Monthly Archives: October 2014

Which newspaper are you reading? If this doesn’t make you boycott The Sun nothing will!


T-shirts and Hoodies – Wales Rising Up To Ban Fracking

C’mon folks! Get ordering p[lease and show solidarity for Frack Free Walkes, The Borras& Holt Community Protection Camp and the resurgent Green Party, all in one fell swoop!!!

Raising awareness about the impacts and irreversible damage that goes with the highly controversial unconventional hydrocarbon extraction techniques known as Hydraulic Fracturing, Coal Bed Methane and Underground Coal Gasification. Empowering Welsh citizens to RISE UP and call for a total ban on these methods of oil and gas extraction along with other forms of extreme energy that pose a threat to people, eco-systems, the environment, farm land and livestock, water, air and the climate.

For more info about how to get PROPERLY informed and involved, visit, or if you are a Facebook user, Frack-Free Wales


T-shirts: and hoodies:

Both available in a range of colours

What is wrong with Green Populism?

There is an excellent article in the GREEN EUROPEAN JOURNEY that I think is worthy of close examination and discussion

It seeks to look at the lessons to be learned from the struggles experienced by the Greens across Europe in the last European elections, and the spectre of a UKIP surge in the uK in 2015, and the scary thought of Le pen becoming French President in 2017.

It starts from this position:
Greens must stop dismissing populism as the generic fountainhead of political irrationality and evil, and try to learn from this formidable antagonist. So far, they have been more busy calling populism the enemy than knowing their enemy. Doing so, they are also wasting the opportunity to know themselves better.

It progresses through a long look at what Greens can learn from the ‘populists’, and the urgency of re-assessing our understanding of liberty and democracy, along with getting a true understanding of the appeal of populist nationalism, so evident across the UK. It concludes thus:

Summing up: Greens should take populist nationalism seriously, rather than reject it out of hand (excluding some fascistic groups). We must recognize its inner variety, its political appeal, its democratic roots and its staying power. We should also recognize its proximity to some of our own ideals and concerns, and the need to re-examine them in the light of this challenge. Our own political story is suboptimal, and we need the populists as ‘best enemies’ to improve it. The core challenge lies in the insecurity felt by those (often lower-educated) citizens who crave for a minimum of respect, and the resultant attraction of free-of-charge, effortless identities such as the national one (machismo and religious fundamentalism function in the same way). Birthright in a particular nation offers a gratuitous form of pride: if you are nothing, you are at least something as a Frenchman, Dutchman, etc.

Or, of course, as a Welsh person!

A key point for me, regarding who we work with, is this:

Let us distinguish more carefully between those we can learn from and should talk to, and those who we must not talk to but simply fight.

We are prone to being aloof and arrogant, assuming that we have all the right answers, and take the stance that our beliefs and principles cannot be diluted. The end result is that we fail to connect even with people that share our values and beliefs and get left on the margins.

Dick Pels, former director of the Green Left Scientific Bureau in the Netherlands, points out:

Green Left politics is nothing if it does not itself become an intelligent ‘politics of the heart’


Swansea IMPORTANT by-election in Uplands

Please see the message below from Ashley Wakeling.
It would be great if any Bridgend Greens felt able to support some of the campaigning activity, although I hope that many of you will prefer to come to Wales Green Party AGM on the 15th November in Merthyr Tydfil. More details on this to follow, no doubt.
I am not sure why this didn’t make it to the newsletter from WGP that went out today.


Uplands By Election

Important Dates are as follows.

Sat 25th Oct – Cwm Gwyn Canvassing Day – 11am to 4pm – Meeting at the Uplands Tavern from 10:30am. SA2 0PG

Sat 1st Nov – Glanmor Canvassing Day – 12pm to 6pm – Meeting at the Uplands Tavern SA2 0PG

Sat 8th Nov – Brynymor Canvassing Day – 12pm to 4pm – Meeting at 13 Bryn-y-mor Crescent, SA1 4QT

Mon 10th Nov – St James’ Canvassing Day & Public Meeting
Canvassing 4pm to 6pm – Meeting at the St. George Pub SA1 5NN
Public Meeting from 7pm – 9pm – PROBABLY going to be the Brynmill Community Centre (TBC)
Sat 15th Nov – LEAFLETTING DAY – 10am to Dark (and probably afterwards) Meeting at Uplands Tavern SA2 0PG

Sun 16th Nov – St. James’ Canvassing Day 2 – 2pm – 5pm – Meeting at Wine Warehouse SA1 4QF

Sun 20th Nov – ELECTION DAY – I will awake at 5am until 11pm. Please call me on either 07562 781 217 or 07923 571 299 (election phone). I will have jobs ALL day for people to do, maybe an election day leaflet going out, maybe standing at a polling station.

Thanks All, please forward to anyone you feel maybe able to help. I will post a timeline online at some point.

Kind regards,

Ashley J, Ŵakeling
Wales Green Party Elections & Campaigns Co-ordinator

(South) Wales Against the Bedroom Tax – report on tonight’s meeting

Well supported and very constructive meeting at Unite HQ in Cathedral Road.

Plenty of activity reported across South Wales, with Bridgend setting the pace, thanks to Kay, Alan and Gareth.

Dozens of appeals in the pipeline with many successes, and some inevitable failures at (lower) tribunals.
Lots of talk about how best to take cases on to upper tribunals.
We are looking into how to secure legal aid for upper tribunals.

We are looking to organise a rally at the Senedd on 22nd November – i will be looking to confirm this date and times in the next few days, so watch this space and pencil it in your diaries (will be hoping to have it around 11.00 to 12.00). More details to follow – I will be trying to get a good range of speakers lined up.

We will also be looking into FOI requests to establish the impacts of the Bedroom Tax to date.

I asked about offering some outreach too North Wales – with Wrexham in particular looking like an area that could be supported.
I will be looking to put local Green party and PC activists in touch with each other, and will try to arrange workshops in the Wrexham area on how to identify good appellants and process the paperwork. (thanks to Alan and jamie for offering to help with this).

We therefore might need to drop the “South” soon and become simply “Wales Against the Bedroom Tax”

Andy Chyba

Fracking – it gets worse

Hi Andy

We already knew that fracking was a bad idea, but this is astonishing.

Last night, David Cameron’s plan to allow fracking firms to drill under our homes was rubber-stamped by the House of Lords.

But here’s where it gets even worse: At the very last moment, the draft of the law was updated to allow fracking firms to pump “any substance” under people’s homes and property — and leave it there! [1]

This makes a mockery of the prime minister’s claim that UK fracking regulations are some of the most stringent in the world. And it absolves fracking firms of any responsibility for clearing up the mess they create.

Our MPs are now the last defence before the laws are approved by Parliament. Can you sign the petition asking all MPs to strike down Cameron’s new fracking law?

The fracking industry has already been mired in accidents and mistakes. In April 2009, cattle were discovered dead near a drill site in Louisiana. An investigation later found fracking fluid had leaked from the well pad and run into an adjacent pasture. And in July 2013, US fracking firm XTO Energy was forced to shell out $100,000 in compensation after a spill of contaminated wastewater in Pennsylvania. [2]

Despite claiming that the UK has tough regulations to prevent disasters like this, the government is now rushing to remove obstacles, muddling through laws that will put the interests of shale drillers before the safety of our environment and our climate.

We don’t have long before MPs will get their final say on Cameron’s plan to allow drilling under our homes. If we can show them how unpopular his idea is, they’ll think twice before voting it through.

Please ask your MP to take a stand today:

Thank you

Greenpeace UK


UKIP but no Greens?

There’s a new petition trending on, and we think you might be interested in signing it.

BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky: Include the Green Party in the TV Leaders’ Debates ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Robyn Meadwell
London, United Kingdom
Sign the petition
It has been announced that the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage has been invited to join the leaders debates on national TV before next year’s general election. However Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, has been excluded from these debates.

UKIP has just gained its first MP; the Greens have had an MP (Caroline Lucas) for 4 years.

The Green Party beat the Liberal Democrats in the 2014 European Elections and is polling neck-and-neck with them in General Election opinion polls. In May 2014 more than 1.2 million people voted Green – more than 150,000 more than voted Liberal Democrat.

Natalie Bennett has just as much a right to be on that panel as the men. Apparently it’s too “messy” to have too many candidates in a TV debate.

By excluding a party with a female leader, we are sending a clear message to the public — politics is still an old boys club.

Sign the petition

Leaders TV debate – Sign petition to get Greens included.

This is pretty vital for any of us all. There are several petitions out there but the one gaining most traction (about 200 a minute) is this

Andy Chyba

peoplesassemblywales People’s Assembly Wales – no cuts petition to AMs

Begin forwarded message:

This is a message to the discussion list – if you use the list address in you reply it will go to all members

Dear all

As the first step of our campaign to stop the austerity cuts at the National Assembly our Wales wide petition has been launched using the campaigning section of the 38 Degrees website.

Here is the link:

Thanks to all for commenting and improving the draft letter to AMs and triple thanks to all those who helped with the Welsh translation – it was no mean feat with one helper saying they would ‘so long as it is not War and Peace’ and after doing it said ‘it was’!

This has now been posted on our Facebook page.

Since the conference a People’s Assembly Wales web-blog has been established with the full letters and all the arguments. It is linked from the 38 Degrees petition:

Although a Twitter site for People’s Assembly Wales was set up last year I’ve had a chat with the person who established the account and due to technical issues it was thought best to move to a new one and this is:

Now, of course the rest of the work starts: getting signatures. Please share, like, retweet, email, talk and tell, just about everything you can think of to get people to sign. If we can start to get toward the first couple of thousand signatures say over the next 14 days it should be strong grounds for going mass media releases, even more even better.

Keep in touch as we prepare the next stage!


Len Arthur – convenor