I do not drive a car. It's a choice. Reactions range from "I don't think people who can't drive should be allowed to have kids - oh, but not you!", to casual assumption and all sorts in between. There's always a reaction though. Cars do something weird to people. I declare myself car-less to apologise … Continue reading North Somerset Parking Review
I have just had a really interesting chat with my friend of a school friend who I chat to online re politics. He has beef. He doesn’t believe in promises made by any of the political parties. He doesn’t believe that education has caught up 21st century - for either young or older people. He’s … Continue reading Creating Green Jobs – Labour Broadband Policy
North Somerset Climate Emergency My part in the North Somerset Climate Emergency story begins at the end of 2018. I'm sharing this as brief tour through a little slice of activism. If this story was to have a moral, it would be to remind you that it's your right as a citizen to stick your … Continue reading North Somerset Climate Emergency
You may have seen a few graphs doing the rounds on social media, used as evidence by both Labour and Lib Dems that if you want the Tories out, only a vote for them can achieve that. They can't both be right, can they? One graph, shared by Weston Labour, shows the results from the … Continue reading Are the Weston Lib Dems telling fibs?
Imagining a different, better, future is absolutely key to reaching it. I was born in England in 1984 and have lived here my whole life. I have known nothing but life under the current neoliberal political economy. Is that neoliberal political economy stopping me from imagining a better future? Is it stopping you? WTF is … Continue reading What’s stopping us from imagining a better future?
I'm feeling pretty proud of my Labour colleagues after watching Ed Miliband ask an urgent question in parliament this week following the Extinction Rebellion protests that have caused serious disruption in London. We get it I have written previously about how Labour have led the way on tackling climate change. To be clear, that doesn't … Continue reading Labour take climate breakdown seriously
"I was pissed off with Dave Cameron" 'It's Not About the Burqa' is a collection of essays written by Muslim women I want everyone to read. Especially those who see the hijab and veil and instantly think "OPPRESSION!" Mariam Khan, who collected and edited the essays, was inspired to create the book because she was … Continue reading ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ Book Review
Today I attended the local Tenants Forum hosted by Acorn and North Somerset Council and I am left contemplating the power imbalance between renters and landlords. As with most injustices, it doesn't have to be this way. "Improving Housing Conditions" We heard about the council's 'action area' scheme which aims to improve the quality of … Continue reading Renters deserve better
Is Weston high street and town centre the best it could be? Probably not. Which is why it’s exciting that Weston could be in for a share of the £675 million Future High Streets Fund pot. North Somerset Council officers are currently hard at work talking to businesses and other stakeholders about the challenges the town centre … Continue reading Weston high street & town centre
What do we expect from our MP? This thought has been occupying my mind following the circulation of two pictures of the current Weston-super-Mare MP, John Penrose. You may have seen John yourself, smiling while collecting food for our local foodbank or surrounded by volunteers at the new ‘homeless shelter’. The first thing to say … Continue reading What do we expect from our MP?