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How to save the leisure centres: why Alf and Roy provide a blueprint for survival

By Graham Smith Wednesday’s exclusive about plans to close four of Cornwall’s leisure centres has understandably ruffled feathers far beyond County Hall.  Word reaches me that GLL, the private...

Situations Vacant: Red Queen needed to draft Covid Safety Bill before the next general election

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith It is far too soon to attempt a history of Covid-19 in...

You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps: Why Tony Blair is both right, and wrong, about Afghanistan

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Some people in Cornwall might now be wrestling with their consciences over...

The more things change the more they stay the same: will the real winners of the Cornwall Council election please stand up?

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith The honeymoon is over.  Three months after the local council elections, Cornwall’s...

Fightback: holding out for a hero in a world where truth is often stranger than fiction

This book review is free to read - just register as an "As I Please" subscriber with Cornwall Reports, log-in, and enjoy!  An annual subscription to Cornwall Reports is...

Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser: there are lessons for Cornwall in Batley & Spen

By Graham Smith By this time tomorrow the news will be all about a Parliamentary by-election from somewhere oop t’North. It all seems very far away, and as there...

New coat pegs and no running in the corridor: a few points to watch for when life gets back to (nearly) normal at County Hall

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors return to County Hall on Tuesday for their first formal...

Keeping things in proportion: why Churchill was right, and democracy really is the worst form of government – apart from all the others

By Graham Smith Last week’s “Super Thursday” set of elections has led to a predictable searching of souls over the definition of “fairness” and different voting systems. The Conservatives...

Our Friends In The North: A brief, recent, history of the Labour Party and why I now have more time for my cousins

By Graham Smith The next full meeting of Cornwall Council is scheduled for 10.30am on Tuesday 25th May.  Its primary item of business will be to elect a new...

Here is the news

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith As a young teenager, delivering newspapers very early in the morning, I...

Everyone’s a winner: there is no need to wait until 7th May to find out who triumphed the previous day

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Polling Day is 6th May.  There are two important facts to bear...

Elections 2021: The Battle for County Hall – what do you think of it so far?

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith A survey of recent opinion polling has underlined the reasons for Conservative...

Lifting the veil: a brief guide to “purdah” and why we should be paying even closer attention to what goes on at County Hall during the next six weeks

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Tomorrow (Monday) sees the official start of the Cornwall Council election period...

Inside the G7: how to make a drama out of a crisis

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith The London-based local government consultancy Newton’s Apple has convened another meeting of...

“Winning here” and other lies: get ready for a bulging sack of political waste paper

By Graham Smith A week tomorrow, on Monday 8th March, you can expect your waste paper recycling bag to start swelling with huge volumes of election leaflets.  “Winning here”...

Hot Gossip: nothing is proven, everything is possible

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith This article is nothing more than gossip, rumour and speculation.  I am...

Inside the G7: A letter from America

It is mid-March 2021.  With lockdown lifted, the London-based local government consultancy Newton’s Apple has convened another meeting of its top executives to consider how it can help Cornwall...

Inside the G7: so true, it has to be made up

By Graham Smith It is mid-March 2021.  With lockdown lifted, the London-based local government consultancy Newton’s Apple has convened a meeting of its top executives to consider how it...

I brief, you leak and she’s just been charged under Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act

By Graham Smith Bond followed his boss into the office.  He hated this sort of thing.  Somebody, somewhere, always had to take the blame. The lives of Canadian premier...

As Cornwall falls off a Covid cliff, will 2021 be the year the Boris Bug triggers yet another coup within the Conservative party?

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith A friend of mine posted on social media last night that she...