Bob Morgan
Former Town 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.

Entries by Bob Morgan

Don't Routinely Arm Our Police

(5) Comments | Posted 14 January 2016 | (15:20)

Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has announced that they will be training an additional six hundred Met Officers to carry out armed duties - this in response to the recent attacks in Paris where heavily armed terrorists slaughtered innocent concert goers.

Since the announcement the public debate has...

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Stirring Up Islamophobia To Sell Newspapers Is a Disgrace

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2015 | (14:30)

After the disgraceful and misleading story in the Sun newspaper - alleging that one in five UK Muslims had sympathy for Jihadi fighters - it seems important to say and write things which in other times would seem unnecessary if not bizarre. I mean that it is even more important...

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I Don't Want to Hear the Lord's Prayer in the Cinema

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (08:42)

The Church of England is threatening to take legal action against the company who place adverts in UK cinemas because they have declined to show an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer.

Having no belief in any god or gods or afterlife or any other supernatural phenomena -...

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Police Fining People to Generate Revenue Would Be a Terrible Mistake

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2015 | (13:27)

Befordshire Police Crime Commissioner Olly Martins has announced that they are considering enforcing a zero tolerance approach to speeding on the M1 in order to generate revenue for the Force. He is quoted in the Telegraph as saying. "If motorists do not like it then they can always stick to...

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Autism: Bullying and Loneliness

(2) Comments | Posted 26 October 2015 | (14:14)

We all face challenges through life and especially so when we are young and new to the world. School days for some are more difficult than for others for any number of reasons - sometimes because of things they cannot change.

I have been mentoring a young...

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We Need to Stop the Online Women Haters

(15) Comments | Posted 30 September 2015 | (01:00)

There is a real problem for us all if half the population feel they cannot express their views in a democratic society without the fear of being the subject of threats to rape them and other misogynistic abuse.

We increasingly communicate on the various forms of social...

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Assisted Dying: Why Are Some Religious Leaders Against It?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2015 | (09:34)

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, along with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and twenty three other religious leaders wrote to the Observer Newspaper last week - arguing against proposed new laws on assisted dying. The religions represented amongst the signatories included Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and various other Christian groups.


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Why an Aid Worker Is Embarrassed to Be English?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 September 2015 | (11:19)

A British medic working with European colleagues for Medicines Sans Frontieres in the Mediterranean was interviewed on Radio 5 this morning and said she was embarrassed to be English because the UK is so reluctant to except more than a handful of refugees.

This is in contrast to Germany where...

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The Government's Prevent Strategy Won't Work if It Is Seen as Spying

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (10:25)

The Governments Prevent Strategy has been in place since 2011 and followed on from an earlier version brought in under Tony Blair after 9/11. It is intended to stop people becoming radicalised and as a result being drawn into violent extremism.

Theresa May launched the newer strategy...

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Islamophobia Will Not Make Us Safer?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2015 | (07:15)

The UK, and a number of other countries - both western democracies and a number in the Middle East - are facing threats to the safety of their citizens from a group of violent and ruthless people calling themselves the 'Islamic State' or IS. It is a conflict being fought...

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Mr Cameron Should Not Appear to Blame All Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2015 | (13:11)

David Cameron accused some British Muslims of 'quietly condoning' Islamic State ideology in a recent speech he made at a security conference in Slovakia.

Talking about British Muslims going to fight with Islamic State, Mr Cameron said: "The cause is ideological. It is an Islamist extremist ideology,...

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We Should Be Very Careful When Giving Up Our Freedoms

(0) Comments | Posted 7 June 2015 | (11:30)

The starting place for any democratic decisions about how we balance our rights to freedom against the need to compromise that freedom for the safety and security of the wider community should be that we should be free to do anything we want except if there is a compelling case...

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The Danger of Trying to Police Britishness

(1) Comments | Posted 16 May 2015 | (10:20)

Theresa May and David Cameron say the Queen's Speech will contain proposals to limit the 'harmful activities' of extremists and to promote 'British values' and to stop activities that would undermine democracy.

As simplistic political rhetoric it sounds a very obvious and desirable thing to do. Who...

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David Cameron: Entertaining the Richest, Taking Away From the Poorest

(8) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (09:10)

David Cameron's threat to freeze the benefits of those with drug addiction or obesity problems, unless they accept treatment, is nothing less than the bullying of a small section of our population in order to gain votes.

In a world still recovering from the financial meltdown - a trauma...

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ADHD: Myth or Reality

(1) Comments | Posted 8 February 2015 | (09:27)

I recently organised a talk on Attention Deficit and Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD) delivered by Dr Sethu Wariyar - a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician. It was in Surrey and the advertising was sent out to a few local schools. The first person - a youth worker - booked a space within minutes....

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UKIP's Ideology of Selfishness

(9) Comments | Posted 31 December 2014 | (16:33)

There was a phone in debate about Ebola on Radio 5 Live this week. This was after the reports of Nurse Pauline Cafferkey being diagnosed with Ebola soon after returning from Sierra Leone. Several callers were very critical of the very idea of NHS volunteers going to West Africa at...

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Theresa May's New Domestic Coercion Laws May Not Work

(2) Comments | Posted 26 December 2014 | (11:44)

The government is planning new laws against coercive and controlling behavior within relationships - this could include financial control - preventing a partner seeing friends and things like setting oppressive house 'rules'.

If the new law stopped this sort of one sided, oppressive and controlling conduct then it would...

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The Poisonous Debate On Immigration - And Traffic on the M4

(15) Comments | Posted 15 December 2014 | (00:00)

Nigel Farage has further distinguished himself in an outburst to a BBC reporter after being delayed by traffic problems on the M4 whilst on his way to a conference in Wales.

He told the BBC reporter when asked about being late - "That is nothing to do with professionalism, what...

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Has This Sentencing Made Decision Us All Less Safe?

(3) Comments | Posted 7 December 2014 | (10:40)

Yusuf Sarwar has been jailed for 12 years after his mother revealed to police that he was in Syria fighting against the Syrian regime. The former Birmingham University student was jailed after being arrested when he returned to the UK.

Judge Michael Topolski praised his mother for...

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Why Do the Media Assume the Bishops Are Our Only Moral Guardians?

(3) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (11:18)

I listened to Radio 4's 'Thought For The Day' program this week and heard Bishop Nick Baines taking about surveillance in the UK and the need to balance our security needs with the need to prevent terrorist attacks. He concluded that it was about achieving the right balance - as...

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