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Who is Inspector Sands and why does he receive so many announcements?

February 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I travel a lot on the London Underground system and in recent weeks I have heard several announcements calling on Inspector Sands to go to the control room. What’s all this about? The Inspector Sands voice message is an automated message which is activated when the station fire alarm sounds. The message gives staff an […]

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Remembering Sir Gerald Kaufman MP

February 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I was saddened to hear the news today of the death of Gerald Kaufman, the Labour Member of Parliament who was the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, having clocked up an amazing 47 years when he died. I joined the Labour Party in 1969 in the Manchester Ardwick constituency where Kaufman was first […]

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It’s Fat Cat Tuesday – a national disgrace

January 4th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The UK’s top bosses will have made more money by lunchtime today than the typical UK worker will earn all year, according to an analysis that exposes the gulf between executives and the rest of the workforce. On “Fat Cat Wednesday” campaigners say that public anger with elites will intensify unless action is taken to […]

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“Stuck: How Labour is too weak to win, and too strong to die”

January 3rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This is the title of a report published today by the Fabian Society on the state of the British Labour Party. It is a sobering but fair analysis of the current challenges facing the party. The one paragraph summation is as follows: “The Labour Party is too weak to win the next election – whether […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (3)

December 21st, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This year, I am going to be a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. At the induction session for new volunteers, we were given some background information on the causes of homelessness: The lack of housing overall The lack of affordable housing The loss of a tenancy Lacking work and/or skills […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (2)

December 20th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This year, I am going to be a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. At the induction session for new volunteers, we were given some background information on the scale and nature of homelessness. Some 60% of the homeless say that they are lonely. Some 70% of the homeless say that […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (1)

December 19th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

For the first time in my life, I am about to become a volunteer. I have been accepted to do three shifts with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. Since this is my first time, at the weekend I attended a two-hour New Volunteers Induction Session at the Bloomsbury Baptist Central Church in […]

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So how is Jeremy Corbyn doing after his storming re-election as Labour leader?

December 12th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Some of my friends, and even some members of my family, have been enthusiastic  supporters of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party. They pointed out that Corbyn’s meetings attracted huge numbers and that many thousands were flocking to join the party. And, of course, in the recent leadership election, Corbyn was returned with […]

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What should baby boomers do to stay healthy?

December 9th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I am officially a ‘baby boomer’ because I was born between 1946 and 1964 (actually in 1948). According to a BBC news item, England’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has called on people aged between 50 and 70 to keep working to stay healthy. In a report on the health of the so-called […]

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How should the consumer voice be heard in company policymaking?

December 7th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

In her campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party and in her time as Prime Minister, Theresa May has talked of consumers and workers being on company boards and there is currently a Government consultation on corporate governance that looks tentatively at this subject. The consumer organisation Citizens Advice invited me to do a […]

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