Category: Thought Pieces

The Deliberate and Systematic Engineering of Human Outrage

I just saw a TikTok by Ari Melber that feature a clip of Eric Schmidt with an apparent warning about social media and how it drives outrage. See the clip, then scroll down for reaction: Being a 20+ year veteran of social media (since way before even MySpace and Bebo) and knowing a bit of […]

On the issues relating to the alleged Downing Street Christmas Party in 2020

On the 19th of December 2020 the Prime Minister announced additional COVID-19 restrictions were to be put in place, using the regional tiering system. London went into a new ‘Tier 4’, but Worcestershire remained in ‘Tier 2’. Herefordshire was in ‘Tier 1’. At the time that the Downing Street gathering on 19th December took place […]

Repealing the Fixed Term Parliament Act will take a welcome step closer

Back in 2010 the coalition government between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats were so concerned that things would collapse they introduced the Fixed Term Parliament Act (FTPA) to give certainty to when a general election for the UK Parliament could be called. No more a case of the Prime Minister visiting the palace to […]

Redditch Towns Deal bid submitted – why we need a new home for the library and an open public square

As reported by local media, the Redditch Towns Fund bid was approved by the Full Council of Redditch Borough Council as ‘good to go’ to central government for approval by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. See the full details of the bid here It was a proud moment for me to second […]

Restocking our own shelves

It’s been a little over a week since England entered a third national lockdown as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that we’ve all come to know so well. Too soon to tell if the measures are working, but long enough for the side effects to bite. In some ways we appear […]

New Year Message

‘Thank heavens it’s nearly over’ comes the cry of the socially distanced masses all over the world who are looking forward to a better 2021. At least that’s the conventional wisdom, and it’s good to see hope abounds. Temper it, though, because we’re not out of the woods yet, and there’s more trouble to come […]

Update on Coding Clubs

I wanted to report that I am in danger of being unable to fulfil one of my pre-election promises, which was to provide coding clubs for Church Hill residents. I have attempted to launch a scheme three times, but each one has not had a sufficient level of uptake to make them viable. Learning how […]