Author: Anna Girolami

Rishi Sunak cancels support for the East Midlands

Anna Girolami

Today, there will be an opposition day debate on this issue in the House of Commons, followed by a vote. Perhaps mindful of the damaging and on-going fallout when most Tory MPs voted against the motion on free school meals, the government is urging them to abstain today.

Free school meals

Anna Girolami

The free school meals saga chunters unedifyingly on. Yesterday, social media was full of debate about what exactly was being provided in the £30 food parcels that an eligible child receives once every two weeks. High profile celebrity activists such as Marcus Rashford and Jack Monroe have yet again been asking the awkward questions that never seem to occur to th

Yesterday in America

Anna Girolami

Yesterday saw one of the worst breaches of security in the history of the United States of America (US). A mob of supporters of the out-going US president, Donald Trump, stormed Capitol Hill. Within the US parliament building itself, the results of last November’s election were being certified.

Dear Conservative backbenchers…

Anna Girolami

Under cover of both the pandemic and Brexit, the government has already given itself the ability to make laws with only nominal parliamentary involvement, in other words without asking you.

Lockdown 3

Anna Girolami

Mr Johnson hopes that “with a fair wind in our sails” the vaccination will have been offered to the top four priority groups by the end of the lockdown. Even his own words betray that the likelihood of this being achieved is frankly remote.

My little town – Buxton

Anna Girolami

Photographs by Rob McDonald Photography, with permission. Living Advent Calendar: This year, the community of Harpur Hill, on the south side of Buxton, has created a living Advent calendar. Every evening during Advent at 6.30 pm, another house in the neighbourhood lights up a numbered window. Ours was number 8. People have put in a […]

EM Bylines Christmas championships

Anna Girolami

The East Midlands is the very heart of England and from Glossop to Grimsby, from Boston to Brackley, every town celebrates Christmas in its own special way. This year, some cherished traditions have been put on hold (Melton Mowbray’s Christmas tree festival) while some new innovations have taken off (Leicester’s They Can’t Cancel Christmas short film). Here at […]

Blood on their hands

Anna Girolami

Jason Evans is the founder of the Factor 8 campaign group. His father died in 1993 when Jason was only four years old. For years, he has been trying to find out exactly what happened.

Nightingale hospitals – just sheds full of beds

Anna Girolami

Unluckily for Gove, Covid-19 has not gone away and now irate Tories are demanding to know why the Nightingale hospitals aren’t being used. They are pointing out that he can hardly claim that the NHS is on its knees when the Nightingales are empty.

From zero to hero

Anna Girolami

Life is a zero-sum game. If you win, someone else has to lose. That’s right, isn’t it? More to the point, if someone else wins then you lose. It’s certainly true sometimes.

Ashfield deserves better than Lee Anderson

Anna Girolami

While we wish Mr Anderson a speedy recovery, it does occur to us to wonder if perhaps he could take a little more care. The pictures in the press of his meeting with Johnson last week showed them standing close together with nary a mask between them.