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Opinion & columns

No appetite for recession? Come shopping with us

The day they started talking about double dip, I started craving an ice cream.

Last updated 27 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Stead’s excellence puts city on map

It is a good business rule of thumb. The companies that succeed, no matter how gloomy the economic climate, are those with strongly-driven work and performance ethics.

Last updated 20 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

If they’d stayed for sausage we’d have been safer

Word was, something was up. And worried word was spreading fast.

Last updated 20 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Victory for listening

Finding comfort, safety and friendship in older age is something we all would hope for. Those who found all they’d wanted in Aspatria’s Park Lodge care home have reason for celebration today.

Last updated 13 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t let ambitious plans be relegated

The next three weeks will go a long way to deciding whether Carlisle United win promotion to the Championship. By August the club could be playing in the second tier of English football for the first time since 1986.

Last updated 13 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

On security matters, I try to play it straight

Security is a seriously complicated business these days. We know that now. Snoops and spooks will be spying on our emails, tweets and butcher’s queue coded gossip very soon ... all in the interests of national security, of course.

Last updated 13 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

High speed internet is now a necessity

Infrastructure means more than roads and bridges. In 2012 Cumbria needs connections far beyond the next street and town. We need links with the world. And the infrastructure for that is super-fast broadband.

Last updated 5 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No need to panic while a petrol station can still pamper

Panic? Oh come now; we don’t panic. We’re made of sterner stuff than that. And it gives you wrinkles.

Last updated 30 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Controversy will haunt Carlisle Airport

Not a single aspect of the interminably long-running Carlisle Airport saga has passed without controversy.

Last updated 30 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

For role models, don’t allow young to look to our MPs

Why are MPs so boorish, baying, loudmouthed and rude? Or is it too impolite of me to ask?

Last updated 23 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Costly bureaucracy we can’t understand

If you were to define public service restructuring as same old organisation, new name, new budget and licence to spend as if going out of fashion, you might not be far wrong

Last updated 23 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dinosaurs don’t Twitter well, their claws catch on the keys

An old friend popped up on my phone the other day, to offer a cheery hello. It was a long-time-no-see kind of greeting. And they are always welcome.

Last updated 16 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Vulnerable children have been let down

It was the despairing plea of a youngster that alerted The Cumberland News to deep problems at a Carlisle children’s home.

Last updated 16 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Fuel tax is driving people to poverty

If it feels as though daily life in Cumbria is growing harder thanks to squeezed budgets than elsewhere in the country, there’s good reason for that suspicion. It is.

Last updated 9 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Some crusades are – eventually – just for the birds

It’s a puzzle, if you ask me – which you didn’t, of course. But I’ll tell you anyway. It’s a puzzle.

Last updated 9 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Let Richard Rose's Russ Wallace be an inspiration

Inspirational teachers shape lives, leave lasting impressions and make the difference between tolerated schooldays and a hunger for lifelong learning.

Last updated 2 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dear or Piccalilli, guess which I’d prefer to hear?

With a name like Pickles, you tend not to worry too much about what people call you. Most made-up monikers are an improvement.

Last updated 2 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Time for hospitals trust to move on

For a job that was not a job – since she left it last June – former hospitals chief executive Carole Heatly has continued to collect a handsome £19,000 a month.

Last updated 24 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

There’s no-one I want to get my claws into

Big day, Wednesday – for predatory, knot-tying types. It’s Leap Year day and a momentous date for women with designs on marital bliss.

Last updated 24 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Democracy’s great ...but not too often

It’s an old itch, it’s been there for a long time, but it refuses to go away.

Last updated 17 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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