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Heat ‘n’ Dust

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It was a hot summer nightAnd the beach was burning Back in the good old days – pre-2013- the definition of ‘fuel poverty’ was someone who was regularly spending 10% or more of their household income on fuel to run their homes. Since the surging energy bills of the last …

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Feelin’ hot, hot, hot

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What can extreme temperatures mean for masonry construction – and what advice can merchants pass onto customers working with bricks and concrete over the summer months?  The weather is always the go-to talking point for us Brits – the recent heatwave and blanket media coverage reinforced for us just how …

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The case of the disappearing Government.

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A statesman in these days has a difficult task. He has to pursue the policy he deems advantageous to his country, but he has at the same time to recognize the force of popular feeling. Popular feeling is very often sentimental, muddleheaded, and eminently unsound, but it cannot be disregarded …

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The national housing target is dead. Let’s bring in a new one

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Chris Hayward, CEO, NMBS looks at the issue of housing   This week the news has broken that both Conservative leadership contenders have ditched the party’s manifesto promise to build 300,000 homes a year in England by the mid-2020s.   Cue a certain amount of eye rolling among independent builders …

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Cometh the hour, cometh the team

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“It’s coming home, it’s coming home” Just over 10 years ago, I sat, starry-eyed and briming with pride and sheer joy, as the Opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics took place. On Sunday evening, I did the same thing, watching the Lionesses – in current parlance – bring football …

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule. There are so many phrases to describe the situation that we seem to be in at the moment with regards to the leader of our great nation. Horns of a dilemma, Hobsons Choice, lesser of two evils…. In essence, …

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 You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you!

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Yes I am a dreamer For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, sees the dawn before the rest of the world. Complaining about the weather is a very British pastime: it’s too cold, it’s too wet, it’s too foggy, too snowy and now, too hot. …

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And then there were…

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Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still ….eight, though by tomorrow that number will have been whittled down further until, by next Thursday, there will be two left standing in the race to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Whether that …

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The long goodbye

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He draweth out the thread of his verbosity Finer than the staple of his argument   Well. That’s been a fun 24 hours, boys and girls. And it’s not over yet. Not by a long way. While there is blood in his veins and breath in his lungs, Boris Johnson, …

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Enough is enough, Mr Johnson

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The boy stood on the burning deck, whence all but he had fled To misquote the incomparable Oscar Wilde: To lose one Cabinet Minister, Mr. Johnson, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness A ‘ping’ on my phone as I was dropping daughter off at …

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