Planning…with Slim Shady?

          “Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity

           To seize everything you ever wanted…one moment

           Would you capture it or just let it slip?”

                                                                                 – Eminem, “One Shot”

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It’s…..ALIVE!

After a brief period of absence, which for me has been filled mostly by Inquiries, giving seminars, taking part in long-distance mountain bike events and recovering from crashes in said riding events, here we are again.

Sadly it seems the enforcement provisions (amongst others) of the Localism Bill didn’t suffer quite so many crashes in their journey through Parliament as I did on my bike and they have survived almost completely unscathed in their originally drafted form, despite very vocal and informed criticism from many quarters.

So now we find ourselves presented with the Localism Act.  Although it obtained Royal Assent yesterday the enforcement amendments are not in force and seemingly have no timetable for Read more of this post

How Wrong Can You Be?

Recently Captain Pickles was again displaying his ignorance.  Now, I read the Brentwood Bruiser’s latest speech with a mixture of bemusement and confusion, but my overriding thought about the current incumbent of the post of SoS for C&LG was “you just don’t get it, do you?” Read more of this post

Worse Off Wednesday – SoS for CLG v. Welwyn Hatfield BC

Last Wednesday (6th April) was commonly known as “Worse Off Wednesday” because it was the date that many of Coalition’s budgetary cuts (including tax and benefit changes) really started to impact on households.

It will probably be remembered as Worse Off Wednesday by Mr and Mrs Beesley too but for entirely different reasons.  On 6th April the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the final episode of the long-running saga of the Beesley’s house/barn.

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The Empire Strikes Back?

*Cue trumpet fanfare and bold yellow text scrolling from bottom of screen to top*

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

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