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  • January 25, 2007

    Advertising -safeguarding A Free Society

    As a former businessman my instinctive reaction to news of new government regulation invariably is one of suspicion. When the body that regulates television (Ofcom) began a widespread consultation at the end of last year on a proposal to restrict food and soft drinks advertising in programmes with p…
  • January 23, 2007

    Supercasino Choice Leaves Everyone Cold

    Like it or not, the Millennium Dome at North Greenwich will forever go down in English folklore as a political and financial disaster. For some years, cynics have proposed that the great white tent should simply be razed to the ground. More visionary businessmen recognise that its iconic status ? …
  • January 22, 2007

    Constitutional Confusion…

    Three hundred years ago this month, Scotland and England became united under an Act of Union. Although a Scottish Parliament has existed again since 1999, a strong sense of distinction has existed between the two countries over the past three centuries. The Act of Union was never one of equals ? even today England’s population […]
  • January 19, 2007

    Europe Licence Undermines Thames’ Safety

    We all recognise the historical importance of the Thames, which has been at the heart of London’s economic and recreational growth. But what many people do not realise is that the river has also become increasingly busy in recent years. Five million passengers and 50 million tonnes of goods are carr…
  • January 16, 2007

    It’s A Free Country…even For The Bnp

    Over fifty years ago the American political class, in one of its periodic fits of near insanity, began a witchhunt against communist sympathisers in the world of film and media. Led by the infamous Senator McCarthy, it was a short lived and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to drive communists and fel…
  • January 8, 2007

    Industry Should Educate The Public More

    The UK, with London at its heart, is the established centre of the European private equity industry and accounts for more than 50% of the European market. As the sector grow and begins to make more of a social and economic impact, so we politicians are beginning to examine the industry more closely….
  • January 2, 2007

    Recycling Is A Personal Matter

    The Greater London Authority Bill currently going through Parliament contains some clauses with regards to waste and recycling which should give rise to concern amongst Londoners. Amendments are now being put forward to the Bill to create a single London waste disposal authority headed up by the Ma…
  • December 13, 2006

    London’s Strategic Planning & Housing

    There has been understandable trepidation on the part of London’s council leaders concerning the precise definition of strategic planning and housing powers which the recent Greater London Authority Bill intends to transfer from local authorities to the Mayor. On housing, I believe that the Mayor’…
  • December 12, 2006

    Increasing Mayoral Powers

    London’s success is plain to see. With one-eighth of the UK’s population, London contributes virtually one-fifth of our GDP. In the course of this first decade in the new century, 40% of the UK’s crucial export growth has come from London. It is estimated that some £20 billion of monies raised in ta…
  • December 8, 2006

    Youth Crime: The Need For Fresh Thinking

    Modern living gets ever more complicated. Modern politics demands ever more simplistic soundbites. David Cameron must have known that he risked stepping into a political minefield when he made a thoughtful speech on youth crime earlier this year. True to form, several commentators sought to patron…