Bob Morgan
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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.

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Don't Blame Just the Police for Letting Down Stalking Victims

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2016 | (09:16)

The publicity around Lily Allen's stalking case has, it appears, encouraged other victims to come forward and report similar cases to police and that is a good thing.

Lily Allen went through an awful experience that would have psychologically crippled many of us - culminating by the stalker breaking...

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The Song 'Delilah' Tells Us Something About Our Attitude To Violence Against Women

(2) Comments | Posted 9 April 2016 | (10:09)

The Tom Jones song 'Delilah' is one of his best known songs and one of the most popular to sing at football and rugby games. It's popularity must be due - at least in part - to the music itself - to be fair it 's a big song to...

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Keeping Our Freedoms Will Defeat Islamic State

(3) Comments | Posted 28 March 2016 | (00:00)

The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels are an unnecessary reminder of what the self proclaimed Islamic State are capable of. Their acts of murder and terror cause waves of media coverage reflecting the sadness: fears and defiance of those effected. Governments are holding emergency meetings and new security measures are...

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Trump - The Worst of Democracy?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2016 | (12:45)

Donald Trump's political success is probably one the worst things that has happened to democracy in recent history.

He has set out a set of proposals that would shame many of the world's dictators - the building of a wall to keep Mexicans out of the US and make...

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Getting a Job is Harder for Some of Our Young People

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2016 | (13:00)

A group of us went into a local secondary school recently to do some mock interviews with some of their Year 10s. The school is in the middle of a relatively deprived area in the otherwise wealthy County of Surrey - so the pupils were mostly from families on low...

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Nationalism Is a Bad Argument Against EU Membership

(3) Comments | Posted 18 February 2016 | (14:40)

David Cameron is busy trying to re-negotiate small parts of our vast set of agreements with the EU - under pressure because he and his Government have committed the Country to a vote on EU memberships by the end of 2017.

The serious arguments for and against continued membership are...

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Don't Routinely Arm Our Police

(6) Comments | Posted 14 January 2016 | (14:20)

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 | (13:30)

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 | (07:42)

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 | (12:27)

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 | (13:14)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (08:34)

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 | (10:19)

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 | (09:25)

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 | (06:15)

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 | (12:11)

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 | (10:30)

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 | (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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