Monday, 20 February 2012

Stop Workfare Now!

On top of all the insults that this Government has heaved upon people by way of any number of policies without public support, workfare, and the idea of having to work for your benefits is one of the most insidious.

This on top of record unemployment, especially among the young,  most of it caused directly by government policies.

A major campaign is underway against the businesses and charities which benefit from this free slave labour and a number of them have changed their mind, as below.

Help stop it now by signing the petition below.

Martin Deane is standing for Avenue ward, Hull, for the Green Party.

PETITION against Workfare, the labour for 'benefits' scheme.

Latest: See Right To Work

Boycott Workfare


Friday, 17 February 2012

Job losses and ethical banks

Shan Oakes to Yorkshire Post:

 I write further to your article, ‘ Recession fears grow with wave of job cuts in region’ (8th Feb).  The loss of bank jobs is, of course, very sad for the employees concerned, but unsurprising in the current climate of takeovers and megacorporate rule.

   Ethical banks, on the other hand, such as Triodos, the Cooperative  Bank and the Ecology Building Society are doing very well.  More and more people are looking for ‘good’ banking.  Perhaps redundant bank staff could consider starting up or supporting  the growth of local credit unions which will deal transparently and fairly with local people’s money... (more

Shan Oakes
Green Party (Hull and East Riding)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Turbines versus oil wells on the Wolds

Shan Oakes, Beverley, writes,

I 've been asked by BBC Radio Humberside to discuss the issue of wind turbines – again  (we Greens get a little bit annoyed whenwe are asked only about environmental issues when we have the full range of economic and social policies). 

Anyway, to get to the point - EastYorks Council (ERYC) is wanting to make the Wolds an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in order to stop wind farm applications there. I find this incredible. Not that I don’t think the Wolds are beautiful because I do. It’s the fact that ERYC doesn’t want wind turbines, but they don’t mind oil drilling!  They have agreed to let a Canadian oil firm start exploratory drilling near Walkington!

It’s ironic because wind turbines harness free clean energy, and polls tell us that most people approve of them and  like how they look, whereas oil is a fossil fuel (carbon laid down millions of years ago) which produces CO2 when burned, which  is responsible for climate change - which is killing 150,000 people a year (World Health Organisation). How crazy is that?  Or don’t they/we mind because the people dying are a long way away?

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Green Party on NHS, Disability and poverty.

We're for a NHS publicly owned and funded, always have been. Death to PFI!

We're incensed at the cuts to DLA.

And child poverty and the continuing gap between rich and poor.

There aren't enough hours in the day to resist this lot!

Join us. Support us.  And give the other parties something to think about!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Don't pick sides, stop the bloodshed.

Prof. Michel Chossudovsky 's comments on the Observers' Mission Report of the League of Arab States to Syria:

The report acknowledges the existence of  "an armed entity" involved in the killings of civilians and police as well as the conduct of terrorist acts, which in turn have contributed to triggering actions by government forces.

The Report refers to "armed opposition groups" as well as to the "Free Syrian Army",  both of which, according to the AL Mission, are involved in the deliberate killing of innocent civilians:

"In some zones, this armed entity reacted by attacking Syrian security forces and citizens, causing the Government to respond with further violence. In the end, innocent citizens pay the price for those actions with life and limb. [MORE]