Articles

Article - Apprenticeships

There is quite a fashion nowadays for having days or weeks to celebrate particular things.  I can’t say that I am in general a huge fan of this tendency.  But it does sometime serve to highlight something really important that might otherwise remain below the radar.I think this does apply to last week – which was Apprenticeship Week.

Article - Rural Schools

So much has been going on in the world recently that a reader of this column could be forgiven for not having noticed an item that will very probably be of lasting significance to West Dorset...

Article - Recognition

It seems a long time since I first arrived in West Dorset just over twenty years ago.  Much water has flowed under many bridges (and indeed much water has got stuck when not flowing through many bridges) since then. But, all through that period, there have been two constant factors.  My tireless agent, Antony Stanley, and my equally indefatigable constituency secretary, Angela Charles, have been with me from the very first moment...

Article - Police and Crime Commissioners

Recently, a great deal of attention has inevitably and rightly been focussed on the extraordinarily important referendum to be held on 23 June.    It's easy to forget, as a result, that we will also be going to the polls on 5 May. In much of the UK, the May elections will be high profile -- electing not only mayors and local councils but also the Parliament in Scotland and the Assembly in Wales...  

Article - The future of our country

In the coming weeks, the future direction of our country -- or, at any rate, the background conditions for the future direction of our country -- will be set. How often in one lifetime does that happen?

Article - Museums

Last week, I found myself at the museum in Dorchester.  I was being shown plans for the splendid renovation and expansion of the museum which is now moving forward apace...

Article - Beaches

Recently, we have been witnessing the very sad spectacle of whales beached along some of our coastline.  There has been something particularly moving about the ghastly fate of these magnificent seaborne mammals.  There doesn’t yet seem to be any explanation for these untoward and unusual events.  Why a whole series of these princes of the seas should have lost their bearings more or less simultaneously is, for the present at least, a mystery.  And this mystery adds to the drama of these events...

Article - Rain

During the deluge that hit first the Lake District and then much of the rest of the north of England at the turn of the year, I am sure I was not alone in hoping that this would mark the end of the rain.  So much water descended in such a short period that we seemed to have had a whole year’s rainfall by the end of the first week in January.But, as we all now know, this was considerably too optimistic... 

Article - Public Transport

I am sure that many readers of this column (assuming that there are many readers of this column) will have noticed that Dorset County Council has launched a consultation on the withdrawal of subsidies from various bus routes around the county, including some in West Dorset...

Article - Good and Bad News

In recent days, there have been two pieces of local news that particularly struck me.The first is good news – and hence, in a sense, no news at all – in that, so far at least, the new bridge at Charminster has prevented a recurrence of the flooding ...