W2W - justice for a courageous former Royal Marine

THE Royal Courts of Justice are an imposing place and nowhere more so than Court 4.

For it is here that the fate of former Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman is being decided.

W2W - threat of terrorism rears its ugly head

THE IRA once infamously stated that they “only had to be lucky once”.

For any group of terrorists that is regrettably true.

Today, sadly, the threat of an atrocity in the UK has remained at ‘severe’ for more than two years.

W2W - time to look at the Lords

WHAT a shame that some in the House of Lords appear hell-bent on thwarting the will of the people.

One of those is Lord Heseltine who, this week, declared his intention to block Brexit, no matter what it takes.

W2W - Fake news

IF ‘post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016, ‘fake news’ must be a qualifier for 2017.
While post-truth means real facts have less impact on shaping public opinion than emotion, fake news omits the facts completely.

W2W - a more discerning approach to overseas aid

THE mark of a civilized nation is the help it gives to those facing starvation, war and displacement.

Have no doubt that I believe we should contribute a portion of our wealth to overseas aid.

W2W - cost of health tourism

HEALTH tourists have come under increasing scrutiny and criticism.

These are people who come to the UK to abuse the system intentionally.

It’s estimated they cost the NHS up to £280 million a year.

W2W - a call for nurses


I’m specifically referring to the national shortage of nurses, nowhere felt more keenly than in Dorset.

High house prices, particularly in Purbeck, which, like Portland is relatively isolated, are not exactly enticing.

Speech - leaving the EU

There have been some excellent speeches right across the House, and, contrary to what some Opposition Members may think, I do respect the remain view. However, I urge all those who still wish to stay in the EU to realise that we are not going to do that.

W2W - a step too far for the courts?

THE claim that the Supreme Court’s decision this week safeguards the sovereignty of Parliament is ironic in the extreme.

W2W - trouble in Northern Ireland

HAVING served on three operational tours of Northern Ireland, I fully appreciate how contentious and intractable politics can be over there.
I am not surprised that, yet again, politicians on both sides of the sectarian divide have hit an impasse.