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Election comes down to who people want to run the country

As this will be the last Gale’s View before parliament dissolves on March 30 and we go into candidate-mode for the general election on May 7, this seems the right moment to pause before, I hope, normal service will be resumed. The economy is now out of intensive care and well on the road to full recovery. While healthcare and …

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Whistleblowers who pay price for telling the truth

THE financial sector was rocked by recent news that a Swiss subsidiary of HSBC bank helped ‘super-rich’ clients to avoid paying tax. Nicholas Wilson is the IT employee who ‘blew the whistle’ on this, but he has warned others against exposing “financial crimes” because, as he put it: “The Establishment is so corrupt in this country.” Wilson says he spent …

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Gale’s View

by your MP Roger Gale I believe that those who have sent me to parliament, at least over the last 20 years or so, have had a fair idea of what they were getting for their money. Through columns and news items in the Herne Bay Gazette, on radio and on television, I have sought to make my beliefs clear. …

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Must stop wars for the sake of our children

Christmas Eve. It’s like a pause, between the preparations that went before and the festivities that are to follow.The presents are bought and wrapped, the turkey is in the fridge, the drink is in the cupboard. The carpets are clean. We have everything we need. Everyone is waiting. It’s like the whole world is holding its breath. Me, I’m excited …

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Gale’s View

by your MP Roger Gale How long will it be before the Russians, possibly in the guise of Eastern Ukrainian “rebels” drive through from the east via Mariupol and establish a land bridge between the neo—Soviet Union and Crimea? I know that this is not the burning question on the lips of the man in the public bar of the …

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Awards recognise our outstanding youngsters

Gale’s View by your MP Roger Gale It started in the Pfizer lecture theatre 20 years ago. It was the brainchild of Kent County Council senior youth officer Bill Butler and area social services director Jan Askew who decided that instead of the stream of bad publicity directed at Kent’s young people it was time to recognise the achievements of those …

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Hospice trustees finally listened to your protest

A piece of my mind. Julie Wassmer; TV writer, author and local campaigner ONE Friday evening, a few weeks ago, an important public meeting took place concerning the planned closure of beds on the in-patient ward at Canterbury’s Pilgrims Hospice. An estimated 500 people attended and in spite of our MP Julian Brazier chairing the meeting and the presence of many …

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Are Idlers Being Rewarded?

An interesting programme on Radio 4 the other day weighed up the pros and cons of idleness. A colonel’s wife spoke of enjoying brandy and ginger ale at bath-times and occasionally chatting to her kids through an intercom when she was particularly bored. A former miner spoke movingly about beginning work as a school boy in 1925 and finding his …

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Enough of these feeble excuses for inaction

Zero tolerance would mean less crime ‘Unenforceable’ and ‘impossible to police’ are defeatist words used repeatedly by many in authority in relation to a whole variety of illicit activities that need good, strong legal measures implemented to control them but which never get any. Kent County Council and Kent Police spokesmen seem to particularly relish the use of these negative …

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