Category Archives : Politics

Political blogging, Green and left. I am chair of the Brighton & Hove Green Party but these views are my own. On this blog I speak for myself and not my party unless I explicitly say so.

Today Labour plans to tax the poor. Just the poor. 243

Labour councillors in Brighton & Hove this afternoon face a problem – one of their own making. And to fix their problem, 16,000 very low income households, many of them hard working but very low paid families, must suffer a near doubling of the council tax they pay. This is a financial demand that will […]

Labour in Brighton & Hove needs to abandon its Pavilion fantasy and concentrate on what it might win 290

After the Euro results on Sunday night, the Labour Party in Brighton & Hove wasted no time in claiming that its extremely narrow victory over the Greens in the Euro elections “confirm that the city council and all three parliamentary seats are expected to return to Labour” in 2015. Yet last week’s lead was just […]

How one person holds a city to ransom 2

Some time after 4pm this afternoon, one lone Brighton & Hove councillor, one sole Labour representative serving on a little known committee, will make one of the most important decisions this whole city has to take for years to come. It appears that Councillor Warren Morgan, Labour spokesperson on the council’s P&R committee, must alone […]

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 […]

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 […]

Slave labour

“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 […]