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  • October 21, 2004

    Waking Up To The Pension Crisis

    It is finally dawning on many of my fellow Britons that pension provision is an important issue. In my view, what is needed now is real vision and political leadership at how pension provision should develop in the next 20 to 30 years and beyond. In the recent debate in the House of Commons on […]
  • October 14, 2004

    First Impressions Of China

    How can I best describe the essence of China from my first visit there for eight days in September? With middle age rushing upon me (my fortieth birthday is in October) it is a time to reflect on the past but also look ahead with resolution. China is certainly a place for the future. Indeed […]
  • October 1, 2004

    Cleaning Up London For Us All

    I have long campaigned that the environment around us is a major factor in determining people’s quality of life. Areas with dog mess, graffiti and litter not only give residents and visitors a view on local public services but, more importantly, they add up to a perception of crime disorder and pers…
  • September 25, 2004

    Regaining Respect For Our Culture

    I believe that important changes are taking place in our culture, in our hearts and minds. The way we live today and our changing behavioural patterns will define the leadership of the next generation. The pace of change is so fast ? in business, in technology and in taste ? that life today is not…
  • September 23, 2004

    Parliamentary Delegation To Norway

    Norway is a successful economic country which remains outside the EU by choice. This summer I was fortunate to be invited by the Norwegian Government as part of a five-strong parliamentary delegation to visit Oslo and Tromso in the far north of Norway and to gain some idea of the economic and cultur…
  • September 14, 2004

    Mobile Phone Masts

    As my wife and parliamentary colleagues will tell you my mobile phone is rarely turned on. In the House of Commons it remains steadfastly turned off in my desk and when I am doing one of my frequent walks around London I rarely consider taking the mobile phone with me. However I fully realise this…
  • August 14, 2004

    Teenage Living In Westminster

    Westminster is the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world. It attracts visitors from abroad and other parts of the UK for its wide variety of activities as well as its national attractions such as museums, galleries and historical sites. But what is it like to be a teenager living here? T…
  • July 16, 2004

    The Right To Choose

    Choice in education has received much publicity recently. I am immensely proud to have been educated within the Grammar School system (the best education that money cannot buy). In my view the demise of grammar schools has been little short of disastrous for educational standards for the great major…
  • July 14, 2004

    Formula One

    I have had a passion for motor racing for as long as I can remember. Indeed, one of my earliest childhood memories, which comes back to me as vividly as if it were yesterday, is watching the television coverage in late summer 1970 announcing the death of Jochen Rindt who was killed in practice for […]
  • July 2, 2004

    Reporting Crime

    There has been much debate about crime and disorder figures in London recently. Reporting of offences is itself fraught with such difficulty that crime figures are almost certainly underestimated. There have been comments from some senior members of the police force here in London that over-emphas…