Entries by Nik Darlington from 07/2011

Winnie the Pooh can Teach the Government A Thing or Two About Environmental Planning

| Posted 07.06.2011 | UK Politics

The author of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne, once said that 'organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up'. This coalition government has demonstrated a boldly pragmatic and non-ideological mindset since taking office. Nevertheless, there is a danger that on planning, the Government is ideologically dismissing an integrated approach in favour of extending responsibility to communities. Localism is great for running a local park, but it cannot provide integrated national solutions to the big environmental challenges facing the UK.

Sport Is More Than Just a Game

| Posted 07.07.2011 | Sports

On Monday evening, Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakarra delivered what Peter Roebuck has described as "the most important speech in cricket history."

The Layman's Guide to the Last Ever News of the World

| Posted 07.11.2011 | UK

After 168 years in the business, the terminal edition of the News of the World is weighed down by more than the gravity of the present situation. It is steeped in history, humour, hurt, hubris and boundless self-congratulation.

National Countryside Week Shows Prince Charles at his Best

| Posted 07.20.2011 | UK

One year ago, the Prince of Wales set up the Prince's Countryside Fund with the overall aim of aiding the survival of "the smaller family farmer".

If Ed Balls Wants to Watch Cricket at Lord's, Good on Him

| Posted 07.22.2011 | UK Politics

If politicians, whoever they might be, want to take some time off to go to the cricket we shouldn't point fingers at them, we should applaud them and be thankful that the smug killjoys haven't killed off every last pleasure afforded to those who give up private lives for public service.

The Definitive Summer Reading List for MPs

| Posted 07.22.2011 | UK Politics

The comprehensive guide to what MPs (and political enthusiasts) should be taking on holiday with them this summer.

David Cameron Pleads for Cesc Fabregas to Stay at Arsenal

| Posted 07.26.2011 | UK

David Cameron professes to be an Aston Villa fan but clearly for him in football as in politics, the national interest trumps tribal loyalties. Moreover, considering the dire state of the Spanish economy, the 40 million or so euros that Fabregas might cost Barcelona could probably best be put to use at home rather than being exported to Britain.

NHS takes on another class of junior doctors: "It's guaranteed to be a shambles but it's not the end of the world"

| Posted 07.28.2011 | UK Politics

For thousands of young people in Britain, next Wednesday is the biggest day of their life so far. They have waited at least five, perhaps six, years for this moment. On 3 August a new intake of junior doctors take their first cautious steps on to hospital wards. Should you be concerned?