Yes, Natwest is closing – but will you miss it?

RBS has confirmed that they’re closing 259 branches, 62 at the Bank of Scotland and 197 at Natwest. Radlett is on the list. The bank is doing a pretty thorough job of informing customers and local people about their plans. There’s a leaflet for each closing branch, with an explanation of why the branch has… Continue reading Yes, Natwest is closing – but will you miss it?

Five slightly mind-blowing things we learnt from our Amazon survey

Amazon is the beast that ate shopping. In the US, Amazon is responsible for 43% of all online sales and is worth more than all the big bricks-and-mortar retailers put together. About a quarter of the US population pays for Prime membership (more figures). There’s an extraordinary battle going on in the US right now… Continue reading Five slightly mind-blowing things we learnt from our Amazon survey

What were the big issues for General Election voters in Radlett?

About a week ago, just before the 2017 General Election, we asked you which local issues would motivate you to vote. We did this for the last election too, back in 2015. So, in order of importance to you, here are the issues that got the Radlett electorate voting, with the 2015 position in italics… Continue reading What were the big issues for General Election voters in Radlett?

Are you ready for the General Election?

Here’s a timetable for the next few weeks. Monday 22 May (11.59pm). Deadline for registering to vote. Do it online here. You’ll need your National Insurance number (but there’s also a way to register if you don’t have one) and it takes five minutes. If you haven’t done this yet, or if you haven’t helped… Continue reading Are you ready for the General Election?

The 2017 County Council elections in Radlett

UPDATE: Saturday 6 May. The County Council results are all in. The details shows a strong swing towards the Conservatives. They’ve gained five seats. Labour has lost six, including their leader on the Council, Leon Reefe. The Liberals gained two. Turnout was 34.1%, substantially up from 28.9% in 2013 (turnout here in Watling Division was… Continue reading The 2017 County Council elections in Radlett

Here’s what we know so far about the 2017 General Election in Hertsmere

There will be a General Election. The House of Commons has voted 522 to 13 to approve the Government’s motion for an early General Election and it will take place on 8 June. It was a complete surprise – and not just for electors. When I called the office of our MP Oliver Dowden after… Continue reading Here’s what we know so far about the 2017 General Election in Hertsmere

Radlett’s EU referendum vote in context

It was, let’s face it, a surprise. As late as the close of polling on Thursday bookmakers were still offering 7/1 on Brexit (that’s a 12.5% probability). The opinion polls weren’t too far off for this vote but still gave Remain a small lead. Our polling district, Hertsmere, voted Leave by a margin of 1.6%… Continue reading Radlett’s EU referendum vote in context

The Radlett Wire EU referendum poll – the results are in

Our EU referendum opinion poll closed early this morning. You voted – narrowly – in favour of Remain. Now it’s time for the real thing. During the ten days the poll was live, things moved around a lot, though, and both sides had a majority at one point or another. With a sample of 361,… Continue reading The Radlett Wire EU referendum poll – the results are in

Police and crime commissioner – no surprises but a big increase in turn-out

Conservative David Lloyd has been re-elected. Most people don’t know who their Police Commissioner is and surveys have shown that many have no idea what they do. Something’s obviously changed in Hertfordshire, though, because turn-out for the vote more than doubled, from a disastrous 14.5% in 2012 to an almost creditable 29% this year –… Continue reading Police and crime commissioner – no surprises but a big increase in turn-out