Article - AEA Technology

THIS week I opened a debate in the House of Commons on the strange case of the advice given to members of the AEA Technology pension scheme.

I have been involved with constituents who are members of this pension scheme for several years. This is an issue that just won't go away.

Article - Local food can match anything round the world

As any reader who happens to glance at this column on a regular basis will have observed, I have often used it to celebrate the remarkable renaissance of good food that has occurred in West Dorset over the past couple of decades.

Article - Ancient rural habits can help us prosper in the new world

One of the marvellous things about West Dorset is the unexpected enterprises that one finds flourishing in the most unlikely places.

Last week I visited an out-of-the-way farmhouse near Beaminster to discuss the availability of high-speed broadband.

Article - Local Tourism

The sky above me as I write this article is largely composed of a thick layer of rather threatening clouds, and there have been several showers over the last couple of hours – so I suspect that South West Britain is in for a rainy day.

Article - Change

I don’t know whether readers of this column will share my view that, over the past few weeks, history has been made at a rather more rapid rate than usual.  But that is certainly how it appears to be.

Article - Waste

 don’t know, Dear Reader, what your candidate would be for the feature of our world whose importance is most out of line with its romantic appeal.  My candidate for this unenviable accolade is Waste...

Article - Learning about Democracy

Over the last few weeks, several West Dorset schools have sent parties of their pupils to visit Parliament. Some of these, I have met in order to be interrogated by the pupils – though in one case, they happened to arrive just as a series of votes were taking place and my Parliamentary Assistant therefore had to take my place...