Today Bill and I sallied forth into Knaresborough Market Place to encourage people to vote... wondered where they all were: then realised they had all squashed into the pubs to watch the Grand National! An outsider won....but the Greens are on target to win in Harrogate and Knaresborough
far in the campaign to win Harrogate and Karesborough for the Greens,
the hustings have been good natured and rather quiet affairs. That
seemed to be the way last Thursday's event at the Cedar Court Hotel
was going, until the subject of TTIP emerged. The Greens are
confident that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
proposals are bad – bad for business, bad for Britain and
particularly bad for the NHS. My assertion to this effect invoked a
flat denial from the Lib Dem candidate, and the cry of 'liar' from
someone in the audience.
what's the story?
February this year, BBC Scotland revealed a leak from the EU
negotiations, purporting to show that NHS services are exempt from
the TTIP negotiations, currently being negotiated in great secrecy in
Brussels. Now, one person's leak is often another mischievous plant,
deliberately designed to misinform. This latter option is, I think,
the situation here.
leaked document has, in reality, been in the public domain since May
2014. So this is, in the words of War on Want, less of a news story
and more of a spin operation. It confirms that the position of the
NHS in the TTIP negotiations is worse than I described, the
government knows this, and is deliberately trying to misinform the
public to allay concerns. The whole rebuttal of the implications of
the 'leak' can be seen here
than being branded a liar, I should be applauded as a whistleblower!
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.