Crickhowell’s tax plan: an example of ‘people power’ raising awareness of injustice and HMRC’s failures

Posted Posted in Economics, Finance, Government, Local economies, People power, Politics, Protest

Crickhowell has an independent high street with very few of the trading names which now dominate look-alike urban and suburban commercial centres. The town made news earlier this year after offering shares to residents at £50 each to buy their Grade II listed Corn Exchange pub from Punch Taverns to avoid it being used as a convenience store by one of […]

Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Health, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Protest, Transition, Transport, Water

  New Delhi Television online reports that the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and a farmers’ organisation met India’s Environment Minister today to protest against the go-ahead given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee on July 18 to field trials of 15 GM crops, including rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal. The Environment Minister, in a statement issued later by the SJM […]

City politics: unrest should be seen as a wake-up call

Posted Posted in Local government, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Protest

John Rossant is chairman of the New Cities Foundation and President of PublicisLive, which has been producing the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1995. Two days after the event, failing to mention the 4000 people gathered in London for the People’s Assembly, John Rossant points to a ‘common thread’ running through the Arab uprisings and Occupy Wall Street, the […]

Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Devolution, Economy, Environment, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Protest, Recycling, Social Enterprise, Transition, Waste

. In this country and abroad Veolia’s services are being dispensed with for environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons. The City Council is considering what to do when its 25 year contract with waste giant Veolia expires in 2018. . John Newson (BFOE) writes: . “The Council will become in 2018 the owner of the largest emitter in Birmingham of […]

Poverty: “a matter for shame and alarm about the failure of our economic system”

Posted Posted in Democracy, Economy, Politics, Poverty, Protest, Transition

  Challenging words from Tony Stoller allege that, at the end of 2012, we now have a completely new paradigm for public policy-making, “dominated and managed by what we can call the ‘new elite’ “. As chair of trustees for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation he lists this elite as “a cohort of politicians, policy wonks, commentators, journalists and media owners, […]

Active local residents protect the High Street & NHS services

Posted Posted in Council, Democracy, Economy, Employment, Legal action, Local economies, Local government, Planning, Protest

Following a vigorous campaign by locals and a High Court challenge by Stroud resident Michael Lloyd, the  board of NHS Gloucestershire voted to continue to run community health services, including eight community hospitals, nine health clinics, served by 3,000 staff. They rejected the alternative option of a tender process, which would have opened the door for private firms to bid […]

Occupy London specifies breaches of the social contract and the remedial action needed

Posted Posted in Bank of England, Banks, Economy, Employment, Finance, Government, Housing, Planning, Poverty, Protest, Tax

Richard Murphy (Tax Justice Network), Gordon Kerr (Cobden Partners) & Robin Smith (Systemic Fiscal Reform) discuss monetary systems and tax with members from the Occupy London working economics group    David Dewhurst, Peter Dombi and Naomi Colvin, members of the economics working group at Occupy London write in the Financial Times:   The world faces an economic crisis and problems in our […]

“Creating a new narrative”: a West Midlands voice at Tent City University

Posted Posted in Government, Politics, Protest

. News of a presentation tomorrow by Dr Chris Williams. Chris is based at the Centre for International Education and Research, Birmingham University. Scroll down:  Theme:  “Never before have so few, by their actions and inactions, had the power of life and death over so many of the species…Study the culture of power rather than the culture of the powerless, […]

Food sovereignty meeting 15th Nov, B’ham council house

Posted Posted in Food, Globalisation, Localisation, Protest

Just wanted to alert people to what looks to be a very interesting meeting tomorrow evening at the Council House: The meeting is entitled “Feed the world without destroying the planet!” with Maria Neri from Mindanao in the Phillippines as the main speaker. She is a longstanding activist and ecosocialist who will share her powerful experiences in the struggle for […]