6:04pm Friday 24th April 2015
IF you ever ponder how to make the country more “democratic and accountable”, do you think of devolving powers away from London to this region?
9:00am Friday 24th April 2015
THEY say that if you remember the 1960s, then you weren’t there.
5:39pm Thursday 23rd April 2015
IMAGINE someone turning up to a job interview scruffily dressed, clutching a CV with alarming blanks and dodging questions about how he or she would do the job.
4:01pm Thursday 23rd April 2015
IT was a policy so important to Tony Blair that he name-checked it three times, telling voters his priorities were “education, education, education”.
2:30pm Thursday 23rd April 2015
I’VE been hosting two husting this week, one in Redcar and the other in Darlington, in the run up to the casting of ballots on May 7. The candidates were reasonably well behaved but none of them, disappointingly, was dressed in white.
6:10pm Thursday 23rd April 2015
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2:05pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015
RARELY much in sympathy with anything ‘Tory’ – as long-time readers will know – I nevertheless find myself irritated almost to boiling point by the most frequently-reiterated anti-Tory phrase during this bitter General Election.
5:47pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015
WHILE the war-of-words about the SNP peril still raged, it was a day when bread-and-butter issues – childcare, cancer care and public-sector pay – came to the fore.
6:19pm Tuesday 21st April 2015
PLEASE let’s go back to the old way of doing things. I mean, let the Prime Minister of the day call the General Election when he sees fit.
5:49pm Tuesday 21st April 2015
WHEN Sir John Major gave his stark warning about the SNP threat today, he also sparked memories of the last outright Conservative election victory.
6:04pm Monday 20th April 2015
WITH the SNP still surging in the polls, one man was on a mission to find the most, er, colourful description of the party’s all-conquering leader.
11:06am Monday 20th April 2015
THE Corpse Way stretches, lugubriously, the 12 miles from Keld to Grinton, in Swaledale. Since Grinton was the nearest consecrated ground, 18th Century mourners would carry the body in a wicker basket, periodically stopping for liquid refreshment. The funeral procession could take an awfully long time.
5:26pm Friday 17th April 2015
IN the fall-out from last night’s “challengers” TV debate, Nigel Farage spent much of the day denying he had “lost his rag” when he attacked the BBC.
10:35am Friday 17th April 2015
ANNEGRET Raunigk is clearly bonkers. Not to mention selfish and irresponsible. But she’s certainly changing the image of older women. An achievement she shares, improbably, with Hillary Clinton.
4:31pm Friday 17th April 2015
TODAY is Record Store Day, where independent music stores in the UK come together and celebrate their existence.
5:34pm Thursday 16th April 2015
WITH all the manifestos published and digested, there was time to examine which policies were a hit with the voters – and whether any party can get that elusive ‘bounce’?
12:23pm Thursday 16th April 2015
AN abscess, or a "poisonous pocket of pus" as my alliterative dentist described it, curtailed my coverage of David Cameron's campaign visit to Stockton South on Monday.
11:01am Thursday 16th April 2015
IT’S a funny old election campaign when we have the Conservatives making fantasy spending pledges… while Labour hints at fantasy cuts.
10:39am Thursday 16th April 2015
IN my last column, I asked for examples of the little white lies parents tell their children. One reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted me with a real belter.
7:34pm Wednesday 15th April 2015
THE death of Irish crooner Ronnie Carroll was reported this week and prompted a memory from Darlington and Stockton Times deputy editor and Darlington Football Club fan Andy Brown. During one of the Quakers' recurring cash crises, this time in the early eighties, there was a fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 to ensure the club’s survival. The appeal was backed by the Evening Despatch and The Northern Echo. One of the fundraisers was a variety concert at the Civic Theatre. Among the ‘attractions’ was a dance performance, in tutus, by, among others, Despatch and Echo football writers Dave Lewis and Jim Gilchrist. Top of the bill was Ronnie Carroll. His most famous hit was Roses are Red, and he twice represented the UK at Eurovision, in 1962 and 1963, with Ring-A-Ding Girl and Say Wonderful Things, finishing fourth both times. The £50,000 was raised and Quakers lived to fight another day.
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