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Thursday, 05 March 2015

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Opinion & columns

Cumbria university failure is not an option

There's little doubt that the shock departure of vice chancellor Professor Peter McCaffery adds yet another worrying dimension to the troubling instability of the University of Cumbria.

Last updated 21 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Nice should save its incentives to care for the sick

So, the four-day girlie weekend went well, then. Too much wine, too much food, too much gossip and raspberry gin... can’t say fairer than that.

Last updated 21 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Now is not the time for political sniping

This week the shape of British politics changed radically.

Last updated 14 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Have our votes been the latest to be fairtraded?

I spotted him across a crowded room. Head and shoulders above the rest, slender, attractive, with a luminous smile and twinkly eyes...

Last updated 14 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Teachers should be putting pupils first

The irony in angry protests about our imperfect education system is that nobody – apart from pupils – ever seems to learn anything.

Last updated 8 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Historic result after dignified contest

Carlisle has a Conservative MP for the first time in nearly half a century.

Last updated 8 May 2010
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Cumbria decisive in its choice of MPs

There is no reason to believe the muddy waters of compromised government will clear sooner rather than later.

Last updated 8 May 2010
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Embrace change and swap sushi for scarecrows

The girls are coming again next week. I use the term girls loosely, of course. It’s a few years since any of us knew girlhood.

Last updated 7 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Use your vote for local issues too

Local polling issues have slipped so deeply beneath the shadow of general election campaigning, they’ve become almost forgotten as an irrelevance.

Last updated 30 April 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

A very special power for we ordinary voters

Chocolate chip cookies, a cup of strong tea and a bit of laugh-out-loud chat about windfarms, parking problems, General Election blues and April’s unseasonal humidity.

Last updated 30 April 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Church must open mind to all options

The Church Commissioners have yet to call back their jury to pass verdict on the future of Rose castle.

Last updated 23 April 2010
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Two-pint PM may be a better bet than Woody Allen

This is the weirdest election campaign I’ve come across – and believe me, I’ve come across a few.

Last updated 23 April 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Leave the ironing there’s a local in need of rescue

By gum, some people must have utterly miserable lives.

Last updated 16 April 2010
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Sad that the CAB is still needed today

It’s a disturbing thought. In 70 years since the Citizens Advice Bureau was formed, problems haven’t changed. They’ve simply increased in number.

Last updated 16 April 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We are not gullible voters in Cumbria

The trouble with party politics is that, in the thick of a General Election campaign, it can seem to voters that candidates are driven more by a will to win for their party than a wish to do the best for their constituency and country.

Last updated 9 April 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Honour this most special family we all belong to

To all intents and purposes, it was a family affair.

Last updated 9 April 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Disgraceful way to treat our elderly

Hidden horrors faced by some old people in their own homes, care homes and in day centres are unspeakably shameful.

Last updated 2 April 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Super hero with gift of planting seeds of success

Margaret Jones is a bit of a mover and shaker in these parts. Put her in a cape and a jewelled bandana and you could easily mistake her for Wonderwoman.

Last updated 26 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

United at the heart of Cumbrian life

FOOTBALL’S powers of entertainment are as easy to see as flicking on Match of the Day.

Last updated 26 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Bobbing daffodils do not run to a tourism timetable

When all at once I saw a crowd... a host of short green stubby things. Even the weeds are growing faster than my daffs – yours too, no doubt.

Last updated 19 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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