Our public service workers deserve your support tomorrow. They put up with years of terrible pay and poor conditions for the promise of a decent pension. This issue is absolutely crucial to the morale and esteem of all those people we rely so much on. The government is picking on the wrong people and we must let them know as much.
Video from UNITE
Support the strike if you can and the strikers if you can’t November 29, 2011
Beware the Iron Lady November 28, 2011
“Economic inequality and social decay. An economy rigged in the interests of the few while the many struggled to cope. £200 billion of privatisation and North Sea oil receipts frittered away paying the benefits bill of the mass unemployment she created.”
This is where Cameron and Tory Blair learned it all from.
Beware the distortions in the forthcoming Thatcher biopic movie.
The blatant lies of the frackers and their friends November 24, 2011
|They ask us to trust them and their assurances that we have nothing to worry about, but then tell the most obvious and blatant of lies in public places.Nothing illustrates this better than what they try to tell us about the content of frack fluids.Take our old friend Nick ‘Greedy’ Grealy. He was at the Co-op/Caroline Lucas sponsored event for MPs that Lousie Evans and I attended yesterday. Bold as brass, in front of a very clued up audience, he said of Cuadrilla: “They only use one chemical”. As if I would let that ridiculous porky go!!I quickly jumped on him to point out that Cuadrilla themselves tell somewhat different, conflicting lies. I had the following web pages to hand:
http://www.cuadrillaresources.com/what-we-do/technology/fracturing-fluid/ offers the lie that they use just three chemicals, namely: polyacrylamide (frequently contaminnated with or degrades into the nerve toxin acrylamide), biocide (poison) and hydrochloric acid (corrosive to human tissue). This is confirmed verbally by CEO Mark Miller in the video. However, some simple maths – that simple that an intelligent man like Mark Miller wouldn’t make such a crass mistake surely – reveals that all the declared ingredients only add up to 99.955% Careless or what?
So here we have Mark Miller confirming Nick Grealy is a pathetic liar, but how do we know Mark Miller is a liar, and not a careless mathematician? Because his company supplies us with this:
So is this data sheet, the complete story? NO it is not. How do we know this?
These Cuadrilla sources also serve to highlight another common misconception about frack fluid. The required composition is highly variable. It will vary with different stages of each frack job at each site. There is no one recipe. It is almost constantly varying. Mark Miller himself points this out with his explanation that hydrochloric acid may only be needed in initial stages. The data sheet shows major variations between the stages listed.
So can we collate all this information that Cuadrilla has so kindly supplied us with and assume we have the full picture? I don’t think so.
We know from world renowned Dr Theo Colborn, in Gasland and other places, that she alone has evidence of around 980 products used in the US industry of which 78% are highly dangerous; in some cases even in microscopic quantities. The industry does not, presumably, use these additives for fun. The sequence near the end of Gasland that shows the industry man squirming as he is forced list the chemicals his company uses is fascinating. It corroborates evidence from Australia that shows that the industry regularly needs to use the following:
So if the the industry everywhere else in the world needs all these additional (underlined) components, how is that Cuadrilla can do without them?
Finally, let us nail the myth that there has to be full disclosure of chemicals used. There is no such UK legislation that I can find.
Even if the industry were legally obliged to divulge all their little secrets, would they? EA’s sampling methods are totally inadequate. If the companies keep their secrets, they are likely to get away with it, unless caught red-handed, as they are banking on getting in, cutting and running before the slow, insidious affects of their poisons have done their damage and been able to be proved. The EA recognise these companies ability to get away with it here:
“For example, at present company directors can legitimately walk away from environmental liabilities they have caused (e.g. Polluting groundwater and public drinking water supplies) by forming a new company and leaving a financial liability with the insolvent old company (Hunts Refuse Ltd at Helpston). This has resulted in public funds having to be used to clean up the pollution and protect public health.”
I rest my case.
Emphatic rejection of fracking in the UK November 21, 2011
This poll is now closed.
Open letter from Marie Hughes re Plaid Cymru’s ‘Morfa Voice’ newsletter November 20, 2011
|Marie Hughes has only recently joined the Bridgend Green Party, but she has the makings of being a proficient campaigner if this letter in response to Tim Thomas’ shameful rant that went out to Morfa residents is anything to go by! She is a Morfa ward resident.
Here is her response, which we hope to see in next week’s Gazette:
Tonight, I received a Plaid Cymru pamphlet titled Putting Residents First in which Tim Thomas, a self proclaimed Plaid Cymru activist voiced his concerns over Bridgend Councils plans to reduce the amount of street lighting during the hours of 12am-6am. Whilst I have not totally familiarised myself with the councils plans, I read on anyway, hoping to be enlightened. What I read instead infuriated me, which Im sure was not Tims intention.
The following paragraph is a direct quote from the pamphlet I received:
Voicing his concerns, Tim says Within the Morfa Ward, we already have a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, a homeless hostel and antisocial behaviour from the town centre.”
I can see that the whole gist of Tims argument was to say that cutting the amount of street lighting is the final straw; but it was the fact that he talked down upon the presence of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and a homeless hostel that angered me. From this, I feel that Tim sees that the local community does not need the rehab centre or the homeless hostel, and those people who use facilities are not only lesser than himself and the whole community but can also not be considered as residents.
Tim further goes onto say:
Homelessness and substance and alcohol misuse is a problem in Bridgend and needs to be addressed. However, I believe that the facilities should not be in residential communities, but in a central location where service users have all of their needs catered for.
I have underlined the last sentence for a very good reason: Tim contradicts himself. As it is, the rehab centre and homeless centre ARE in a central location where service users have all of their needs catered for. If you were to move those services to a different area (I.e away from residents) they would probably be in some area of the countryside, which I think you can agree is neither a central location and will more than likely not cater to all of the service users needs. Does Tim therefore propose that even more of the residents money be used to not only move these facilities, but to also fund all of the required services that the current ones competently provide just so that they are out of sight and therefore out of mind?
What Tim fails to see is that although the presence of the rehab centre and the homeless hostel may be an inconvenience to him, they are sorely needed. For people who want and need the help, they are a way to get back into society, to begin contributing again like I have. Tims concerns make him out to be someone who does not care for the less fortunate members of his community, but rather the needs of himself.
Focusing on the issue that Tim originally wished to address, I would like to ask Tim whether he has actually read the councils plans at all? Upon investigation, it is stated that every other light will be switched off during the hours of 12:00 am to 5:30 am, and that lights in areas such as pedestrian crossings, busy junctions, accident hotspots, areas with a high amount of late night pedestrians and places where full CCTV coverage is required will remain fully illuminated.
Tims pamphlet is fear mongering. Having not previously read the councils plans, to me Tims pamphlets insinuate that all of the street lights will be cut during the hours of 12:00 am till 6:00 am. He further says that this means that the council does not care about public safety and is simply doing this as a cost cutting measure. Although yes, £140,000 per year will be saved, the carbon foot print of the borough will also be cut by 440 tonnes. In addition to this, the article outlining the councils plans also says that the high levels of community and highway safety will be maintained. This either means that Tim didnt bother reading the article, or he chose to instil fear in his constituents anyway, slating the presence of facilities aimed to help, as he put it, the less fortunate and further using them as reasons why the current council doesnt care for the public safety.
Im all for being competitive in the political climate, but fear mongering residents, while slating others is not decent human behaviour. I certainly will not be voting for Tim, and his ill views of those who need help, have in my eye also tarnished Plaid Cymrus appeal. If they have a member who uses such scare tactics and as ill a choice of words as these, I seriously do not want to see this man, or people like him with any sort of political standing in this ward.
WELL SAID MARIE!
BGP WELCOMES YOU!!
Do you think hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas should go ahead?’ Another poll by The Guardian. Get voting people!
The ‘No’ votes are currently winning by 3 to 1 – just 11 hours to go. 4 to 1 by the end is possible if you all act quickly!
Wales Green Party Conference final details November 18, 2011
|19th November – Aneurin Bevan Room, Cardiff Student Union
Secretary, Cardiff and Vale Green Party
Conference Organiser, Wales Green PartyFrom this link you can download the minutes of the previous conference and
the final agenda including details of motions, etc.
I recommend you print off all these things to bring with you to help you
follow proceedings if you are staying for the AGM.
If you have problems accessing the link please let me know and I will
10:45-11:00 Conference Welcome with coffee/tea – Aneurin Bevan Room,
11:00 Conference Opens (Open to all)
11:35-11:50 Break with coffee/tea
11:50 Chris Williams, West Midlands regional development officer who has
12:45 -13:30 Buffet lunch
13:30 AGM Opens (members only)
14:40-14:55 Break with coffee/tea
17:00 Conference close
19:00 Bar close
Action for the record 1 million young people now unemployed November 17, 2011
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Serious threat to Internet freedom November 16, 2011
|Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet|
Support my village’s struggle against biofuels land grabbing November 15, 2011
|It is not just the fossil fuel companies that are in it for the money – and screw the locals who get in the way!
Biofuels have been getting a real bad press. There is potential for it to make a contribution to our energy needs, but as ever it needs careful management and cannot be entrusted to private sector capitalists, or else it can present the sort of nightmares presented below: