nigels briefing

22. Feb, 2018
 
High court order bans eight campaigners from ancient woodland in west London
theguardian.com
22. Feb, 2018

Today, the Daily Mail tried to defend its "Corbyn was a Commie spy" reporting, but ended up making everything worse.

Today, the Mail published an article "that PROVES Labour can't just dismiss 80s spy as a fantasist". In fact, it does the exact opposite.
vice.com
22. Feb, 2018

'That the “local lobbying” industry has got away with such practices for so long is no surprise. It lacks the one thing necessary to drive them out – scrutiny. As Davis says in his defence, all his meetings with developers “were all properly declared and open to anyone to examine”. But people need to have a proper look at what is happening in their council. Take a look at the registers of interests to see if any of your councillors double up as lobbyists. Get hold of the registers of hospitality and see if they are taking from the developers they should be overseeing. Use freedom of information law to dig deeper into who is meeting whom, and what they are seeking to do, and then hand the information to your local paper.

Until a light is shone on these relationships they will continue to flourish, and we will continue to get developments that serve no one but the investors and developers.'

Councillors are elected to represent the public. But close ties to lobbyists mean they may put developers’ interests first, writes Tamasin Cave of Spinwatch
theguardian.com
22. Feb, 2018
TAUNTON Deane Borough Council has been referred to the Serious Fraud Office among allegations of "a multi-million pound council tax…
somersetcountygazette.co.uk
22. Feb, 2018

Dangerous potholes could be left unfixed