15 Jul 2011 09:30 • Editorial
Together with local people, councillors and the excellent residents' Save Calcot Action Group (SCAG), I have been campaigning since 2008 to stop developer Blue Living's plans to dump 750 homes and commercial buildings on Pincents Hill.
14 Jul 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
NOW we know that Dave's turned Number 10 into the Second Chance Saloon he should probably own up and reveal exactly how many other unfortunates he's got in there toiling away on rehab.
8 Jul 2011 09:30 • Rob Wilson MP
I HEARD someone say on the radio that journalism is about to experience its own expenses scandal moment. If that's true, it's about to go through the fire and deservedly so.
8 Jul 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
HOW much does the BBC spend annually on its own version of a final salary pension scheme for a bunch of has-been, never-was or never-likely-to-be tennis 'stars'?
1 Jul 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
IT MUST be a tad surreal when you're the most powerful nation on the planet and the only characters you can rustle up to challenge Barack for control of the White House answer to the name of Mitt, Newt, Rick, Jon, Flip, Chuck, Rock, Hank, Wizz or Trump.
24 Jun 2011 09:30 • Rob Wilson MP
The longer we are in Government the easier it becomes to expose how useless the last Labour Government was - it's quite difficult for the public to comprehend just how awful it all was.
24 Jun 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
ONCE upon a time when gunboat diplomacy was in vogue, accusing someone's prime minister of "mediocrity bordering on stupidity" would have had everyone hurriedly pulling on their tin hats.
It's the second year of the Coalition Government and we are having to make some very difficult decisions to fix the financial mess and record deficit Labour left behind.
16 Jun 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
IT WAS like old times. Tremor in the voice, glottals stopping like an intricate passage from Riverdance, that weird Anglo-Scottish hooray accent, mellowed with a mid-Atlantic tinge, and even a hint of the Middle East picked up from visitors spirited up in the private lift to the all-expenses- paid floor he occupies at Jerusalem's American Colony Hotel.
Along with the Mayor of Reading and other local folk, I was lucky enough to be invited by Reading Football Club to watch the big match at Wembley on Monday.
3 Jun 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
AS SCANDALS go it was hardly of tsunami proportions. Were the victims dogs or cats, or even a retired circus elephant, then the furore might well have been greater.
26 May 2011 09:30 • Rob Wilson MP
THIS week President Obama visited Westminster and as I write this Westminster Hall is being prepared to receive him.
26 May 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
THE wisdom of placing the running of your libraries in private hands may be a moot point when figures from the National Literacy Trust show one in six Britons have a reading level below that of an 11-year-old.
Last week I was pleased, together with corporate sponsors First Great Western, Network Rail, PepsiCo and Tesco, to announce plans for a major interactive careers Futures Fair for west Reading secondary schools. The event will be held in September at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium.
19 May 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
ONE of the great curiosities of the late 20th century was the concept of 'dress down Fridays' which spread so rapidly across the Atlantic that it became almost compulsory to show up on the last day of the working week in gardening gear.
13 May 2011 09:30 • Rob Wilson MP
Some weeks can be pretty exhausting and last week was one of them. Who in Government thought it would be a good idea to debate the Finance Bill in the week we have local elections and a Referendum on AV?
13 May 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
THE one time I tried to pay a credit card bill online was a disaster. The experience involved three major system crashes, a damage-only accident when it disowned the password it had approved just moments earlier; and then nothing.
5 May 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
APPARENTLY some politicians tell lies; and the latest news is that the woodland toilet habits of bears may be every bit as unpleasant as we suspected.
21 Apr 2011 09:30 • Maurice O'Brien
MOST mornings when I pull back the curtains I'm greeted by the sight of a couple of obese, moth-eaten old pigeons squatting moodily on a neighbour's roof.