Bob Morgan
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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.

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Are We a Less Caring Country Now?

(12) Comments | Posted 17 August 2014 | (12:29)

In a recent Telegraph article, about the refugees fleeing the Islamic State forces and Britain's silence on taking some refugees from the area - Fraser Nelson asked 'What kind of a country are we?'

We are seeing and hearing reports of atrocities committed by the Sunni extremists against Christian...

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Why Is It Only the Bishops Who Get a Say On Assisted Dying?

(2) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (10:28)

The House of Lords is soon to debate Lord Falconer's Bill to allow doctors, or someone else in the medical profession, to assist people to end their lives if they are likely to die within six months and choose to end their lives.

This is surely a topic that...

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A Good Man Who Can't Get A Job

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2014 | (10:46)

I know a man - let's call him John - he sustained a head injury when he was child and it has left him with an inability to write or recognise words longer than three or four letters. In spite of this he has worked for the last 30 years...

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Assisted Dying and Religion

(1) Comments | Posted 3 July 2014 | (10:38)

One of the most senior doctors in the Country - Professor John Ashton - has called for doctors to be allowed to help terminally ill patients end their lives. He wants doctors (or a new type of mid-wife) to be able to give patients a lethal dose of drugs to...

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What Our Leaders Could Learn From Children

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (14:28)

I have run after school activities for primary school children in a large town near to London for some years. There is a fairly mixed population in the part of the Town where I work. The children come from many different cultures, from white British families - Pakistani families to...

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Does the Attitude Survey Show the Real Level of Racism in the UK?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (11:23)

Racism blights a society and creates unfairness and injustice - it impedes some people from enjoying the advantages society has to offer and prevents them making a full contribution that would otherwise benefit us all. The degree of its effect should surely be a measure of how civilised a society...

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With Such High Child Death Rates We Need to Stop Closing Sure Start Centres

(11) Comments | Posted 5 May 2014 | (00:00)

About 6,000 UK children and young people die every year. Around two-thirds of these are aged under-five, and the majority are under the age of one. The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for deaths in this age group.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child...

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Mr Cameron Playing the Religious Card

(19) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (00:00)

David Cameron has told Britain that we should be more confident about being a Christian country and urged us to "get out there and make a difference". He says it is time for the Church to play a greater role in politics and society and has accused some of "failing...

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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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