Future of the NHS in our own hands

Daily Echo: Southampton General Hospital, 2014

11:31am Friday 10th October 2014

FIRST the good news: someone has suggested charging for the sick to stay in hospital.

Family tragedy shouldn’t have been used in debate

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12:59pm Friday 3rd October 2014

THERE’S no doubt that the Prime Minister spoke from the heart when he addressed the Tory conference in Birmingham this week, speaking of the NHS.

Back to the future

Daily Echo: Town Quay, Southampton

12:57pm Friday 3rd October 2014

LIKE many drivers in Southampton, I will be delighted when the long-running roadworks near the Red Funnel ferry terminal at Town Quay finally comes to an end.

Battle of wills over school run parking

Daily Echo:

12:56pm Friday 3rd October 2014

News this week that fed-up residents in a Southampton street are threatening to blockade their own thoroughfare on the grounds that they have problems with poorly-parked vehicles, would seem to be a case of nose cutting to spite faces.

Change is still to come for the UK

Daily Echo:

7:48am Friday 19th September 2014

Despite a surge in support for independence in the last few weeks, the Better Together campaign came through with a majority sufficient to put to bed the question of independence for Scotland, at least for now.

Freedom is worth the fight

Daily Echo:

1:21pm Friday 1st August 2014

IS war ever justified?

Chancellor placed in choppy waters

Daily Echo:

6:51pm Friday 25th July 2014

YOU have to pity the Chancellor George Osborne, accidentally sailing into the choppy waters that are the relationship between Southampton and rival port Liverpool.

Gove’s ‘sacking’ is unlikely to win any Tory votes back

Daily Echo: Former Education Secretary Michael Gove who has been appointed as Chief Whip leaves Downing Street, London, as Prime Minister David Cameron puts his new ministerial team in place

5:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

IF anything, the now ex- Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, pictured, should have lost his job for not going far enough.

Where did the World Cup go wrong for us?

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5:41pm Saturday 12th July 2014

Whose World Cup was worse - ours or Brazil?

Why we must keep traditional Sunday afternoons sacrosanct

Daily Echo:

5:37pm Saturday 12th July 2014

THERE’S a lot of talk this week about liberties being taken away and threats to our freedoms and way of life.

Time for Southampton to fight its corner

Daily Echo:

5:14pm Friday 4th July 2014

What’s the connection between Her Majesty The Queen, Sir Ben Ainsley, ex-Saints player Adam Lallana and a lightweight bridge?

Wild Planet display is just, well, too tame really

Daily Echo: Pictures: zoo welcomes arrival of baby elephant

8:27am Monday 30th June 2014

A short while ago I promised I would report back on my thoughts concerning the latest touring exhibition to visit Southampton’s SeaCity Museum.

What makes us British - and who should decide?

Daily Echo: Itchen MP John Denham

8:26am Monday 30th June 2014

What makes us British? It’s a fair question, and one often asked.

Comment: A harsh lesson for Saints' starlet Luke Shaw

Daily Echo: Carla Howe and her sister

1:53pm Monday 23rd June 2014

IN many ways it is a rite of passage to be expected by any rising Premier League football star, especially one who now has three lions on his chest: The attention of the red top press.

Time for a truce in this battle between our ports

Daily Echo: Docks shut as fog causes travel causes

8:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014

PERSONALLY I think it is time we called a truce with Liverpool over the so-called Port War.

A lot of hot air on gas holders

Daily Echo: Plans unveiled to demolish protected gas holders

3:39pm Friday 20th June 2014

OLD and past their sell-by date, once full of gas but have now fallen silent.

Three Saints players or a children's hospital - which would you choose?

Daily Echo: Saints England stars Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw

7:54am Saturday 17th May 2014

Manchester United have offered £27.5 million to buy 18-year-old player Luke Shaw from Southampton FC.

Homework needed in morality lessons

Daily Echo: Overflowing homework by typical student

3:52pm Friday 16th May 2014

WHO exactly is supposed to teach our children the right thing to do?

I would complain to the BBC, but they wouldn't understand my accent

Daily Echo: 'Incomprehensible' Jamaica Inn losses lost more than 1.5 million viewers over mumbling

10:46am Friday 25th April 2014

Talking of foreign languages, and Cornwall in particular, turns out Mrs M and I were not the only ones who scratched our heads and turned up the volume during the BBC’s three-night run of Jamaica Inn.

Any people that eat faggots and peas as a national dish deserve special nation status surely?

Daily Echo: THE CREAM OF CORNWALL: Watergate Bay.

10:40am Friday 25th April 2014

I’ve got a funny accent; can I be given special recognition please?

Do the makers of Immigration Street know something we don't?

Daily Echo: Deirdre Kelly, aka 'White Dee', was one of the stars of Benefits Street

10:59am Monday 21st April 2014

Immigration Street?

Every negative can be presented as a positive, as Mr Salmond understands

Daily Echo: First Minister Alex Salmond will be speaking at the North East Economic Forum

10:58am Monday 21st April 2014

The present narrowing of the polls and fears that Scotland may indeed vote in September to break away from the UK does not surprise me.

Shopping could leave me prone to nice lie down

Daily Echo:

5:20pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE proposed new look for the latest phase of the West Quay shopping development – The Watermark – appears stunning, as this paper revealed yesterday.

Uneasy at idea of Miller witch-hunt

Daily Echo: Maria Miller

5:27pm Friday 11th April 2014

I AM determined not to gloat over Maria Miller.

Help me to save the BBC - from itself

Daily Echo: Broadcasting House in central London will be served by cable from Bailey Teswaine.

5:26pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

I’m thinking of launching a new campaign to save the BBC.

Living wage looks fair - but is it fair for all?

Daily Echo: Tax frozen

5:11pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

On the face of it, a proposal by Hampshire County Council to pay all of its staff at least the so-called Living Wage sounds reasonable.

Tum turns heads - but will Chris Huhne care that much?

Daily Echo: Wife of disgraced MP released from jail

10:55am Tuesday 4th March 2014

Not certain what former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne will made of the snap of him in his shorts strolling hand in hand along a tropical beach with his partner Carina Trimingham that appeared in a national newspaper.

Sorry, this exhibition leaves me all at sea

Daily Echo: Sorry, this exhibition leaves me all at sea

7:10pm Friday 28th February 2014

THERE’S a chap to be seen wandering around a number of corridors in Southampton’s SeaCity Museum that frankly I’m quite concerned about.

The nanny state paddles in

Daily Echo: The nanny state paddles in

12:49pm Friday 14th February 2014

IS THERE a connection between the proposed ban on smoking in cars with children and our reaction to the ongoing floods?

Who can say if Cortese will return - but I wouldn't rule it out

Daily Echo: Nicola Cortese

6:48pm Friday 17th January 2014

Will Nicola Cortese return to the Saints?

We're in a jam - and this is no way to run a city

Daily Echo: New city council leader Cllr Jacqui Rayment

6:46pm Friday 17th January 2014

That’s it then. We can all rest easy. The city is in safe hands again and a repeat of the traffic disaster that brought whole swathes of Southampton to a standstill for several hours last Friday is off the cards.

Vive la difference - or maybe not so different after all

Daily Echo: Gvs and a Q& A with Labour leader Ed Miliband and Francois Hollande from The Socialist Party in France

6:43pm Friday 17th January 2014

The French are a different race to us.

Time to teach our children life on TV is not reality - and often not very funny

Daily Echo: Blackadder

10:47am Tuesday 7th January 2014

As with plenty of battles, when the fighting dies down and shooting stops, the reasons for starting the conflict in the first place seem to get lost amid the thunder flashes and wiz-bangs.

How the Liver Birds could solve the housing crisis

Daily Echo: FLATMATES Polly James (right) and Nerys Hughes in the Liver Birds

4:05pm Friday 3rd January 2014

THE new year appears to have begun with a concerted push by the Government to underscore its initiatives to boost the housing market.

All I want for 2014

Daily Echo: 10,000 enjoy fireworks spectacular

2:42pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

It’s a little late for my Christmas wishes to come true – but there’s still time for a few New Year Here’s- Hoping suggestions for 2014.

Family from hell? Or the council that doesn't care?

Daily Echo: Police investigated 'family from hell'

9:53am Monday 23rd December 2013

While those in authority ponder what to do with Hampshire’s Family from Hell, I have a couple of suggestions.

Of course we should pay our MPs more - just not most of this lot

Daily Echo: Sixth Formers new found proficiency

6:52pm Friday 13th December 2013

I've said it before, but it is worth repeating:ay peanuts and get, well, you know the rest.

Best not to shout about what we have to offer

Daily Echo: Media City Mist by Chris Conway

4:37pm Friday 22nd November 2013

This week saw the fragrant city of Hull snatch the title of UK City of Culture for the year 2017.

Smoke clears to reveal the winners and losers

Daily Echo: Strikes by binmen last year over cuts brough rubbish to city streets

4:46pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

I DON’T know how many staff earning top money at Southampton City Council are actually members of the Unite and Unison unions.

Hidden dangers in the late-night pub levy

Daily Echo: Police crackdown on pubs selling to under age boozers

12:40pm Saturday 2nd November 2013

SOUTHAMPTON City Council proposals to tax bars and clubs to help pay for night-time police cover and early morning clean-ups could have been predicted to be welcomed by residents and politicians eager to please residents, and given a swift thumbs down by licensees.

Double standards of celebs with profits to make

Daily Echo: Model katie Price has had cosmetic surgery

12:40pm Friday 1st November 2013

ALL this debate over press intrusion and the effect it has on the private lives of celebrities has been underpinned in the last few weeks with what I can only say have been outrageous stories best kept hidden from public view.

A free press is a jewel – a rough diamond perhaps, but still precious

Daily Echo: Boycott call after Croydon Advertiser "exposes" brothel

1:27pm Friday 25th October 2013

By now most of you will have given up trying to understand the machinations of press regulation.

This would be a charter for control by the state

Daily Echo: This would be a charter for control by the state

8:20am Monday 14th October 2013

I’VE come to the conclusion they just don’t get it.

The party's over - but for us it didn't seem to start

Daily Echo:

10:11am Thursday 5th September 2013

The crowds have dispersed, the lights have faded, the bunting put away for another year.

Of course the British people don't want war - who does?

Daily Echo: Dr Julian Lewis

10:07am Thursday 5th September 2013

The logic of New Forest West MP Dr Julian Lewis is hard to fault.

David Gower has the right idea - just the wrong questions

4:25pm Monday 22nd July 2013

Hampshire cricket legend David Gower’s suggestion this week that townies should not be allowed to vote unless they pass exams on countryside issues opens up a whole hornets’ nest of ideas.

How the lovely Mishal may inadvertently end 300-years o British history

4:22pm Monday 22nd July 2013

News that BBC presenter Mishal Husain will be joining the regular team at the Radio Four Today programme fills me with dread.

Just because Henry VIII couldn't email doesn't mean the Royal Mail shouldn't evolve

2:11pm Saturday 13th July 2013

Go on, be honest, if you are reading this and you are under the age of 45 how often, apart from the odd birthday card and a ruck of the things at Christmas do you ever actually send a personal letter to someone.

Oh pay them more and get it done with

1:03pm Saturday 13th July 2013

How much do you value your MP?

An incentive or a bribe? Either way it will put the gas burners under local democracy

Daily Echo: MIXED VIEWS: A drilling rig

12:34pm Monday 1st July 2013

The incentives - bribes some might call them - being offered by the government for communities to agree to fracking might seem crude, but they could invigorate local democracy.

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