Saturday, September 26, 2020

Agriculture Bill demonstration - Northallerton. Sept 25th


Northallerton Demonstration against trashing of food and animal welfare standards by Agriculture Bill.   We are appalled at the casual destruction of years of hard work invested into the improvement of food and farming standards.  How can this government be so crass?

Ebony is NOT amused.
..and neither is he.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Email to Mr Johnson, PM, re exclusion of journalists from press conference.

Dear Boris Johnson,

You must be aware that to exclude journalists is moving in the direction of totalitarianism? You must know this if I do!  Why do you feel the need to do this?  Are you not proud of what you have done and intend to do?  I am truly shocked at where this country seems now to be heading. Mr Cummings was seen to be very unpleasant to a very polite reporter on the TV clip. We do not want to end up in the arms of Trump. We don't want our NHS sold off in bits. Please reconsider your direction of travel.
There's some excellent graffiti like this in Knaresborough on the wall between Iles Lane and the Pool .  Fear has got us to this terrible state of leaving our nearest trading neighbours.  Let's deal with it by pointing out who is stoking it up.  The recent clip of Cummings being rude to a polite reporter is chilling, as is the fact that Downing St picked and chose the journalists allowed into the recent press 'conference'.

So what can I do?  I'll share evidence of the fearmongering and lying, sign petitions, and join and support groups who are addressing  these vital issues.

At home I'll continue efforts to use fewer and fewer resources, in particular fuel and water.   e.g. I now collect the cold water at the start of a shower or kitchen tap and use it to flush the loo or water plants.  You might say this is paltry, but  it helps a bit and lots of bits add up...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Solar 'farms'.. extract from facebook thread.

  • Shan Oakes we need to PUSH HARD for change of policy at local and national level. If we don't put them on houses etc we will end up with them all over the land....its starting now, and its the wrong model. I've just written to the Harrogate Advertiser about it.
  • Hilary Gardner Shan Oakes yes where I was brought up in Kent they are putting on reclaimed farmland that used to be stunning salt marsh
  • Shan Oakes There is a huge solar 'farm' scheme planned for Cayton, north of Ripley...planning deadline 25th aug. Its the wrong place in my view. Instead we must get panels on all our roofs (all appropriate ones..and there are plenty of those) . ALL new builds should be built on a proper green basis ...but this government has no interest except self interest and their funders are the fossil fuel lot and their ilk.
  • Shan Oakes ...and more wind turbines needed too. But the model of letting huge companies just drop in schemes where they can get hold of land is the wrong model. Govt and local govt should be working proactively with communities to promote many and varied renewable energy schemes at local level. Of course, the neoliberal govts we have had recently don't want us mere mortals to have any autonomy (such as we would have if we had locally managed schemes and generation on or near our own dwellings) ..they want us tied in to the grid so that we are dependent and helpless.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Great play about birth at Harrogate Theatre last night...catch it on tour if you can

Friday, February 8, 2019

Brexit...we need a people's vote now.

And the utter chaos continues.

There's only one way out of this mess: bring it back to the people.

RT if you want a #PeoplesVote!