Bob Morgan
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Deputy Council Leader, former Met Police Inspector, former Chairman West Berkshire Libdems. Currently a community development officer: young persons mentor and Chairman of a SureStart Advisory Board.

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It Is Perverse to Encourage Young People Not to Vote

(19) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (00:00)

An estimated 32% of 18 to 24-year-old's voted in the 2013 local elections compared to around 72% of the over 65s. If this dynamic plays out in national politics and into the future then it is surely dangerous for us all. The fewer people who vote the more likely we...

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Stephen Lawrence Case: Don't Blame the Entire Met Police

(1) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (21:26)

A number of Metropolitan police officers failed the family of Stephen Lawrence by not investigating his murder properly. Worse still - officers may have spied on the family with a view to discrediting them, and even worse than that - corruption may have played a part in undermining the investigation....

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Our Attitude to Violence Against Women

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2014 | (19:20)

Cassandra Hasonvic, aged 24 years, was stabbed to death by her husband in front of her two sons as she was fleeing to a women's refuge. She had been stalked by her husband for some time leading up to the murder. The police had failed to arrest her husband and...

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'Benefits Street' - Its About Exploitation

(2) Comments | Posted 25 January 2014 | (05:59)

At the risk of stating the very obvious it is clear from the title of the documentary series 'Benefits Street' that the aim of the film makers was to identify those featured on the show primarily as benefit claimants.

As if that was not clear enough - in the...

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The Magic of a Film Club

(1) Comments | Posted 12 January 2014 | (19:32)

I help run a film club; every second Thursday we show a film to a small audience of around 20 - 25 people. We put it on during the day so inevitably the audience is mostly made up of older people.

We use a moderately priced office projector (£450)...

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The Toxic Nature of the Debate on Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (10:21)

It seems clear that the heated debate on immigration will last at least until the 2015 elections - driven by the popularity of UKIP and the panic in the other Parties not to be seen soft on immigration.

Another thing seems clear - the debate will seldom be objective...

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Another Nasty Tory Policy in the Making?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (20:13)

A Tory MP has floated the idea of only paying child benefit for the first two children of any unemployed people. Those actually in work on less than £30,000 a year would only be given child tax credits, worth £2725, for the first two children they have according to this...

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Gender Discrimination in Our State Church

(1) Comments | Posted 20 November 2013 | (08:27)

Is the issue of whether the Church of England discriminates against half the population by refusing to promote women as Bishops any of the business of an atheist like me?

They are the state church and they occupy 26 seats in the House of Lords as of right. They...

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Mentoring Young People

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (19:12)

It's not getting any easier being young in this increasingly complex world. Unemployment amongst 16 to 24 year olds remains stubbornly high with nearly a million out of work in the UK. According to the UK's Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies - almost 27% of UK children are either...

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The 'Plebgate' Affair Will Undermine Trust in the Police

(2) Comments | Posted 19 October 2013 | (08:44)

The police versus Andrew Mitchell saga drags on, having started with an allegation that the then Tory Chief Whip called police officers "fucking plebs" words which of course fed into the whole notion of arrogant Conservative politicians seeing themselves a cut above the rest of us.

This dispute came...

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The Cruelties of the 'Bedroom Tax'

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2013 | (17:42)

There is nothing wrong with the idea of people with rooms to spare moving to smaller accommodation and making way for larger families. If there were positive incentives to do this - some sort of tax relief or other reward for doing the right thing then people might choose to...

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Do Male Domestic Abuse Victims Get Arrested?

(2) Comments | Posted 20 September 2013 | (18:17)

I was a Metropolitan Police Officer through the 1980s, 90s and up to 2006. Like most ex or serving Police Officers I have seen the reality of domestic violence in its many forms - from harassment to minor assault to rape and murder.

In the 80's the Police were...

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Why Is It Acceptable to Bomb and Shoot Syrian Children?

(3) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (11:02)

The US, the UK and France are reported to be weighing up options on what to do about the recent chemical attack on civilians in Syria. It looks increasingly likely that US and possibly UK missiles will be launched at military installations of the Assad regime - an option not...

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Condemning The Victims Of Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2013 | (16:39)

Prosecution lawyer, Robert Colover and Judge, Nigel Peters, apparently agreed that the 13 year old girl who was a victim of sexual abuse by a 41 year old man was partly to blame because she was a 'predator'. Mr Colover also commented that the girl was 'sexually experienced' - perhaps...

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Cynical Immigration Enforcement Stunts To Get Votes

(4) Comments | Posted 4 August 2013 | (20:31)

Conservative Immigration Minister, Mark Harper has said the recent operations in London aimed at identifying and detaining people committing immigration offenses are intelligence led and not based on the ethnicity of those stopped. He is quoted as saying "We don't just stop people at random". He is also quoted as...

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Vile Abuse Should Have No Place in Public Debate

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2013 | (18:26)

A women journalist and feminist campaigner - Caroline Criado-Perez - has led a successful internet campaign to have Jane Austen appear on a £10 banknote in 2017 and has since been the target of hours of vile online abuse by some men. The abuse has included threats of rape and...

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Did Police Victimise the Very People They Should Have Been Protecting?

(14) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (00:00)

Society looks to the police to enforce the laws of the land so that rest of us can go above a daily lives safely and free from crime and the fear of crime: for the most part this works. If someone breaks the law police can be called along to...

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The Schools That Do Less to Help Poorer Children

(15) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (00:00)

If you are a child born into a poor family in the UK you are less likely to do well at school, less likely to do well in life and ultimately die at a younger age. This is grossly unfair but true for thousands of our young people. One of...

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Why Are Members of Parliament Allowed to Earn Money on the Side?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 June 2013 | (21:15)

The reputation of Parliament is once again under question - we had the expenses scandal a few years ago - now we have the return of cash for questions allegations. Wouldn't it help preserve the reputation of Parliament from suffering even more damage if MPs were not allowed to take...

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Using Drummer Rigby's Name to Change Our Laws

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (19:04)

The brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby would have shocked most of us even if we had not seen so much of it on the television - but because we did it has had an even greater impact.

I imagine soldiers just like Drummer Rigby face similar levels of...

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