Reporter Paul Geater gets out of the Christmas spirit.

Where’s the magic of Christmas? It disappeared years ago!

I fully realise this piece elevates me to a position somewhere between Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch, but as the big day approaches I have to admit that the magic of Christmas has long since disappeared.

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Paul Geater and David Ellesmere take at look at the former Ipswich Sugar Beet Factory.

Is property development the right role for local authority?

Over the last few weeks Ipswich council appears to be taking on a major new role – as a property developer both in the heart of the town and on the outskirts, in fact just outside the borough.

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Ed Balls has raised the idea of an Easter Powerhouse.

The East needs a voice to compete with other regions

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls came up with a splendid suggestion the other day for an “Eastern Powerhouse” to drive forward the region’s economic growth.

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George Osborne has announced spending on investment . . . or has he?

Government spins its stories of the pre-election giveaways

After taking an active interest in politics for 40 years and covering politics for 30 years, I should be used to blatant electioneering in the run-up to a general election.

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Roadworks

Traffic claims have not been ‘wildly exaggerated’ in town

I have a high regard for the county’s transport spokesman Graham Newman. He has a real interest in the subject and he seems to have a genuine desire to make it easier to get about the county.

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