The right to food

by on 7th January 2017

The government in Scotland is considering enshrining ‘a right to food in Scots law following a report by the Independent Working Group on Food Poverty earlier last year.  “So Jah seh: Not one a my seed shall sit in the sidewalk and beg your bread.” So sang Bob Marley in 1974. That’s over 40 years ago and […]

Not the last word on St Michael’s Gate

by on 16th December 2016

  I am sure that the tenants of SMG join with me in thanking everyone who came along to support the petition and to take part in the protest which brought in a good share of media attention. This is an issue which will NOT die down; SMG are at the sharp end but the […]

Demonstration of support for tenants facing eviction

by on 5th December 2016

On 14DEC16 from 17h30, tenants under the threat of eviction from St Michael’s Gate will be joined by a coalition of Labour supporters, allies from other parties and people from neighbouring areas to protest -outside a Full Council meeting- against the decision by Peterborough City Council to enter into a contract with a private landlord, who in order to […]

St Michael’s Gate – Solidarity rally

by on 12th November 2016

St Michael’s Gate, Peterborough PE1 4YJ You will, I think, be aware of the situation at St Michael’s Gate.  It’s been all over the news. although I think this explains it quite well: https://speye.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/peterborough-council-to-make-5-3-million-from-evicting-tenants/ The Peterborough Labour (Esat ward) newsletter carries the following article on the subject: http://media.wix.com/ugd/023d61_600ebc8bd9a24bc082c31de438164495.pdf Action for St Michael’s Gate* and St Michael’s Gate Action Group*, with […]

Abolition of the NHS

by on 11th November 2016

 Book available via PDF viewer here  This caught my eye on facebook.  I haven’t read all of it; I pressed CTRL-F and searched for ‘NHS’.  The arguments appear well constructed and argued.  As one would expect; it is a well-put together book -IF you are preaching to the converted.  The thing is… I don’t agree with […]

Labour. Labour values. Labour values workers.

by on 30th October 2016

  Perhaps because of my background in the construction industry, whenever I hear about ‘free market competition’ or ‘competitive tendering’ I am reminded of that quotation attributed to John Ruskin: “There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price […]

“Little boxes” at St Martins gate

by on 22nd October 2016

Peterborough City Council Chamber during the meeting.  JW is on the extreme left. Further to my discourse in support of the call-in at the Strong and Supportive Communities Scrutiny Committee meeting on 19OCT16 in the Peterborough council chamber (transcript below) I have made enquiries in support of my contention that the scheme as envisaged is […]

Funding threat hangs over pharmacies in Peterborough – 1 in 4 will close

by on 21st October 2016

Community pharmacies in Peterborough face an uncertain future, as they learned today that their negotiator has rejected a funding deal proposed by the Department of Health.  PSNC, which is the national negotiator for community pharmacy, says the reckless funding cuts proposed by the Department would, if implemented, see patients suffer as services are withdrawn.   […]

Thoughts on Jeremy’s Labour

by on 1st October 2016

Jeremy Corbyn – 313,209 (62% of the vote) Owen Smith – 193,229 (38% of the vote) If there was any doubt whether Jeremy Corbyn would be re-elected it dissipated some weeks ago, becoming clearer by the day that the Corbyn camp was better organised, more committed and well, plainly more numerous.  Policy differences between the candidates […]

Brexit Means Brexit Means What…?

by on 7th September 2016

Anecdotal evidence from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office suggests that the UK leaving the EU may well never happen.  They see the current government as paying lip service to the referendum result and ‘playing for time’ in order to market the Conservatives as having started on a process and campaigning as “the only party which […]