Planning: a case study in why I love/hate it

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2005

Most councillors will confess to a love-hate relationship when it comes to deciding planning applications. On the positive side, it is more or less the only time we get to make decisions which officers must stick by, and which immediately (…)

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Proportional Representation: a beginning, not an end

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2005

For the last six weeks, the anti-war Independent has placed itself at the head of an army of crusaders hailing proportional representation as the saviour of our democracy. The case is quite simple. At the last general election, Mr Blair’s (…)

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Iraq-naphobia: just don’t mention the war

by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2005

It is strange and uncomfortable sometimes to observe the modulating rhythms of international politics. For over two years, between January 2003 and May 2005, the Iraq war dominated the British news agenda, crowding out almost every other issue of urgency (…)

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Road-pricing: the decongestant which gives effective relief

by Stephen Tall on June 6, 2005

I will get my declarations of interest here and now. I do not drive, have never driven, do not plan to start driving. For fear that this statement ends up bracketing me with the extremist green fringe – rife in (…)

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