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Let's change discriminatory democracy

Posted by [email protected] on January 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM

I'm not a member of the Liberal Democrats, however I am very supportive of the green and radical elements within the party. I have also come to the conclusion it's the only political party that will defeat the Tories in Torbay. I do follow and post in a number of Liberal Democrat groups on facebook and follow a number on Twitter. It was from the Liberal Democrat Policy Debate group where I came across a post by Slawek Fejfer.


Slawek, who is also sometimes known as Adam, has ...

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Why I'm a Reforming Remainer

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM

I do confess, for many years I have campaigned against the EU. I still have many misgivings about it, but on the whole I believe Britain is better off remaining - somewhere it can still benefit, be of influence and work with others to reform.

But what changed my mind on the EU after years of campaigning? Basically the referendum did give me time to look at things more carefully, but even since then I have studied the way the EU operates in more detail and have come to recognise it's not...

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Inspired by English Radicalism

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2018 at 10:25 AM

I have long regarded myself as an 'English Radical', someone that looks outside of the box for solutions and someone that is not simply prepared to accept the status quo but is willing to campaign for a fairer society and a better world. . English radicalism has a long history, a history we should be proud of and which should be celebrated. It's one we should be inspired by. Below I have listed just some who I regard as true English Radicals.


John Ball - the Priest wh...

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Why I left the left behind

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2018 at 8:45 AM

I was once described by a former Labour councillor as "The most left wing person he knew". I think the councillor concerned was referring not only to my pro-nationalisation and anti-nuclear stance but also to me looking at both sides of the coin when viewing news from North Korea and my former membership of the Communist Party. Today although I am still in favour of a degree of nationalisation, I still oppose nuclear weapons and I still disect news from both sides on the Korean peninsula...

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2018

Posted by [email protected] on December 31, 2017 at 7:05 AM

On Christmas Day I tweeted "Remember this is the season of good will so let's make a resolution for 2018 to redouble efforts for a world that's fair, free of hate, oppression and greed".

I think this has to be a message for 2018 in the very divided and troublesome world in which we live today. We have to work to become a more tolerant and compassionate world, recognise and celebrate the differences between us but at the same time work for greater human and animal welfare.


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The thin ice of Corbyn's centre ground

Posted by [email protected] on December 31, 2017 at 6:20 AM

I quite like Jeremy Corbyn. At the time of his election as Labour leader I thought he was the right man to create a seismic shift away from a party of so called champagne socialists to a more grassroots, member orientated party and one that could seriously tackle the poverty, low wage and employment issues Torbay faces. I am still supportive of many of his policies and think he is quite a decent guy. But what has happened since his election has been little more than a bloodless coup, where ev...

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Protecting the young in the internet age

Posted by [email protected] on December 28, 2017 at 10:35 AM

I am sure those of us that have witnessed the actions of volunteers in ousting paedophiles grooming children online applaud the results and dedication of their work. The sad fact that many have been found in the Torbay area is concerning especially for local parents of young teens and children, yet as we all know the problem is global. The problem is not a new one, but one which has come to prominence in the digital age we now live. We have seen allegations and a number of prosecutions of peo...

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Definitely Two Party Politics in the Bay

Posted by [email protected] on December 22, 2017 at 5:10 AM

The Watcombe by-election result on the 14th December demonstrated two factors. Firstly voters have returned to their more traditional voting pattern and secondly confirmation under the present First Past The Post (FPTP) voting system, Torbay is a two horse race. This was even recognised by Labour's 2017 Parliamentary candidate, Paul Raybould, who successfully gained the party's most successful result in decades.  The numbers don't lie, and from the percentages it's easy to see Labour and...

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Leaving my Trades Council role

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2017 at 9:50 AM

At the AGM of Torbay & South Devon TUC, which takes place next month, I will be stepping down from my role as website manager and social media officer. It's a role I initially took up as Communications Officer back in 2014, and one in which I am proud to say I have contributed to the success of the local Trades Council.


My reason for stepping down from the role is I feel there's a need for someone that is more active to pick up the keyboard, someone that is at or near t...

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Gove is about as Green as Mr. Toad

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Feeling a bit under the weather I sat down earlier with a hot toddy and watched the Wind in the Willows. I think no matter what age you are this tale is one which appeals to people from three to 103 and maybe more. It's also a story quite relevant when considering the alleged 'green' conversion of Michael Gove.


Just as Mr. Toad promised to change his ways in Keneth Grahame's classic, we are led to believe Michael Gove had some 'Road to Damascus' conversion as he stepped int...

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By denying England her independence, they've created a monster

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2017 at 5:20 AM

Below is an article from the excellent Bella Gwalia website of which I agree entirely.



By denying England her Independence, they’ve created a monster

 

It has been argued many times that the British (English) left have a blind spot for the Celtic nations of Great Britain.

 

But as we’ve seen time and again the Labour party mainly, but the British left in general, are resolute in their oppo...

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Being 'Green' but not mean

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Oh dear, it's happened again, my love of motorsport has upset some of my fellow green minded folk. This follows on from the accusations that if I am not a vegan or a vegetarian you do not believe in animal welfare.


Whilst respecting the views of others I want to try an put these things to bed once and for all.


I am passionate about protecting our planet, and I do admit watching combustion engined vehicles hurtling around a track is possibly not the greenest...

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There's still power in a union

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2017 at 11:50 AM

So the TUC congress has drawn to a close for another year, much debate and some good decisions amongst the hero worshipping of a certain political leader.  But whatever your politics, the reality is there has probably never been a more important time for workers to join a trade union. Pay and conditions in many industries are being hit in real terms as the Tories continue on their 'Back to the Future' vision of dragging Britain back to Victorian times. Workers need a voice and representa...

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The truth would allow steps back from the brink of nuclear war

Posted by [email protected] on September 9, 2017 at 6:15 AM

I have for some reason in the past been accused of being a sympathiser of the regime in Pyongyang. However as someone that firmly believes in human rights, a nuclear free world, animal welfare and peace such accusations could not be further from the truth. What I have always tried to do is look at both sides of the coin, read between the lines of statements and looked at the historical significance to uncover the truth which is often buried beneath the garbage of media ramblings and political...

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Being Quiet Whilst the Dust Settles

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2017 at 12:35 AM

My blog has been silent since the General Election. My reason for this is that I have waited for the dust to settle politically before voicing my opinion on here again. However, twitter followers will know I have been far from silent and still champion the progressive path. So what has happened since the General Election?


To begin with Theresa May go the bloody nose she deserved. In a pre-election post I stated the election was called for personal reasons and that of the Con...

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London & Pressing the Button

Posted by [email protected] on June 4, 2017 at 5:55 AM

I would like to say at the outset I am appalled at last night's attack on innocent people in London. It was not the act of those of true faith or those with any sense of humanity, but an act by those fuelled by hate and a perverted, distorted view of a religion of peace. I had contemplated writing my response to these atrocious murders separately to something on the question of nuclear weapons, as a mark of respect for those who have died in London. However I beleive the greatest respect for ...

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Foreign policy has made UK a target

Posted by [email protected] on May 28, 2017 at 3:20 AM

Firstly I think all our thoughts this week are with the families, friends and loved ones of all those who have died or suffered as a result of the vicious and cowardly bombing in Manchester. Also I think we need to extend our thoughts to all those that are suffering as a result of similar atrocities which are particularly prevalent in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.


The comments of Jeremy Corbyn this week, highlighting British military involvement ...

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May, Corbyn & Farron. Different styles. Still mismanagement

Posted by [email protected] on May 14, 2017 at 1:45 PM

So what is the difference between the three main political parties going into the General Election? Fortunately, on this occasion, there are certainly major policy differences between all three, something that has not always been the case over the past twenty years.

 

As far as differences go I’m simply going to look at how they would implement their management of the country, as from this is spawned their direction and policies.

 

In terms...

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General Election 2017 - acts of selfishness and foolishness by main players

Posted by [email protected] on April 22, 2017 at 7:15 AM

'Not another one', the comment by Brenda I think summed up the mood of many on the announcement the country will be going to the polls again on June 8th of this year. In one way Brenda has probably become an unwilling political pundit but her additional comment 'Why does she need to do it?' is the question most people need to ask.


The truth is for selfish reasons. Coming up in the near term are the election expenses scandals of the Tory c...

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New motor sport legislation could open the door for jobs, investment and Formula E for the English Riviera

Posted by [email protected] on April 16, 2017 at 6:15 AM

Unlike many green thinking people, I am actually a lover of motor sport. I love the skill of the driver pitting his or her wit against others, track conditions and the elements, and I like the technical decisions and thinking of team managers and knowledge of the pit crew. To me it's man and machine at its most entertaining. Therefore I welcomed the decision to relax laws allowing motorsport competition on the roads of Britain's towns and cities.


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