Exceptional Education News

Well, you wait for a bus and then several come at once: there have been four pieces of exceptional news on the education front in the last few weeks. First up came the first draft of this year’s aggregate results for the county compared with other parts of the country.…

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A Debate With A Difference

At the end of every day in the Commons, the speaker stands from his chair and puts the motion “That this House do now adjourn”. It happens every night and on almost every occasion, the only people left in the chamber are a government whip, a solitary backbencher and a…

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Heart of Industrial Ipswich Still Beating Strong

Given its illustrious history, Old Foundry Road now provides little evidence of its importance to our town, our country and to the whole global Agrarian Revolution. You need to be looking at the blank wall between the back of the Salutation and the junction with Great Colman Street to know…

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Elections Should be Exciting

We are 55 days from the General Election but we have already had 71 days of moaning from the political press about the campaign. It’s boring, they say, with repetition that is itself getting very boring indeed. They could not be more wrong. In fact, I’d say the only thing…

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County Hall

I had a treat two weeks ago. Mark Hart of Barnes Construction took me on a tour of County Hall, where his company are putting the finishing touches to some very good affordable accommodation in St Andrew’s House, round the back. Now, I remember the back of this building well.…

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Trains: We’re Getting There

Many of you will remember the infamous British Rail slogan from the 1980s – ‘we’re getting there’. Even in professing some sort of modest aspiration, it had the unfortunate demerit of being complete tosh – which is why everyone laughed at it. On the figures alone, BR was a complete…

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A Tale of Two Towns – Ipswich in Photographs

A Tale of Two Towns – Ipswich in Photographs The recent arguments over the town centre, which I will return to in the coming weeks, have excited even more comment on the doorstep about the state and future of our town. When I ask people about the issues that concern…

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