Monday, December 31, 2007

Green wash all round

Happy new year!

Did you see the echo tonight talking about the battle for cardiff council and the parties manifestos.... how green are they ...plenty of greenwash there. Where is the Green party?

Battle to stop incinerator is stepped up but not in Cardiff - PUBLIC meeting has been organised by residents fighting plans to build a massive £140 million waste incinerator. Viridor Waste Management is set to submit ...

New LABOUR GREEN WASH...
www.climatechangewales.org.uk Wow!! No mention of open cast mining at Ffos y Fran, East Merthyr on the Go green online A CLIMATE change website for Welsh people launched by Environment Minister Jane Davidson. Read
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/cardiff-news/2007/12/31/go-green-online-91466-20298932/

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Minister wants boys to play with fire!

'Let boys play with toy guns' Ministers tell nursery staff - toy guns can help learning and as Tanya Gold in todays Guardian (Men want us lobotomised) could point out, men think with hard round objects in their hands. What genius came 'up' with that idea in the bath?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Is it legal...to covertly access peoples web pages

Online investigations into job candidates could be illegal
Guardian Unlimited, UK - Companies could be infringing privacy if they dig up information about job applicants from social networking websites, an internet expert has warned. ...
However, it remains unclear whether organisations covertly accessing people's private web pages or email accounts would constitute a breach of the law....

Well this wont apply to ERHC?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

wave of voilence against women in iraq

'Wave Of Violence' Against Women In Iraq Undercuts Bush's Claims Of SuccessBy Amanda Terkel, Think ProgressBush has largely ignored the deteriorating plight of Iraqi women. Read more »
.............NBC Nightly News aired a segment about a "wave of violence that's gone largely unreported lately against women in Iraq." The report noted that Iraqi women, once "the most emancipated in the Arab world," are increasingly unable to walk around without a hijab, wear cosmetics, or work. Watch the report to your right.
Bush has largely ignored the deteriorating plight of Iraqi women, choosing instead to cite signs of "progress." Yet earlier in the war, he and other administration officials repeatedly claimed that the rights of Iraqi women were "inseparable" to success:
"The advance of women's rights and the advance of liberty are ultimately inseparable." [President Bush, 3/14/04]
"President Bush has made the advance of women's human rights a global policy priority. ... We all have an obligation to speak for women who are denied their rights to learn, to vote or to live in freedom." [Laura Bush, 3/8/05]
"The commitment of this administration to women's rights in Iraq is unshakable." [Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, 3/9/04]

"There can be no compromise on the principle that Iraqis can each have an equal role in the building of their country's future without regard to their ethnic or religious background or gender." [Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, 8/8/05]
'You can come upon women's bodies anywhere' Iraq Guardian ...
Life was supposed to get better for women in Iraq after the ousting of Saddam. The reality has been rocketing rates of rape, murder, domestic violence and ...www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,2082705,00.html - 46k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
For the women of Iraq, the war is just beginning - Independent ...
Three years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, women's secular freedoms - once the envy ... they say, is incapable of engineering any change for the better. ...news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article717570.ece - Similar pages - Note this

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CEHR whoops ERCH Scotland

www.equalityforwardscotland.ac.uk/documents/33File Format: Microsoft Powerpoint - View as HTML
Wales: Neil Wooding. Disability: Jane Campbell ... Advise CEHR on exercise of its function in so far as they affect Scotland; CEHR must consult the Scotland ...
Similar pages - Note this

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

regulating the bloggers committee to discuss members blogging!

Regulating the bloggers By Peter Black(Peter Black) The Welsh Assembly's Standards' Committee is meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss, amongst other things, the use of blog sites by members. The agenda tells us that the Committee is invited to consider the issue of Members publishing ...Peter Black AM - http://peterblack.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Breastfeeding

To encourage breastfeeding it would be useful if the council provided the resources to be able to do so in public at leisure centres first before providing rooms which send a negative message to women and oblige them to use them! Toilets, breastfeeding room??? UCK!
For example in the Llanishen leisure centre the seats by the pool are bolted to the floor and that makes it impossible to sit there to feed a baby and by the way it males the seating unsuitable for many disabled people and also small children.

Step One
Come on Cardiff Council make seating breast feeding friendly - disabled friendly and childfriendly!!

Step 2 A campaign with pictures of women breast feeding would be positive and normalise the practice

Step 3 A stop to advertising tinned artificial baby milk would be a first step particularly in the hospital.

Questions
Do they still give mothers are given formula samples on their way out the hospital door. Is it conspicuously absent from hospitals, and advertising banned?

Try the internet and look for advice for mums to be and you get cow and gate and milupa offering chat and on line advice - cow and gate say chat to our midwives and online pregnancy forum! What midwives are these - hope they aren't working for NHS!

This should be banned! Perhaps there should be some research done here into marketuing strategies designed to undermine breastfeeding!

In USA
Impeding Breast Feeding: The infant formula industry and its trade association, the International Formula Council (IFC), continue to pursue marketing strategies designed to undermine breastfeeding, even though babies that are not breast fed suffer higher rates of health problems including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, obesity, high cholesterol and asthma. Peggy O'Mara, the editor of Mothering Magazine, has noticed several IFC-affiliated "stealth" websites "that appear to be grassroots advocacy sites, but are actually mouthpieces for the formula industry." The websites, MomsFeedingFreedom.com and Babyfeedingchoice.org, are campaigning against proposed restrictions on the free bags of infant formula being given to new parents by hospitals. BanTheBags, which supports a ban on free samples, observes that the sites "use classic formula company strategies, paying lip service to benefits of breastfeeding even as they promote formula. When breastfeeding is mentioned, it’s a chore and a bother." The formula industry was especially vocal about frank ads being developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to warn about the consequences of not breastfeeding. According to the Washington Post, HHS bowed to industry pressure and toned down the ads so significantly that after they aired, the rate of breastfeeding in the U.S. actually dropped measurably.

Try Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Tel. 08444 122 949
The Breastfeeding Network Tel. 0844 412 4664
La Leche LeagueTel. 0845 120 2918
National Childbirth Trust Tel. 0870 444 8708
The Breastfeeding Network - breastfeeding support in Bengali and Sylhetti Tel. 07944 879 759

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Killing fields of Iraq 30,000 ill with Cholera

Emergency Relief for Iraq's Cholera Outbreak (AmeriCares) 09 Nov 2007

Some 30,000 people in Iraq have become seriously ill with cholera and other forms of dehydrating watery diarrhea which has spread through the northern part of the country [thanks to Bush].

Monday, November 5, 2007

Why is the Welsh Government supoporting cluster bomb manufacturers?



Why is the Welsh Government Supporting Cluster Bomb Manufacturers?
Monday 5th November is the Global Day of Action Against Cluster Bombs, which will demonstrate global public concern about the problems of cluster bombs and their impact on civilians. Campaigners, led by the Cluster Munition Coalition, will call on governments to join the international effort towards a treaty to ban them.

Although the UK pledged its support of the ban, it has since stated that it intends to maintain a certain type of cluster bomb, even though this very type has been proven in Lebanon to be indiscriminately lethal. In 2005, a European Parliament resolution was introduced to ban investments in companies, such as Raytheon, that produce cluster munitions. In response to this, Norway and Belgium have already endorsed this call. Liverpool City Council has also recently adopted a similar position.

Yet the Welsh government has ignored all of these concerns, and instead launched a high profile development project with Raytheon. Raytheon is a central member of the Metrix Consortium that was awarded the St Athan Defence Training Academy contract in January 2007.

According to Metrix CEO, Raytheon is “at the core of the training system redesign” the Consortium proposed to the UK Ministry of Defence.

The St Athan Defence Academy has been supported by all of the main political parties in Wales and sold to the public on the basis of alleged benefits to the economy. The involvement in the project of the world’s largest arms companies has so far not received any attention.

Given the evident public concern over cluster bombs and the arms trade more generally, I am sure that most people would be shocked to hear that the Assembly has laid a welcome mat for such companies, especially at a time when other governments are turning their backs on them.

Rhodri Morgan and Peter Hain both recently rushed to reassure the public that the Academy would still go ahead, despite a major setback about phase two of the development.

Jill Gough of CND Cymru said,
How far do we have to go before politicians of Wales’ four main parties realise that the whole project is a terrible mistake and is not going anywhere? It does nothing to deliver the Wales that people in this country want: a Wales that honestly addresses global warming and other environmental problems, champions human rights, teaches our children that violence solves nothing, does not invest in the arms trade, encourages valuable, long term employment and delivers decent public services.”

See
Cynefin Y Werin www.cynefinywerin.org.uk
Murder Academy ttp://www.nomurderacademyatstathans.com/

McMercenaries -The truth about the Metrix Consortium
http://metrixconsortium.blogspot.com/
Our politicans on St Athan

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Improving access to Cardiff Airport - would be necessary for Raytheon Military Traing Academy to come to Wales


Improving access to Cardiff International Airport
Following the public exhibitions held in early October 2007 the Welsh Assembly Government has decided to hold two additional exhibitions.

The exhibitions are part of an ongoing study, which is investigating options for improving transport access to the airport and possible improvements at Culverhouse Cross.
Friday, 30 November10 am to 8 pmWenvoe Community CentreOld Port Road, Wenvoe, CF5 6AL
Saturday, 1 December 10 am to 5 pmCowbridge Leisure CentreThe Bear Field,Cowbridge, CF71 7DA Please note these two exhibitions are a repeat of those held in October and won't include any new material.

Shouldn't the WAG and Rhrodri Morgan consult more widely - surely there should be a exhibit in Cardiff?

McMercenaries -The truth about the Metrix Consortium
http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/transport/roads/NewRoads3/ImprovingAccessToCardiffAirport/?lang=en

Improving Access to Cardiff International Airport

Newsletters Newsletter No.1 – Autumn 2007
2007 Public Exhibition Board 1 = Welcome Board

Board 2 = Previous Studies
Board 3 = Trunk Road Forward Programme
Board 4 = Recent Announcements
Board 5 = Context Plan
Board 6 = Aerial Photograph – M4 south to A48
Board 7 = Aerial Photograph – A48 south to coast
Board 8 = Environment
Board 9 = Transport
Board 10 = Issues Identified so Far
Board 11 = Potential Options
Board 12 = Thank you and What Happens Next

Public Exhibition Comment Form

Department for Transport - Chapter 6 - Wales

Cardiff International Airport is the largest airport in Wales; ... there will be a need to improve access to Cardiff International Airport. ...
www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/whitepapers/air/chapter6wales - 19k

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Global Day of Action to Ban cluster Bombs - keep Raytheon cluster bomb maker out of Wales


Rhrodri Morgan and the Welsh Assembly government have celebrated Raytheon -cluster bomb maker to Wales to TEACH our young people at St Athan Military Training academy - the biggest ever privatisation in the UK - selling off military training to the biggest arms dealers - vile companies that any ethical counrty or any country with an ethical investment policy wouldn't consider investing in never mind begging for them to come and teach their children! See for more info http://metrixconsortium.blogspot.com/
http://www.nomurderacademyatstathans.com/
http://www.cynefinywerin.org.uk/

Read also QinetiQ, the War Profiteer Welsh Politicians Love to Love

The Cluster bomb feeling documentary on investment of Dutch pension fund in arms industry
Banking Secretsdocumentary on investments of Dutch banks in arms industry and other dodgy projects.
Whats it about?
The Global Day of Action to Ban Cluster Bombs is an opportunity for campaigners to organise and participate in public actions and media work exactly one month before the Vienna Conference.

It is a day to demonstrate global public concern about the problems of cluster bombs and their impact on civilians, and to call on governments to join the international effort towards a treaty to ban them. It will be the last opportunity for governments to revise their domestic positions and policies on cluster munitions before the Vienna conference, and to make sure that they go to the Vienna conference to participate meaningfully in treaty discussions.

Vienna is the next international conference on cluster munitions and takes place from 5 – 7 December 2007. In Vienna, governments will be discussing elements of the future international treaty, and we must make sure that government representatives attending the conference understand the demands of the general public in their country. There is a limited opportunity to engage States before Vienna and campaigns need to generate a sense of urgency that their governments must go to Vienna to participate in treaty discussions.

Download the Global Day of Action Campaign Toolkit (en español) and some of the visual images and messages which can be adapted and used by campaigners.

Campaign Materials available here

For more information on how to get involved contact laura@stopclustermunitions.org


http://caatblog.wordpress.com/

read also

QinetiQ, the War Profiteer Welsh Politicians Love to Love

QinetiQ, the War Profiteer Welsh Politicians Love to Love

October 2007 by Stuart Tannock


Mercenary deaths not counted

Names of ex-soldiers not in Iraq death toll
The Herald - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
While 133 British soldiers and airmen have died as the result of hostile action since 2003, at least 44 British private security employees have also been ...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

PCS welcome MOD U Turn on Privatisation

PCS oppose and campaign against the proposed privatisation of the military to arms companies which lies at the heart of the St Athan project.

PCS: Union welcomes MoD U-turn on training privatisation
Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 16:22
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) welcomed today’s announcement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to halt the privatisation of approximately 4,000 staff who train the armed forces in driving armoured vehicles, lorries and jeeps as well as languages.

The union hailed the decision to keep one half of defence training in the public sector as a victory for common sense which would ensure world class training for the armed forces whilst providing value for money for the taxpayer.

PCS called on the MoD to see sense and halt the privatisation of the other half of defence training which includes technical and mechanical training. The union warned that pushing ahead with remaining half of defence training would represent poor value for money and lead to a loss of knowledge and experience as staff would refuse to relocate to the new training base in South Wales.

The main sites that will be remaining in the public sector are: Worthy Down and Marchwood in Winchester, Southwark Park in Portsmouth, Leconfield n Hull, , Aldershot, Beaconsfield and Chicksands in Cambridgeshire.

PCS members are currently voting on further national strike action across the civil service as part of the union’s campaign against job cuts, below inflation pay and privatisation. The campaign has already seen two strongly supported national one day strikes this year. The ballot closes on 31 October 2007 and the result is expected to be announced shortly after.

Commenting, Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “Thanks to the well argued case put by PCS, the MoD have rightly recognised that keeping the linguistics and driver training of armed forces in the public sector, not only represents value for money but ensures the continuity in world class training. They now have to see sense and recognise that privatising the remainder of defence training will result in poor value for money and a poorer quality of training for our armed forces as experienced staff refuse to relocate. The union can take heart from this announcement and will be making a renewed effort to convince the MoD that the remaining privatisation is unnecessary and damaging.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  • For further information, interviews and comment please contact
    Alex Flynn PCS national press officer on 020 7801 2820 or 07833 978216.

  • PCS, the Public and Commercial Services Union is the union
    representing civil and public servants in central government. It has over 315,000 members in over 200 departments and agencies. It also represents workers in parts of government transferred to the private sector. PCS is the UK’s sixth largest union and is affiliated to the TUC. The general secretary is Mark Serwotka and the president is Janice Godrich.

    Alex Flynn
    National Press Officer
    Public and Commercial Services Union
    160 Falcon Rd
    London SW11 2LN

    Direct line: 020 7801 2747
    Mobile: 07833 978 216
    Fax: 020 7924 1847 End of story
  • Raytheon Dying to build Saudi-Iraq RAZOR WIRE fence

    Rayteon bids for Saudi-Iraqi razor wire fence deal

    Israel seeks to buy $1.3 bln of US missiles
    Washington Post - United States
    The prime contractors for the proposed sale would be Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a ...
    See all stories on this topic

    Europe, US firms vie for Saudi-Iraq fence deal
    Reuters - USA
    EADS, Thales and Raytheon were on the list along with Saudi Arabia's El-Seif Engineering & Construction and Al-Arrab Contracting Co, owned by Al-Rajhi Bank ...

    See all stories on this topic

    They want to build a border fence shielding Saudi Arabia from Iraq
    Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, wants to build a razor-wire fence along the 900-km (560 mile) frontier with its northern neighbour, with thermal imaging and radar equipment, Saudi officials told Reuters last month.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2007

    More stoppages at british eneryy - Yarl wood women -

     MORE STOPPAGES AT BRITISH ENERGY
    <http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=3026>
    British energy has had to close down four reactors amongst its
    ageing fleet of Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGR).

    BLOG: INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION DEMANDED BY YARL'S WOOD WOMEN
    <http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=3028>
    Women in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre, whom we are working with
    on a daily basis, have asked us to circulate their letter (see below)
    highlighting the appalling conditions and grave injustice they face in
    detention.


    Tony benn signs petition against military academy

    Benn backing petition against academy

    VETERAN left-wing politician Tony Benn has signed a petition opposing plans to build a £14bn defence training academy at RAF St Athan....

    Now you can sign it to!


    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    PCS: Union welcomes MoD U-turn on training privatisation
    Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 16:22

    The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) welcomed today’s announcement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to halt the privatisation of approximately 4,000 staff who train the armed forces in driving armoured vehicles, lorries and jeeps as well as languages.

    The union hailed the decision to keep one half of defence training in the public sector as a victory for common sense which would ensure world class training for the armed forces whilst providing value for money for the taxpayer.

    PCS called on the MoD to see sense and halt the privatisation of the other half of defence training which includes technical and mechanical training. The union warned that pushing ahead with remaining half of defence training would represent poor value for money and lead to a loss of knowledge and experience as staff would refuse to relocate to the new training base in South Wales.

    The main sites that will be remaining in the public sector are: Worthy Down and Marchwood in Winchester, Southwark Park in Portsmouth, Leconfield n Hull, , Aldershot, Beaconsfield and Chicksands in Cambridgeshire. PCS members are currently voting on further national strike action across the civil service as part of the union’s campaign against job cuts, below inflation pay and privatisation.

    The campaign has already seen two strongly supported national one day strikes this year. The ballot closes on 31 October 2007 and the result is expected to be announced shortly after.

    Commenting, Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “Thanks to the well argued case put by PCS, the MoD have rightly recognised that keeping the linguistics and driver training of armed forces in the public sector, not only represents value for money but ensures the continuity in world class training. They now have to see sense and recognise that privatising the remainder of defence training will result in poor value for money and a poorer quality of training for our armed forces as experienced staff refuse to relocate. The union can take heart from this announcement and will be making a renewed effort to convince the MoD that the remaining privatisation is unnecessary and damaging.” ENDS Notes to editors:

    For further information, interviews and comment please contact Alex Flynn PCS national press officer on 020 7801 2820 or 07833 978216.

    PCS, the Public and Commercial Services Union is the union representing civil and public servants in central government. It has over 315,000 members in over 200 departments and agencies. It also represents workers in parts of government transferred to the private sector. PCS is the UK’s sixth largest union and is affiliated to the TUC. The general secretary is Mark Serwotka and the president is Janice Godrich. Alex Flynn National Press Officer Public and Commercial Services Union 160 Falcon Rd London SW11 2LN Direct line: 020 7801 2747 Mobile: 07833 978 216 Fax: 020 7924 1847

    Monday, October 22, 2007

    Tony Benn signs our petition against St Athan Military Academy

    Tony Benn supports our petition. No2 the military academy ..at St Athan

    Now you can sign it too...

    Once upon a time WMDs

    Curveball: The Iraqi Defector the Bush Team Used to Sell the War By Joshua Holland, AlterNetA interview with the author of a new book on the Iraqi defector code-named "Curveball," whose made-up intelligence on Saddam's WMD programs was central to the Bush Administration's case for invasion. Read more »

    Saturday, October 20, 2007

    Saudi BAE corruption meeting

    Campaign Against Arms Trade
    As part of the November Control BAE speaking tour, speakers from CAAT and The Corner House are coming to a venue near you for a public meeting about our legal challenge and campaign to get the Saudi-BAE corruption inquiry reopened. We are writing to invite you to attend and to ask you to invite others to come along too.

    WHEN? 7pm, Wednesday 7th November

    WHERE? Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3AP (map)

    WHY? The speaking tour is part of CAAT's Control BAE month of action and aims to raise awareness of the campaign and build a wider grassroots movement of people calling for an end to UK arms exports and the corruption which reportedly surrounds them.

    Please help us to get people along to this important meeting. Attached are a leaflet and a poster publicising the event. Please forward this email on to friends, colleagues and other groups you are involved in, or contact kathrin@caat.org.uk for free paper copies of the leaflet and/or poster to distribute locally.

    We hope you can come to what promises to be an exciting and informative public meeting and a chance to meet other campaigners in your area.

    THE CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPMENT

    Public Meeting
    Monday, Oct 29. 7.30 Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff

    Cuba's world class health and education systems, an example for developing nations? - Roger Bevan, Cymru Cuba

    Can Nicaragua achieve the Millennium Development Goals? - Ben Gregory, Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

    Organised by Cardiff and District UNA Branch, Cymru Cuba, Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

    Government to support Wyfla power station? Nuclear sleeze..

    SUPPORTERS pushing for a replacement Wylfa power station on Anglesey face a wait of about two months before the UK government reveals whether it is backing new nuclear plants. (after that 'consultation)
    Daily Post 17th Oct 2007 So Private industry is expected to undertake the billions of pounds of new investment needed for the next generation of nuclear sites – including the costs of waste disposal and decommissioning – don't believe a word of it! Stop it now - Wales can create energy without a nuclear pollution plant. Come on Rhrodri - tell 'em to get lost.

    So predictable .....senior advisor...nuclear expert? More new labour shame..disgraceful... and he uses too much hair dye.....so perhaps they could sponser pudding face a make over.
    Nuclear Sleeze
    THE former trade and industry minister Ian McCartney is to be paid up to £115,000 a year to advise one of the world’s largest nuclear companies. McCartney, who left the government last June, will act as senior adviser to managers at Fluor Corporation, a US multinational. Fluor, in partnership with Toshiba, the Japanese electronics giant, is on a shortlist of four seeking to win a contract worth about £18 billion for decommissioning Sellafield nuclear power station.
    Sunday Times 14th Oct 2007

    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Green

    Calls to protect back gardens as 'greenfield'UKTV Gardens - London,UKThe Green Party has called for the building of homes on back gardens to stop. In the wake of growing concerns about the 'garden grabbing' phenomenon of new ...

    Ask your MP for better biofuels

    Next week MPs will be voting on whether to massively increase the use of biofuels in the UK.
    Without stronger sustainability reporting requirements, any increase is likely to:

    Fuel rainforest destruction.
    Increase food prices.
    Encourage destructive monocultures.

    The ability of most biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in any meaningful way is also in question.
    The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will make it compulsory to blend all road fuels with biofuels.
    It doesn't distinguish between different biofuels, and if it's implemented there will be no going back.
    Ask your MP to think twice before voting in favour of the RTFO

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007

    Peter Hain and Rhrodri Morgan Set out case for remaining in UK!!!

    http://www.bevanfoundation.org/ =morgan mafia
    Wales United: partnership for progress Sell out pair ..Peter Hain and Rhodri Morgan
    September 2007, 28pp. English.

    Peter Hain and Rhodri Morgan set out a case for Wales remaining within the United Kingdom, arguing that political union brings advantages to Wales at the same as devolution has also brought many benefits.
    Download a copy here.

    all about St Athan ...well we can't be independant then..

    New labour agree destruction of Ffos-y-fran

    what is the problem - how can they do it to wales and destroy the environment and ruin the lives of people in Merthyr - put their health in jeopardy..collude to invite this appalling destruction - why aren't people screaming about this ???

    The New Coal Age
    Posted: 09 Oct 2007 04:14 AM CDT
    A vast new opencast pit will ruin local people’s lives and wreck the government’s climate change policies. How was it allowed to happen?

    By George Monbiot

    A vast new opencast pit will ruin local people’s lives and wreck the government’s climate change policies. How was it allowed to happen?

    . Published in the Guardian 9th October 2007.
    .... in a secure compound behind me were the heaviest beasts I have ever seen - 1300 horsepower or more - lined up and ready to start digging the one of the largest opencast coalmines in Europe. In Romania perhaps? The Czech republic? On a hilltop in south Wales. The diggers at Ffos-y-fran, on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil, will excavate 1000 acres of land to a depth of 600 feet. There has never been a hole quite like it here, and our government’s climate change policies are about to fall into it.

    the Welsh government and the Westminster government have collaborated with the developers to force it through, using questionable methods. I have found evidence which suggests to me that a member of Tony Blair’s government used false information to seek to persuade the Welsh administration to approve the pit. But perhaps the most remarkable fact is this: that outside Merthyr Tydfil hardly anyone knows it is happening.

    Thursday, October 4, 2007

    Labour left sell out!! roll up ..unwinable seats going..any bugger will do

    LRC looking for candidates to stand at the next General Election
    Desparate for people to stand for

    LABOUR REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE http://www.l-r-c.org.uk
    We need YOU to reclaim the Party! who are you kidding??

    CLPs across the country are currently looking for candidates to stand
    for Labour at the next General Election.

    Could you be an MP? The left needs people to stand for Parliament, or we will never turn around the current New Labour dominance in the PLP.If you want to try for an unwinnable seat ,this is your chance . If the seat was worth fighting...i.e. winnable then it would gp to some new labour ass licker ..

    We have attached a copy of the standard CV, and copied below is a list of parliamentary seats with upcoming deadlines for nominations. If you are applying for one of the seats below, please email us to let us know, and we will do what we can to help. Good luck!
    (If you're not keen to stand, please let us know if your CLP has
    already selected their candidate for the next election - and what
    they're like.)

    If you are actually a leftie ...you may want to stand against someone who has stood agains new labour control freakery and sonewhat to the left of new labour??? Get real .. is this a new labour joke? Get real!!

    Seat: Blaenau Gwent Held by: Ind> Majority: 2,488
    > 2nd place: Lab
    Closing date for applications: 12 October Shortlisting: 14 November
    Hustings: 5 December Procedures Secretary: Lyndon Moore Ty Garth 8 Chapel Road Nantyglo Ebbw Vale Gwent NP23 4NB Tel: 01495 310340 Email: lyndon.moore@dsl.pipex.com As Lyndon is away at the beginning of October, you can also register your interest with
    Lynn Glaister Welsh Labour Organiser Transport House 1 Cathedral Road
    Cardiff CF11 9HA lynn_glaister@new.labour.org.uk
    > 02920 877700


    Seat: Arfon New seat
    > AWS: No - open selection
    > Closing date for applications: 3 October
    > Shortlisting: 15 October
    > Hustings: 3 November
    > Procedures Secretary: Tecwyn Thomas
    > 7 Constantine Terrace
    > Caernarfon
    > Gwynedd
    > LL55 2HL
    > Tel: 01286 673473
    > Email: tecwyn@ukf.net > Seat: Chingford & Woodford Green


    > Seat: Enfield Southgate

    >
    > Seat: Kingston and Surbiton

    Seat: Aylesbury Held by: Con

    Seat: Worthing West Held by: Con Majority: 9,379
    Seat: Gainsborough Held by: Con
    Seat: South Holland and the Deepings Held by: Con Majority: 15,780
    seat: Ruislip Northwood & Pinner New seat
    Seat: West Dorset Held by: Con
    Seat: North Somerset Held by: Con
    Seat: North Wiltshire Held by: Con
    Banbury Held by: Con
    Seat: Ilford North Held by: Con
    Seat: Uxbridge & South Ruislip New seat
    Seat: Kensington New seat AWS: No - open selection
    Seat: The Cotswolds Held by: Con
    seat: Stratford-on-Avon Held by: Con
    Seat: East Surrey Held by: Con

    Stop the St Athan Military AcademyNext

    Meeting at Temple of Peace / Y Deml Heddwch
    2pm Saturday October 6th
    Cathays Park / Parc CathaysCardiff / Caerdydd CF10 3AP

    The campaign against the mega military training academy at St Athan for Cynefin y Werin www.cynefinywerin.org.uk
    For more information see also http://metrixconsortium.blogspot.com/

    http://www.nomurderacademyatstathans.com/

    St Athan Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4156619706

    Monday, October 1, 2007

    TUC challenging racism conference Cardiff

    Wales TUC Challenging Racism Conference
    Date Sat, 27 Oct 2007
    Location County Hall, Cardiff Bay

    Free of charge but you need to register in advance.

    The Wales TUC Challenging Racism Conference will take place on 27th October in Cardiff Bay. The conference will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. The event is at Cardiff County Hall in Cardiff Bay. Part of the day is open to public, part of the day will be motion based and just for trade union delegates.
    Contact for more information
    Chris Hartwell on chartwell@tuc.org.uk or 029 2034 7010

    Sunday, September 30, 2007

    tory naff game

    Visit www.taxmangordon.com to play the game.

    beyond me ..mind you that isn't difficult .....Brownie yor slipping don't you have a game .tomorrow ....ok then

    Saturday, September 29, 2007

    Tell the people of Burma what to do, WHATS BEST ?

    Whos pulling your strings......caution!!!! think about it carefully..............

    Think back and be wary... have you a post military junta PLAN??? what next... is this the best way forward???

    most brutal very bad leaders in burma..
    most brutal very bad leaders in iraq...

    iraq .. nothing to do with oil?
    burma.... nothing to do with oil?

    get rid of very bad wicked leader ... = peace and democracy in iraq now??? = DEATH for hundreds of thousands

    Burma..The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they'd lost only hundreds of thousands and now 20,000
    London...The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they lost? 'Million' march against Iraq war http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2765041.stm

    There were also antiwar gatherings in Glasgow and Belfast - all part of a world-wide weekend of protest with hundreds of rallies and marches in up to 60 countries. They came as UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a speech warning of "bloody consequences" if Iraq was not confronted,
    Public figures Former US presidential candidate the Rev Jesse Jackson - writer Tariq Ali, - ex-minister Mo Mowlam, Ken Livingstone, Vanessa Redgrave, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and Tony Benn. Harold Pinter made a rare public speech, saying America was "a country run by a bunch of criminal lunatics with Tony Blair as a hired Christian thug". Hollywood actor Tim Robbins, also attending, told BBC News the crowds were "what democracy looks like".

    Berlin wall moment in London - GB?
    Berlin wall moment in Burma?

    Political parties in Wales all support the murder Academy .............http://www.nomurderacademyatstathans.com/ run by arms dealers..'Mc Mercenaries' MC = METRIX CONSORTIUM

    Are monks and nuns somehow different to anyone else... are religious folk peaceful......ok to bless bombs??
    Americans are the worlds most religious people and that doesn't make them peaceful home or away....
    christianity isn't peaceful ?? and the bible says so or

    Friday, September 28, 2007

    Tesco wants to appear ethical?

    She worked it out in the end ..good for you Katharine!! Takes some folk a while but as long as she got there in the end ...See here for the full story:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/09/28/cntesco128.xml

    Designer Katharine Hamnett is to terminate a deal to supply organic and fair trade clothing to Tesco. The deal, which was one of a number of high-profile initiatives designed to boost Tesco's green credentials, has collapsed after only a year."I was initially really excited about the tie-up because I thought we could increase demand for ethical products," says Ms Hamnett in an interview published in Drapers, the fashion industry's trade magazine, today. "But I've come to the conclusion that [Tesco] simply wants to appear ethical, rather than make a full commitment to the range."A spokesman for Tesco said, “She really helped us understand how to transfer our existing knowledge of organics and fair trade into clothing but she is wrong to question our commitment. It's been an exciting year during which we have introduced many new organic and fair trade lines…”--
    Soil Association organic textiles webpage: http://www.soilassociation.org/textiles

    Woman prisoner SERCO prison van

    Another woman prisoner dies in HMP Send.
    Indymedia UK - UK
    At 3.45 pm, a Serco prison van (BW04 VZH) was stopped as it attempted to enter the jail. The driver was informed that protesters considered the jail to be ...

    Severn Barrage

    I have been told that there is a better alternative + The government's love for big,
    expensive projects means that is neglects completely the idea of tidal
    lagoons in the estury and Swansea bay, which could generate the same amount
    of electricity taking up a fraction of the area, not blocking off the estury
    itself and having minimal impact on wildlife. There was a presentation on
    this at Swansea conference which made any idea look silly in comparison.

    Severn Barrage
    GOVERNMENT UNVEILS SEVERN BARRAGE FEASIBILITY PROJECT

    The Government has decided to carry out a full-scale feasibility study into a possible power-producing barrage across the Severn Estuary...
    http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/news/?1115315177021

    Charles Clover: The alternative to a barrage is four new nuclear power stations. Anyone can see that is the less environmentally damaging option.

    Telegraph 28th Sept 2007
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/09/27/earthlog127.xml

    Letter: bewildering that Friends of the Earth are in opposition to this scheme on the grounds of damage to wildlife in the estuary. This could be a serious mistake. In my opinion (and that of the Government's chief scientist) global warming is the chief threat to mankind. And melting icecaps will not just end our way of life but destroy the environment of the birdlife in the estuary anyway.


    Independent 28th Sept 2007
    http://comment.independent.co.uk/letters/article3007097.ece

    Thursday, September 27, 2007

    Assembly Finance Committee to launch inquiry into Public Private Partnerships

    labour in wales is different .. i hear distant echoes of clear red water .. was that R Morgan??/
    And Plaid....surely not going down the PPP road..that has proved disastrous elsewhere. Nothing to do with St Athan of course...... is it.....tiding up after they welcome one of the biggest PPP ever..... noooooo................. whoops we mustn't have any loose ends that might scupper the might military academy.


    FIN(3)-03-07 : Draft Agenda
    Previous Month:
    Thursday, 20 September 2007
    FIN(3)-02-07 : Agenda
    FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 1 : The budgeting process agreement between the Scottish Executive and the Finance Committee (pdf, 52 kb)
    FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 2 : NHS Redress Measure
    FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 3 : Private Finance: Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 44kb)
    FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 4 : Inquiry into Public Private Partnerships - Terms of Reference
    FIN(3)-02-07 : Transcript
    FIN(3)-02-07 : Transcript (PDF, 180kb)

    Monday, September 24, 2007

    Iran strike next? Be afraid!

    Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike
    23 Sep 2007 The United States Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with "fighting the next war" as tensions rise with Iran. Project Checkmate, a successor to the group that planned the 1991 Gulf War’s air campaign, was quietly reestablished at the Pentagon in June. It reports directly to General Michael Moseley, the US Air Force chief, and consists of 20-30 top air force officers and defence and cyberspace experts with ready access to the White House, the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

    Sunday, September 23, 2007

    New Labour seats requiring candidates?

    If you are a new labour person - helps to be ulta right wing, brownite, morgan mafia, pro war,
    pro militarism, these are the seats for you ... but if you not already somebodys darling then you have no hope. Suggestions for contenders?

    Seat: Blaenau Gwent Held by: Ind Majority: 2,488
    2nd place: Lab
    AWS: No - open selection
    Closing date for applications: 12 October
    Shortlisting: 14 November
    Hustings: 5 December
    Procedures Secretary: Lyndon Moore Ty Garth 8 Chapel Road Nantyglo Ebbw Vale GwentNP23 4NB

    Seat: ArfonNew seat
    AWS: No - open selection
    Closing date for applications: 3 October
    Shortlisting: 15 October
    Hustings: 3 November
    Procedures Secretary: Tecwyn Thomas 7 Constantine Terrace Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 2HLTel: 01286 673473Email: tecwyn@ukf.net

    Hear the powerful stories of the Iraqi oil workers and trade unions resisting the military and economic occupation of their homeland . . .

    HANDS OFF IRAQI OIL
    Come and hear the powerful stories of the Iraqi oil workers and trade unions resisting the military and economic occupation of their homeland . . .

    Tuesday 2 October at 7 pm WALLACE LECTURE THEATRE
    Main Building Cardiff University Park Place (opp. Student Union Building)
    Speakers- EWA JASIEWICZ UK rep for the Basra Oil Workers Union & founder member of NAFTANA, an organisation that builds solidarity with Iraqi workers.
    + Speaker from the Stop the War Coalition

    About the Ewa Jasiewicz: In 2004, Ewa Jasiewicz visited Iraq to build links between the anti-war movement and Iraqi trade unions resisting both occupation and the corporate take-over of their counrty. She became the UK rep for the Basra Oil Workers Union, a militant trade union resisting both the sell-off of Iraqi oil to foreign corporations and the armies of occupation and helped organise Iraq's first anti-privatisation conference. Ewa has lived in Baghdad and Basra, supporting human rights groups, womens organisations, families, workers, trade unionists and Palestinian refugees. Her articles have appeared in Red Pepper, Electronic Iraq, Z-Net, Counterpunch, Infoshop, Occupation Watch and The Socialist Review in the US. This will be an important meeting to join the international campaign against the hydrocarbon law that aims to give control of Iraq's oil for the next 30 years to foreign multinationals.

    About HANDS OFF IRAQI OIL

    Hands Off Iraqi Oil is a UK coalition opposing any foreign exploitation of Iraq's oil reserves that rips off the Iraqi people. Members include Corporate Watch, Iraq Occupation Focus, Jubilee Iraq, Naftana, PLATFORM, Voices UK, and War on Want. For more info. about this event contact Adam Johannes on 07940108146

    Saturday, September 22, 2007

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    Christopher Glamorgan?

    Christopher Glamorgan is back boasting "Perambulating Wales, the Welsh, the United Kingdom, politics, humour, general philosophical commentary, and gossip. Oh!...and the professional bloggers down 'The Bay' - sparing much more than just a casual thought for the Kingdom that is United, for we are joined at the hip and rightly so!"

    Love a bit of gossip.

    Anti-APEC protesters: defiant and united

    story from elsewhere!
    There were at least 10,000 people gathered at 11am at Sydney’s Town Hall. Despite an intensive campaign aimed at keeping people away, and provocative policing on the day, up to 15,000 people come out on September 8, asserting their right to protest against US President George Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Hundreds of highschool students chanting “Troops out now!” joined with hundreds of trade unionists chanting “The workers united will never be defeated!” ensuredthat the crowd swelled onto George Street, sending the riot police scampering to take up new positions in front of their mobile prison buses.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Stark message for parties in green report

    A coalition of nine leading environmental charities has produced a report rating each of the UK's three main political parties on their environmental credentials ahead of the party conference season.

    The report, How Green Are Our Parties? The Green Standard Report, bases its assessment on criteria developed earlier this year by the coalition, which consists of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, the Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the National Trust, the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, the Woodland Trust and WWF-UK.

    It finds that none of the parties has yet implemented policies and action “on the scale required to meet the range and urgency of the environmental threats we face”.

    It rates the Liberal Democrats most highly, but describes the gap between Conservative aspirations and policy commitments as “stark”. Green Alliance director Stephen Hale said the charities were disappointed by the findings. “The environmental ambitions of the parties are very welcome, but the environmental beauty contest between them has, to date, been characterised by too much spin.”

    A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said there was nothing in charity law to prevent charities from trying to influence the policies of political parties in the interests of their beneficiaries. “As long as the trustees of these charities are confident that this activity furthers the objects, then this is perfectly legitimate activity for them to engage in,” she said
    By Paul Jump, Third Sector Online, 17 September 2007

    mercenary company Banned from Iraq!

    interesting story .. anybody have info on this company?

    US security firm Blackwater banned from Iraq 17 Sep 2007
    US security contractor [terrorists] Blackwater has been banned from operating in Iraq, after eight civilians were killed in Baghdad yesterday. Blackwater offers personal security to US officials working in Iraq, and is one of the better known firms involved in what critics call the privatisation of the war in Iraq.
    Iraq shootout firm loses licence 17 Sep 2007 Iraq has cancelled the licence of the private security firm, Blackwater USA, after it was involved in a gunfight [war crime] in which at least eight civilians died. The Iraqi interior ministry said the contractor, based in North Carolina, was now banned from operating in Iraq. See: Security contractors open fire in Baghdad, at least 9 killed 17 Sep 2007.

    Friday, September 14, 2007

    New Labour in denial - really?

    Welsh Devolution report

    No need to comment as the few elderly members and emloyees of new labour struggle. They are well out of touch.

    Labour’s lousy report Sep 10 2007 by Martin Shipton, Western Mail

    WELSH Labour’s performance during and immediately after the National Assembly election has been torn apart in an expert study.

    And the men behind the new research say the party’s leaders are simply failing to face up to the shortcomings.

    In a devolution monitoring report for the Constitution Unit at University College London, Dr Richard Wyn Jones and Dr Roger Scully of the Institute of Welsh Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, say many Welsh Labour members are “in denial” about the extent of their party’s decline.

    The report says, “Although hardly helped by the fortunes of the UK-wide party – fighting an election in the dog days of the Blair government, with issues like Iraq and the ‘Cash for Honours’ affair continuing to rumble in the background – or by its concentration on Scotland and the English local elections, Welsh Labour fought a poor campaign. Expectations were absurdly over- inflated, co-ordination from the centre appeared weak, and the essentially nostalgic central message of the campaign seems to have fallen on largely fallow ground.

    “The ‘Welsh Labour’ brand appealed to ‘classic Labour’ values. This may have helped shore up the party’s traditional base in the Valleys constituencies, but its broader resonance appears both geographically and socially limited. Furthermore, though the Valleys loom large symbolically – for both Labour partisans and their Plaid Cymru opponents – their real importance is limited and declining. While Labour can take comfort from the failure of other parties to advance in the Valleys, it faces a considerable danger of being pushed out of North Wales in the next Assembly election; it was wiped out in the constituency battle in the Mid and West Wales region; and it now faces substantial challenges in the metropolitan conurbations of South Wales. All this should surely give the party pause for thought. But it may be that Labour’s results, while poor, were not quite bad enough to force the party into undertaking the inevitably painful and divisive process of rethinking its stance and programme.”

    Turning to events after the election, Jones and Scully write, “Labour’s election campaign was poor, but its performance during the post- election interregnum often bordered on the inept.

    “ It seems extraordinary that a party long privately conceding defeat in key constituencies – such as Cardiff North and Clwyd West – had not done more to prepare the ground for a post-election situation in which it had fallen far short of an overall majority. But this is precisely what occurred.

    “It is also extraordinary that leading Labour figures saw fit to both insult (describing as ‘inedible’ and ‘unpalatable’) and ignore (through Rhodri Morgan going on a post-election break) potential coalition partners in the immediate aftermath of the election.

    “And it is inexplicable that Labour did not do more immediately after the election to try to secure a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, before the prospect of a Rainbow coalition involving the other three main parties began to solidify.

    “In defence of Rhodri Morgan, however, it may be suggested that much of Welsh Labour’s problem is cultural, even psychological. Labour has long been the hegemonic party in Welsh politics, its dominance in terms of votes being underpinned and reinforced by innately disproportional electoral systems. And large and influential sections of the Welsh Labour party remain resolutely ‘in denial’ about the implications of devolution and its semi-proportional electoral system.”

    The report adds, “ The many Welsh Labour parliamentarians who remain utterly unreconciled either to coalition with Plaid or devolution retain a significant capacity for mischief making.”

    http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/newspolitics/tm_headline=labour-8217-s-lousy-report&method=full&objectid=19761409&siteid=50082-name_page.html

    The Freedom of Information Filer and Queen issues!!

    The Queen on TheyWorkForou

    Is this the first monarch with her own RSS feed? Would anyone really

    care if she was? freedom of information
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/royal/elizabeth_the_second

    The Freedom of Information Filer and Archie website is under construction. Aiming to make it easier to make freedom of information requests, and easier for people to find what other people have found out. If you have anything to contribute please either get in touch or leave your ideas on the wiki page here -http://www.mysociety.org/moin.cgi/FreedomOfInformation

    http://www.spy.org.uk/foia/

    Do your bit for freedom of information and go to Amnesty site
    http://irrepressible.info/addcontent

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    Lookalikes

    Warning! - this may make you ill!

    Brown welcomes Thatcher to No 10 - Thought she had Alzheimer’s, but I'm sure there will not be any discernable difference.

    Brown meets Thatcher:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6993269.stmstm

    Maybe other friends will pop along!

    Brown is a real sleeze.

    Interview with Tony Benn which isn't so bad - kind of an antidote to the doting Maggie pic with Brown.

    http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=10071rg.uk/article.php?articlenumber=10071



    Sunday, September 9, 2007

    Act NOW!

    Show solidarity and Support the Fremantle Care Workers

    Fremantle is the Aylesbury-based "non-profit" outfit that was handed care of Barnet's elderly by the borough's Tory council. Some "charity" this is, sacking staff if they won't take pay cuts, taking away sick pay and holidays, getting rid of their union rep, and wielding legal threats to stop protest.

    The GOOD NEWS is that by the time the legal threat took effect over 8,000 people around the world had already sent messages to Fremantle demanding fair treatment for its workers.

    Saturday, September 8, 2007

    Cut the Carbon March Cardiff today

    Saturday 8 September Rali Caerdydd/Cardiff rally with I Count 2:30pm
    Cwrdd ar Lwybr y Taf yn Blackwier a cherdded i'r rali yn Cooper's Field (dibynnu ar drwydded)/Meet on the Taff Trail at Blackwier at 2:30pm to walk to the rally in Cooper's Field (subject to licence).
    3:30pm Rali a chyngerdd/Rally starts Ffoniwch 029 2084 4646 am fwy o fanylion yn cynnwys man cyfarfod/Please call 029 2084 4646 for more details.

    Appearances from Maggot (formerly of Goldie Looking Chain), Beth Elfyn, Radio One's Evening Session DJ, actress Greta Scacchi. Music from: Terra Naomi, folk singer Gwyneth Glyn Speakers: Cut the Carbon marchers, I Count (Stop Climate Chaos), Islamic Relief. Register online now - please let us know you're coming. Order rally posters

    No influence for Labour Party members in policy making - nothing new there then!

    When does extending party democracy mean exactly the opposite? When New Labour want to curtail members rights and influence even further.

    Suggested motion for New Labour CLPs. "We, the undersigned Constituency Labour Party Officers, are alarmed at the proposals in the document 'Extending Party Democracy', that would remove the right of CLP's to send motions to our annual conference. Rank and file Labour Party members must have the right and ability to influence and direct policy within their own party if the party is to have any claim to democratic legitimacy. We have mandated our delegates to oppose any proposals which would threaten this right, and call on all delegates to do the same."

    Alarmed at last? Bit late now!
    As I pointed out below..
    only 30% are delegates or Labour Party Visitors - LP visitors can't go in the main conference hall perhaps because they don't pay enough.
    10% elected representatives
    20% Media
    and 40% exhibitor /Commercial/Corporate the Labour Party boasts so you can feel at home without worrying about pesky real LP members.

    Thursday, September 6, 2007

    Cardiff bus sell out by liberals

    Bus service could go private
    PLANS have been unveiled which could lead to a sell-off of a slice of Cardiff Bus, netting tens of millions of pounds. more We want better services not worse!
    what next .. this is a big mistake - perhaps the councillors who are on the board could have resisted this? Cllr Neale?

    Protest planned for NEW Labour conference

    Join Maya Evans and John Catt for mass civil disobedience in Bournemouth, outside the New Labour Party Conference, on Sunday 23 September. http://www.u-turnforpeace.org/

    Over 100 peace activists from around the UK have pledged to take part in nonviolent civil disobedience outside this year's Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth see ...a sit-down protest in the road leading to the Conference Centre. Brown For further information visit: http://www.u-turnforpeace.org/

    I note that new labour state that Deliveries due to security ... all vehicles, including courier deliveries, will need to assemble at the Remote Vehicle Search Site (RVSS) at Kings Park Coach Park (just off Kings Park Drive). We recommend you allow 6 hours to pass through RVSS before your event commences!!! Even protesters don't disrupt air travel or anything for quite that badly.

    Did you know that only 30% are delegates or Labour Party Visitors - LP visitors can't go in the main conference hall perhapsbecause they don't pay enough.
    10% elected representatives
    20% Media
    and 40% exhibitor /Commercial/Corporate
    the Labour Party boasts so you can feel at home without worrying about pesky real LP members. No need to wonder any more why the hall is so full of 'happy' members ..because it isn't. Does anyone need to wonder why people are cynical about the political parties? Politicians want to involve the public ..it might be useful to have a conference where members, while there still are any, get to attend.

    If you really want into the New labour Conference you can have a stand for minimum of £3,500 up to £13,500 and you get 10 conference passes for that, a relaxation zone and complimentary refreshments and wow - best stand awards. Love the competitiveness! Plus you could have a banner above for only £850 or £1000 for a big one.

    Or you could sponsor conference events:• Annual Conference Dinner This unique and exclusive event offers a relaxed environment for guests including supporters and business people, who enjoy an entertaining evening with a special appearance by a guest speaker. ..who could that be? So egalatarian!

    If they make money from dodgy firms at theis event its fine, no need to declare it! wouldn't influence policy a bit not even if it was property developers for example - The hire of conference exhibition space represents a commercial service at a fair market value and is therefore not required to be disclosed under the PPERA. - The Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act - Liberals on PPERA

    The International Reception is one of the main events at conference runs the blurb. It is traditionally attended by all international visitors and past speakers and guests have included the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary, Secretary of State for International Development and Party Chair. This event is very informal and offers sponsors an ideal opportunity for networking and meeting new people. Prominent onsite branding including:• stair risers• banner sites• outdoor advertising sites. All prices vary. ...also offer exciting sponsorship packages throughout the year. ..Gala Dinner, regarded asthe party’s flagship fundraising event, is held in a prestigious central London location.. uck,uck, uck...

    Wednesday, September 5, 2007

    Petition to save trees in Penylan

    31 July residents of Penylan were sent a letter from Cardiff Council informing them without consultation about their plans to remove 8 Crab-apple trees. The trees in question are in fact actually cherry trees and the beautiful blossom in Spring calls into question how 'diseased' as claimed by the Council they really are.
    With each tree being 50 years old the felling would mean the destruction in one year of 400 years of tree growth.
    Please sign our petition and send the link to anyone you may think would beinterested in supporting a worthy cause
    http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/penylan-trees
    Further information
    http://www.penylan-trees.co.uk/

    Facebook group (you need to have a Facebook account to access this)http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5136685997

    Background - Friday August 24IC Wales features the article 'Trees are healthy, so please don’t fell them'.
    find out more at IC Wales

    Fat Cats Protection League

    The Fat Cats Protection League
    Posted: 04 Sep 2007 04:16 AM CDT
    Wherever you hear the words “free market”, you’ll find massive state handouts to corporations
    Monn ..from Monbiot