BY JANE COX We all know it goes on. Vote rigging has been happening across the UK for many years and we seem no closer to getting to a point where it is banished from our democracy. That is sad for us as a country as so many other democracies still look to us as the beacon of democracy across the seas. Something needs to … Continue reading Beat the Ballot Burglars
BY JACK CRITCHLOW When, in the early years of the 19th century, the architects and designers of ‘modern’ Torquay planned where the new villas and town houses, crescents and terraces should be located, they took good care not to violate the natural contours of the hills and valleys and did their best to complement the stunning rural and maritime scenery rather than dominate the surroundings. … Continue reading Torbay Neighbourhood Plan Ignored?
BY NICK PEARCE For a year now, from afar, Country Squire Magazine has been following the travails of the inhabitants of Torbay as they have faced up to their corrupt and incompetent council. In particular, the magazine has pointed out the council’s continuing disdain for the very sensible Neighbourhood Plan which locals have signed up to – aiming to protect some stunningly beautiful parts of England’s green … Continue reading More Idiocy from Torbay
An Open Letter to the Legal & General Board Dear L&G Board Members, We are compelled to inform you that L&G’s Brand and reputation is in jeopardy. You state: ‘Our purpose is improving the lives of our customers, building a better society for the long term and creating value for our shareholders. This shapes every aspect of how we do business. We’re not only … Continue reading Do L&G Hate the British Countryside?
CSM EDITORIAL Despite protests from certain Torbay council officers, councillors and, notably, employees of the planning department, the Country Squire Magazine Torbay investigation continues apace. Still, the evidence continues to accumulate, and we are grateful to Torbay residents and those formerly employed or elected to the council for the accumulation. We are glad to see that the council has taken some remedial action, at least … Continue reading Torbay Update
CSM EDITORIAL It’s not often that a politician apologises, so we thought we should highlight a moment when a politician did. Following on from our editorial on the 11th April, Behaviour Unbefitting, covering a Torbay councillor’s rude and dismissive chat with voters on a Torbay Facebook Forum, the councillor has apologised. Here below is the redacted letter with its embedded apology. We shall continue to … Continue reading Torbay Councillor Apologises
CSM EDITORIAL During Country Squire Magazine’s investigations into malfeasance at Torbay Council, the Squires have encountered shocking evidence which makes even one’s most negative imaginings about councillors and local government seem saintly compared to the tawdry reality. At times we have been left asking the question, who on earth would want to be a local councillor? It seems that across the UK there are too … Continue reading Behaviour Unbefitting
BY NICK GRANGER When last August Legal & General announced its establishment of Inspired Villages Group, formed out of English Care Villages, a developer of later living accommodation, business people everywhere could see the logic in the fit. L&G’s life business is already heavily targeted at the third generation. Why not close off the loop and claw back great chunks of pension and annuity pay-outs … Continue reading Legal & General Risk All
CSM EDITORIAL When a Local Council is fair and consistent with its planning decisions, those who are turned down can accept its decisions in the hope that the Council is making the correct decision in the best interests of the area. When a Local Council is inconsistent to the point of appearing incompetent or corrupt with its planning decisions then neighbourhoods become divided places, the … Continue reading Council Traumatises Whole Neighbourhood