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

The Danger of Trying to Police Britishness

(1) Comments | Posted 16 May 2015 | (09:20)

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 | (08:10)

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 | (08:27)

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 | (15:33)

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 | (10:44)

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 14 December 2014 | (23:00)

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 | (09:40)

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 | (10:18)

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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Ukip Can't Turn Back the Clock

(37) Comments | Posted 10 November 2014 | (23:00)

Whilst delivering some leaflets I knocked at the door of a man in late 60s or early 70s - he quickly announced he was a Ukip supporter - in fact he seemed very keen to tell me that. We had a chat - he said that the EU was a...

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Fighting the Health System to Save Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (21:57)

Lee and Alex Cripps are parents of twin girls who are coming up to four. Alex is 36 and works at Reading University and Lee is an IT specialist working for Vodafone. They are a confident and professional couple with demanding jobs.

In November 2013 Alex started to have...

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The Next Election: It's About Foreigners - Stupid!

(16) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (09:34)

Nigel Farage has made it plain that even if the UK suffers a drop in GDP; because we limit immigration then it is worth it. Farage wants us out of the European Union and wants to stop the UK spending money on overseas aid.

Meanwhile the Conservatives are promising...

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Men Falsely Accused of Rape Also Deserve Justice

(9) Comments | Posted 4 October 2014 | (15:24)

If someone is falsely accused of a very serious crime and ends up in prison for something they did not do and find themselves being abused and having urine thrown over them and they and their family are forced to endure all the stress and shame that goes with all...

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When a Father Kills - It Is More Than Just a Tragedy.

(6) Comments | Posted 14 September 2014 | (15:01)

The Radio 4 drama Craven, features Maxine Peake playing a dedicated and determined detective investigating the fictional murder of children by their father after a family break up. In episode 5 - broadcast last week - the fictional detective says "I think a women should be free to change her...

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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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