6 Dec 2013 09:32
SOME weeks ago the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, announced an extra £250m would go to A&E this year and next year to help it over the winter months.
6 Dec 2013 09:31
RESIDENTS across Reading tell me times are tough. Prices are rising faster than wages and most of us are working harder, for longer, for less.
6 Dec 2013 09:30
SCOTLAND, home of the brave. Famous for Robert Burns, haggis and deep fried Mars bars. I’ve not had the pleasure of tasting their infamous batter-layered chocolate treat, but I’m sure it’s delightful.
5 Dec 2013 09:30
MEETING with parents of dyslexic children you realise how distressing it is when you feel that “the system” is not on your side.
29 Nov 2013 09:32
OVER the past few weeks hundreds of my constituents have been without a phone line or internet connection.
29 Nov 2013 09:31
WHEN it comes to customer relations it hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for either phone and internet users left high and dry by BT OpenReach
29 Nov 2013 09:30
EUROPE is one of those topics that wildly divides opinion. Should we stay or should we go? And, outside the political elite, does anyone actually care?
22 Nov 2013 09:32
IT'S been one of those periods when you don’t get a moment’s peace and quiet!
22 Nov 2013 09:31
A VISITOR from another planet, caught between surveys telling us this is a great place to live and depressing statistics on child poverty, would probably decide Reading is something of a conundrum.
22 Nov 2013 09:30
RECENTLY, I decided to give my house a spruce up. Some of the vacant rooms are beginning to look a little bit too “squatter chic”.
15 Nov 2013 09:32
IT HAS become increasingly evident that doing nothing about the incredible pressure being placed on the A&E departments of our hospitals is no longer an option.
15 Nov 2013 09:31
DEALING with rising energy prices is a key issue for households and politicians need to deliver workable solutions to help hardworking people with their energy bills.
15 Nov 2013 09:30
OVER the years I’ve never been averse to a cheeky flutter. Although not a huge fan of racing, football accumulators have always been a fun and attractive option.
8 Nov 2013 09:32
OVER the past couple of decades society has changed at a breakneck pace. Much of it has been for the better but some for the worse.
8 Nov 2013 09:31
ON Tuesday the Ministry of Defence announced “with sadness” that a soldier from the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment had been killed in an explosion caused by a suicide attack on patrol in the Kamparak area of Helmand province, 40 kilometres north east of Lashkar Gah.
8 Nov 2013 09:30
IT’S FAIR to say I’m a fan of newspapers. They come in all shapes, sizes and even formats these days.
7 Nov 2013 11:00
THREE groups of visitors to Parliament have inspired me in different ways.
1 Nov 2013 09:31
LAST week I took part in a parliamentary debate on UK aviation strategy. It was kicked off by the chair of the transport select committee summarising the committee’s conclusion that a third runway at Heathrow is the best option for improving hub capacity in the UK.
1 Nov 2013 09:30
THE 1978 film High Anxiety starred the late Mel Brook as administrator of The Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous.
1 Nov 2013 09:30
IT’S EARLY days, but so far I’m standing firm. I think I can hold out for at least a few more months. My housemates won’t be happy but they know the score by now.