Thursday, 30 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
Forty five young students and five teachers from a Secondary School in Cephalonia will be protesting outside the British Museum on Sunday 3rd May at 15:30. The students will be protesting for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. If anyone would like to be present to support this protest and hold banners, please contact me on here and I will provide you with more details. Furthermore, postcards, similar to the leaflets that were given out last year will be distributed outside the British Museum during that afternoon.
The Parthenon Marbles belong to the Parthenon and whilst the people of Greece are grateful to the BM for looking after them for so many years they would like them returned.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
I am deliberately asking people to consider voting for individuals rather than political slates (whatever that means..) I ask the following questions when I use my vote:
1. Is the candidate representative enough in the constituency where they are standing and does she or he bring with them knowledge, potential, charisma and the ability to say what I think and feel.
2. Is the candidate able to demonstrate that despite the fact the she or he has no previous experience is able to do the job and is none dogmatic in their approach.
So please make sure that the vote you have is used and make Dave Prentis happy! Please ring Unison Direct if you have not received the paperwork! Your vote counts!
My top favorite so far is of course Jon Rogers .
UNISON DIRECT 0845 355 0845 call them today if you haven't received a ballot paper!!
Friday, 24 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
So let there be no doubt as to who the enemy are. Its the Tory party in waiting and those who are helping them by creating divisions amongst the progressive forces of the Labour party. The message to comrades on the far left, or the Peoples Judean Front, or Judean Peoples Front (the disorganised left as I call them) is that at least real Labour and traditional party members are still alive and active and will fight to ensure that a new Labour government continuous to support the aspirations of working people and will produce legislation like the Minimum Wage and better maternity and paternity leave. Stop the divisions and concentrate on what the real fight is and will soon be!
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
The NEC election is a great opportunity for all members to vote and select those who we think, or know, will represent our interests better. So as I said in a previous entry I will be talking about the candidates I know and say what I think about what they have done or what they are capable of doing in my opinion.
Jon is already a member of the NEC and has worked hard to keep everyone he represents informed. He produces regular reports and updates and is always helpful to those who want information about what he does and what other NEC members do. In that respect he is truly capable, able and good at the job. His willingness to question and challenge what he sees as injustice makes him a good candidate. He is also pragmatic in his approach to problem solving and is more centre left than his opponents says he is. A good Labour party member who should, in my opinion, be reelected. He is also full of energy and enthusiasm, is kind and generous with giving up his time to help others. He needs to work on his sense of humour and renew his old jokes but that, in itself, is not a problem that should make him difficult to elect. A good all rounder and a charismatic leader one of the very few people I know who is capable of becoming an MP but does not want to! His role on the NEC makes him a natural! He must be returned and those who dislike him on the NEC will do better trying to work with him!
Marsha Jane Thompson
Newish vibrant young and willing to help. She deserves our support and should be given the chance to flourish. She has been unfairly targeted in the past and criticised but has a lot to offer. She makes up for her relative inexperience by showing undiminished enthusiasm and has lots of energy!
Underestimated by those on the Ultra Left (whatever that means) she is clever and a smooth operator and commands more support than some think. She has also been involved with a number of successful campaigns and initiatives and she is more in control than others imagine her to be. She will no doubt win the NEC seat she currently holds and probably deserves to. She represents a sector of the membership that the left keeps ignoring....
A fantastic individual who works hard to represent members in her own branch. Her membership of the SWP could go against her but if members want to vote for capable individuals rather than party labels then she should get the support.
Conroy has shown determination and stamina by standing and winning the deputy Regional Convenor position twice. He should not be underestimated. Saying that I have not seen him come up with many initiatives but that could be because he hasn't been given the opportunity to do so?
Again if members were to vote on the basis of someones ability then he would win support. Glen is already a member of the NEC and he is well known.
Another interesting contestant and ex Deputy Convenor for London. She has done well at conferences before and could do well in this election. I don't think she is a member of the SWP any more? She needs to spend more time and effort convincing the UL people to understand the origins of SOG and make them work with SOG's!
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Picture on the left. Procession in Jerez on the Thursday night
Easter Sunday reminds me of the wonderful times I had with my Spanish ex and our friends in Jerez, Andalusia. This was a special time in my life but like many other things I didn't realise that at the time (younger and more foolish I expect...)
The Andulucians have a fantastic way to celebrate major events and Semana Santa (Holy week) is a very special time which brings family and close friends together. It is a time for forgiveness, reflection and of course celebration.
Felice Semana Santa!