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Living by numbers: every Conservative MP in Cornwall must now take seriously the risk of defeat at the next general election

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith It’s barely an hour’s drive from Cornwall to Tiverton.  Scores of political...

The Liberal Democrats will probably beat the Conservatives in Tiverton & Honiton, but don’t worry, it’s only a by-election

By Graham Smith In a little over three weeks, I expect the Liberal Democrats to win the Tiverton and Honiton by-election.  The bookmakers agree, and you will currently struggle...

How to share prosperity and win elections – why not just give everyone in Cornwall a garden centre voucher?

By Graham Smith County Hall is trying to draw up a “shopping list” of priority projects on which to spend the £132 million Shared Prosperity Fund announced by the...

Saints Trail – it wasn’t the first two-wheeled “omnishambles” and it won’t be the last: Any inquiry needs to ask the right questions if the same mistakes are not to be repeated

By Graham Smith Any inquiry into the multi-million pound Saints Trail fiasco, which on Friday saw the scrapping of a key part of a 19 mile off-road cycle path,...

From Watergate 1972 to Downing Street 2022: it’s telling lies which is the really serious crime

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith In June 1972 five of the world’s least competent burglars broke into...

Daze of Hope? In Cornwall, a new “Jeremy Corbyn Party” would have more to do with pasties than politics, at least in the short-term

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith There is much excitement among Lefties today, thanks to those fermenting jars...

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...