IT and Politics

Whether twittering, on facebook of blackberry, Cllr Danny Nicklen is at the cutting edge of communication.

Policing Must Change

Andrew Mackinlay discusses the recent furore over the policing of the G20 protests and the defection of Council Leader, Terry Hipsey to the Labour Party.

Angela Smith: Technology and Politics

THE TWO Thurrock MP’s discuss the changing nature of communication since their early days in politics. In a world of Blackberrys, Facebook and dare we say, Twitter, do the MP’s feel there is an IT overload or do they welcome the access it gives to their constituents?

Decline of Newspapers: Angela Smith Comments

THE National Union of Journalists lobbied Parliament on Wednesday March 25th to highlight the plight of the declining media. All the major newsgroups have made a number of cuts in the last year as the recession has bitten very deeply. It is understood that Newsquest, which runs the Thurrock Gazette is set to ask staff […]

Terry Hipsey Defection: New Leader Garry Hague Reacts

IN A SHOCK STATEMENT made last night (Wednesday 25th March) Tory Councillor Terry Hipsey has announced that he has quit his post as Leader of Thurrock Council – and that he has crossed the floor to become a Labour Councillor. The announcement, issued during a chaotic and at times farcical full Council Meeting, flew in […]

Stanford Backbencher: Cllr Eddie Hardiman

FOR many backbench councillors a typical day can be about quietly and modestly serving the needs of the constiuents in their ward. No fuss and no press! One such councillor is Stanford-le-Hope’s Eddie Hardiman who in many ways embodies the role of the local councillor. Two weeks ago, we had filmed him campaigning against Polio. […]

BNP Leader Nick Griffin in Thurrock

THE British National Party (BNP) hope to gain seven seats at the European Elections on June 4th. The campaign appears to be based on a siege mentality centered around World War 2. Mr Griffin even declares that Sir Winston Churchill’s natural home (today) would have been the BNP. With anti-racism protestors outside and a heavy […]

BNP: Emma Colgate: Luton Protests

EAST OF ENGLAND Spokesperson and Tilbury Councillor Emma Colgate discusses controversial demonstrations in Luton as the Anglian regiment made their homecoming parade. It’s anticipated that Emma will be standing in June’s European Elections. It will be fascinating to see how well the BNP perform come June.

Terry Hipsey: Not For Turning

BY ALL ACCOUNTS, the massed ranks of the Tory faithful had turned up to bury Caesar and then to praise him. Then, Council Leader Terry Hipsey surprised everyone by declaring that Terry was not for turning and was about to take on the challenges of the Audit Commission head-on and move Thurrock on to a […]

BNP Emma Colgate: Kingmaker?

ONE of the arguments against proportional representation is that it can leave the balance of power – or the ‘king-maker’ scenario – in the hands of ‘extreme’ parties. So, it’s quite a trick to do the same (possibly) with the first past the post system. This could be the case if the motion put forward […]