I have had a few people approach me recently to ask why I don't write a column for the local paper. I thought that after a year in the job and after no approach had been made to me that it was time to ask so I posed the question to the editor and this was the response...
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Gail - Hope all is well with you. We are not in the market for another political column just now. The calling of the General Election would rule it out, in any event, in the short term. If had a rethink, will let you know.