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  • Alan Bacon
    Article: Aug 28, 2020
    By Alan Bacon in Your Chesham

    Covid-19 isn't going away. As I write this in the middle of August, the number of new cases is increasing again, the highest number since June. Who knows whether there will be a serious second wave in the winter?

    Everything we open up after the lockdown risks increasing the number of cases. Some of the government's scientific advisers even argue that if we want to open up schools it may be necessary to close down pubs and restaurants again. I'm sure that's not a choice that the government wants to make, but they might have to. We have already seen local lockdowns in a number towns and cities, such as Leicester.

  • Mohammad Fayyaz
    Article: Aug 28, 2020
    By Mohammad Fayyaz in Your Chesham

    What is our local plan? Just as important, what is the government's plan for us? The picture gets even more complicated.

    Chiltern District Council spent the last ten years working on a new local plan, first on its own then with South Bucks District Council. They finally managed to come up with a proposed plan, and the government inspectors were due to start the official inquiry into it on 17 March. But then came the lockdown. In the meantime, the inspectors wrote to the councils suggesting that the plan looked seriously flawed because the councils had not taken account of their duty to cooperate with Slough Borough Council to help meet Slough's housing needs. It looks as though ten years' work may end up in the bin.

  • Jason Keeler
    Article: Aug 18, 2020
    By Jason Keeler

    The recent A level debacle left many young people not only devastated by the grades awarded to them by use of an algorithm, but in increased anxiety over the lack of clarity in the appeal process and what's going to happen to their futures.

    Liberal Democrat MP and Education Spokesperson Layla Moran, who is a former maths and physics teacher, has carefully examined the algorithm and declared that it is "without a doubt, biased", adversely impacting those in larger classes and in state schools in deprived areas.

  • Mind logo
    Article: Aug 17, 2020
    By Rachel Dineley

    Why does it arise? When does it influence behaviour and decision-making? How can we tackle it? Is it always a bad thing? What support is available to those adversely affected?

    In a 1.5 hour Zoom session Rachel Dineley , a former leading discrimination lawyer and now the Diversity Officer at Chiltern Liberal Democrats, will host a presentation on what underlies unconscious bias, how to recognise it, guard against it, and respond when encountering it. We all have "blind spots": do you know how to spot them? Our intuitions as well as our conscious reasoning are informed by evidence and experience,and are critical to our functioning. Good or bad, we cannot do without them. By understanding how they operate and being open-minded and alert to their implications, mistakes can be avoided. Having insight into decision-making assists in making good decisions.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2020
    By Peter Jones

    Let's Forget the Local Plan

    The controversial draft proposals to build 5,000+ homes around Chesham, Beaconsfield and Chalfont St Peter - aka the Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan 2036 - have reached something of a stalemate.

    Rather than persist with a plan to build on Green Belt, which no one really wants and actually goes against the Conservative Party manifesto, I think it's time we took a fresh new look at an old idea: the garden city. Let me explain why.