Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Rugby Green Party is standing George Houguez in the forthcoming by election for the Dunchurch & Knightlow ward of the Rugby Borough Council on the 2nd December.
George who has stood in the ward a number of times is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and lecturer for The London College of Clinical Hypnosis and has practiced in Bank Street, Rugby for 6 years.
In explaining why he is standing for the Green Party, George says “Our psychological well being is closely related to our lifestyles and environment. Green Party policy promotes sustainable community and a responsible attitude towards the environment.”
MAKE A DIFFERENCE – VOTE GREEN
Printed, Promoted and Published by Roy Sandison on behalf George Houguez and Rugby Green Party PO Box 4123 Rugby CV21 9BJ
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Dear Rugby Liberal Democrat Councillor or leading members of the Rugby Party.
NICK CLEGGS SHAME
As many of you will know. I was the Green Party Parliamentary Candidate at the General Election for Rugby and was pleased to agree with Jerry Roodhouse and the Lib Democrats over the issue of student fees against the Labour Party and the Tories position at the hustings and in print.
Jerry increased the Lib Dem vote in Rugby as did the Lib Dems across the country not least because of their strong support for students.
Unfortunately the opinion polls show that it is very likely the Liberal Democrats will face an electoral melt down at the next local elections if they continue jumping to the Tories tune not least over student fees and will lose some good progressive councillors in Rugby.
I notice from reading your Rugby Liberal Democrat website that the Rugby Party appears to be swinging behind Clegg’s discredited position – I would ask you to think again!
Watch the students protests today and do the right thing – confirm that you as an individual stand firm to your electoral pledge over students fees and that you will be contacting Liberal Democrat MP’s to demand they also keep their electoral promises to students.
And also read this below from Jenny Jones Green Party member of the London Assembly and Sam Coates Co-Chair of the Young Greens before making up your mind:
"A whole generation of young people are having their futures torn up in front of their eyes as policies they explicitly voted against are put into effect with the support of a party many of them voted for.
They note that university fees in the UK are already among the most expensive in Europe, and if trebled to £9000 will be the most expensive in the world.
University fees in the UK are already among the most expensive in Europe and if trebled to £9000 will be the most expensive in the world. The average across all sectors in the US is around £7000 and even private universities in Japan (£4379 a year) and South Korea (£5379 a year) will be cheaper than public universities here. Sweden, Finland, Denmark and some others all still charge no fees at all and the OECD average is just £1427 per year.
The UK Government is effectively privatising universities. The whole burden of higher education is falling on individual students. Why is this Government so keen to saddle young people with debt when other nations continue to recognise the wider importance of education, especially in a recession? Graduate debt has more wide reaching effects than we realise, not only do repayments make it difficult for graduates to set up a home, they are unable to pay into pensions and will generally spend less in the economy, further damaging chances of a lasting recovery.
This is just one ingredient in a toxic cocktail of cuts and privatisation being imposed on the nation for ideological reasons. The Tory cuts are not an inevitable response to the financial crisis but an attack on the very idea of a socially-conscious, good society.
We have to ask: what kind of a socially-destructive example are Tory and Lib Dem MPs setting to the current generation of young people? And would it be surprising if this kind of behaviour by those in power were to leave millions questioning democracy?”
I look forward to each and every one of your replies.
Roy Sandison – Rugby Green Party
*Please note this letter has been published on the Rugby Green Party website - http://rugbygreenparty.blogspot.com/
Monday, 22 November 2010
“DISGUSTING MESS” SAYS RUGBY GREEN PARTY - GREENS SLAM TESCO OVER ALLOWING RIVER AVON TO BECOME TROLLEY AND RUBBISH DUMP!
Rugby Green Party have reacted with anger after carrying out a survey of the River Avon next to the Tesco store in Leicester Road which showed an incredible 21 shopping trolleys from the store in the river - this just at the Black Path Bridge (See attached pictures) also other rubbish from the company was seen along the banks of the river.
Roy Sandison spokesperson for Rugby Green Party explains “The scene is like a modern day version of the way that 19th century capitalists used to care so little about how their money making operations impacted on the environment, so ending up with town rivers and canals filed up with their waste products” Roy continues “This situation has not just come to pass and it seems to show a careless approach by Tesco’s”
“It makes you wonder if Tesco would be allowed to get away with such disregard for the environment and the historic River Avon further down stream at Stratford on Avon? Why should Rugby people have to put up with these lower standards of care on our part of the River Avon?”
DEMAND FOR A MEETING
“We have written to the Manager of the Store in Rugby demanding a meeting with him to discuss with him what immediate and preventative actions his company are going to take to ensure that our river is treated with the respect and in the manner it should be.”
Roy continues “We would expect Tesco to immediately send out assessment and clean up squads to clear the river and clean up the banks. That they use their security staff and CVTV cameras to monitor the whereabouts of their trolleys and that they also assign trained staff to undertake daily clean up operations in the locality of the store – if they do this then it will show at least some commitment by Tesco to treat the local environment with respect.”
Rugby Green Party are also asking local residents to keep a watching brief (AVON WATCH) over the River Avon by contacting the Rugby Green party at firstname.lastname@example.org to report any concerns about pollution issues. The Green Party will log the concern and if necessary make representation to the appropriate body... *Please put FAO ‘Avon Watch’ in the headline of the email.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
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- Rugby Against the Cuts was set up by local trade unionists and political activists on September 22nd. Officers were elected as above
- Rugby Against the Cuts meets on the second Thursday of every month, 7.30pm, at the Three Horse Shoes, Rugby
- Rugby Against the Cuts can be contacted on 07881 520626, email@example.com, or through our web site athttp://rugbyagainstthecuts.blogspot.com
Friday, 19 November 2010
Rugby Against The Cuts is affiliated to the COR and members will be attending.
Coalition of Resistance Conference
Saturday November 27
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Afghanistan: Time to Go
SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER * ASSEMBLE 12 NOON
SPEAKERS' CORNER * HYDE PARK * LONDON
MARCH TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Called by Stop the War Coalition, CND and British Muslim Initiative.
TRANSPORT FROM COVENTRY
We will be running transport from Coventry, leaving the swimming baths in Fairfax Street at 9 am. Tickets are £12/£donations for unwaged. If you want to book seats, please email or call me on or by Thursday 18th (see number below).
A large banner on this week's huge protest against education cuts said it all: Spend on Education and Jobs - Not on War.
It's a message that is clearly getting through. With little over a week before the national AFGHANISTAN: TIME TO GO demonstration in London on Saturday 20 November, the Stop the War national office is being inundated with requests for leaflets and posters, details of transport being organised around the country to bring protestors to London, and people volunteering to help.
There is a promotional video on Stop the War's youtube channel featuring interviews with Tony Benn, Joe Glenton, and the parents of soldiers who have died in Afghanistan. You can also find it on facebook.com/stopthewarcoalition .
Chair, Coventry Stop the War Coalition
Tel: 07732 030231
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Caroline Lucas: "This Government's assault on education funding and future generations of students seems to know no bounds."
“This Government's assault on education funding and future generations of students seems to know no bounds. The recession has already had a disproportionate effect on young people's lives, with rapidly disappearing university places and increasing youth unemployment. Now it's clear that they will be amongst those hardest hit by the ConDem cuts, with the Educational Maintenance Allowance being scrapped, college funding slashed and the huge hikes in university fees. I fully support the action being taken by our students today, and hope to join them on the streets to fight for their future.”
Monday, 1 November 2010
The Green Party Trade Union Group sent the following statement to the London Firebrigades Union regarding the industrial action today and on November 5th and 6th. Here is also a report from the Politics Show on the issues involved and refusal of London's Tories, in the person of Brian Coleman, to deal with the dispute.
I am sending you the support of the Green Party Trade Union Group who decided at our committee meeting to totally support the London fire strike and the struggle of the FBU against the draconian measures being introduced by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the threat of sackings. We stand in solidarity with you and hope that your industrial action will bring the employers to the table for further negotiations and that they will end their attempts to settle this dispute under duress.
Members of the Green Party and Green Party Trade Union Group will be joining picket lines across London on November 1st and on the 5th and 6th of November.
Green Party Trade Union Group
London's stand-in fire crews 'will struggle on bonfire night'
Rugby will get hit hard with massive cuts planned in public and council services including social care, health, education, youth, the fire services and the Police.
In the main the day went well with a number of people signing up for the campaign and we had a good turn out by members of the campaign.
One sour note was the aggressive attitude of the one of the employees of the organisation that is supposed to assist people visiting the town centre, who are employed by a joint venture between the Borough Council and local shops called Rugby First/Rugby Bid.
It is a shame that this one individual employee felt the need to say rudely ‘”NOT IN RUGBY” in respect of us politely saying we had the right to leaflet. And also refused to take a copy of the letter entitled “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” for her information.
Saying our leaflets on the table were “litter” only to be seen (by a number of people and no doubt the CVTV Camera’s in the area) 10 minutes later screwing up a leaflet handed to her further up the street by a member of the campaign was hardly called for either.
The extract below clearly allows campaigners to campaign. Also the area round the Clock Tower in the centre of Rugby has always been a public open space for people to meet and chat about what is going on in town, since it was built in 1887.
Their is some good work under taken by Rugby First/Rugby Bid staff and surely it is more important that they concentrate on limiting crime like shop lifting or hand bag snatches in our town centre then treating good Rugby people with such disregard. We are pleased to see sense was allowed to prevail and we were left alone to get on with informing our community about the cuts
We trust this situation will not arise again.
COPY OF LETTER