Peter Stewart

Fair Oak’s ‘Church without walls’ bucks trend

While many churches are experiencing falling attendances,  Fair Oak’s Parish Church of St Thomas is bucking the trend. With 425 members and growing, St Thomas’ clearly has something many churches do not. Associate Minister Jono Harvey, is taking St Thomas’ out to the people  to “Celebrate 2012”  – a campaign inspired by the extraordinary events in Britain this…

Local printer beats recession

Fair oak print and design

Despite the recession, business looks rosy for Eastleigh based Fair Oak  Design & Print Ltd. As part of their expansion into high quality digital printing, they have recently invested in a state of the art Xerox. Printer Charles Prewitt, with his wife Joy as financial manager, started the  family business in 2006 using a single…

Free Trade Tirade

If by “free trade” we mean “no tariffs on the import of artificially cheap foreign goods” or no restriction on the immigration of cheap labour, then THAT is an abomination and we should NOT preach it ON MORAL and ECONOMIC grounds (economics and morality are not mutually exclusive)! The opening of our borders to cheap…

Exporting the Public Sector

We learn with horror that Winchester and Eastleigh Health Care Trust (WEHCT) which runs the Royal Hants County Hospital, is going to axe 20 secretarial and clerical jobs and send the work to India. (See story here) Hmm! Would this be connected with the EU-India trade deal expected to be signed in December? I’ve nothing…

EU Axes Cyprus Airways

Cyprus Airways is facing bankruptcy thanks to EU legislation which prohibits State aid for companies! More than 300 Cyprus Airways staff face the sack next year unless Cyprus, like many other EU satellite States (but not Britain of course which always plays cricket) is willing to stick two fingers up to ruinous EU legislation. Cyprus…

I.O.EU

That ever curiouser EU hybrid puppet, officially stamped on its forehead with the tiny EU logo “Cameron-Hague”, but more popularly known in its Prime Ministerial guise as “Dave” or with its “yes-man” head plonked on, in which case it goes by the name of “William” (after all, did you ever see them both together?) is…

VAT? You must be joking!

“Why is the Conservative coalition NEEDLESSLY raising VAT? Pity the LibDems can’t resist their Conservative colleagues! Perhaps passive acceptance of Conservative policies is the price the LibDems’ must pay for basking in the Conservative limelight. VAT is an EU tax imposed by the Conservatives on April Fools’ Day 1973. Instead of raising it, UKIP has…

It’s Superhuhne!

There’s something mighty beautiful in Chris Huhne’s relationship with Carina Trimingahm. I believe it will establish him as something of a hero in the eyes of Britain’s younger, more macho male voters. Firstly his relationship involves a younger woman (a situation most young male voters will sympathize with). Secondly he clearly has the “x-factor”: That…