Barry Kirby

January 31, 2017 - 2 Comments

Whilst I campaigned on the “Remain” side of the EU Referendum, most people know that I was quite ambivalent about the result.  This was, and still is, because whilst it is better to be inside an...

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January 23, 2017 - 0 Comments

I’m not going to go on about Trump, it’s all been said already, all over social media.  But I am interested in the wider issue of Politics, Politicians and Truth. We seem to be in...

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January 12, 2017 - 0 Comments

Last year I posted a miserly 2 blog posts.  Considering how rollercoaster last year was, I failed to record much of it.  I fell into my own trap of knowing that people were reading it...

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January 8, 2017 - 0 Comments

The Copeland By-Election is possibly the biggest challenge the Labour Party has faced in recent times.  If the party is going to regain the trust of the general public then this by-election is the biggest...

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March 8, 2016 - 1 Comments

The range of influence that the Police and Crime Commissioner has is huge.  This doesn’t just include the Police itself, but those organisations and people who utilise the funding available through the Police and Crime...

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January 6, 2016 - 2 Comments

I am a huge fan of Social Media, and being a Councillor, it is an important tool.  But, I am getting rather fed-up of Labour based social media groups at the moment.  No decent debate...

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December 13, 2015 - 1 Comments

In May, as well as all out local elections in Gloucester and Stroud, and a third up in Cheltenham, there is also the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner.  You may recall a cold...

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September 30, 2015 - 0 Comments

Tuesday is the day of the Leaders Speech, and even though there were rumours of it being replaced with some focus groups, I was pleased to see it still on the agenda.  Whilst I did...

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September 29, 2015 - 0 Comments

In many ways this conference is proving to be an anticlimax.  Given the new direction of the party, I was hoping for a bit more debate, discussion, maybe the odd curveball to challenge us, but...

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September 28, 2015 - 0 Comments

As conference starts properly, what strikes me most is the broad range of expectations about what conference is actually for.  Some see it as a bastion of grass roots policy development, others see it as...

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