October 2014 Blog Posts (5)

An Open Letter To My MP.

Under Gavin Barker's tutelage I've used WordPress to send an open letter to my MP.

This is it http://joetaylor41.wordpress.com/

It's all well and good saying, 'we need our politicians to listen to us' but how often can Joe Public sit and talk to their MP, for how long and about what?

We can click all sorts of online petitions that send letters to our MPs, but how many of the replies are actually penned by the MP in question…


Added by joe taylor on October 30, 2014 at 19:30 — 7 Comments

Why bother writing to your MP?

“It’s a pointless exercise” “You just get the standard party line”. “They don’t answer your questions, they just use it to pump out pat responses, copied and pasted from the last letter from someone who asked  similar questions the week before”.   “Sometimes you don’t even get a reply”.

That probably typifies most people’s experience, including mine, of writing to their MP (or their local councillor). What…


Added by Gavin Barker on October 22, 2014 at 15:30 — 4 Comments

Joint Enterprise - 300 year old law - is it time for a change?

The below paragraph is a from an article on the BBC NewsBeat website.

The Joint Enterprise law allows for several people to be charged with the same crime even though they may have played very different roles in the crime. Joint enterprise can apply to all crimes, but recently it has been used as a way to prosecute homicide – especially in the cases involving…


Added by Kitty Leach on October 18, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within - George Monbiot

Below is a snip from "Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within" by George Monbiot.

Might be a good idea to read the whole article.

The corporate consensus is enforced not only by the lack of political choice, but by an assault on democracy itself. Steered by business lobbyists, the EU and the US are negotiating a…


Added by joe taylor on October 8, 2014 at 12:25 — 12 Comments

Poverty is getting worse - even among working families, according to major new study - The Independent

The number of impoverished households has more than doubled in the 30 years since Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, the largest study of deprivation ever conducted in the UK has concluded.

The research found that rises in the cost of living mean a full-time job is no longer enough to prevent some people from falling into poverty. One in every six adults in paid work is now defined as "poor".

The Poverty and Social Exclusion project, based on interviews with more than 14,500…


Added by joe taylor on October 6, 2014 at 8:32 — 1 Comment

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