Election Leaflet

I worked in Europe for twenty years, in Paris and in Brussels for the European Parliament as a consultant and software engineer. Returning to the UK in 1997, I worked as a consultant for the BBC, media companies and in the City. I’m one of the founding members of SustainableHackney.org.uk and hope for a similar organisation within Newham.

I’ve lived in Forest Gate for five years. Before that, since returning, in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, but this is the place I have enjoyed the most, it is one of the most mixed and the friendliest. For the ‘big’ subjects, I believe that green issues are above the usual political squabbles, since they concern the future of all our children and grandchildren. If we wreck the planet, left-wing and right-wing become irrelevant. For that reason, I am happy, to work with other councillors from other parties on issues of common welfare.

Apart from the party policies, such as real social housing, what do I see for Forest Gate and for Newham? We do not participate in London-wide air quality monitoring. I would like to change that so that we can see the effects of traffic on our children and on ourselves. I feel that progress is being made with cycling infrastructure in central Stratford, but I’d like to see the school run and short journeys made pleasant and safe for cycling or walking.

Woodgrange Road is getting a cosmetic makeover but remains a nightmare of noise and pollution. Changes in Walthamstow show that less traffic does not mean fewer customers. I’d like to see more trees and plants too, after all it is called Forest Gate. The same for the expansion of allotments (I believe that bits of the Olympic Park should be ‘useful’) and local food growing. I’d also like to see community energy initiatives, perhaps linking with the London Assembly scheme. We have fuel poverty in the borough, but we also have roof space, so we can make some of our own electricity.

There’s probably a lot more, but that’s all folks, from me. As an elected representative, it’s important that I listen to you and try and do what you want too.

Science Fiction Booklist

I seem to have deleted my first version of this so:

Lem:
The Futurological Congress
Stanislaw Lem, a hidden gem

Sladek:
Tik-Tok
Tik-Tok a psychopathic robot

Keep the Giraffe Burning
I love the story with the 300 word Ladybird vocabulary

The Complete Roderick
probably related to Voltaire’s Candide, funny and finally sad

Bester:
The Demolished Man
First cyberpunk novel, in my opinion

The Stars My Destination
very famous but I like this less

Philip K Dick:
A hero for my generation 20 years before Blade Runner:
The Ganymede Takeover
wow, this is collectable now, not many people know about it. It would make a great film too. With him is Ray Nelson
who wrote the story that became: They Live

Roger Zelazny:
Lord of Light probably one of my all-time favourites

Walter M Miller:
A Canticle for Leibowitz
again this is forgotten now

Kurt Vonnegut:
Player Piano this book is becoming more and more relevant, I love this as well:
Cat’s Cradle

Frederick Pohl:
The Space Merchants
another set of accurate predictions
Gladiator at Law
more stuff that’s true now

Ursula LeGuin
The Left Hand of Darkness another all time favourite

Short Talk on Boycott

Here’s a short talk I gave to the Birkbeck Philosophy Society last year. I’m very happy to see the NRA thing going so well and believe that boycott is one of our remaining tools, but, possibly a very potent one. Anyway, enough already, share and enjoy! Here’s the pdf:  boycott

Platform Cooperatives and Anarchism

This is the second draft of a talk I gave on 25th November 2017 to the Anarchist Research Group in London. Currently, I’m thinking about it as a ‘living document’, so it will probably get updated in a month or two as a response to criticisms and areas of discussion that have opened up.

Thanks to everyone that has contributed, so far. I think you all know who you are.  See below for the download link to the pdf.

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Tokyo Days

Down to my last couple of days in Tokyo, a great visit. I spent some of today before the rain on a minor suburban adventure to visit Shimo-kitazawa: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/regional/tokyo/shimokita.html a sort-of nicer Camden, now menaced, as usual by development.

Had lunch in a cafe set to the Stone’s music at about the time of Altamont, Gimme Shelter, I know it’s not real but pleasant to bathe in some of those previous days. Kids cycling around with solid guitar cases strapped on their backs too.

Back to London on Wednesday, just my fairly minimal Japanese is beginning to function too.

 

The Unbearable Indolence of the Electoral Commission

I’ve written to the electoral commission twice in the past couple of weeks about alleged irregularities in the petition for directly elected mayor in Tower Hamlets

Actually, these claims were not made by myself (a member of the disempowered and counts-for-nothing citizenry) but by Channel 4 (big media, counts for something, therefore) during a Dispatches documentary.

On both occasions, they haven’t deigned to reply. So like all the other oversight-theatre-garbage (LGO, FSA, Fair Trading, the Audit Commission) we can assume that their core comptence is hand-sitting in anticipation of hugely inflated public sector pensions.

They are active however in that they have aboutmyvote, something inhabited by diseased and rotting PR people (those that couldn’t get a private sector job, the bar is pretty low) who tell us how important it will be to legitimise the array of polluted and dying brands called ‘parties’.

Postal vote fraudsters, to your marks, no-one is awake or watching!

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Clacton Festival, big thanks, some info on my talk

Well I really, really enjoyed this, a delightful pocket festival and a big thank you to the organisers and everyone I met. Managed to make a certain amount of noise, probably too much.

Also ate a lot of cake, that does happen if one is unsupervised. I am hoping for some action from the government this year to stop this and the accompanying sugar rush. Secondary legislation of some kind will probably be fine, if clearly drafted, community health is an ideal starting point, hint, hint. People must be PROTECTED and we must THINK OF THE CHILDREN, mustn’t we?

Here below is the notes I used for alternative money talk. Contact me if you’d like further reading etc. I’ll probably upgrade this real-soon-now (that is, sometime next year).

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