All articles by: Murray Rowlands

Jacinda navigates some choppy waters

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by Murray Rowlands

When Brexitiers talk glibly about how easily trade can be organised under World Trade organisation arrangements they should be referred to the results of the APEC and East Asia Summit …

Champion of the dispossessed

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Murray Rowlands

It was very unexpected to find Ken Loach, the country’s leading film director, speaking at Camberley Theatre. Through­out his long career 82-year-old Loach has provided the voice for the dispossessed …

Anti-social housing policy

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Murray Rowlands

Our hearts go out for all the victims and their families of the fire at the Grenfell Tower in Kensington. As we watch in safety here in Surrey Heath, the …

Councils take risk on property

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by Murray Rowlands

Savage cuts by the Government in council spending of 37 percent between 2010 and 2015 have forced councils like Surrey Heath and Spelthorne to gamble heavily by entering the property …

Surrey CC is no defender of care

Published: February 25, 2017
Written by Murray Rowlands

It is quite remarkable that Poly Toynbee of the Guardian could choose to turn the Tory Leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge into a defender of community care services …

When is a coup not really a coup?

Published: July 23, 2016
Written by Murray Rowlands

As the number of people arrested or sacked after the failed military coup reaches nearly 60,000, Murray Rowlands examines the background to the events in Turkey When is a coup …

Brutal background to Ankara massacre

Published: October 23, 2015
Written by Murray Rowlands

The natural reaction is to wring one’s hands in horror at the events in Ankara on Saturday October 10. This does not do justice to the task of understanding the …