Scouting in the United Kingdom has been raising funds for a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The project is designed to raise awareness of “Remembrance”. The memorial is to remember those who have given service to Scouting and … Continue reading UK Scouting Memorial Project foundations laid
Last year I heard about a great great uncle John who died on Armistice Day 1918. Today, I learnt of another great great uncle who was awarded the Military Medal. Once again it was via Facebook after a picture was … Continue reading WW1 – another family member
Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.—His Eminence Keith Cardinal O’Brien in The Sunday Telegraph As a gay man, and a Christian, it really disheartens me to read what His Eminence has written it seems that he has not actually put much thought into what he is writing, and is reacting rather angrily to proposals that could see an end to discrimination. As I understand it, none of the … Continue reading The Cardinal should be thinking about Covenants not worrying about civil marriages
So HM’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department has decided to ban all marches in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and four neighbouring London Boroughs for a period of 30 days. Why is this felt necessary? Because the Metropolitan Police applied for this ban as they consider that it would result in serious public disorder and that placing restrictions or conditions on such a march – for example its duration, location and size – would not be enough to prevent the disorder Will this really make a difference? And with it all marches are banned because the … Continue reading Is banning all marches really justified? Why not learn from N.Ireland?
Just been registering on The Sun website in order to vote in their poll on the Referendum in May – but have come across a snag. They have just asked me (in order that I can vote): 4. Which of the following is your ITV region? If you receive more than one, which would you say is your main region? Scotland (Including Grampian, Border, Scottish) Tyne Tees (North East) Granada TV (North West) Yorkshire (Yorkshire) Central TV (Wales and West Midlands) Anglia TV (East of England) West Country TV (South West) Meridian (South and South East) Carlton TV/LWT (London and … Continue reading The Sun doesn’t recognise Northern Ireland as part of the UK.
We will change the law so that any past convictions for consensual homosexual sexual activities, which have since become lawful, will be treated as spent, and will not be disclosed on a criminal record check when applying for a job. This is a question of justice – and it’s right that we should change the law and wipe the slate clean.
freedom, fairness and responsibility The three words that we are told by the Liberal Democrat Federal Party website sum up the Coalition Government’s Programme. However, I don’t see how it is promoting any of those when you consider what has just happened to the devolved countries’ finances. HM Treasury changed the rules Formerly, departments were allowed to carry over money from one year to another. In this way, Northern Ireland’s Department for Education had built up a reserve of £87m (2008 figures). Usually, making savings, is considered a good financial practice: building up reserves in case of need in the … Continue reading freedom, fairness, and responsibility: but not to NI!
That the draft Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010, which were laid before this House on 29 November, be approved.
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That, for the purpose of section 24 of the Higher Education Act 2004, the higher amount should be increased to £9,000, and to £4,500 in the cases described in regulation 5 of the draft regulations in Command Paper Cm 7986, and that the increase should take effect from 1 September 2012.