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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...

“Clarification is not to clarify things. It is to put one’s self in the clear” – why the Cormac-gate review must ask the right questions

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s concession that there are useful lessons to learn from its...

Out of the mouths of babes: why Cornwall’s Conservatives need to swallow hard, and admit they have got it badly wrong on free school meals

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Although 13,000 children in Cornwall are in need of free school meals...

Living by numbers: As the government wrangles over tougher Covid-19 restrictions, is it time to embrace logic and consistency?

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith The debate at the heart of government over where, when and how...

Covid-19 and Cornwall at the tipping point: will the lessons be learned?

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith For entirely political reasons, central government has been keen to transfer responsibility...

Is there something fishy going on in Mevagissey? As the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy sinks below the UK’s horizon, Cornwall’s own fishermen show they have plenty of other ways to fall out with each other

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Whose fish are they anyway?  It’s a question which probably doesn’t bother...

Remember, remember, the 5th of November and how Cornwall Council ended up sleepwalking into “reasonable” constitutional chaos

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith It was a grey, showery morning in November and it seemed like...

Black lives matter everywhere, but who controls the past controls the future: Cornwall’s uncomfortable history with slavery

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith The destruction of Bristol’s statue of slaver Edward Colston has underlined an...

Will the war against Covid-19 end the same way as most wars, with refugees evacuated by helicopter from embassy roofs even as the politicians declare victory?

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith The bellicose rhetoric surrounding the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis has reminded me of...

Covid-19: A postcard from Midwich, village of the damned

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith It might be nearly 600 years since Niccolo Machiavelli first suggested that...

Ring A-Ring O’Roses, A Pocket Full of Posies, and other ways to Keep Calm And Carry On

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Legend has it that Billy Bottreaux was a bit superstitious.  But as...

Could you be our next Police and Crime Commissioner? There are only 97 campaigning days to go

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith As one door closes, so another one opens.  Who would like to...

Look North, in wonder, as Scotland edges closer to affordable local government by pioneering Britain’s first tourism tax

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith One of the safer forecasts for 2020 is that the debate over...

If you tolerate this, then your children will be next

Sydney, Australia, is today (Saturday) shrouded in toxic smoke as flames consume its north, south and west, just 80 miles from Australia's largest city.  So far nearly 7.5 million...

Cornwall is going to be Conservative for a very long time – we just have to get used to it

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith A total of 323,158 people in Cornwall voted in last week’s general...

Is the Newquay airport goose being fattened up for privatisation?

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith Sometimes writing an article is a bit like staring at a box...