Article 50 and May’s mishandling of democracy
The High Court ruled that the Prime Minister cannot give notice of intention to withdraw from the European Union (“activate Article 50”) without reference to Parliament.
Social media has exploded and the right wing press have gone mad with comment about this. A lot of it is inaccurate and gets wrong why the court had ruled as it has and what are the practical implications of the ruling, which will be appealed to the Supreme Court in December.
REVEALED: Surrey's Tory Tip Tax may be breaking the law
Tory Tip Tax
Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their surprise and anger after it was revealed that Surrey's unpopular "Tory Tip Tax", where residents are charged to use local Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), could be illegal.
Street lights face the axe at night after residents are not consulted, say Lib Dems
Liberal Democrat Councillors have criticised Tory-run Surrey County Council after it was revealed that residents who are set to lose their street lighting at night were not formally consulted on the proposal.
At a meeting of the Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 18th October, the ruling Conservative administration agreed proposals that would see 44,000 lights switched off between midnight and 5am. However a consultation which was carried out in August that boasted a 75% approval figure for the plan, was actually conducted through the Council's residents' panels, drawn from people all over the county, rather than those specifically affected by the turning off of street lights.
We have only two small local community recycling centres - Bond Rd, Warlingham and Chaldon Rd, Caterham on the Hill.
Conservative run Surrey have already made thefollowing changes:
- Cut opening hours by 1 hour a day
- Cut opening days closing Chaldon Rd Wednesdays and Bond Rd Sundays and Mondays
- Cut what can be recycled locally - any building waste must go to Earlswood or Epsom
Now the Tories running Surrey are going to charge to recycle domestic building materials from £4 a bag to £50 a car load.
Cllr Alun Jones of Caterham Valley says, “This is madness. It is important we make it easy for people to do the right thing. If you clear up a few rocks from your garden, you must now take it to Earlswood and be charged!”