A stricter separation between church and state at local level would safeguard against political patronage.
Posts by Andrew Wood
Cllr Andrew Wood represents the Canary Wharf Ward on Tower Hamlets CouncilFollow @
Greater clarity is needed to prevent special interest groups from presenting a misleading picture.
Andrew Wood: The brave citizens who defeated electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets are faced with a huge legal bill
If the Cabinet Office won’t help defend democracy, why should ordinary citizens do it? The wrong signal is being sent out.
Andrew Wood: Yes, Singapore really is an example we can learn from. But not for the reasons some Tories give.
It is not especially low tax, nor is it unregulated – though it is certainly a more business-friendly environment then the UK. Here is why it works.
Andrew Wood: Tower Hamlets Council must put the interests of children ahead of political correctness
English law is clear on how foster placements should be made and that “the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration”.
Successful Singapore is simply copying what previous Conservative governments have done – namely, to deliver directly hundreds of thousands of new houses.
Andrew Wood: We can’t keep running down the Navy by stealth, and pretending that nothing has changed
The most dramatic option is to cut whole areas of capability in order to focus on the remaining core ones.
We should not disenfranchise existing EU voters but give voting rights to American, Brazilian and Chinese council taxpayers.
They cannot stop development but they can shape it and help deliver more homes as well as infrastructure.
We can achieve higher density without ruining the skyline of London.
For every new grammar-run satellite school we would have five satellite schools run by councils ideologically opposed to losing control.