Showing posts from January, 2012

Jean Lambert MEP says drop ACTA before if closes down the net

Could you be prosecuted for posting a link.  Well thats what the European Union plans with ACTA.

Big corporations are keen to enclose the world wide web and politicians are putty in their hands.

However the European Greens are fighting hard in the EU parliament to stop this.

The Pirate Party MEPs are also part of the European Parliamentary Green groups...this makes me very happy.

Good for them and good for Jean!

Controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement must be dropped, Green MEP  demands
Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert, has reacted with dismay at the  signing of a controversial agreement by the EU and 22 of its Member  States which could potentially impinge the freedom of electronic  communication and innovation worldwide.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was created with the aim of  establishing international standards on intellectual property rights  enforcement, yet will deal with tools targeting internet distribution  and information technology, meaning people could be …

Barnet Unison demonstration thurs 9th FEB

On Thursday 9 February Barnet Unison is embarking on its fourth day of strike action which will mark a sustained campaign of activity to highlight our fight to remain council employees. The UNISON branch is facing its most fundamental challenge in its history with a major privatisation programme e.g.:

· 1 February 130 care workers transfer to the Local Authority Trading company

· 1 April 90 Housing workers transfer to Barnet Homes

· 1 April all of Parking service transfer to NSL

· 1 April all of Legal Service transfer to Harrow Council

All the above would involve approx 2,000 council workers and over £2billion of council business over the next 10 years. Yet more is planned with the Tory Councillors eventual aim of an ‘easy Jet style Council’ with almost no directly employed staff.

Short Informative videos can be viewed at Barnet UNISON’s “Watch it & Share it”

More information from and messages of support to: John Burgess, Branch Secretary., Barnet UNISON , 0208…

Disabled protesters block Oxford Street

People with disabilities are refusing to be scapegoats.

Cameron is keen to shift the blame for the economic crisis from his banker chums on to those with disabilities and to cut services.

Corporation tax has been reduced and now the NHS too is under attack, great to see this footage.

Do share!

We elected Caroline Lucas, now lets elect Adam Ramsay

Adam Ramsay is standing for Carfax ward Oxford in the May local elections.

No shallow electoralist, he has a track record of waging non violent direct action with UK Uncut and promoting alternative anti-capitalist ideas.

Absolutely imperative to work to get him elected!

Action weekend 4th February here

I am planning, as there are no elections in Brighton or in my ward in Berkshire, to work to get him elected, canvassing and leafletting and social media-ing for him.

Put some time in helping Caroline Lucas's campaign for MP, even managing to get Hugh Kerr former Labour MEP down to help with me, going to do the same for Adam and so should you!

Given the dire state of the environment and the advance of the pro-cuts agenda it is so important to work practically to change the politics.

Politics has to be practical and focussed, please come and help get him elected, it all helps.

Adam was Edinburgh’s student president 2008 - 2009 where he helped secure a rent freeze and a £1000 increase…

Drop the charges against the Cardiff Castle Two! (occupy)

Had this from Adam, thanks amigo!

I was writing to ask if you might be willing to share and add your name to the petition we have been circulating - - in defence of the right to protest in Cardiff? We are hoping to get at least 500 signatories in the next week.

The matter relates to the South Wales Police/CPS decision to charge and prosecute two activists from Occupy Cardiff following the break up of a camp in the city centre - barely six-hours after it was set up!

Since the protest was situated on common-land (Cardiff Castle lawn - bequeathed to the people of Cardiff), the police sought to rely upon an arcane 'public-health' bye-law (pre-dating the bequest and, indeed, universal suffrage!). Having personally witnessed the heavy-handed police-action, I can only conclude that these charges are designed to justify the violence employed in breaking-up this peaceful camp.

While the camp subsequently found a home (care of PCS/Uni…

How Do We Defend Jobs and Services in Brighton? Public Meeting and Debate

I believe Cllr Jason Kitkat is going to take part on behalf of the Green Party councillors.

BRIGHTON STOP THE CUTS COALITION Thursday, 2 February 2012 19:30 until 22:30 Where Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton

Public Debate with Speakers from the Green Council Group, Brighton Stop the Cuts Coalition, Council Unions + More.

This important meeting will be debating with the leading Green Councillors how we can defend jobs and services in Brighton. Millions of pounds of cuts are being asked of the Green Council by central government as the Tory/Liberal Coalition turns a failure of unregulated free market banking into a slash and burn policy of cuts and privatisation to our public services.

Is the Greens current budget the best response to this possible?

How can the people of Brighton best launch a mass campaign to get the funding being stolen from our city returned? Does the council have a role in this?

Should the council be trying to limit the damage or standing up and refusing to …

Do you remember the American War?

'Bomb bomb Iran' is the Cameron, Clegg slogan......the UK is a war machine.....Simone White reminds us that this is part of perpetual American War.  The enemy shifts, they are always portrayed as the transcendent evil.........

Do you remember the American War It wasn't that long ago it was fought on every shore Are you trying to tell me that you didn't know? I saw you reading the paper at the corner store (Yes, I know, that's a joke) Did you ever think you lived inside the belly of the beast? Are you giving it something nice to eat Or are you waiting for your very own special treat? We like to live on easy street Do you remember all the people we bombed All the homes that were there that are now gone Well whoever told you that life was fair People have to die Over there Did you ever think this was the greatest country in the world? With freedom and democracy and SUV's called Liberty for every boy and girl? The oyster chokes on it's own pearl We know you can&…

No to SOPA! Fight enclosure of the creative commons

The ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ (SOPA) has sought to close down entire websites internationally purely on accusations by US media corporations.Some of its more oppressive features have now been removed but only as a result of massive protest.
 Today's the wikipedia blackout has been inspired.The world wide web was established as a ‘commons’ with access for all, it has given rise to a huge blossoming of human creativity.SOPA is just one example but corporate interests would like to fence the web in and if they could would make us pay for every click.
Across the world people have collectively managed land, seas and forests as commons.Many of these were ‘enclosed’, fenced in and the people who used them excluded.In Britain from the feudal seizure of our lands in 1066 by William I, who was essentially a Norman bandit who stole a whole country to the enclosures of the 18th century, the commons have been taken by elite interests.The elites re-write history to justify this.In 2009 Elinor Ostr…

Too much panda porn

Wiki informs us:

Panda pornography (or Panda porn) refers generally to movies depicting mating pandas, intended to promote sexual arousal in captiveGiant Pandas. Under zoo conditions, the animals have in general proven unenthusiastic about mating, placing their species in danger ofextinction.
The method was popularized following reports of an experiment performed by zoologists in Thailand, in which they showed several captive Giant Pandas at Chiang Mai Zoo a number of pornographic videos featuring other Giant Pandas.[1][2] Though the researchers behind the project state that they believe in a successful mating due to usage of pornographic movies for animals, such success so far has not been achieved outside of China,[3] where 31 cubs were born over a ten month period following commencement of the experiment. Other methods, including the use of Viagra, to stimulate pandas have thus far been unsuccessful.[4]

However there is a sad side to all this Panda themed eroticism.  Its tragic that …

Elegy ( In Memoriam William Morris)

In the autumn of 1895 Gustav met Ralph Vaughan Williams for the first time. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. It was also the beginning of the their habit of playing their compositions to each other while they were still working on them. Sometimes they would walk along Chiswick Mall or by the river with other college friends while discussing the poetry of Walt Whitman or the socialist works of William Morris.
Holst joined the Hammersmith Socialist Club and listened to Bernard Shaw's lectures. He conducted the Hammersmith Socialist Choir at William Morris' house in Hammersmith Mall. And he fell in love with his youngest soprano. Her name was Isobel Harrison. She was a pretty blue-eyed blonde who persuaded him to eat properly, shave his beard, and improve hid sense of dress.FROM 

Fascinating to learn the composer Holst dedicated a piece of music from 'The Cotswolds' to the great ecosocialist leader William Morris.


Caroline Lucas review of Roger Scruton's Green Philosophy

Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet, By Roger Scruton
Caroline Lucas

Friday 13 January 2012

With the Tory leadership distancing itself from the environmental agenda it had courted so keenly before the last election, and the Coalition government dangerously divided over green policies, philosopher Roger Scruton's thoughtful study on environmentalism in the conservative tradition arrives at a timely moment. Acknowledging that the environment is the most urgent political problem of our age - an intellectual step that already takes him beyond most Conservatives - the author, who is both a conservative and a conservationist, seeks to reclaim it from the clutches of the left.

It is, he says, the fault of left-leaning environmentalists like myself, who believe that "international capitalism, consumerism and the over-exp…


I slept last night in a good hotel
I went shopping today for jewels
The wind rushed around in the dirty town
And the children let out from the schools
I was standing on a noisy corner
Waiting for the walking green
Across the street he stood
And he played real good
On his clarinet, for free

Now me I play for fortunes
And those velvet curtain calls
I've got a black limousine
And two gentlemen
Escorting me to the halls
And I play if you have the money
Or if you're a friend to me
But the one man band
By the quick lunch stand
He was playing real good, for free

Nobody stopped to hear him
Though he played so sweet and high
They knew he had never
Been on their T.V.
So they passed his music by
I meant to go over and ask for a song
Maybe put on a harmony...
I heard his refrain
As the signal changed
He was playing real good, for free

Aboriginal elder takes on the cops at occupy

Love this, I am far less patient.

Oh catch me 2.30pm, this sunday 15th January at tent university at occupy lsx, I am doing a panel discussion on commons and land with Fred Harrison who will be talking about land tax.

I am not a George-ist but land tax is a decent policy supported by the Green Party.

Public Meeting (Sat 21st Jan: London): Engaged Islam ~ Contemplative Action In Our Changing Times

Date: Sat 21st January 2012
Time: 3.15pm to 5.30pm
Venue: 4th Floor, Muslim World League, 46 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4LU (entrance on the corner of Charlotte Street); Nearest Tubes: Goodge Street (Northern Line), Euston Square (Hammersmith & City, Circle & Metropolitan Lines) & Warren Street (Victoria Line).

Dr Shumaisa Khan, (Food & Ecological Justice Researcher & WIN activist) Dr Muzammal Hussain, (WIN activist) Dr Derek Wall, (Green activist, writer and economics)

On the one hand we have corporate domination, economic marginalisation and climate change; on the other, we have spontaneous movements such as 'Occupy', community food growing/permaculture, consensus-decision-making, and a thirst for alternative currencies and economics. In the context of bottom-up, 'non-hierarchical' movements for social change, this public meeting will consider, 'what contribution can be made by Islam and Muslims?' It will include short talks …

Tory councillor resigns over government attacks on disabled

A disabled councillor has decided to step down in protest at Government plans to abolish Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Ollie Flitcroft, a wheelchair-user, is one of the first Conservatives to criticize ministers publicly for targeting disabled people disproportionately with cuts.

Cllr. Flitcroft served as a Conservative member of Barrow Borough Council since 2006. It remains to be seen what impact his protest has on Government policy.

According to Cllr. Flitcroft, the Government’s claim that the application process for DLA requires self-assessment is “nonsense”. He also said it was ”ludicrous” for the Government to suggest that a wheelchair-user capable of propelling themselves short distances might not need a mobility component of DLA.

“Why does the Government want to spend a lot of money on reassess­ing every single claimant, some of whom have impairments that will not improve. I’m not suddenly going to be able to walk tomorrow, so why have I got to go through an assessment?” 


Cuba and worm composting

Great to get this from Sandie Anne, sad that US citizens are banned by their government from visiting Havana!

Sandie Anne has left a new comment on your post "Compost Cuban style": 

This is very interesting about Cuba and worm composting. They are really ahead of the game. Worms certainly eat lots of garbage and create great fertilizer. I do worm composting in the US. I started with 1000 redworms and now have 3 Rubbermaid bins filled with worms. They are easy to take care of. I would be interested to learn more about Cuba and India and their programs for vermicomposting.

Sandie Anne

Jenny Jones makes social justice priority as Green Mayor candidate

Jenny Jones seems to be building up some support at Green Party candidate for London Mayor, great to see her campaigning on issues like abortion rights and getting down to occupy.

Green = social justice!

'She said she would also build more social housing and pledged to regulate pay so that no-one in the Greater London Authority earned less than a tenth of the highest paid worker.'

More from her BBC interview here

Occupy and the politics of the commons

I am speaking on commons at 'Beyond Capitalism', Tent City university, Occupy London next sunday 15th.
The vid is a taster of my stuff if you want to get the idea!
Just found this from Jodi Dean and  Marco Deseriis on commons and occupy
A Movement Without Demand Because a broad-based politics of the commons does not yet exist (even as the conditions are ripe for it) and will not emerge over-night, the tactical use of demands creates opportunities for testing and learning from experiments in managing the commons. For example, what if the environmental movement against hydraulic fracturing were to envision a national campaign to declare the ground waters a commons? This not only would prevent gas companies from putting at risk the lives of millions, but it would immediately empower water management boards elected by local communities with unprecedented powers. How would these governing bodies be constituted and how would they be run? Following this logic, we may also ask similar…

Little Green Gathering 2012 tickets now on sale!

You can email Tim on and he will send you a booking form


Friday, 10 August 2012 at 13:00 until Sunday, 12 August 2012 at 16:00


The Sustainability Centre, South Downs, Hampshire

Ticket prices for 2012 are as follows:

Full weekend full price £40.00
Full weekend concessions1 £25.00
Day ticket - Friday £15.00
... Day ticket - Saturday £25.00
Day ticket - Sunday £15.00
Under fives Free

1 Concessions means in receipt of state benefit or in full time education.

These prices include camping and all events. They DO NOT INCLUDE food. You can bring our own or buy from one of our two on-site veggie caterers. There will be free canvas crash space if you need it.

If you want to stay in the Hostel you need to pay these ADDITIONAL charges. The weekend room rate is £60 (single occupation or couple) which includes a simple breakfast. a weekend hostel bed in a shared room is £30. Places in the hostel are limited.

There is also a carbon charge of £5 a day for those arriving by car (disabl…