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A couple for your bookmarks

I’m attempting to write something this morning in the hope that it may lift my spirits a little, I am at a very low ebb feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders these past few days. In fact so dispirited that it is affecting my interest in local politics and my ability to motivate myself to come here and write. I am harbouring thoughts of winding up this blog, such is the oppression that I feel, I don’t think I’ve ever been quite this low before.

There are a couple of new local political websites that you might like to add to your favourites or bookmarks if you are following the local political scene in South Tyneside, first up is Karen Allen’s campaign website for the Conservatives in South Shields The site has a good look and feel about it although it is still just about in beta mode with a few creases and wrinkles to iron out, for instance it doesn’t display her blog well at all in either Internet Explorer or Firefox, but I’m sure that will be fixed shortly, on the plus side it has some cracking good pictures in it!

Secondly the South Tyneside Independent Alliance has it’s website up and running now registered in the name of Cllr. Ahmed Khan it has a very pleasing and professional look about it and uses the popular WordPress blog format. However the content is the (to be expected) scattergun attack on everyone around them and doesn’t tell us a great a deal about the Independents or any of their ideas on how they might run South Tyneside Council if they were given the chance. The big plus is the ability to comment on the posts that he is writing and some have already started to do so.

So there are now websites/blogs that cover Labour, Conservative and Independent in South Tyneside but nothing yet of local interest from the Lib-Dems – come on guys, you have some catching up to do!

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Written by curly

November 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

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  1. Sorry to hear that Curly, I hope you are feeling better soon.



    November 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

  2. Hi Curly,

    Dont give up yet ,hope your well.

    After reading the local gazette over the last few weeks and current editions i cant help but thinking
    the government have got to stop court action for non payment of t.v licence.

    Most ordinary hard working families are really struggling to make ends meet,and a fine on top of having to buy a licence to watch t.v is way behind the times in my opinion(at taxpayers expense)

    Now we see the general public named and shamed for not having the funds to pay it .
    An awful lot of countries dont have to including the U.S,an awful lot of countries have abolished it.

    I have written to the gazette as i feel strongly and would welcome statistics from the courts to figures for the north east region of England.
    Last year over a quater of a million were charged and fined,This year i expect that figure to be multiplied by 4 to nearly 1 million people.

    In Germany the unemployed dont pay it in Italy 50% of the population dont pay it,Scores of other countries dont have one and more have abolished it.
    A penny on the highest rate of income tax and bbc advertising would double the profit.
    Can you tell me your views on this as i feel it is not fair to criminalise the less fortunate?
    P.s i have opened a petition for the bbc to look at alternative means of sourcing stoptvlicence at e petitions thanks.

    michael de matas

    November 4, 2009 at 8:37 am

  3. Don’t forget the Greens!
    Like Bryan above, for instance.

    Hope things improve soon.


    November 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

    • Bryan was already previously included in the side bar Michael


      November 5, 2009 at 12:48 pm

  4. Michael,
    I have long held the view that the licence fee ought to be abolished completely and the BBC broken up and made to raise it’s own revenue. The only part that should remain in the public domain is The World Service. the licence fee is little more than an additional tax and the BBC seems singularly unaccountable for the way that it spends public money. Have you seen the new website (which adds to what must already be the biggest web presence in the UK)?

    Don’t we already have a BBC Parliament channel to watch on TV?


    November 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

    • Hi Curly

      I would appreciate it if you would sign this petition on no10 petitions and passthe link to your friends and colleagues as something needs to be done.
      If you put `stoptvlicence` in google search with no spaces you will find it there.



      michael de matas

      November 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

    • Wow that must cost a fortune.

      I was speaking to a few American chums and they all were laughing for five full minutes at us having to pay it….

      A penny on the higher rate of income tax maybe would
      give the bbc a steady base,it seems like only western Europe have broadcasting charges.
      2016 is when the beebs licence ends says the response
      from the last petition its so out of date.

      michael de matas

      November 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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