FAO Mr Nicholas Davies
Business Manager Strategic Place Teignbridge District Planning Department
Ref: 15/01296/MPA Charlecombe Mill Top Farm Mr King
PRELIMINARY AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE
Dear Mr Davies,
I understand that TDC gave its assent to the construction of a large timber barn to be used for agricultural purposes on this site in about 2010 even though it would serve only 48 acres. Indeed,
the assent then was for a barn that could have been 30 ft longer. There is a view in the parish that the applicant wanted a dwelling at this site from the start and that perhaps he had wind of the relaxation of the planning rules blowing his way.
As a layman, but with some knowledge of our law, I believe that a judicial review is probably indicated in regard both to process and the respect given to statutory declarations.
I should be grateful for your answering the most salient questions coming out of my study of the records. I will try to give context. The questions/requests will be in bold and numbered. I have concentrated on the latter communications – the 'flurry'.
Dear Mr Halpin – Thank you for your message. The Archbishop is not I am afraid going to engage with you, one to one by email, on the complex issues in the Middle East. He has made a number of public statements over the years about the Middle East, and visited the region. Anything he says that is public is available on his website.
Mr Andrew Nunn | Correspondence Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury
Mr Crispin Blunt MP for Reigate
Dear Mr Blunt,
I first came across your name when machine gun fire ricocheted around you and your companions at Rafah, Palestine. They were fired by untouchable 'Israeli' troops. I see it was in 2004.
My interest. I am a retired orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. One of my sayings is 'do your best to heal and not to harm'. I saw during the unlawful and high altitude bombing of the Afghan people from 32,000 feet, planned since July 2001, that Palestine was the 'hinge of our humanity'. The chaos of UK creation was unresolved, and the native people were suffering more than ever. Millions in the 'diaspora' were forbidden to return by the cuckoo we settled there. I learned of doctors being stopped by the 'Israelis' from carrying antibiotics for children into the remnants of Palestine. In outrage I decided to take a ship so big that publicity would cause the entity to allow free passage. My wife and I chartered the MV Barbara with its excellent and brave Danish crew. The Voyage of the Dove and the Dolphin began at Torquay on the Ist February 2003 and ended in Ashdod on the 16th. We had 50 tons of very good food in the hold. It was a speck but it was a sign of our common humanity.
The Rt Hon Earl Howe PC Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality
Department of Health and Social Security
REF: Your letter to Mr Stride 9-02-15 PO00000912802
Dear Lord Howe,
Mr Stride forwarded your letter the next day (1) and suggested that I would want time to consider it. This reply is long delayed. The political landscape, and especially that of our NHS, changes by the mile as on a train. I see that the Efford Bill ran out of steam 3-03-15 so this letter will deal with a few central points. Incidentally, I have asked Mr Stride to correspond by e-mail. That would be better for the plebiscite in allowing the easy sharing of correspondence etc and be less costly. At the Westminster end it would save many of those precious millions including that spent on expensive, crested ivory paper. And governments ask often that we should use e-correspondence. Furthermore, it is driving the NHS into becoming inappropriately 'paperless'.
Mr Mel Stride MP for Central Devon and Assistant Whip Conservative Party
Dear Mr Stride,
Thank you. I was aware of the convention, no more than convention, that ministers did not sign EDMs. I was not aware that party whips are government ministers. They surely act for party and not government. And opposition whips? Anyway, it is about time 'whipping' was abolished in this new millennium and with the UK pretending to be a democracy.
I leave that aside. There are several hundred Conservative MPs who are not ministers. Mr Bottomley is the only one who has signed Mr McDonnell's motion. I ask that you circulate his EDM, preferably with my words, to your many good friends in the party who are not bound by this convention.
As I write, and as you read, there are children in cruel jails in 'Israel' who are frightened, broken and deeply depressed. The Hares boys have been in for two years - half your time in government. No Commons tea room for them but often disgusting food. As they emerge, eventually, into the light of day, from concrete cells and corridors they will be as caged animals, starting at every sound and sudden image.
My disgust I feel for our governments is huge. Please do something that is moral and principled against a regime which acts with deep cruelty and outside law. Get the damned Israelis to lay off.