The Greens have begun their annual conference by setting a target to become England’s third-biggest party while promising to maintain direct protests against policies such as fracking and support others who do.
Extraordinary goings on at West Oxfordshire District Council’s Water Day yesterday. This was not an annual aquatic event, but a response to the apparently dire state of the River Windrush. The campaigning group (Windrush Against Sewage Pollution) kicked off the day with a prodigious exposition of the situation from WASP’s Ashley Smith and a showing of the Countryfile film on Windrush pollution.
WASP was followed by a shambolic group from the Environment Agency which refused to admit there was any problem – or any problem that could not be solved with regular monitoring by, say, 2030 or 2050.
Then came the Thames Water group, which at least admitted that something was going on which Thames Water did not understand. Given the intellectual level of its standard primary school presentation (“Think of the 3 Ps – poo, pee and paper”), Thames Water was not on course ever to understand it.
The room was packed to the rafters with 150 concerned, knowledgeable people (plus Robert Courts, our passionate MP, who was just concerned). All deserved, and expected, very much better. Were it not for WASP, responsible agencies would not be doing anything at all to return the Windrush to its previous state. Even with WASP, they are doing very little.
BBC South Today, July 2018
Asa Bennett is abnormally bright in the Telegraph’s disgraceful Brexit Bulletin today. Philip Hammond, the toady Chancellor, spent some of his allotted time at the Tory conference comparing the EU’s response to Chequers to the way the lightbulb was greeted in 1978:
“Mr Tusk says it won’t work,” he said. “but that’s what people said about the lightbulb in 1878.”
Bennett goes on to point out that that the lightbulb only came about after more than 70 years of experimentation.
IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN BAMPTON
Sian Edwards, the District Council’s indomitable waste and recycling officer, will give a talk on waste and recycling on Friday 9 November at 7.30.
Location: Bampton Village Hall, Market Square, Bampton OX18 2JH
ALL VERY WELCOME
Sian Edwards, Waste Recycling Officer at from West Oxfordshire District Council will give a talk on recycling and food waste.
All welcome. FREE
In 2017-18, UK firms were fined £14 million for paying workers below the minimum wage (£7.83 and hour). Yet, underpayment of these workers was actually £15.6 million, suggesting it is actually cheaper for firms to rip off their lowest-paid workers and be fined – particularly as the fine should have been twice the wages not paid (£15.6 x 2 = £31.2).
Sad that the government values only STEM subjects. Sadder still that students and their parents do too.
Saturday 29th Sept, 10:30am to 3pm
Scout Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QP (alongside Eynsham Village Hall)
The day is designed to give insights into current issues with local relevance, and give opportunities to chat with like-minded people! The date and venue also gives people an opportunity to pop into the Eynsham GreenTEA festival happening next door.
Saturday 29th Sept, 10:30am to 3pm
Scout Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QP
10:00 – 10:30 Arrive, have tea or coffee and chat
10:30 – Welcome and start
10:40 – “Addressing UK Food Poverty: Witney and West Oxfordshire Food Bank” – Erik Nielson, WWOFB
11:05 – “Challenging housing growth in Oxfordshire: the case of EPIC, Eynsham Planning Improvement Campaign” – Angie Titchen, EPIC
11:30 – Tea break
11:50 – “Sewage Pollution of rivers: the case of the River Windrush” – Ashley Smith, Windrush Against Sewage Pollution
12:15 – “The Green Party’s Holistic Review” by Liz Reason, Chair of the Green Party of England and Wales
Lunch – Bring your own or bring vegetarian and share with Eynsham GreenTEA in Eynsham Village Hall
13:25 – 13:50 – A fun session exploring each other’s passions and hobbies in 5 minute bursts
13:45 – 14:45 World Café discussions on topics suggested by you
14:45 – 15:00 – Close with celebration of nominated activities and deeds. Nominations here: http://bit.ly/2oY7Ayh
Our very own Liz Reason has been elected chair of the Green Party Executive. This is excellent news for the Green Party. May Liz triumph over all adversity.
The interim report of the Institute of Public Policy Research on economic justice has just been published. Says the Guardian, it argues that:
“… the UK is being held back by a business culture dominated by decades of short-term profit-taking, weak levels of investment and low wages.”
Somewhere the report relates persistent inequality to the result of the Brexit vote, but the point is lost in the verbiage. 109 closely-packed pages with 299 (!) references suggest this is not a document for public consumption. Whose then? The many authors, perhaps. Let them reflect on this before they produce their full report towards the end of the year.