GIVE US A (CLIMATE) JOB

If you can find campaigning use for these please do. Also – if you have other green jobs ideas you think could be illustrated like this please comment or email me wolfgang.kuchler@virgin.net.

GIVE US A (CLIMATE) JOB

ELECTION RESULTS 1997-2021

Put this up as a resource if you feel spun at by news analysis. Note that the % of the population registered to vote is not directly meaningful as this figure includes children – so in a way it’s as much an index of how many adults there are as it is of how many people bother to register, or are afraid to register. Interested to hear your comments and analysis in due course (images are snips from Wikipedia – big thanks; population figures from ONS)

registered electorate 43.9 million; population 58.24m – 75% registered
registered electorate 44.3m; population 59m – 75% registered
registered electorate 44.2m; population 60.2m – 73% registered
registered electorate 45.6m; population 62.51m – 73% registered
registered electorate 46.3m; population 64.85m – 71% registered
registered electorate – for local elections – not known but UK general approx 45m
registered electorate 46.8m; population 65.84m – 71% registered
registered electorate 47.6m ; population 66.65m – 71% registered.
SO even after 2 years of being crucified by media and right, Corbyn got more people out than anyone since Blair’s second election. And Blair still had Scottish support, and didn’t have to carry the weight of Brexit. Figures from Wikipedia, and ONS for population.

ELECTION RESULTS 1997-2021

3 MILLION CLIMATE JOBS

This page is for resources relating to the forthcoming publication by the Campaign against Climate Change.

Spreadsheet showing how training and workforce can be ramped up, with retrofitted home numbers alongside:

Background information to this:

3 MILLION CLIMATE JOBS

Little Paradise Plot 4 revised proposals

Comments for the Bedminster Green Campaign and Windmill Hill & Malago Planning Action Group (WHAM)

 

Note there is an error in the appendix it says “Bedminster Green” for the location of the pollution “canyon” measured by the consultants, when it should say Bedminster Parade. Will update the pdf soon.

Little Paradise Plot 4 revised proposals

THE ABUSE OF THE TERM “ANTI-SEMITISM” TODAY

I learned my politics from Jewish socialists and campaigners. Most of them had lost family in the holocaust. Some were survivors themselves. Most were critical of Israel. Many saw it as a racist state. Some thought it should change its policies. All of them felt driven to speak out against injustices, to speak up even when the consequences might include vilification abuse or violence directed against them.

Like many young Germans I felt (and still feel) a passionate shame about what my country did, and a compulsion to oppose injustice, lest it grow so powerful that everyone fears to oppose it. Even as a white, technically middle-class man this has sometimes cost me. Like others, I have had my home targeted, excrement and razor blades put through my door, graffiti painted against me outside my home and on my estate, myself and my young child threatened, by British nazis. The kind of people who celebrated or denied the holocaust, desecrated Jewish burial grounds, left offal outside synagogues, stalked and harassed Jewish public figures, and attacked individuals physically where they could get away with it.

My sufferings and danger were token, but I state them because today I see people like me, in the Labour Party, being attacked and misrepresented in a true witch-hunt of the left. A witch-hunt which would have apalled those old Jewish campaigners, and which makes fighting real anti-semitism harder.

I was a member of the Labour Party years ago, and have worked politically alongside LP members most of my life. Most of this activity was in inner London, between 1980 and 2005, but I can say that exhibitions of anti-semitism – hatred or hostility towards Jewish people as Jews – were not something I saw within the movement at that time. That my Jewish comrades experienced anti-semitism in their lives I don’t doubt. But the commonest manifestation of anti-semitism in society came from brushes with those who had a more elitist view. The golf club brigade, the old boy network etc.

There is no doubt that this has changed and real anti-semitism is out there and more virulent than it has been. This is frightening and depressing and should be a call to arms for us to unite in action against it. And for that action to be effective, to have a serious and honest understanding of why this is happening now. Polarisation in the face of crisis, hardening of attitudes and policies in the middle east, conspiracy theories infecting millions not vaccinated by a progressive way of looking at the world, all amplified by the internet, would be just some of the reasons to look at.

Instead it looks as thought the term “anti-semitism” has been hijacked by a section of the political and media establishment as a way of attacking a progressive social-democratic left around Jeremy Corbyn, which these people see as a threat in various ways. The reason I am prepared for the inevitable attacks and accusations on me is because I cannot stand by silently and see good socialists who have devoted their lives to fighting bigotry, being put in the stocks like this.

And if the people who are attacking the left like this were not on such a spree they would see how this misuse of the term to include both socialist opponents of Israel’s policies, and anyone who tries to call out these show trials (like Chris Williamson) makes it so much harder to attack the real anti-semitism. The horrific abuse received by Luciana Berger, the unseen, under-reported attacks on cemeteries and synagogues, the virulent anti-semitic conspiracy theories on the web filling the vacuum in young minds. The stuff that we should be out there opposing, together. Abusing the term is shameful and trivialises the real suffering and danger that it signifies.

THE ABUSE OF THE TERM “ANTI-SEMITISM” TODAY