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End of term report

by Owen Temple on 22 March, 2017

It felt like the end of term at today’s final council meeting of this four year electoral cycle. It started off in jovial mood, with jokes cracked and some councillors taking selfies, but soon we moved into “questions from AAPs”. This is where a council officer from one of the area action partnerships reads out a […]

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Tip of the day

by Owen Temple on 24 February, 2017

Apparently this poster is effective if you want to keep Labour canvassers from your doorstep.

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History offers more hope than despair

by Owen Temple on 23 December, 2016

In a world which many people think is going to the dogs, I found the following graph really helpful: If it encourages you too, you might be interested in the source of it: A history of global living conditions in five charts. It contains a lot of very interesting detail as well as convincing arguments as […]

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£110m penalty payments dwarf £3.8m which made TV news

by Owen Temple on 20 October, 2016

The TV cameras whirred as DCC’s cabinet voted to convert its £3.8m loan to the Durham County Cricket club into preference shares. They were being packed up by the time the cabinet prepared, “on the nod”, to agree to giving banks and financiers a £110m windfall as part of a refinancing package. (Durham county’s contribution […]

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The Chilcott Report is full of it, the failure of politicians to challenge the intelligence which misled them into believing that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Apparently the information they were given was partial, omitting key caveats, and swallowed too easily. I don’t pretend it’s on a par, but the willingness of Durham county councillors to […]

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Standards in Public Life

by Owen Temple on 11 March, 2016

Today I visited the former North site of Consett Academy (aka Blackfyne). A local sports club had asked if they could look round and salvage anything of use to them, and I invited myself along to see if I could see anything that would be of use to local community groups. A bit too late as it […]

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You are the eyes and ears of the community

by Owen Temple on 27 February, 2016

An email from a local resident alerted me to the cutting down of trees between Bramwell Terrace and the allotments to the rear. It’s quite a secluded spot and as such it would be easy for County Hall never to hear of it. At present I don’t know whether County Hall was already aware of […]

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Christmas Cheer

by Owen Temple on 20 December, 2013

I’m a bit of a crazy mixed up kid. Bah Humbug some days and soft as clarts on others. A big thankyou therefore to young people in Consett for putting me into the Christmas spirit several times just recently. A striking example was the “end of course” presentation by Team 28 on the Princes Trust […]

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Is this the right bus?

by Owen Temple on 11 December, 2013

Because there’s no destination sign on the front, and no fares published. That’s how I feel about the new “Combined Authority” to be created across the two county councils of Northumberland and Durham, and the five unitary councils of Tyne & Wear, about which you are all being consulted. And I’m only a little clearer […]

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When is Good News Bad News?

by Owen Temple on 10 December, 2013

When it suggests that things are improving under the coalition government, it seems. At this morning’s Economy and Enterprise Scrutiny meeting we were told that there had been a “small” fall in youth unemployment in the county. At a 22% fall over the last twelve months I didn’t think it was that small. And I […]

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