10:27am Wednesday 18th June 2014
12:29pm Wednesday 28th May 2014
UKIP’s victory in the European elections was a wake-up call to the major political parties with the Lib Dems taking a particular drubbing, including their strongholds in the south west where long standing MEP Sir Graham Watson lost his seat.
3:29pm Friday 14th March 2014
Skipper's mood has not been improved in recent months by the length of time spent sitting in his car, waiting for access on to the new Trafalgar roundabout on the main A39 in Truro. Some evenings, during rush-hour, the traffic is now backed up all the way up the hill to the junction with the Falmouth Road.
4:57pm Thursday 21st November 2013
It seems that you have to wait a while for public anger to rise as the impact of the cuts start to have a real impact on peoples’ lives, and then it comes all at once, a bit like buses really.... The very same issue that has got people up in arms this week.
12:29pm Thursday 14th November 2013
2:46pm Thursday 10th October 2013
3:57pm Thursday 26th September 2013
If last month’s Ofsted report had said that King Charles school was “outstanding,” then officials at Cornwall Council, and Heather Taylor, would be patting themselves on the back and congratulating each other. Parents would have nothing to complain about. Their primary concern is for the education of their children, rather than any ideological problems with privatisation.
3:03pm Thursday 12th September 2013
10:24am Friday 30th August 2013
4:11pm Friday 23rd August 2013
3:01pm Friday 19th July 2013
11:32am Thursday 4th July 2013
12:55pm Thursday 27th June 2013
11:25am Thursday 20th June 2013
I watched the Channel 4 “Dispatches” documentary on Monday evening out of morbid fascination to see how often Cornwall Council featured in the programme. It was billed as 30-minutes of investigative journalism with the title “how councils waste your money.”
12:56pm Thursday 6th June 2013
11:38am Thursday 30th May 2013
Depending on which anonymous ministerial briefing you believe, the National Health Service is either (a) on the point of collapse because of elderly people “bed blocking” in acute hospitals or (b) about to invite private hotel firms to launch a new chain of “hospital hotels” for those who technically are “cured” but who cannot be easily discharged because of a lack of care at home.
11:06am Thursday 23rd May 2013
They say that nature abhors a vacuum. And when you take the big beasts out of a jungle, one of two things happen: either some new big beasts come along to take their place, or the whole ecology is upset and eventually there's a wholesale extinction.
1:14pm Thursday 16th May 2013
2:15pm Wednesday 8th May 2013
5:19pm Wednesday 1st May 2013
So we come to it at last. With what seems like decades since we had the ability to give the corridors of power at County Hall a good old-fashioned clear out, the time to put an X on the ballot paper has finally arrived.
4:14pm Wednesday 24th April 2013
4:17pm Wednesday 17th April 2013
5:32pm Monday 15th April 2013
11:07am Wednesday 27th March 2013
12:21pm Wednesday 20th March 2013
Politics is a dirty business, never more so than when elections are looming and spaces at the trough are up for grabs. So it is worth bearing this in mind when you read about the ongoing omnishambles that is the council tax freeze.
11:22am Thursday 14th March 2013
11:07am Wednesday 6th March 2013
They say that every political career ends in failure, but who would have guessed how spectacularly Collin Brewer’s end would play out, in front of the nation’s media as he is lambasted from all sides.
2:34pm Wednesday 27th February 2013
So, no council tax rise. That was the final result of one of the most bad tempered, contrary and politically motivated displays of hubris that your pal the Skipper has ever had the misfortune to watch.
4:47pm Wednesday 20th February 2013
12:57pm Wednesday 20th February 2013
No Skipper column would be complete without a glimpse into the shennanigans at Cornwall Council, but this week’s will have to be short, mainly becauses most of my day has been spent with my head in my hands.
2:34pm Wednesday 13th February 2013
1:17pm Wednesday 6th February 2013
3:04pm Thursday 31st January 2013
There can only really be one subject for this week’s column: the decision to make the very poorest working people in Cornwall pay to fill a council tax black hole at Cornwall Council. Shameful does not even come close.
1:08pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013
11:16am Thursday 17th January 2013
5:05pm Monday 14th January 2013
It is back, the woman who loves Cornwall so much she lives in Devon, yes Caroline Quentin has returned to the goggle box to show us the yachts in Bodmin, the rich mining heritage of Newquay, and the fishing fleets of Redruth.
12:41pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013
10:09am Wednesday 19th December 2012
As the papers are put to bed for another week, and with just days until Christmas Day rolls round again, your pal The Skipper thought he would break the habit of a lifetime, and play nicely, well sort of.
2:25pm Thursday 13th December 2012
2:39pm Wednesday 5th December 2012
While the news that Falmouth could soon have its own boardwalk has been greeted by a mix of incredulity and surprise by the public, one thing that has not become clearer is how this expensive scheme progressed so far in secret.
2:10pm Wednesday 28th November 2012
11:28am Wednesday 21st November 2012
10:24am Wednesday 14th November 2012
2:59pm Wednesday 7th November 2012
10:20am Wednesday 31st October 2012
THE fact plans to build a new industrial estate on land between Falmouth and Budock Water have finally been granted permission cannot be a surprise to anyone. The battle continues to stop development on green belt
11:06am Wednesday 24th October 2012
10:10am Wednesday 17th October 2012
9:40am Wednesday 10th October 2012
10:42am Wednesday 3rd October 2012
9:58am Wednesday 26th September 2012
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