Yearly Archives: 2013


Balcombe: scaling back or scaling up? 2

Fracking company Cuadrilla has ‘scaled back’ operations at its notorious Balcombe location. So why will I nevertheless be joining the thousands of protestors this weekend outside the quiet country field that has suddenly become a site of heavy and unwelcome industry? Because ‘scaling back’ is meaningless PR wordplay. Cuadrilla has no intention of reducing the […]


Slave labour

Zero hours: zero news 247

Despite the general agreement in Brighton & Hove that the Argus newspaper is no friend of the Green Party, and despite my position as chair of the city’s Greens, I generally bite my tongue about individual articles I may dispute, in the interests of party-press relations. However, Monday’s Argus front page is one which goes […]


“It’s not a spare room,” she yelled. “It’s a lifeline.” 259

Yesterday’s announcement that the High Court has backed the government’s bedroom tax stance against disabled people is a huge blow to thousands upon thousands of low-income families who have disabled family members – a great many living in Brighton and Hove. For such people, separate bedrooms is often not a luxury – it is an […]