Our Caroline In Oxford

Caroline Lucas will be in Oxford on Tuesday 21 May for the Rally for Europe and for climate action.

Join Caroline and Oxfordshire Green’s very own Elise Benjamin, number 2 candidate on the South East Euro list.

Tuesday 21st May, 4pm, Broad Street, outside the Clarendon Building.

Time For Public Ownership

A new report from the Oxford pressure group We Own It. The argument is that privatisation has failed in the UK and it is time to give public ownership another chance. It had better be much superior to the last public ownership.

Witney – The Clochemerle Of The Cotswolds – Bum On Seat

Last year, the Witney Gazette and this very Facebook page protested about the new seat installed by Witney’s Tory town council in the Staple Hall bus shelter. The seat was too narrow and slanted for sitting. The council explained: the seat was not a seat at all, but a perch. Perches were for perching, What fools we felt!

The perch proved to be far too sharp-edged for perching with an average bum. It remained, however, the very latest in anti-homeless street furniture, perhaps always its main attraction for Tory councilors.

Some 18 months on and David Harvey, the town council leader, has been persuaded to show bus users how to perch. Harvey is a Tory with every perching advantage. Well, the perch failed even the Harvey arse test and has now been converted into a seat.

The lesson? Life is too short.

Larry Sanders – Still Fighting

See the premiere screening of Larry Sanders – Still Fighting, a documentary from 3rd Strike films.

14.30 Saturday 15 June 2019 at the Amey Theatre in Abingdon School, Park Road, Abingdon OX14 1DE

Tickets available here.

The £7.50 ticket price includes a £2.50 donation for the Green Party, free wine and refreshments,and a chat with both Larry and the principals of 3rd Strike Films, Keith and Paul Hoult.

Larry Sanders is the UK Green party spokesperson on health and social care, and the elder brother of Senator Bernie Sanders, who hopes to be the Democrat candidate for the US presidency in 2020.

Larry recalls the key moments in his long life that led to his political awakening and to his passion to improve lives in the Oxford community through his roles as an Oxford City councilor and as a social care worker.

Since his brother’s 2016 campaign, Larry has become a spokesperson on political media on both sides of the Atlantic.

Baah Lamb To The Slaughter

And yet, still a fairy tale ending with the Greens gaining a seat and the Tories coming an ignominious last.

LEWES BRIDGE GREEN GAIN: 
Green Zoe Nicholson 929
Green Adrian Ross 810
Lib Dem Janet Baah 733
Lib Dem John Tregea Lamb 609
Labour Matt Ken 216
Labour Joy Beverley Mercer 175
Conservative Frances Tufnell 165
Conservative Colin French 152

 

Courts Cornered – Passion Will Out

Success! Our passionate MP, Robert Courts, has had his passion recognised by an under-secretary. In a recent Commons debate, Courts asked yet another Dorothy Dix question:

“What are Ministers doing to provide a national strategy to ensure that our young people have the skills they need for the future?”

And then, at long last, this in response:

“I congratulate my hon. Friend … he is extremely passionate about this subject …”

Not Clever And Not At All Funny

From yesterday’s debate on the climate change emergency:

Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion:

“I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way. His words are honeyed, as ever, but we need action, not just words…. Will the Secretary of State demonstrate his new-found conversion to this emergency by agreeing that the expansion of Heathrow airport is quite simply incompatible with our climate change commitments?”

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

“The hon. Lady makes an important point. She talks about honeyed words, and of course one thing that the Government have done is to take action under our pollinator strategy to ensure that honey is produced in a more sustainable fashion. I am very happy to see more bees and other pollinators taking flight.”

Election Day – Do Vote!

District Council elections are being held today, Thursday 2 May, in England and Northern Ireland. It is difficult to recall a less predictable election. We Greens are arguing that there are huge public advantages to having a Green councilor on every council. The public seems more determined than ever to damn all politicians and all their works. A low turnout is expected – which makes every Green vote the more valuable.

Climate Change Emergency – Meaning What?

Below is the Labour Party’s climate emergency motion, passed in the Commons yesterday without a vote. Just what the motion means is not totally clear.

For the government, that snake Michael Gove accepted there was an emergency, but refused to declare one.

For business and all those organisations with a neoliberal outlook, a cost benefit approach shows the present value of something happening in 2050 to be almost nothing.

“That this House declares an environment and climate emergency following the finding of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change that to avoid more than 1.5°C rise in global warming, global emissions would need to fall by around 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero by around 2050; recognises the devastating impact that volatile and extreme weather will have on UK food production, water availability, public health and through flooding and wildfire damage; notes that the UK is currently missing almost all of its biodiversity targets, with an alarming trend in species decline, and that cuts of 50 percent to the funding of Natural England are counterproductive to tackling those problems; calls on the Government to increase the ambition of the UK’s climate change targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 to achieve net zero emissions before 2050, to increase support for and set ambitious, short-term targets for the roll-out of renewable and low carbon energy and transport, and to move swiftly to capture economic opportunities and green jobs in the low carbon economy while managing risks for workers and communities currently reliant on carbon intensive sectors; and further calls on the Government to lay before the House within the next six months urgent proposals to restore the UK’s natural environment and to deliver a circular, zero waste economy.”