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December 11 2013 Latest news:
My life as a priest, charity worker, wife, mother, grandmother – to mention just a few of my roles! – is pretty hectic and I rely very heavily on my diary to keep me organised. Yes a diary, not a raspberry or any other fruity electronic gadget….. when the signal’s poor and the batteries run out, I’m brandishing my diary with pride. And generally, I arrive, usually just in time, where I need to be.
The Mayoral and local council elections are approaching, so I rather expect that some of the claims from my opponents are going to become, how should we say, more ‘‘robust’’.
Just one look outside will show that December, and with it winter, has well and truly arrived. Whilst many people will be celebrating the build-up to Christmas and the end of the year, for others December can be one of the cruellest months.
This week Paul Oakley, UKIP MEP candidate for London 2014, and John Biggs, London Assembly Member and Labour candidate for Tower Hamlets Mayor, debate the government’s policies towards the expected new immigration from Bulgaria and Romania.
Regular followers of Prime Ministers Questions can’t have failed to notice the debate about our energy bills.
We held our Commendation Ceremony last Friday at the Tower of London which is a wonderful venue to thank members of public, police officers and staff for acts of bravery and dedication which go far beyond the call of duty.
Once again with the Poppy Appeal the decency of the British people was shown time and time again to those of us who rattled tins collecting money on behalf of Royal British Legion. The reputation and support for our armed forces seems to increase year by year. Just, as the reputation of politicians, the media, law and the financial system relatively decreases.
Last year’s Olympics saw massive investment in the regeneration of our area. The Games are over, but the benefits of the investment are still with us. And they will be for a long time to come.
A survey published this September by Radio 1’s Newsbeat found that over a quarter of the youngsters interviewed distrust Muslims. There are also worrying levels of mistrust of other religious groups. This should prompt all of us who want a society at peace with itself to reflect urgently on what to do.
Crime and the fear of crime are always high up on the priorities of people. The likelihood of being a victim is low, but it does happen, the newspapers are full of gruesome stories, and its impact can of course be very high.
Photographs from the weekend’s celebration at the ExCeL
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