The National Landlords’ Alliance – keeping it in the family

The National Landlords’ Alliance – keeping it in the family

I had not intended to return to the so-called National Landlords’ Alliance, not least because they’ve been well covered elsewhere.However, a curious incident on Twitter has brought to light a potential further issue with this organisation. Over the past few weeks I’ve had a number of replies on Twitter from someone called “Steff.” Steff seems a little obsessed with me and, specifically, what I do for a living. Over the past few months all of her tweets have been at…

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More on the National Landlords Alliance: they don’t like it up ’em.

More on the National Landlords Alliance: they don’t like it up ’em.

  Well, I seem to have ruffled a few feathers with my previous post about the National Landlords Alliance. First, there was this helpful post on the Property118 landlords’ forum: Thanks for all the extra traffic, guys. Let’s be clear, though, asking questions of one landlord organisation doesn’t make me an “anti landlord spin Doctor.” Then there was this charming suggestion that landlords should, apparently, blacklist me: Cheers “Monty”, at least I have the balls to post under my own…

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On the curious case of the National Landlords Alliance

On the curious case of the National Landlords Alliance

It appears that Fergus Wilson isn’t the only landlord with a rather overinflated sense of his own importance. Friends, we now have a new favourite example of Landlord Derangement Syndrome: allow me to introduce you to the National Landlords Alliance and its CEO, Larry Sweeney. Sweeney announced plans for his Alliance in a post on the landlords’ website Property118 in which he asked his fellow landlords to pledge £100 for membership. He had, he told readers, been thinking of setting…

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Fellow Remainers: Hands off the BBC

Fellow Remainers: Hands off the BBC

Remainers indulging in conspiracy theories about the BBC should be careful what they wish for. Recently, it’s become fashionable in Remainer circles to attack the BBC for the apparent bias in its coverage of Brexit. In recent days, for example, Lord Adonis’s Twitter feed has been an orgy of attacking the BBC’s impartiality, sometimes bordering on conspiracy theorising, and often using the vaguely sinister hashtag #BrexitBroadcastingCorporation : I’m struck by how many people are saying they don’t intend to continue…

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Fergus Wilson – no charges brought

Fergus Wilson – no charges brought

Last year I reported on prospective Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Fergus Wilson, and alleged that he was disqualified from standing due to his 2014 conviction for common assault. Subsequently, after Mr Wilson submitted nomination papers, I reported him to Kent Police for making a false declaration in his nomination papers. Last week I was told by Kent Police that their investigation into Mr Wilson has been completed. I’m informed that Mr Wilson was interviewed as part of that investigation,…

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On leaving Labour.

On leaving Labour.

I’ve left the Labour Party today, the Party I first joined in 1989 and I’ve supported ever since. When Jeremy was elected Leader last year, I thought the right thing to do was to stay and fight for the kind of Party I wanted: open, moderate, internationalist, pro-EU. I’ve nothing but respect for those of my colleagues who’ve decided to stay in the Party this time, too: but for me, the end of the road has been reached. This isn’t…

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England and Wales PCC Elections – the full results.

England and Wales PCC Elections – the full results.

I have collated all the first-preference results from the 2016 Police & Crime Commissioner Elections which are set out below. [googleapps domain=”docs” dir=”spreadsheets/d/1BaoDpmT7B243BFofr0aboyMbNO6Thdy_Iu_ZtCQNSRc/pubhtml” query=”gid=0&single=true&widget=true&headers=false” width=”3000″ height=”950″ /] I have collated these from a variety of news sources so while I have been as careful as I can I cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Kent PCC elections: the results in detail.

Kent PCC elections: the results in detail.

This post is strictly for politics nerds. Yesterday we looked at the result of the Police and Crime Commissioner and today I want to look at the results in some more detail. First: a health warning. Direct comparisons between this result and the 2012 election are problematic to say the least. Firstly and most obviously, the winning candidate from 2012 didn’t seek re-election and, as an independent, there’s no party we can use as a basis for comparison. Secondly, the…

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Kent PCC elections: the people have spoken. Well, some of them.

Kent PCC elections: the people have spoken. Well, some of them.

Never mind the Masterchef final, the London Mayoral election or the nomination of Donald Trump to be leader of the free world: the results of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election were announced today. Sadly, the election doesn’t appear to have captured the public’s imagination, with turnout at 21.5% (up from 16.3% in 2012, but that was in November). Unsurprisingly, on a good day for the Tories generally, their candidate Matthew Scott was elected. Equally unsurprisingly, the second round…

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Steve Uncles – the truth comes out

Steve Uncles – the truth comes out

So. A few days ago English Democrat PCC candidate Steve Uncles was declaring that the men who had allegedly raped a woman at Bluewater were Muslim. When the Police confirmed that the people arrested for this offence are white, English and non-Muslim, Uncles claimed that the Police were lying. Now Uncles claims have come unravelled. In a bizarre rant posted today, Uncles appears to have abandoned his claim that the people arrested are Muslims. Rather desperately Uncles blames everyone else. First,…

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