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Paul Geater

Thursday, November 15, 2018

I’m a lover of nature – and of the animals that share this planet with us.

Things are getting tight at Suffolk County Council – and next year’s budget is going to be even more challenging than it has faced this year.

When Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond stood up to deliver his Budget speech last week, much was made of his heralding the “end of austerity.”

So after nine months’ work and £3.6m the new-look Ipswich Cornhill is finally open to the public again. But has it all been worth it?

Chancellor Philip Hammond had a bit to say on the state of our town and city centres this week as he announced his budget.

The question of whether MPs should have a second job has reared its head again after it was revealed that Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter was working more than 25 hours a week in a London hospital.

John Lewis is to stop selling DVD players. The “must have” technology of the first years of the 21st century is now officially redundant – here Paul Geater looks at but what might be next to bite the dust.

Anyone who has read my columns or seen my tweets over the last two and a half years will be under no doubt that I don’t like the idea of Brexit.

One of the attractive characteristics of many people in Suffolk is the way they see the county in a slightly understated way – they may know it’s a special place but they’re not sure they should shout about it.

Ipswich council made almost £700,000 from illegally parked cars in the town over the last year. Their parking control staff deserve to be congratulated – let’s see if they can push the figure up to £1m this year!

Mamma Mia, Theresa, What’s the name of the game? Did the Prime Minister meet her Waterloo at the party conference – or will voters take a chance on her again?

So the Upper Orwell Crossing has a stay of execution until December – but I haven’t yet come across anyone who, in their heart of hearts, believes that the project isn’t doomed.

As newly-selected Ipswich candidate Tom Hunt joins thousands of other Tories at this week’s party conference, I hope he enjoys himself – because he’s got a heck of a lot to do over the next few years.

Tonight Ipswich’s Conservative Association is choosing its new parliamentary candidate to fight Sandy Martin at the next general election.

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