Prime Minister’s Questions is political Marmite. For some people it’s a no-holds-barred exercise in holding the Government to account; putting a metaphorical gun to the PM’s head; democracy at its best. But others think it’s a rather silly and childish affair; a Punch and Judy show that’s comical at best and shameful at worst...
John writes a fortnightly column for The Weston & Somerset Mercury as Weston-Super-Mare's MP and also provides articles for numerous local and national publications too. Copies of these articles are below, including those he wrote when he was Shadow Business Minister.
In this week's article, John answers the question: ‘how many people work in Parliament?’, where the answer is ‘about half’ (boom boom). But, every so often, the MPs and Lords have to work up an honest-to-goodness sweat by doing a bit of (gasp) hard work.
In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John talks about 2013 and looks towards the challenges we face over the course of the year ahead.
In this week's article for The Weston Mercury John talks about why we've been seeing Eric Pickles as a Greek God around Weston over the past few weeks....
In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John discusses the sad fact that many are facing expensive energy heating bills this winter as utility companies continue to put up their prices.
In his fortnightly column for the Weston Mercury John discusses why a Government reshuffle is a bit like Christmas... You know it’s coming; everyone gets very excited; but you can never be quite sure what you’re going to get!
There you go. Just when everyone thought the Trop was doomed, it was saved at the 11th hour by… a Government Minister. And if you have trouble picturing the ample form of Eric Pickles as a white knight in shining armour, trust me, you aren’t alone. But at least it shows that politicians will, just occasionally, listen to public opinion.
In an article for the Bristol Evening Post, John asks what happens when money and politics mix, and how we can stop people with deep pockets buying influence and votes.
In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John asks what you think about Syria. Should we intervene, or is it none of our business?
In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John discusses the rising costs of bringing up a child and why making childcare more affordable is one of the Government's key priorities...
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