Alan Dean

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One year on – and only an unknown destination

by Alan Dean on 23 June, 2017

The first anniversary of the EU referendum decision by the UK to leave cannot be celebrated by anyone, whether a Leaver or a Remainer. The country has been plunged into chaos and confusion, made worse by Theresa May’s foolish decision to call an unnecessary and unwanted general election. She craved for a larger Tory majority to  strengthen (so […]

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Strong and Stable Neolithic Stones

by Alan Dean on 7 June, 2017

Even before the polling stations open tomorrow morning for this ill conceived general election I will be on my way to the Orkney and Shetland islands. Mrs Theresa May says she decided to call for an election whilst walking in Wales. For the first time since becoming involved in politics in the 1980s I will […]

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This motion was debated by the Rab Butler Society in Saffron Walden’s town hall last Thursday evening. The motion was approved by an overwhelming 31 votes to 13. An initial vote at the commencement saw a much narrower approval of 21:17. Proposing the motion was Mike Hibbs, the Liberal Democrat candidate in June’s snap general […]

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Pavement obstruction by parked vehicles continues to annoy many residents. They expect the authorities to do something about it. Of course, the annoyance is caused by many residents and visitors who don’t seem to mind blocking the way for pedestrians and people with child pushchairs and adults with mobility vehicles. I can’t understand the habit […]

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What’s the point of wasting £170,000,000?

by Alan Dean on 30 April, 2017

What is the point of the Snap General Election on June 8th? Theresa May claims that having more Conservative MPs lined up behind her will strengthen her ability to negotiate a good deal for the UK as it leave the EU in less than two years from now. That justification sounded hollow when it was […]

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Afternoon Tea with Shirley Williams

by Alan Dean on 19 April, 2017

I will be having Afternoon Tea in Stansted with Baroness Shirley Williams on Saturday. The following is an extract from the publicity material that has resulted in a “full house” for what promises to be a well timed event as a result of the expected General Election in June. Shirley was on Radio 4’s Today programme […]

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The “Disappearing Residents”

by Alan Dean on 15 April, 2017

Not only is the Residents for Uttlesford Party putting up county council election candidates who are going round trying to con the public that they are not politicians, they have taken down from their website their commitment at the last county council elections to back the Elsenham/Henham new settlement (aka Hellsenham). See here my earlier post that I have […]

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Pretend politics!

by Alan Dean on 15 March, 2017

We seem to be living in an age of pretend, unreal politics. We have a prime minister who pretends to be compassionate and wanting to help the less able in society. Yet as soon as she does something that upsets the Tory right-wing, such as paying for better social care services by increasing National Insurance charges […]

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Thursday’s budget-setting meeting was largely uncontroversial. The main changes included an uplift in staff costs to make pay at Uttlesford (UDC) more competitive with pay at other councils; an as yet undefined attempt to improve customer service standards; a lot more money to keep the Local Plan on track. On the last point, planning is about £700,000 […]

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Residents for Here Today, There Tomorrow

by Alan Dean on 23 February, 2017

Local election candidates who engage most on the doorstep with their potential voters are carrying out one of the basic activities of local democracy; talking to and listening to local people. That was one of the reasons why a Residents for Uttlesford candidate in Elsenham and Henham, who, so I am told, spent several hours a day on the stomp, came top of the […]

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