Broken glass on crossing near the entrance to Royal Concert Hall & wagamamas. Reported to fixmystreet in the Street cleaning category by Tad Jones 15th September 2016.
The bin near Co-op on Hucknall Road needs replacing as the door doesn’t close. Likely just due to age. Reported to fixmystreet by Tad Jones on 31st July 2016.
David Briggs (5th August) tells us that the last 30-plus years of party politics has failed and partisan stuff hasn’t worked well of late. Perhaps he has a point, but is the parties or is it the system? In the 1959 General election 93% of voters plumped for the two main parties,who got 99% of the seats. In the last election the Conservatives and Labour parties won a combined vote of about 67% of votes, and got 86% of the seats (with a lower turnout too). This year we have seen the tories completely divided on Europe and the Labour party completely divided on whether their leader can actually lead. Are we best served by having politics dominated by ‘big tent’ political parties that can’t agree amongst themselves? The first-past-the-posts electoral system keeps this duopoly going, but it needn’t be like this. Surely we want more options to political issues than those put forward by just Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. If you ask a hundred people their views on a topic, you are more likely to hear a range of different perspectives. People, and their opinions, don’t fall neatly into two categories. A proportional electoral system would ensure more voices are heard and make our democracy more democratic.
Some offensive graffiti has been sprayed on various parts of the play area in the Valley Road park. Reported to fixmystreet in the Parks/landscapes category by Tad Jones on 31st July 2016.
The rubbery corner has been knocked of the seat of the swing. It can still can be used, but the metal is now exposed. Reported to fixmystreet in the Parks/landscapes category by Tad Jones on 31st July 2016.
The Brexit campaign have had months (years really) to convince us that the EU is terribly flawed and we must leave. I’ve read the leaflets, attended debates and listened to the arguments, and it seems to me that there is no killer point that justifies leaving the EU. Brexiteers criticise the EU for a number of things, some easily refutable, but none are unresolvable. I’d much rather we stay in the biggest single market in the world and reform the institution so it works better for us.
I think the debate at its core is about sovereignty and democracy, and brexiteers have an incorrect or simplistic view of these. They say the EU is undemocratic, but we’ve had elections to the European parliament since before I was born and only democracies can be members. Decisions are made by ministers of elected governments or on votes in the parliament. They say we’ve lost our sovereignty to the EU, but the very fact that we can have a referendum on Brexit shows where sovereignty ultimately resides. Compare this with Spain refusing to allow Catalonia a referendum on independence.
My view is that the EU builds on the concept of Westphalian sovereignty rather than undermining it. We devolve some powers to Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, and to local councils. This doesn’t threaten UK sovereignty, so why should pooling our decision making (in areas where we can work well together) with our closest allies and neighbours be any different? I hope the voters will recognise that we live in an increasingly globalised and interdependent world, and that working together in institutions like the EU is a strength and not a weakness.