Bring on Christmas after all this empty spin

THERE is always something rather sad - and laughable - about the ‘spin’ which now follows every major event. Do you remember ‘Comical Ali’ broadcasting to the Iraqi Nation that everything was going brilliantly well for Saddam, at the...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Capital goal of DW canoe racers

“BABY this town rips the bones from your back;” if you’re born to run you’d better take a few other albums with you fleeing Devizes, because it’ll be darkness on the edge of town before you’ve reached Cannings Hill...

ROBERT BUCKLAND MP: Safety first – why we’re better of remaining in EU

ON 23rd June 2016, British people will have a once-in-a-life time opportunity to decide whether or not our country remains in the European Union. I supported and voted for the establishment of a referendum so that everyone could have...

THE CHIEF: How we’re tackling cyber criminals, trolls and keyboard warriors

Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable Mike Veale's new column for February, with a very modern crime on the agenda… CYBER crime is a growing problem for police forces across the country, and Wiltshire is no exception. Shocking figures show that an estimated...

JAMES GRAY MP: Mission to Moscow

The MP for North Wiltshire is back with his regular column... THE Tomb of the Unknown Warrior; its discarded cape and helmet and rifle; the everlasting flame framed by the massive red walls of the Kremlin is a stunningly moving...

DES MORGAN: What next – I hear you ask

MUCH has been written and said about the recent legal decision of the High Court with regard to the Prime Minister's authority to use the Prerogative to invoke Article 50 which starts the process of the UK leaving the...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Do we tar youth with the wrong brush?

RECOGNISED I’m getting on a bit while peeking out of the imaginary net-curtains at teenagers suspiciously hanging around the children’s playpark. My senior mind began to speculate the malice “bored minds” were scheming, only to realise moments later they...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Will Potterne’s pothole swallow us all up?

THE size of a 10-storey building, Asteroid 2017AG13 narrowly missed the Earth on Tuesday, January 10, and was only spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey the Saturday prior. Should it have collided with our bluey-green rock, it’d have gone off...

DES MORGAN: How can we believe a word our politicians say?

WHY is it that we simply cannot find it in ourselves to believe anything a politician tells us? Don't worry if you feel like this. you are in good company. Remember it was Gordon Brown who allegedly said of his...

ROBERT BUCKLAND MP: £150 extra per child just the beginning in fight to improve...

The MP for South Swindon returns with his regular column for Index... AS YOUR local MPs, one of our main priorities has been to help make sure that Swindon’s children and young people get a fair deal when it comes...

THE CHIEF: Tackling smoking and sexting

Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Mike Veale debuts his new monthly column for Index... AS YOU will be aware, October 1st saw the introduction of new government laws which make it illegal for anyone to smoke in vehicles with children present. Wiltshire...

JUSTIN TOMLINSON MP: Britain still a beacon for liberties and rights

The MP for North Swindon with his debut column for INDEX:WILTSHIRE... RECENTLY we celebrated the anniversary of the Magna Carta, marking 800 years since King John signed the original document in 1215 at Runnymede. It acted as a peace treaty between...

DES MORGAN: You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!

The final line in the lyrics of the Eagle's Hotel California seems very relevant to the Brexit result especially as the Prime Minister has reneged on yet another 'promise' this time regarding the invoking of Article 50. For those still...

ROBERT BUCKLAND MP: Huge strides to overhaul mental health services

WE'RE just over one week into this year’s Parliamentary calendar, but there have already been some important steps forward, particularly in relation to an issue close to my heart – mental health services. I’ve done a great deal of work...

JAMES GRAY MP: Nimby or Banana?

NO-ONE wants new-build housing obscuring their views, or changing the rural nature of their communities. And for most of my 19 years as your MP I have set myself against virtually all out-of-town housing developments. I take the view that...