Entries by Darren

Letter- Thoughts on the Scottish referendum

Dear Editor,   I read with great interest yesterday’s feature on the town’s views on Scottish independence. Westminster is not working for Scotland, nor is it working for Hartlepool, Guisborough or Blyth.    However the system can be fixed and made to work. I would implore the people of Scotland not to change the path of […]

If UKIP Wins a Westminster Seat Next Month, Nigel Farage Cannot Be Excluded From TV Debates at the General Election?

Barring any massive shift in public opinion, UKIP will gain its first elected MP in just a few weeks time on 9 October. Parliamentary by-elections may normally be of interest only to political anoraks, but this one could have a profound and lasting impact on the UK. Douglas Carswell did the honourable thing by ‘resigning’ […]

Lightning always strikes twice in the European Parliament

Lightning can indeed strike twice. Only last week, democracy was subverted by the European Parliament stitching up the vice-presidents to break the mould of the usual system. This week, they apply similar undemocratic tactics to the composition of Committees. In the European Parliament, the chairmanship (and vice-chairmanships) of a committee is allocated by strict formulas. […]