Who Killed the Newspapers?

During this last week Northampton's free paper the Herald & Post published for the last time. The Chronicle & Echo has gone from a daily to a weekly, and as a consequence of these seemingly minor things local news, alternative viewpoints, and accountability via public opinion are all but dead. When the Press died in Northampton local democracy died with it.
It's a tragedy for all concerned: townsfolk; local leaders; and journalists alike. The leaders can now get away with murders that previously would have been picked up - but wish they couldn't. Townsfolk can't write star letters or get their views across, and journalists have to look for new jobs.

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Idle Thoughts

I’ve always been a big believer in coincidence.A few coincidences have had a big impact on my life.But I haven’t always spotted them at the time, and I look back now and I think why didn’t I listen to that inner voice?So the key with coincidences is firstly to spot them in the first place, and then perhaps even more importantly, to figure out what they mean……

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Sorry About That, Nigel!

Last Tuesday the UKIP leader Nigel Farage was due to visit Northampton Market Square, where several hundred supporters had gathered, in pouring rain, to greet him. But the visit did not take place.

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The EU Out or In Vote: The People against the Tory Establishment!

Back in 1975, when we had a trade agreement with the EU, I voted to stay in. But the world has changed since then, and the EU has changed immensely.

First as agreements, then as imposed regulations, often now as laws, the EU has insidiously taken control of much of our everyday world, binding trades and businesses alike with masses of red tape. Most of it imposed without any consultation with the end-users, often imposed by unelected plush-seated bureaucrats who seek to justify their own existence.

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Overcrowding the Island

I meant to campaign on this issue in the recent General election. I didn't stand because, like millions of others, I expected to see a hung parliament. In which case there would have been a second General Election called shortly afterwards, in which I intended to stand. But mysteriously, against all the odds, all the opinion polls, and all the views of the experts, the Tories got in with an increased majority. Cheesed off? You bet I was!

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Toxic Tony

Politicians don't live in the real world. Look at Blair trying to intervene in the Labour Party - have the Tories come up with a plant?

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Fitzy Goes Conservative?

As I may have mentioned before, I'm seriously considering retiring in the first half of next year. Hopefully by April, if things go well. But I'd like to keep my hand in on the Market, with a completely different line. Doing something the Chronicle used to do, when it was a serious daily paper. Daily advertising, in a couple of words.

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Tesco - On the Way Down?

I see my old rival Tesco is in trouble again. Accused of fraudulently misleading its investors; making out its potential is much greater than it is, inflating its accounts by £250 million!

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Scruffier Town Centre?

Some months after Northampton's new miniature bus station came into action, we are getting reports of a dustier and dirtier town centre, with more fumes from heavy transport traffic, more road congestion, and a gridlock when anything at all out of the ordinary happens. Shoppers have more difficulty getting to and from the new bus station, streets around the station have semi-permanent railings and sandbags reminiscent of a refugee area, and all in all it is not looking good.

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The Rotting Elephant in the Town Centre Room

The Rotting Elephant in the Town Centre Room, that nobody on NBC seems to want to notice, or talk about, or get anything done about, is the shell of St Edmund's Hospital, a listed building gradually falling into ruin on the Wellingborough Road.

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