The importance of Legal Aid for society

The importance of Legal Aid for society

When I was asked to write this article I was struck by just how enormous a subject Legal Aid is, and the more I thought about it, just how important it is to a free and fair society. In order that this does not end up as sequel to War […]

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The Co-operative ideals can create a fairer society

The Co-operative ideals can create a fairer society

About ten years ago on a trip to Scotland, my family and I decided to visit a place called New Lanark Mills. What I didn’t expect was how visiting the old Mills would introduce me to the story of Robert Owen. I’m sure many people have heard of Robert Owen, […]

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Magna Carta and Lincolnshire Libraries

Magna Carta and Lincolnshire Libraries

On 15th June, 1215, in a meadow at Runnymede, King John made the binding agreement of the Magna Carta. It’s 800 years since this historic event, where twenty five barons demanded their rights. What Magna Carta represents is freedoms. The demand to be heard, human rights and democracy. That’s why […]

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Stand up for the values of ‘Service’ in our society

Big Society was a concept thought up somewhere in an office, somewhere. It was thought to be an answer to what was perceived as the Big State. Opportunity arose. The global financial crisis happened.  Big Bank society collapsed. Bailed out by the Big State – gosh what would we have […]

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Libraries – Speech to Lincolnshire County Council

Libraries – Speech to Lincolnshire County Council

Charles Dickens would have dropped everything to have been here today to defend Libraries.Just as he dropped everything over 150 years ago when the Mayor of Manchester invited him to the opening ceremony of the first free Library. In his acceptance note he said “The occasion is far too important […]

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#webackEd – How it began

#webackEd – How it began

It started as a conversation between two friends fuelled by a week of unfair bullying from the Tory press on Labour Leader – Ed Miliband. “Shall we try to get this trending?” We uttered in amusement knowing how tough & fickle twitter can be! In the end we (@charliewoof81 & […]

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