At the end of June, I went to the middle-class conference in Toronto which I referred to in my last post. And since I’d decided to emit all that carbon, on the way home I spent two weeks with old friends in Newfoundland, where I once worked. It was hard to follow the news in … Continue reading An unusual meeting
This is a post about the middle class - my class. We are an odd bunch. Our role in capitalist society is to make it run well. To administer it. To justify it, to legitimise it. To contain and comfort its victims. To punish them. To divide them. To manage its workers. To heal them. To … Continue reading Knowing and not-knowing
Crazy idea. A backwards march? For someone like me with extensive arthritis, the idea is horrific. We were called upon to do a local march to coincide with the London one on Sunday May 8th, but I decided straight away that if anyone walked backwards it would be for a short time - or a … Continue reading Going backwards on Climate Change
The junior doctors were on strike yesterday - April 6th 2016 - and again today. I've just come back from the picket line. ('Junior' doctors in the UK are qualified and not necessarily young. They may have been working in the NHS for 15 years and heading up teams, but they are not yet consultants, and are continuing … Continue reading UK junior doctors’ strike – and climate change.
In the prosperous, dignified spa town of Harrogate the Green Party held its spring conference, and launched its campaign to keep Britain in Europe. Natalie Bennett said in her opening speech that we must not let Cameron use the referendum as cover for leaving the UK in the hands of the financial sector and oil … Continue reading Green Conference
At a co-counselling workshop for middle-class people last weekend, the leader was urging us to organise to change the world. He emphasised that middle-agent roles in society are designed to make things run smoothly, to make a bad system work (for those who benefit from it). As individual middle-class people, as teachers, nurses, managers, administrators, … Continue reading Organising
For the last couple of weeks my 'adventures in greenland' have been internal. I've been ill, members of my family have been ill, then as soon as I recovered I went to a co-counselling workshop. There, in a youth centre in the woods, the leader invited us to remember, or dare to imagine, how confusing and distressing were our … Continue reading Silence
No point in putting a caption to this image. This is our present, this is our future. Unlike some images of flooding, where trees and fence posts emerge from great reflective lakes, it isn't pretty. We know enough now to smell the sewage. It isn't dramatic, yet it contains hope: some human beings are helping other human beings. … Continue reading Everyday Dystopia
The Greens in Bristol have 14 councillors, 7 of them women. (They are all white, and that's been the subject of discussion and struggle in 'Equality and Diversity' and various other meetings.) Here are some of them outside the Council House, holding a sign welcoming refugees. In the city council elections, they got 25% of the … Continue reading Where Now?
"By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster" wrote George Monbiot in the Guardian on 12th Dec. The inclusion of the aspiration towards a 1.5 degrees limit is a 'resounding victory'. But, but, but... "Our governments talk of not burdening future generations with debt. … Continue reading Green Views on Paris Agreement summarised