Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Radio Phone In’s

If you get that very rare opportunity to hold someone important to-account please don’t waste it.
Today’s BBC Radio 4 programme ‘You and Yours’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qps9 devoted the whole 50 minutes to the subject of Fracking, and Francis Egan big shot of Quadrilla was in the hot seat. Sadly though some who were fortunate enough to get on air lost the opportunity to slate Egan by not being better prepared.

It should be remembered the likes of Egan will have had professional media training but don’t let that put you off. A short well researched question will have even the best of them stumbling.

Finally please don’t weaken your case by letting on you’re a professional protestor, or that a rig will spoil your view.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Nuclear waste could be buried + Fracking.

Professor of geology at Strathclyde University states fracking could be safe if the industry is regulated correctly. But who funds her research? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048l0g3

Also live 21:30  Tuesday, 8 July on  BBC Radio 4.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Public Event about Oil and Gas Exploration and Extraction

In response to demand for more information about oil and gas exploration and extraction, West Sussex County Council have organised a free drop-in session on Saturday 21 June at Pulborough Village Hall. The event runs from 9.30am to 4.00pm.
You will be able to find out about the processes involved and our role as the local planning authority in determining applications. However, WSCC will not be able to have site-specific discussions on current planning applications.
Officers from the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the County Council will attend the event. Representatives from local resident groups affected by oil and gas extraction will also be in attendance.
John Pucknall from Portsmouth University will be deliverying the Science and Techonology information session. As a Petroleum engineer for 30 years with BP, he has a unique insight to the methods used by companies to extract oil and gas.
Doors open
Main Hall
9:30 – 4pm
Exhibition stands
Main Hall
10:00 – 10:40am
Information session 1 & 2 – Regulatory framework & Science and Tech
Ancillary Room
10:45 – 11:15
Information session 3 – How to engage & influence planning policy
Ancillary Room
11:30 – 12:00
Information session 1 & 2 – Regulatory framework & Science and Tech
Ancillary Room
12:00 – 12:30
Information session 3 – How to engage & influence planning policy
Ancillary Room

Workshop break
Ancillary Room
1pm – 1.40pm
Information session 1 & 2 – Regulatory framework & Science and Tech
Ancillary Room
13.45 – 14.30
Information session – How to engage & influence planning policy
Ancillary Room
14:45 – 15:15
Information session1 & 2 – Regulatory framework & Science and Tech
Ancillary Room

15:15 – 15:50
Information session – How to engage & influence planning policy
Ancillary Room
4pm close

Please note: this schedule is subject to change.
More information about the venue, including travel directions, can be found on the website: http://www.pulbvh.org.uk/index.htm
There is a small public car park next to the hall (please note there is no parking available at the hall) and a train station within walking distance.

You can drop in at any time to get information or ask questions. However, due to limited capacity at the village hall, please confirm your attendance in advance by email to oilandgas@westsussex.gov.uk

Monday, 2 June 2014

Author: Natalie Bennett

Headline: Enough stealth success for the Greens, let’s get visible

As the post-mortem for last month’s elections hits its stride, many voters have commented that the Green Party got far more votes per minute of television time than any other major party.
And that lack of balance has continued in the reporting of the European poll. That the Lib Dems were pushed into fifth place, and into crisis, has been widely reported, but there’s a  lacuna above that, in fourth place. Yes, that was where the Green Party finished, increasing its number of MEPs from the two we’ve held since the vote went proportional in 1999, to three, with the election of Molly Scott Cato in the South West.
More than 1.2 million voters chose the Green Party in this election, and the Green Party is now the official opposition on councils from Liverpool to Solihull, Islington to Lewisham, and represented on seven new councils.
Those voters had to do more “work” than those voting for other parties to learn about us – and we had to work, with shoe-leather and social media – to reach them, with little access to traditional media channels.
That fact drew a response from a wide range of commentators, from Louise Mensch on Twitter, to Brighton resident Portia Cocks, who launched a petition that has garnered more than 38,000 signatures, calling on the BBC to offer fairer coverage.
But that raises a much broader question about the quality of our political coverage. Not only do we see the same old faces presenting and answering questions, but we hear the same questions, again and again. 
Is it any wonder that more than 60 per cent of voters decided to opt out of this seemingly stale game and stay at home? There were critically important issues to be debated in this election: the disastrous proposed EU-US free trade deal; the importance of strong renewables and energy efficiency targets; the very nature of the EU and the need to reform it to make it work democratically for the people of Europe rather than in the interests of big corporations.
For the local elections, where was the media debate about the massive impacts of national government austerity, and the multiplying impact of populist promises to freeze council tax on essential services?
That’s one more reason why the Green Party needs to be represented on programmes ranging from Question Time to local radio: we raise these issues, we try to engage in policy debate, and on issues ranging from  re-nationalising the railways to wind farms, from maintaining a publicly owned NHS to making the minimum wage a living wage, we represent majority public opinion.
Not only are voters failing to get the chance to hear a representative range of views, they’re failing to hear their own views represented.
The writer is the leader of the Green party
Twitter: @natalieben

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Fracking Fears Doubles Green Vote?

The North West Green Party is celebrating after winning all of its target seats in Thursday's local elections. The regional party gained council seats in Liverpool, Wirral and Lancaster.
In Manchester the Green Party gained the second highest city-wide vote share, making them the most popular opposition party. Green Party candidates came second in many wards. In Salford the Green Party vote doubled.
In Liverpool the Greens doubled their councillor numbers to four and are now the official opposition on Liverpool City Council. In Wirral, Pat Cleary gained the party's first council seat, in Birkenhead and Tranmere, with 48% of the vote. In Lancaster the Green Party gained two city council seats. New councillors, Abi Mills and Jack Filmore, bring their total to 10 of the council's 60 seats.
In Liverpool, St Michael's ward is now represented by three Green councillors. New councillor for St Michael's, Tom Crone, won with a majority of 1052 votes. In Liverpool's Greenbank ward the Greens gained their first seat with Lawrence Brown winning a majority of 367.
Kendal Green Party, which has only been active for a few months, gained a 20% share of the vote in its target ward of Kendal Fell. The Party came second in three of the Kendal wards in South Lakeland District Council.
North West Green Party's Regional Co-ordinator, Emily Heath, said: "We're delighted that we won all of our targets in the North West. It shows that when we target our resources, and engage with people in those communities, they put their trust in us to represent them.
"In Liverpool we have doubled our councillor numbers, with large vote shares, and will now be the official opposition on the council. We've been very close to winning in Birkenhead at previous elections and it's fantastic that we made the breakthrough this time. Across the region we've seen an increased level of support for the Green Party."
The votes for the European election are being counted on Sunday evening. The North West Green Party's Peter Cranie is hoping to become the region's first Green MEP.


From The Green Party Website.

* Greens now the official opposition in Liverpool, Solihull, Islington, Lewisham and Norwich
* Greens surge in Bristol
* Greens make first-time breakthroughs in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Epping Forest, Babergh and the Wirral  

The Green Party has gained 23 seats at the Local Elections as it continues to go from strength to strength. Greens are now installed as the official opposition in Liverpool and Solihull, Islington and Lewisham in London, and remain the official opposition in Norwich. 
The 23 gains means the Green Party now have 162 councillors on 56 councils. The strong results saw Greens secure a presence on seven more councils (Epping Forest, Wirral, Worthing, Babergh, Islington, Lambeth, and Newcastle-under-Lyme). 
In Bristol, Greens made massive progress, holding one seat and gaining two seats. The two gains were secured with over 45% of the vote. 
The rock solid Locals showing confirms pre-election day reports of a ‘Green surge’ and, if voting trends are replicated at the European Elections, puts the Green Party firmly on course to send more MEPs to Brussels in the European Elections. The Green Party has two MEPs - Jean Lambert, London, and Keith Taylor, South-East – and is looking to double or treble that number at these elections.

Reacting to the results, Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:
“These excellent Local Election results confirm what I have been hearing on the campaign trail; voters vote for Green councillors because they know they work tirelessly to serve their communities.   
“Voters are sick and tired of the same old business-as-usual politics and they are voting Green because they know that a Green vote is a vote for real change for the common good. They are realising we are the party offering the most just and sustainable future for the whole of Britain and the planet.” 

Breakthrough first-time Green council seat wins occurred in Epping Forest (Steven Neville, Buckhurst Hill East) the Wirral (Pat Cleary, Birkenhead and Tranmere), Worthing (James Doyle, Central), Newcastle-Under-Lyme (Wenslie Naylon, Keele) and Babergh (Robert Lindsay, South Cosford).

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

It’s now or never!

If you’re reading this on Thursday, 22 May why aren’t you out Voting – Oh sorry you’ve already been?
Yes unless we get a massive vote for the Green Party, the only major Party against Fracking, the government will announce in June, as part of the Queen’s Speech, that the law will be changed to make it easier for drilling company’s to get planning permission.

I guess by now you know that only the Green Party want a total ban on Fracking, not only in the UK but also throughout Europe, and Green Party candidates are standing in most Local and all European Elections areas. Remember you have one vote for each Green candidate.
At the Polling Station we urge you to read the Ballot Papers very carefully and only put an X against the Green Party Logo.
Note there may be some areas where there is no Local Election Green Candidate but there will be a European Election candidate. In that case ONLY vote Green in the European Election and ignore the Ballot paper for the Local Election – we don’t want any votes for pro-Fracking candidates.

So there we are, all that there’s to do now is watch the faces of the government get more and more grey and haggard as power surly ebbs away and Fracking is but a distant dream for them.