Campaigns & Issues

I am involved in a number of campaigns and activities on issues such as the NHS, Fracking, Public Service Cuts. Here are reports on the campaigns I am supporting and the issues I care about.

Money for wars but not public services

So Parliament is to be recalled by David Cameron to authorise air strikes in Iraq. While no ground troops are proposed yet, President Obama has not ruled them out. We are heading for war AGAIN in the Middle East. It is time to stand up and say no to this madness!

We have been here before with military interventions in the Middle East. It is time to draw lessons from them. They have all been catastrophic failures – Iraq, Libya and Syria. They don’t work.

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Hurrah for the Scots !

Whatever the result of the Scottish Referendum on Independence (and a “Yes” vote now looks a real possibility) the Scottish people have done the rest of us a huge favour.

They have shown that you can campaign positively for radical change. You can win the hearts and minds of people that another world is possible. You can take on the whole political establishment in an apparently hopeless quest for a “utopian” policy. It is a triumph for the politics of hope over fear.

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Tories propose massive crackdown on trade unions

Last week, I was appalled to see the Conservative party’s new proposals for what is being called the biggest strike crackdown since Margaret Thatcher’s reign. Under the proposals, which will form part of the next Tory manifesto, trade unions will be required to have 50% approval from all eligible voters before a strike can go ahead. There would also be […]

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Poverty, trade treaties & Labour

You may have heard about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Or perhaps not. It’s not the sort of thing that makes the news, although its far more important to our lives than the World Cup or a Royal Baby. But not to Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of the Labour Group on Brighton & Hove Council, who would rather we didn’t mention it (not surprisingly as Labour nationally supports it).

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