Sally Dobie writes on the challenge of moving into the care sector in the middle of a pandemic. “But the people I’ve met in this field of work have shown me how much difference ‘caring’ makes, and I’m proud to work alongside them”.
The chancellor’s ability to understand economics and read a simple spreadsheet has been brought into serious question. This follows his announcement on Wednesday that the rich and leafy Richmondshire in North Yorkshire is a more deserving case for levelling up money than Barnsley or Sheffield.
Brexit means the United Kingdom’s fishing industry is under the microscope as never before. A new film made in Yorkshire, seeks to help us to understand fishing’s crucial importance to people in coastal communities. Shot in Scarborough and supported by the British Film Institute, The Tide stars Game of Thrones actor Francis Magee and will premiere […]
I’ve been living with tinnitus since 2005, from the day my son was born. I hear it at two levels: a high-pitched screech or whistle, alongside a loud shushing noise. And it’s 24/7. It will never go away, and the only way to reduce it is to try not to think about it – which is almost impossible, as anyone know who’s tried really hard not to think about something!
Just as there’s no such thing as a free lunch, this is true of freeports too. There will be costs, and it’s likely to be cash-strapped local authorities picking up the tab, again. This is unlikely to be a root and branch attack on the inequalities in the UK, and it adds little to the levelling-up agenda. We should expect better from the chancellor.
Rishi Sunak’s latest video tries to paint him as the hero of the pandemic, yet he cannot erase his role in accelerating it and preventing the most vulnerable from getting help during it.
To me, King’s Manor is the perfect example of both an historic building and a major heritage asset. It has national, regional, and local significance and its use, especially for educational purposes, over such a long period of time, has touched the lives of many, mainly young people. Now that must be worth valuing and keeping.
Drax has now decided to move away from its proposals for small gas-fired stations and recognises that these would indeed be incompatible with Britain’s climate change targets. Instead they are putting their faith in wood burning and carbon capture.
Peter Norcliffe writes of the exploits of his local walking group, the ‘WARTS’, and their Yorkshire rambling. “Lockdown has deprived us of opportunities to exercise these in each other’s company and so I have had to turn to writing to keep my skills ticking over.”
Charlie McCarthy looks at the reality of opening schools, with personal testimony from a teenager affected and professional evidence from the scientific community, to show just how how difficult both home schooling and reopening schools are.
This week, East Riding Council finally declared a climate emergency. It came after almost two years of campaigning from local groups, and after two sets of twins sent a video to the councillors, performing a poem they’d created calling for urgent action on climate change.
As Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall, many have wondered why local rates in West Yorkshire remain stubbornly high. According to Anna Hartley, director of public health for Wakefield, the nature of work in the region is the major driver of infection.
It is now official. All the local councils across the whole of North Yorkshire will be abolished without any of the electors being consulted at the ballot box about whether that is what they want. In other words the big issue has been decided for you but if you insist on trying to put forward your opinion you will be reluctantly allowed to say something about which of the two bad choices you might prefer, by answering some highly loaded questions.
The finish line appears to be in sight but the prime minister is right to dig in for the last few hard yards and he must now also ensure that his chancellor and backbench MPs stand with him to provide the support and clarity that is required to guide us through a difficult year ahead.
The Archbishop of Canterbury led tributes on 10 February to the founder of Bradford-based debt relief charity, Christians Against Poverty (CAP). John Kirkby has announced that he is stepping down after 25 years, but his legacy very much lives on.
Brian McHugh asks if now is the time to be expanding the Leeds-Bradford airport: “Net zero emissions needs to be changed to zero emissions. The time is coming for an ethical and legal re-think on fossil fuel expansion plans. No longer can we continue to build for a fossil fuel reliant future.”
Peter Norcliffe recalls the day when he helped his neighbour with a water leak, but came face to face with a fire; he reminisces about his years as a part-time firefighter and the activities his brigade got up to.
Rhubarb was especially popular in Victorian times and cookery books of the era were full of recipes for pies, custards, fools, jams, jellies and chutneys. Growers in an area around Leeds, Wakefield and Pontefract discovered that the soil was particularly conducive to producing early sweet rhubarb in dark forcing sheds, and that harvesting it by candlelight would bring it to market in a pink and luscious state. This became known as the Rhubarb Triangle.
Winning from Opposition is hard. Labour is entirely right to face towards the future and to have a laser-like focus on winning votes. But it should recognise that giving Johnson space to create a narrative that says the pandemic caused all the harm and Brexit is our ticket to a bright new future will only harm Labour’s chances.
Jake Berry’s new plan is just Thatcherism 2.0, and won’t help the Northern Research Group keep their seats. Thatcher is still broadly hated in the North – is Berry heading for the same fate?
Flipping ‘eck – it’s Pancake Day today, so let’s use ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs before the beginning of Lent and 40 days of fasting leading to Easter. Well, that’s the tradition, which goes back for centuries.
Emily Horner draws attention to the study in Bradford schools, which found a strong link between children’s performance during their early years’ education and a later diagnosis with autism. Delayed autism diagnosis can lead to later problems in life.
Peter Norcliffe dives into family history in this three-parter about his uncles who served in the Second World War. In this instalment, he discusses his Uncle Frank, who served in India.
Among many Yorkshire businesses struggling with difficulties adjusting to new EU trade realities, a single Brexit supporting CEO of a chemical intermediates’ exporter is claiming no issues, and surprisingly, not even any extra costs after Brexit.
As there were no local elections in 2020, two-thirds of district councillors face election in May. This opportunity for a protest vote and, perhaps, even shift the balance of power is unprecedented and unlikely to be repeated. Voter apathy may therefore be the Conservatives’ best electoral weapon.
Which MPs are earning the most from second jobs? David Davis tops the list, along with 6 other Conservative MPs, who are regularly earning £288,098 a year.
A pensioner performing a poem about male breast cancer, a York indie publisher, and a whole heap of persistence, have come together to produce a debut poetry collection for one writer at the tender age of 68.
Served over the counter with peas, chips and gravy, it doesn’t have to impress Heston Blumenthal or a colour supplement foodie. Anyway, what is a foodie? “I like food”—how original. Do you also like air? Water? Shelter?”
Peter Norcliffe dives into family history in this three-parter about his uncles who served in the Second World War. In this instalment, he discusses his Uncle Stanely, who served in Normandy.
Kex Gill: Transport Secretary and North Yorkshire County Council pledge £60m to realign the landslip prone A59 road
Emily Horner reports on a significant boost to local infrastructure to help make it better and safer.