-election confetti and will, if anything, merely reinforce the problem of a system rigged in favour of property investors and second homers to the […]