Our friends at the Windrush bike Project are recruiting ‘Bikeability’ instructors. Applicants are expected to like both cycling and children, or perhaps just to become a bit fond of them eventually. Apply to Kath Cochrane at: email@example.com or on 07729846778.
And please vote for the Windrush Bike Project at Tesco. It is a worthy charity that needs Tesco’s money.
The Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Sub-committee has just unearthed a Brexit inconvenience. It concerns the UK chemicals industry, the country’s 2nd largest manufacturing industry, exporting £18 billion of products to the EU last year.
To retain access to the EU market, UK-based chemical companies must transfer their registrations to a company or representative based in the EU, but this transfer may not be possible until after the UK leaves the EU. A delay to registration carries the risk of a trading hiatus as well as disruption to the many supply chains that rely on access to chemicals produced across the EU.
British society is insulated from serious change by our first-past-the-post voting system. The voting system must be changed before anything else is likely to change. Join the Make Votes Matter lobby if you can. Lobby Robert Courts, our passionate Witney MP, if you can.
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.
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.