Archive for March, 2011

31/03/2011

A very long walk. Great atmosphere – shame about the government.

Some creative types!

It was a long day. I left home at 7, arrived at Temple tube station around 10:00 and we finally started walking at nearly 1 o’clock. I knew it would be slow, and I hoped it would be very slow – as that meant more people. I have to say I underestimated just how slow it would be! We moved off from Temple around 20 to 1, a group of about 20 -30 Green Party people, including our Green MP Caroline Lucas, and we finally reached the finish at Hyde Park at around 4:30, around 2 hours after the estimated finish time – but at least I missed Ed ‘Jumping on the’ Mili-bandwagon speaking – especially as the TUC ‘management’ had seen fit to prevent people like Caroline Lucas and Tony Benn speaking. I am not very happy about this, and if I am totally honest I found the whole day futile and pointless – it seems that what actually occured was the establishment, including Unions and newspapers, giving away a few balloons and helping us to think we still have some kind of democracy, some kind of voice, that we can collectively make a difference – we can’t.

This article by George Monbiot (yes again) tells why non-violent direct action, radical action, any kind of mass protest action and any other form of voicing disquiet is virtually impossible now: The Freedon Swindle

We are at the end of a cul-de-sac – and there is no turning back – the future is bleak to say the least. I think if the AV referendum vote is for no then we should seriously consider ourselves the stupidest country in the world (after America).

Here are some pieces about the direct action on Saturday. I was there – a little bit of paint and a couple of broken windows – and many, many people who are angry, disenfranchised, and pushed to the margins of life and society – I think a couple of broken windows was the corporate world and its evil system getting off lightly – but what else can people do??

What the direct action protests were about – not violence, just a different way of saying the same thing!

Video and comment on the PEACEFUL protest inside tax-dodging Fortum and Mason shop although the customers may not be tax dodgers (although of course some may be!) as someone once said – There is no Revolution without a few broken windows.

22/03/2011

One Million New Jobs – a petition and some background

Climate Change Petition

If you are visiting this site then please add your voice to this petition – but also please read why the Green Party has been campaigning on this matter for many years.
Green Jobs

The Green Party has long advocated jobs in renewable energy – with all of the benefits of economic stability, long term job creation, a reduction in fuel poverty and of course reduction in carbon emissions.

It is almost a no-brainer – so why aren’t the Con-Dem coaltion behind it? Because their pay-master of corporate lobbyists, shareholders and fat-cats don’t want their big fat bank balances affected – at a cost to us all of a safe, healthy, and lets be frank, actually being alive future!

We can’t eat money, the planet isn’t a tradeable commodity and the sooner we find a way to stop the short-term, use-it-all-now, fuck-the-future, greedy and selfish existence we have allowed to become the norm then the sooner we can start building a future that will actually be worth living.

14/03/2011

Census 2011 – who’s collecting your data Grandma?!

*UPDATE*
How to make sure Lockheed Martin don’t profit from YOUR census form:
Peace News

Lockheed Martin are the world’s second-largest weapons manufacturer;
they make ‘Trident’ nuclear missiles, and own a one third share of Britain’s
Aldermaston atomic weapons facility.
Currently, the greatest area of growth for Lockheed Martin is in ‘Intelligence
and Surveillance’, and as part of this work the company have been moving
into data collection.

Lockheed Martin – gigantic, corporate, wide reaching – American arms manufacturer and ‘data collection specialists’ will be taking your personal information and keeping it – for what purpose???!

They have been paid approximately £150 million by the government (Labour awarded the contract, the Con-Dem’s are sticking with it) in this time of massive cuts – if it has to be done at all then why couldn’t it go to a British company?

Apparently the Suffragette’s used to hold mass tea parties so they were all out when the census collector called – not the same if you’re filling it out online is it really? What a cul-de-sac we have wandered into with the internet.

So can ayone tell me what my religious beliefs, marital status or employment status have to do with either Lockheed Martin, or the Office of National Statistics? How does that information help plan services for the future exactly? This whole exercise is far more about trying to catch out benefit claimants, ethnic minorities, immigrants and giving information to marketing people so they can sell us more of their consumer clap-trap!

There is a question about disability – but it is so generic and non-specific as to give no meaningful information to help plan services of any description at all!

Smoke, mirrors and marketing speak – the Census 2011 looks like it has it all!

You can read more/take action at these sites:
Stop The War Coalition
or
Count Me Out

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