La Treizième Étoile: 05/02/12 - 12/02/12 Blog Archives
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Trevor Colman produces 18 minute yawn fest entitled 'Leaving the European Union'

Friday, 10 February 2012
Have you wondered what Trevor Colman has been doing lately? Well it seems the former on-screen actor has been making more films and has just released an 18 minute film (described as ‘ground breaking’) called 'Leaving the European Union' in which Mr Colman “de-bunks many of the myths surrounding the need for British membership of the European Union and describes how easy, and beneficial, it would be for Britain to withdraw”.

His findings are from the “recently published” book 'Time to say No’ and apparently has “already aroused widespread interest, particularly amongst members of both Houses of Parliament”. Frankly I cannot see why as it is an 18 minute film of Mr Colman, then one of his female staffers, speaking before a camera and a blue screen background – truly inspirational - and nor is leaving the EU in the UK's national interest.

I note with much agreement the comment made by Greg L-W on the video: “It is sad that with all the resources at his disposal a long out dated and very boring talking head video passes for achievement! […] The video presented is boring in the extreme and its method of imparting info is so out of date it fails to make its point.

It does at least serve one purpose however: at least we know why Mr Colman is currently not representing his electorate in Brussels and Strasbourg. (Apparently a free DVD of the film can be obtained through the website - lucky us!)


SW MEP pledges support for vital and much-needed A30/A303 dual carriageway upgrade plan

Tuesday, 7 February 2012
South West Conservative MEP Giles Chichester has joined the campaign calling for the entire length of the A30/A303 route from London to the West Country and Land's End (see map below) to be made a dual carriageway. Long-desired, the campaign boost is opportune in light of the Government’s recently announced plans to devolve power and funding decisions on major transport schemes to the regions affected.

The A303, the main part of the trek, is a 92-mile long stretch of trunk road connecting Basingstoke in Hampshire with Honiton in East Devon. Together with the M5 (From Bristol/Birmingham) and the A30 (from Exeter to Cornwall) it is one of the main routes from London and the rest of the country to the South West. Numerous large sections of the road are single carriageway, so is often congested due to its popularity amongst motorists – particularly in the holiday seasons.

Mr Chichester, who lives in East Devon, regularly uses the route to visit constituents and to travel to and from London. “Many of my journeys are delayed because of bottlenecks and tailbacks which are in large part due to the single carriageway sections,he writes in a letter to local media.

Lack of a dual carriageway resulted in me and thousands of other car and lorry drivers having to waste time following detours through miles of narrow country lanes. It was a nightmare which sadly could be repeated if total dualling of the A30 is not completed.”

The A303 has been subject to several upgrade proposals, some of which have been controversial – such as the plans (now scrapped) to bore a road tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

As it stands currently, Whitehall must approve all projects costing in excess of £5 million, but the Government hopes the plans would encourage the formation of consortia across wider areas to deal with larger strategic schemes, although the Minister for Transport Justine Greening insists this would not be compulsory.

The A303 is used by an average 30,000 vehicles a day, and improving it could bring annual economic benefits of more than £1 billion to the West Country economy, Mr Chichester claims.

The road was even subject to a BBC4 documentary broadcast in May 2011 called "
A303 Highway to the Sun". The writer Tom Fort drove the length of the A303 in a Morris Traveller, making various stops along the way.
Click here to watch (video hosted on Vimeo).


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