Thursday, 31 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
WILL THE POLICE HAVE TO PAY DAMAGES FOR UNLAWFUL ARREST OVER FORTNUM & MASON PROTEST AFTER DAMNING VIDEO EVIDENCE EMERGES?
Cuts protesters claim police tricked them into mass arrest
Sunday, 27 March 2011
(Picture by Paul Hanes - Coalition of Resistance)
Friday, 25 March 2011
|College staff picketing one of the entrances on Thursday this week|
Monday, 21 March 2011
It seems the terminal decline of the Lib Dems is now starting to become more apparent even in their normal heartland of support - the South West of England.
The respected polling observation site - UK Polling Report - http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/ reports a poll in the South West this week that shows the following;
CON 39%(-4), LAB 29%(+14), LDEM 18%(-17), UKIP 6%(+1), GRN 6%(+5).
This poll is very good news for the Greens who seems to be gaining support at the expense of the Lib Dems. Long shall it continue!
With a poll rating of 8-10% nationally, what price the future of Lib Dem Councillors in Rugby?
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
13 MARCH 2011
In the continuing aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake on Friday, Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas MP said:"Our thoughts are with the people of Japan, who have suffered such an enormous tragedy.
"The Green Party expresses our sincere condolences to all those affected by this disaster. The UK and EU governments must begin to immediately mobilise all possible aid to assist Japan.
"1351 is the estimated death toll so far, but there are perhaps tens of thousands people missing in Miyagi alone. Four million people have been left without electricity amid the destruction in Tokyo.
"Clearly, the nuclear incidents at Fukushima, and elsewhere in Japan since the earthquake, are collectively one of the worst in the 50-year history of the international nuclear industry.
"There may have been a partial meltdown of the fuel rods at reactor #1 at Fukushima Daiichi. There may be a partial meltdown underway at reactor #3 of Fukushima Daiichi. Engineers are pumping seawater into reactor #3, a reactor that uses a mixed-oxide fuel which contains plutonium, making the problem potentially more serious. As well, at Tokai No.2 nuclear power plant, in Ibaraki, the cooling system pump has stopped. Finally, at a third complex in Onagawa, radiation levels are above safety margins.
"In terms of lessons learnt, we welcome Chris Huhne's announcement that the Chief Nuclear Inspector, Dr. Mike Weightman will produce a report on the implications of the situation in Japan for the UK. (1)
"We also support the European Green Party's call for an EU-level inquiry into the wider implications of the nuclear accident in Japan. This must assess the safety of nuclear reactors in general, and in earthquake situations in particular, looking at reactors in the EU and neighbouring countries.
"It appears that the Fukushima Daiichi complex was affected not by the quake per se, but the failure of grid electricity and back-up diesel electricity supply for cooling, and that could easily happen elsewhere.
"Nuclear power carries inherent risks, and is particularly vulnerable to the potentially deadly combination of human error, design failure, and natural disaster. Given that there are cheaper, quicker, and crucially safer, ways of meeting our energy needs and emisson reduction targets, it is particularly perverse here in the UK to launch the building of a fleet of new nuclear power stations.
"In the UK, nuclear power provide less than 4% of our energy. We urgently need to meet short-term targets to prevent the risk of runaway climate change. Nuclear power cannot help with that, but significant state-led investments in renewable power and energy efficiency could.
"The problem with a centralised electrical grid is the prospect of failures that affect millions of people. Basing our energy system around a decentralised energy grid would avoid this." (2)
1) Chris Huhne, in Nov 2007, referred to nuclear power as a"tried, tested and failed technology which was clearly a costly blind alley."
2) For more info on decentralised energy systems, please click here.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Despite having PR and 'Fair Votes' has a central plank of the their policy for over 40 years, Clegg and Co were so desperate to get into Government that they were willing accept a few crumbs from the Tories in respect of electoral reform and this is a referendum on AV.
The Green Party supports a fairer voting system then that currently on offer by the Lib Dem fudge but will still be campaigning for a YES VOTE in the forthcoming Referendum on the 5th May.
The Green Party Deputy Leader Adrian Ramsey explains why the Green Party will campaign for a YES VOTE:
“We want everyone who favours electoral reform to put their full weight behind the Yes campaign”
“A Yes vote would bring a step in the right direction and demonstrate an appetite for change. Greens and others who want a fair, inclusive proportional way of voting will then continue to campaign for further reform.”
“If you vote No in this referendum, nobody would know whether you were rejecting AV because you wanted genuine reform, or were simply opposing any reform. We think the only logical vote for reformers is to vote Yes to AV, because everyone who does so is clearly showing that they're unhappy with the current system”.
"AV is not perfect but it has a clear advantage over first-past-the-post: it undermines arguments for tactical voting because under AV voters can give their first preference to their preferred candidate or party, safe in the knowledge that their second preference will count just as strongly if their first preference is unsuccessful. Votes cast will therefore be a much better reflection of people's views.”
"We mustn't let the government divide us over this and win. We must get everyone who wants electoral reform onto the same side, to demonstrate the public appetite for change, to win this particular battle and then move the campaign forward from that initial victory.
"This will help build support for further reforms such as a fair voting system for local elections, and will keep pressure on the government to implement its pledge to replace the house of lords with a second chamber elected under proportional representation."
The Green Party remains committed to the Additional Member System (AMS), which authorities agree would deliver a result closer to true proportionality as well as retaining constituency.
The BBC has an excellent guide to the policies of all the parties on AV at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11609887