Thin end of wedge?

I am often asked about how I would vote, if I was elected, on various moral issues on which Members of Parliament are usually allowed a free vote.

One such issue is the question of assisted suicide. Whilst I can see that there are some people who feel that it should be up to every individual to determine when they wish to die I think there is a very real danger that a change in the law would result in some people, especially the elderly, feeling under pressure to agree to voluntary euthanasia. I have to say that the issue is not one that crops up that frequently on the doorstep and I hear as many views that there should be no change as I do that there should be a change. My view is that we should maintain the status quo.

Debbie is 5

Blowing out candles 06

I have been over to visit my goddaughter Debbie this weekend as she has reached the grand old age of 5. We celebrated her birthday with a barbecue and I particularly enjoyed her Mum’s homemade Banana and Custard ice cream.

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours down at Radcliffe helping out at the project to refurbish the Radcliffe Boys and Girls Club which my colleague Councillor Michelle Wiseman the Parliamentary Candidate for Bury South is organising. It is a substantial Victorian building but it is very evident that it has seen better days and I am sure that once the project is finished all those who use the building will see real benefit.

I should add a very big “Well Done” to the England cricketers who despite the below par display on the day I went to watch them performed superbly to beat the Aussies and regain the Ashes.

Pets in Need Open Day and Dog Show

David presenting the Best in Show Cup to Ben with his owner Shirley

David presenting the Best in Show Cup to Ben with his owner Shirley

Sue and I have attended the Pets in Need Open Day and Dog Show on Turton Road Tottington this afternoon. I was away when this event was held last year so I was pleased to be able to attend again and invited to present the winners with their cups and shields.

It was very well attended as always and hopefully will have raised lots of much needed funds for this great local charity. Of course we took CeeCee and although he did not catch the judges eye in the Best Dog or Best Pedigree categories he did manage to win a Reserve rosette ( 4th in other words ) in the Waggiest Tail competiton. His first ever rosette!

On Friday I attended the Flag raising ceremony to mark Pakistan Independence Day at Bury Town Hall. I then caught up with some paperwork in the office and yesterday in between the rain showers I was busy doing work around the house and in the garden.


I was out with one of our regular groups yesterday evening seeking the views of residents in the Summerseat area. There was the usual mixture of local problems mentioned usually traffic related and as usual these days the question of MP’s expenses was raised with me several times.

My broadband did not work by the way at the weekend – it seems the problem is with the router – more work needed to rectify matters!

The day the Ashes were lost?

Well I hope not but it was by any standards a cracking great day of Test cricket at Headingley yesterday and I really enjoyed it. There was some superb cricket played unfortunately it was mainly by the Aussies!

The England total of 102 all out was I understand the lowest in the first innings at Headingley ang the 8th lowest ever in Tests so not a good day batting wise. Some of the bowling was just too short and it made life quite easy for the Aussie batsmen.

The weather looks set fair again today and it is going to take a 1981 Bothamesque style effort for England to win the Test from here.

I am off to see my goddaughter and her sisters in Morecambe for the next few days and hopefully if I can get my broadband connection working I will blog from there. I only say that as last time it was in explicably not working!

Midweek update

Wednesday over already. I have had a relatively quiet week up to now. I followed the cricket on Monday whilst catching up on paperwork. Yorkshire defied Lancashire to hold out for a draw in the Roses game and unfortunately the Aussies did the same against England. I am off to the first day of the 4th Test on Friday so I will get to see some live Test cricket and hopefully the day will not be affected by the weather.

Yesterday, I went to the opticians to have my eyes tested as it was two years since they were last checked. In the evening I attended a meeting of Tottington St. John’s Cricket Club. Today, apart from attending the weekly meeting of Bury Rotary Club at lunchtime I have been working on various projects at home and managed a couple of hours working on the garden.