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Reasons to stay in Europe

On both sides here has been much anger, lies and, at times, debate that would embarrass a four-year-old. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths asked a few local Hastings and St Leonards-ites about their thoughts and concerns on Europe and why they are in favour of remaining.

The flags of the 28 EU member countries - after next Thursday, there may only be 27.

Historical take on EU paints disturbing picture

Disillusioned with the standard of debate over the pros and cons of the UK staying in or leaving the European Union, local historian Heather Grief decided to bring a historical approach to the case. She found plenty to concern her.

Posted 07:02 Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 In: Politics Tags: de Gaulle ERM EU European Free Trade Area France George Eustice Germany Greece Heather Grief Hitler Italy Kaiser Bill League of Nations Mussolini Napoleon Nigel Lawson Spain Sweden Syrians Ted Heath Yugoslavia
Sussex Coast College debate

Student debate on Europe

With only a couple of weeks to go before the national referendum, students hosted a lively Half Term Debate at Sussex Coast College Hastings over whether the UK should stay in or leave the European Union.

Posted 17:24 Monday, Jun 6, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Andrew Michael Annabel Sarling Clive Cooke Damien Collins Europe Georgie Warner national referendum Nigel Jones Peter Chowney Sussex Coast College
Labour supporters in favour of staying.

IN-Crowd argues Left’s case for staying in EU

Various elements of the Left in Hastings have joined forces to set up The IN-Crowd, under whose banner they will campaign together for Britain to stay in the European Union. Rachel Lever describes the politics behind its formation and gives details of a public meeting on Friday 3 June.

Posted 19:27 Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Brexit IN-Crowd labour Michael Ford Momentum Priti Patel Rachel Lever solidarity
Peter Chowney, second from left, at the launch of a new edition of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (photo: HBC).

Peter Chowney responds to council critics

Rocklands, the Country Park, Sea Change projects – Hastings Borough Council’s handling of such planning and development issues spawn regular critical contributions to HOT’s columns and high levels of readership. We invited council leader, Peter Chowney to respond to some of the criticism, which he did in a recent interview with Nick Terdre.

Hastings town hall. Michael Madden thinks today's local council reminds him of Mugsborough times, 100 years plus ago.

Why Hastings is still Mugsborough

Michael Madden is a stalwart supporter of the Labour Party, but not of the ruling Labour group on Hastings Borough Council. In fact he was recently expelled from the local Labour Party. Here he details his serious falling-out with his former party colleagues over the council’s attitude towards planning, and in particular its actions in the Country Park, and compares HBC with the council described in Robert Tressell’s fictional town of Mugsborough, a thinly disguised portrait of Hastings in the Edwardian era.

How the money's spent. Photo ZR

Public consultation on 2016-17 budget

Hastings Borough Council has started consulting on its 2016-17 budget and is asking for responses to its proposals by Friday 12 February. Since 2010, the government grant for the local council has been cut by 54%, according to an HBC press release. You’re invited to comment on how the money we do receive for this area is distributed. 

Posted 10:19 Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 In: Politics Tags: 2016-17 budget Budget Cabinet Cllr Peter Chowney consultation Hastings 2016-2017 Budget Hastings Borough Council
Hiroshima skyline Photo CND website

Trident or no Trident?

Do we need to buy new nuclear weaponry to ensure the UK is defended? Are our existing weapons enough of a deterrent? Could the money be better spent in other ways? If we’re in debt, as a country, is buying more nuclear bombs a priority? How much will our alliance with the USA influence our government’s decision? And whatever your answers, will your voice be heard when time comes for the decision to be made? HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

Posted 10:04 Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 In: Politics Tags: CND Hastings Against War trident Trident replacement
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