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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...

“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...