Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Nafferton Green Party councillor explores energy scheme

from Driffield Times, Dec 09.

Mike Jackson, Nafferton, (and also East Yorkshire Parliamentary candidate) proposes a new energy efficiency scheme, where residents may get external funding.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Justice for Jane, sacked after 31 years.


PCS has launched a campaign to defend a rep sacked from her job at Land Registry in Weymouth. Jane Brooke's only offence appears to have been to make an industrial injury complaint against her employers.

Surveillance was conducted on six members of staff at the Weymouth Office in breach of both the Data Protection and Human Rights Acts. The Land Registry pursued this seemingly dubious investigation, conducted a hearing in breach of its own procedures and then acted as both prosecutor and judge.

As a result of this process Jane was summarily dismissed. She was given five minutes to collect her personal effects, while a senior member of staff stood guard. Having worked in the same office for 31 years with an unblemished record, this is absolutely devastating for both Jane and her colleagues.

Her union, PCS, are building the campaign to defend Jane and demand her re-instatement.

Messages of support should be sent to Jane via justiceforjane@pcs.org.uk

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Thursday, 17 December 2009

Why be worried about Prince Charles?

Today's Guardian's story about Prince Charles writing letters to Government Departments is a storm in a (bone china) teacup. Why make a fuss about it? PC poses no threat to what's left of British democracy. I see him as being a 'particularly famous person' and I'm therefore more interested in what he says in the light of its impact on public opinion. PC is often voicing the views of his charities. There's no doubt he makes some very good points - about the appalling implications of genetic modification ; about the need for healthy communities; about climate change, sustainability, buildings, human abuse of nature and so on. Yes, PC does have more opportunity than many of us to see the bigger world picture (and that's not to say everything he says is right) so his personal view is worth hearing... and given the same weight as anyone else's.

Greens say that the constitutional functions of the monarchy should be abolished and the House of Lords be replaced with an elected chamber. This would leave PC as a public figure much as he is now. As several people have already said above, why are govt depts so worried about it? I suggest its because his views on the big issues like GM are opposed to the grey political parties' 'Save the Corporations and Save Us' stance.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Susan, Beverley, and the Polar Bear Rap

Susan the Polar Bear joined our mini 'Copenhagen' demo with some young activists in Beverley, Saturday.

Susan performed her own Polar Bear Rap which was very popular with some of our younger citizens who joined in enthusiastically. She also invited people to the Greens' fundraising bash at Hodgson's, (Flemingate, Beverley) on Tuesday 15th December 7.30: The Harri Watts Band, Knu, veggie pie and pea supper and a quiz - all for a fiver (£6 on the door). All welcome.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel.

Hull Daily Mail: River Humber Coal

Shan Oakes said: “Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. Clean coal technology and Carbon capture has not been tested on a wide-scale commercial basis.

“It is expensive and requires a long-term commitment. We should be investing in renewable energy – we have the technology and we have this gigantic estuary that we should be harnessing the power of.

“Reverting to old fossil fuels just is going backwards. We need to be vigilant that companies do not see the Humber as a backwater where they can get away with doing things they couldn’t elsewhere.”

Shan Oakes is Press Officer for the Hull and East Riding Green Party.

East Riding Mail

Cllr. Mike Jackson, Nafferton, letter in Driffield Times

"We're one less campaigner now."

Many people have heard by now of the tragic death of Ray Jessop on Monday in a fall while at work.
Ray ran the Animal Rights stall at Hull Green Fair and at Beverley Green Fair. Ray delighted in hippiedom and loved his music, his reggae, and ska, and dancing at Payback at the Adelphi. We remember his long black hair, his piercings, his oversize inserted earring, his strange choice of drinks, his easy humour, his enjoyment of green festivals, his love of going out with his mates, sometimes turning up for nights out in a dress!
Ray was also my only company, sometimes, on trips up to Menwith Hill - to support CAAB's efforts to get rid of the leading American spybase there. He was always delightfully suspicious of coppers and many of the powers that be.
Ray was a pagan, and had he lived in the country rather than off Anlaby Road, would have been as at one with nature as he was at one having a drink down at Pave. Ray was a regular supporter of our Hull Palestine Solidarity group and at the protests in Hull at the start of last year.
Ray lived out his values, was not only a vegetarian but a vegan, and committed to a number of causes. He had a zest for life, both for getting much enjoyment from it and doing his bit to help protect other beings whether human victims of war or whether animal vicitms of abuse. He will be sadly missed.
We're one less campaigner now.
Martin Deane, Hull Greens