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W2W - we must not be silenced

LAST Thursday, the nation woke up to the news that a council was considering removing the statue of Lord Baden Powell for safekeeping.

The founder of the Scouts was, apparently, a Nazi sympathiser.

Diary - Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

I felt great sadness when I heard the nation had lost a remarkable woman whose songs brought comfort to a nation battling for its very survival. Known as the Forces' Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, who was 103, was best known for her wartime anthem We'll Meet Again.

Q&A - questions answered by the Chancellor

Is it really safe to go to the shops again? – Caroline from Warwick

I understand the anxiety about returning to shops. However, over the last few days I’ve been visiting stores of all kinds, checking that they are safe to reopen.

Diary - inflation falls to its lowest level in four years

Despite all the doom and gloom, the economic news today was encouraging. Inflation in the UK fell to its lowest level in four years last month, after a record drop in fuel prices and with the cost of clothing and energy continuing to tumble.

Diary - paying my last respects to a very special member of the community

A good man and highly-respected member of the Weymouth community was cremated today. Former police Chief Inspector, Andy Prowse, was a friend, too. By chance, the Echo published a very nice article about him today, which brought his wife, Pam, and their family great comfort.

Diary - shops re-open

Many shops in England re-opened today, with long queues outside stores such as Primark, Zara and Sports Direct. Research firm Springboard said that by 1700 footfall was 38.8 per cent higher than last week.

Diary - more violence over the weekend

The scenes of violence over the weekend were as shocking as they were disgraceful. My sympathy lay with the police who, once again, became the target. Why we do not have water cannon is quite beyond me. The thugs on both sides of the divide must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Diary - law and order must triumph over anarchy

Not much shocks and angers me; I've been around the block long enough not to be. But the letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel from Labour MP Naz Shah, and signed by 30 of her colleagues, is simply shameful, spiteful and classic Left-wing rhetoric and hypocrisy.

W2W - anarchy is in the air

VIOLENT protest is inexcusable and I condemn it.

Don’t get me wrong.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesotan police was abhorrent and those involved have been rightly charged.