Most days of the year I write a few words on what I consider as either a timely subject or a reflective piece and every Monday The Argus newspaper publishes that days blog in a column entitled ‘I do like Mondays’. Most of what I write has a political nature, not in an overt party political sense but to quote Wikipedia “Politics (from Greek: politikos, meaning “of, for, or relating to citizens”) is the practice and theory of influencing other people on a civic or individual level”. Although my own politics are left of centre the current model of political parties with their various controlling interests and thirst for power is well and truly broken. It is also hard to find a party which is competent enough to take charge of our nation for any length of time, and certainly not for five years as our current Governments have demonstrated! The dogma that lies behind each of these parties is too strong to go unchallenged until such time as these parties are willing to acknowledge their fundamental weaknesses. In any case it is vital for independent voices to speak out so that there is a strong counter narrative. Thanks for reading these posts and do please provide me with feedback.
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Hi Ian have you seen this report http://t.co/cViwjUHRdk we need more people to talk about RTO and how we can regulate it. Thanks
Hi Sally, I am aware of the problems with door step lending and payday lenders. I would certainly write something about either of these issues if I felt I had something to say, thank you for the suggestion.
Сe pst estt vraiment plein de bon sens
Just a passing greeting from you namesake Ian Chisnall 🙂
Many thanks Ian, I love your postings.
You’re most welcome Ian – thanks for following my blog – not that I post very often!
I’m writing about the PCC 2016 elections.
Did you get so many votes in 2012 just because you an Independent or was there a strategic publicity campaign ?
Thanks for the question John, I know we have now spoken, but for anyone else interested, i worked for around 18 months to build up my profile amongst groups of people I considered would be motivated to vote. The fact that this pathetic Government and its predeccesor think it is ok to hold £70M elections without spending smaller sums to ensure that all of us know who the candidates are is a sign that democracy in its current form is in need either of a coffin or CPR.
I like LibDem candidate’ s website http://www.jameswalsh.org.uk
What a corker – about as much preparation as David Rogers put in last time
Great Argus Opinion letter. .As you state we all make mistakes. However your mistake in turning a blind eye to corruption takes some beating.
An apology from the Home Office! See Brighton Scandal.