Opinion Piece A COUPLE of weeks ago, an Essex Police officer and prolific tweeter, began his evening shift in Harlow, telling his 3,000 plus followers that he was the “only deployable police officer in Harlow” for that shift. That will be one police officer for 80,000 people. We will say that again: one police officers […]
THE arguments against Universal Credit seem to be legion. However, we thought we would take this opportunity to show what the creators of the scheme think.
Mr. Perrin’s blog: A Word in Your Ear. WERE the powers that be within the Conservative Government, e.g. the Prime Minister and Jeremy Hunt, being deliberately perverse when they elevated Ms Jackie Doyle-Price to the post of a Junior Minister within the Department of Health, even more so by appointing her as the spokesperson on […]
ANOTHER week, another flurry of unauthorised encampments around Thurrock.
JUNE 2017 was, for the Labour Party, so near and yet so far. Nationally, we were just 7 Conservative seats away from being able to begin the formation of a government with other parties – yet we were also 64 seats away from being able to form a majority government on our own
HOW should UKIP solve the problem of a “free-Wheeler” called Kevin? For a start they need to stop just “talking about Kevin”.
Sir, A few weeks ago I pointed out that Theresa May’s Florence Speech meant we would be leaving the EU in name only. This week on LBC she was asked three times if she would vote to Leave the EU if there was a referendum now. Three times she didn’t answer. Thurrock voted 73% to […]
Blogpost By Gavin Callaghan Leader of Basildon Labour Group THIS week parliament returns for what is supposed to be the most important period of the year. Free from elections around the corner, a recess or a party conference on the horizon, October, November and December is the time when Governments tend to pass legislation and […]
By Mick Hall “THURROCK once had four hospitals in the borough, Orsett, Tilbury, South Ockendon and Stifford Clays, despite the population having doubled, if not more since the 1950’s we may now end up with none. Back in July Thurrock Councillors unanimously backed a motion that no changes should take place at Orsett Hospital without […]
REPORTERS are always wary of stepping into the story but what about when you have a civic duty…
FROM when you first break a story until the sentencing.
YOU can’t beat a little outside broadcast at a sporting event.
IF there is a perceived gap in the market, then should you take it? Some thoughts on the forward or backward move…
CLLR Gledhill states that “the housing department is responsible for a number of area based facilities – including 14 play parks, 50 hectares of green space,13 hectares of footpaths, a further 30 hectares of hard surfaces and over 2,000 trees.
HOW much do you need to know about information technology?
HOW long do you keep your reporter notebooks for?
OVER the last few weeks, two reporters I have spoken to, have complained that they may have been subtly prejudiced against in the job market.
FIVE years of planning, marking, of encouraging, cajoling, of blood, sweat and tears – all culminate in one day in August when students congregate at school to find out their results.
OUR previous piece was an interview with the editor of The Edinburgh Fringe.
COLLABORATING with other hyperlocals seems to be a natural thing. We were at the Edinburgh Festival and wrote a number of reviews for The Edinburgh Reporter.
JACKIE Doyle-Price has rightfully raised concerns about the so-called Essex cruisers who roar around West Thurrock every Friday and Saturday night.
In this latest video blog, we discuss a creeping trend for people to not send a press release or proactively seek out the press but instead stick stuff out on Facebook.
YOU are sitting at a council meeting, when they inform the press and public that they have to leave. Fair dealing for sensitive issues or a council shrouded in secrecy. You decide.
Sir, I have noted the ongoing saga of these Ockendon “raves”. Whilst I do not deny people have a right to moan if being kept up at night, it is a useless notion to overlook the fact this problem has only come about becuase of our inept council to promote Thurrock as a safe vibrant […]