A Question of Democracy.

There are many and varied forms of democracy across the world, some more successful than others. It is a testament to the Westminster version’s durability that it has lasted so long. But the nature of  government in the UK is changing and it is painful to watch as the two main parties struggle to come to terms with this new landscape. Mandy Rhodes, Managing Director of Holyrood Communications, has written an excellent article on the dilemma facing Labour, the Tories and the smaller parties. It is a good read, you will find it here. It may or may not influence how you vote but at least you will be better informed.

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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