Monthly Archives: July 2013

New record hits for the Bridgend Green Party blog

Blimey! The Bridgend Green party blog has gone viral in the last couple of days smashing it best ‘hits’ day bt a no less than 500%. For the cynics among you that doesn’t mean achieving double figures, but well into 4 figures a day. The fracking issue is really beginning to get through to people as they begin to realise just how cynical and corrupt the frackers and their supporters truly are.

Todays hits:

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Andy Chyba’s latest interview on Worldview – re sinister developments in the fracking battle at Balcombe

Published on Jul 30, 2013
Green MEP candidate Andy Chyba joins @WorldViewShow to discuss the UK Government’s rush to frack EVERYWHERE and the weekend arrests of the Balcombe 16.

If you liked this clip of World View Show, please do us a big favor and share it with your friends… and hit that “like” button!

Is your money contributing to climate change? (from

Hi friends,
Is your money contributing to climate change? Right now, the answer is almost certainly yes — but from California to Australia, grassroots campaigns are springing up around the world to change that. We’re calling for an end to fossil fuel investments, and we need your help to grow our campaign here in Europe!
Last Thursday, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development — one of the world’s largest development banks — released a draft of its energy strategy. Despite lots of talk about a “low-carbon economy”, their strategy still includes plenty of support for projects like coal plants and fracked gas. The EBRD is run by a Board of Directors from shareholder countries across Europe, and we want to show them that people at home are watching. Will you tell the EBRD Board that it’s time stop investing in fossil fuels?
Click here ( to sign the petition demanding that EBRD stop funding dirty fossil fuels.
The climate is changing before our eyes. If we want to keep climate change below 2° C — and have a chance at avoiding catastrophic feedback cycles and a planet potentially incompatible with human civilization — then we must keep 80% of known fossil fuel reserves under ground.
Yet pension funds continue to invest our savings in risky fossil fuel stocks, betting that we can keep burning those reserves; universities continue to accept funding (and influence) from rogue fossil fuel companies; and development banks like the EBRD keep funding new dirty energy plants, which are set to lock us into decades of emissions. Clearly we have a lot of work to do.
Will you take the first step and help us end EBRD’s support for fossil fuels?
This campaign is just the beginning. Across Europe, we’re gearing up to launch grassroots divestment campaigns targeting universities and other big institutions — because our public funds should be invested in a livable future, not an industry bent on ensuring our planet’s destruction.
I hope you’ll join us,
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Frack the ‘desolate’ North East says Tory peer

Commenting on reports today (Tuesday 30 July 2013) that Lord Howell has called for fracking to be concentrated in the North East because of its “large, desolate and uninhabited areas”, Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Tony Bosworth said:

“Lord Howell’s suggestion that fracking should be concentrated in the ‘desolate’ North East is jaw-dropping.”
“But the Government’s ill-conceived fracking plans aren’t something that can be quietly brushed under the carpet ‘up north’ – as the villages resisting the drillers in the Tory heartlands of England’s south show.”
“It’s time to pull the plug on the UK’s dirty fossil fuel addiction and develop clean energy that won’t cost people all over England their green and pleasant land.”

And of course, the Tories see Wales as a bit of a wasteland too!!!

Exclusive interview with Frances Jenkins on Worldview

Published on Jul 29, 2013
Frack-Free Wales founder Frances Jenkins and 15 others were arrested for blocking access to Cuadrilla’s Balcombe Sussex drilling site last week. She talks about the police’s brutal over-reaction and her arrest experience exclusively on @WorldViewShow.

PRESS RELEASE re the Battle of Balcombe

Our good friend and founder of Frack-Free Wales, Frances Jenkins of Taffs Well, was one of those arrested in Balcombe last Friday. This is the bare truth of a disproportionate response by the Police under the direction of who? We need to know!

Below are some photos that should appal us all, followed by Frances’ own words.

Police state?

Frances being led away:

And this is just disgusting police brutality (who gave the order to use such deliberate forms of torture?):

Take note of their numbers (CW568, CT2 and CT591) and make a complaint to:

Below is Frances’ press release issued today:

BATTLE OF BALCOMBE 29.07.2013I was arrested at Balcombe, West Sussex, UK on Friday with Justin Preece and 14 others. Contrary to popular reports in the press I am NOT a seasoned protester but a respected music teacher at Taffs Well Music Studio. I have recently been awarded an academic scholarship. I am also a philanthropist who just 9 days ago organised an event raising money for Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice in Wales. I am also the mother of two children.

I am not, as one crude newspaper claimed a “Rent-A-Mob, Squatters, Ukelele Players and Dale Farm veteran”. I am an ordinary citizen with entirely valid concerns about Cuadrilla Resources Limited’s actions in the UK because of the well-documented problems the citizens of Pennsylvania in the United States have experienced to name just one example. If you dig a little deeper than the mainstream media you will find many peer-reviewed scholarly articles documenting the dangers of methane contamination, the risk of disrupting radioactive substances, the increase of intrusive heavy plant traffic carving up village roads, increased seismic activity in the form of earthquakes…the list goes on and on.

I am proud of what we did. We do not want Fracking/Coal Bed Methane/Underground Coal Gasification in the UK. There are many far bigger countries being idiots with Shale Gas, we cannot cope with these techniques in such a built up area. If we, as the government claims, need a “transitional fuel” because of a looming “energy crisis”, then we should buy it from those already damaged countries, and not industrialize our beautiful historic countryside. Despite what we are told, we are a rich country.

We should invest ALL energy funds into renewables. This Neo-Victorian regime that rules us are acting out of pure greed, the desire to control and sheer short-sighted stupidity. There are also several damning conflicts of interest surrounding the ownership of Cuadrilla Resources Limited and I call on the David Cameron and George Osborne to address these concerns by publishing a full and frank document notifying citizens who owns what parts of Cuadrilla Resources Limited.

I hope that the powers that be will have the sense to drop the charges against the participants in this peaceful protest. I also call for the prosecution of the officers CT2, CW568 and CT591 for assault and I will be complaining to the IPCC about the inappropriate response from Sussex Police.

Finally I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the messages of support I have received from people from all over the country and beyond, and also wish the residents of Balcombe success in their fight against Cuadrilla Resources Limited and Sussex Police who are enabling this corporation’s actions at the expense of the people they are meant to serve.




Beach-combing/clean-up + Beach BBQ

Everybody welcome.

Meet up in main car park by Neil’s Silver Campervan about 11.00am

John will have his BBQ with him and we have Neil’s camper stove as back-up.

Just bring what you plan to eat with you and we will cook it after the ramble on the beach collecting up any rubbish and/or anything interesting we can find. Bring a black bin bag or two!!

For more information or to arrange a lift, contact Andy on 078 1066 3241 or email greens

How can we defeat unconventional gas exploitation in Wales? Public Meeting


Public Meeting

Wednesday 31st July 2013, 7-9pm

The Caeffatri Castle View Bridgend, CF31 1NJ

Large areas of Wales are threatened by Unconventional Gas development, in the form of Fracking, Coal Bed Methane, and Underground Coal Gasification.

All of these technologies have caused pollution, harm to human health & social and economic disruption in Australia & North America.

This meeting is for any individual or group who is keen to act. It is a participatory event looking at resistance from around the world & what we can do in Wales together to keep our communities gasfield free.

Click on image below:


Bridgend Green Party Meeting Agenda – Thursday JUNE 25th 2013

7.00pm Thursday 25th June 2013 at the

The Railway PH at the bottom of Station Hill

ALL WELCOME (Especially new members!)


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes and matters arising
  4. Officers’ reports (Andy/John/Neil)
  5. Councillor feedback (Kathy)
  6. Wales Green Party Council Meeting feedback (John/Trish/Andy/Neil)
  7. Elections – target ward considerations + Euro 2014 election (Andy)
  8. Campaigns update – Fracking (John/Trish/Kathy/Andy)
  9. Brighton Conference
  10. AOB
  11. DoNM

Hosted by our own Kathy Lewis and John Evans.

REMINDER – If anyone needs a lift to any of our meetings, let Andy know and we will organise it for you.

Green is the new Red: Leftist disenfranchisement in British Politics – by Samuel Mercer

Samuel Mercer is a young political journalist and commentator who has picked up on a longstanding theme of mine in an article for the Backbench blog:

Samuel has come to his conclusion, that Labour Party supporters should turn to the Green Party as the best leftist alternative on offer, in the light of the ‘Falkirk crisis’ that has precipitated the likely shattering of the historic link between Labour and the Unions. He says:

“There is a lot of evidence to support how a turn towards the Green Party may in fact take place. A lot of this evidence resides in the Green parties of Europe. For example, in the European Parliament of 766 MEPs, 58 of those seats are held by members from Green parties. This may seem a small number, but compared with only 1 MP for the Green Party in the UK out of 650 MPs, European Green influence is considerably higher.

But what is keeping the UK Green Party from sharing this success? Firstly, there is an opinion that the Green Party is a single-issue party, much like many thought (and still think) UKIP to be regarding Europe. Research shows that European Green parties have successfully moved away from being single-issue parties and have therefore become much more prosperous.”

And so it is at the onset of a EU election campaign, that voters in this country have an opportunity, in a reasonably proportionate party list election system, to pass judgement on the new political realities in this country and start to reshape the political landscape.

The research that Mercer refers to finds that European Green parties have identified themselves firmly on the Left of politics, and thus they share the same scepticism of the capitalist system that underpins socialist thought. More radically however, they have been seen to reject the Social Democratic answer to this- corporatism. This radicalism is what attracts many of the Leftist voters in Europe, as they now have a powerful outlet that can represent socialism, more effectively than the socialist-by-name parties.

Mercer recognises that the UK Green Party is similarly moving more convincingly in that direction however. He spoke with the party, and an un-named spokesman said that:

The Green Party is standing up for making the minimum wage a living wage, for bringing the railways back into public ownership, for making multinational companies and rich individuals pay their taxes, all positions that you would expect the Labour Party to be espousing, but they aren’t.

Mercer reports that:

“They furthered this by reassuring a commitment to a publicly owned and operated NHS, as well as educational commitments such as opposition to tuition fees and a replacement of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). This socialist policy set that Labour is accused of not delivering is accompanied by an increasingly important sustainability and environmental responsibility agenda one that can no longer be ignored.”

For Mercer, the only real obstacle to the Green Party usurping Labour is the historical need for the left to have the support of the Unions. With the break of formal ties between the Unions and Labour, Mercer points out that this should mean that:

“If an alternative Leftist party exists that promotes socialist values more explicitly, as well as prioritising an issue of growing international importance, union members now have the freedom to support it. The Green Party looks like that party.”

The Green Party does, of course, already work with the unions closely on many issues, and not just through the GPTU group and Green Left. It has been heartening to see and hear many unionists recognising the reality of the Labour Party and Green Party’s relative positions through the People’s Assembly initiatives. The time is ripe for a seismic shift in the political landscape of this country.

I will finish with Mercer’s closing words:

“Now that union members have the freedom to shift their support, they may do so in order to re-ignite the Socialist flame in Britain a flame that has dimmed under Labours keeping.”


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