Politics and Government

When it comes to politics, you should really avoid at all costs...

Atom XML feedXML feed for this section

Bus Week: Where the nation’s privatised buses went

Posted on 26 October 2011 in London, Politics and Government, Transport (5 comments)

Back in 1986 a series of major changes began to happen to the bus industry in the United Kingdom. Deregulation was supposed to introduce competition and new thinking to the industry. As part of that plans were made to begin privatising the many bus companies that were owned by the state in various forms.

Given that most of the UK's bus operators were publicly owned, it was a massive undertaking and took years to complete. The various companies were flogged off to a variety of owners including employees and various fledgling bus groups. But in the intervening 25 years, what has actually happened is that the UK's bus market has come under the control of a handful of large companies.

So what actually happened to the UK's publicly owned bus operations? With the help of Wikipedia and a bit of time, I set to find out some geeky stats and plot some funky pie charts.

Continue reading and comment on 'Bus Week: Where the nation’s privatised buses went'

Bus Week: 25 Years of Bus Deregulation

Posted on 24 October 2011 in Politics and Government, Transport (2 comments)

100-01 The Ribble side of Preston Bus Station

Photo by Sou'wester. Creative Commons licensed.

Twenty five years ago, on 26 October 1986 a major change happened to Britain's public transport network. The buses were de-regulated.

Until the 1980s the vast majority of Britain's bus services were provided by companies and organisations owned, in one way or other, by the public. There were municipal operators owned by local councils. The Passenger Transport Executives ran services in the seven metropolitan counties. London Transport did its thing in the capital, and the National Bus Company and Scottish Bus Group covered the rest. A smattering of long-lasting independent operators such as Maynes of Manchester were dotted around but most bus operations were run by publicly owned organisations.

Continue reading and comment on 'Bus Week: 25 Years of Bus Deregulation'

Pubs, social media and politics - should landlords get political?

Posted on 6 May 2010 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Politics can causes heated arguments and divisions. When the pub trade is in a bad state and needs to attract as many people through the doors as possible, maybe pub landlords everywhere might be a bit better off being a bit more BBC?

Vote

Posted on 14 April 2010 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Vote - a formal expression of one’s opinion or choice on a matter of discussion.

Pay more tax, get more political representation?

Posted on 15 May 2009 in London, Politics and Government (2 comments)

“Wimbledon households contribute the greater part of council tax paid in Merton borough. In mayoral terms, this is taxation without representation.” says councillor Ron Scott.

What A Council Logo Says, Part 7 - Conclusion

Posted on 30 November 2008 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

What does your council’s logo say about your area? After pondering this question whilst walking down the street, I decided to find out. In this final part, I review the six areas covered, and draw some conclusions

What A Council Logo Says, Part 6 - Edinburgh

Posted on 29 November 2008 in Politics and Government (1 comment)

What does your council’s logo say about your area? After pondering this question whilst walking down the street, I decided to find out. In part 6 I head to Edinburgh, capital of Scotland.

What A Council Logo Says, Part 5 - Isle of Wight

Posted on 28 November 2008 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

What does your council’s logo say about your area? After pondering this question whilst walking down the street, I decided to find out. In part 5 I visit a whole island, and ask that very question.

What A Council Logo Says, Part 4 - Merton

Posted on 27 November 2008 in London, Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

What does your council’s logo say about your area? After pondering this question whilst walking down the street, I decided to find out. In part 4, I look at the area I currently live in - the London Borough of Merton.

What A Council Logo Says, Part 3 - Ealing

Posted on 26 November 2008 in London, Politics and Government (4 comments)

What does your council’s logo say about your area? After pondering this question whilst walking down the street, I decided to find out. In part 3 it’s time to head to the capital and Ealing.

What A Council Logo Says, Part 2 - Durham

Posted on 25 November 2008 in Politics and Government (1 comment)

What does your council’s logo say about your area? After pondering this question whilst walking down the street, I decided to find out. In part 2, I look at Durham’s council logos.

What A Council Logo Says, Part 1 - Tameside

Posted on 24 November 2008 in Politics and Government (4 comments)

What does your council’s logo say about your area? After pondering this question whilst walking down the street, I decided to find out. In part 1, I look at the area I was born in - Tameside.

Alistair Darling - the man who will kill the British pub

Posted on 12 March 2008 in Politics and Government, Pubs (No comments yet - be the first!)

I’m not one for political posts normally, but sometimes you just have to ask what the hell our politicians are playing at? I’m talking about you, Alistair “Pub Killer” Darling and your insane 4p rise in excise duty on beer. That is, ladies and gentlemen, a rise of 13% in tax. At a time when the cost of a pint is increasing anyway due to higher prices in materials.

New Tories, Same As The Old Tories

Posted on 10 July 2007 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Ooh, getting a bit political here…

Tories Advocate ‘Banning Tax Enforcement’

Posted on 2 June 2006 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

There’s a wonderful story in the Telegraph today about how Council Tax inspectors turned up at the Big Brother set to asses whether the inmates should be paying Council Tax.

Election Leaflets 2: the horror returns

Posted on 3 May 2005 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Some more election leaflets have come in since the last batch was reviewed. And it’s new entries from Labour, the Tories, and a re-entry in the letter box, from the Greens.

Election Leaflets

Posted on 29 April 2005 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

With less than a week to go before the election, you have to ponder who to vote for. Well I haven’t met any of the candidates and I haven’t even seen them anywhere, although Apparently the Greens did a hustings session last week. So what about literature - the stuff shoved through the door.

Bye Bye Billboards

Posted on 20 April 2005 in Life, Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Just under a month ago, I mentioned the errection of two large, metal billboards on a small patch of grass right outside Colliers Wood tube station, next to the Brown and Root Tower. And now I write again.

Billboards, Colliers Wood and writetothem.com

Posted on 21 March 2005 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

So here I was, wondering whether to fax my MP about the fact that not only is Colliers Wood blighted with a huge number of billboards (I walk past at least thirteen in a ten minute walk to the tube station) but some muppet has given the goahead by the looks of it, for another two.

Vive La Revolution

Posted on 10 February 2005 in Politics and Government, Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

Out of the entire BBC News at One, there was only five minutes of actual news - the rest of the programme taken up with hoardes of journalists talking about a bloody royal wedding.

Political Meanderings

Posted on 31 January 2005 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

You’re bored, you’re fed up. So what to do? Well take a trawl round TheyWorkForYou.com and see what you can find out about your MP.

Right Wing Conundrum

Posted on 13 June 2004 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Having just been looking at the vote breakdown on the London Elects website, I don’t know whether to be depressed that 3.04% of Londoners voted BNP in the Mayoral election or glad that the vote for the far right is not nearer 10% like in some parts of Europe…

Londoners! Have Your Say!

Posted on 1 June 2004 in Internet, London, Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

A rather good booklet dropped through my door today - explaining all about the forthcoming elections in London and for the European Parliament.

Robert Kilroy-Silk. Idiot?

Posted on 20 May 2004 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Here’s a gem from Robert Kilroy-Silk on Question Time this evening. Apparently according to him, the existence of the European Union has not kept peace in Europe. Nope. Oh no. No. It’s America that have kept the peace…

Greg

Posted on 30 January 2004 in BBC, Politics and Government, Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

Many people will have seen the staff response to the resignation of Greg Dyke as Director General of the BBC. I like many people were completely gutted by his decision, but he made it and I respect that and his reasons for doing so

Clueless Quote of the Day

Posted on 26 August 2003 in Internet, Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

The Conservative Party are wonderful at sprouting utterly stupid comments…

Cookies Policy | Contact Us