April 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm (Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Uncategorized, Wales, Wales and the European Union)
Tags: Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, The Party of Wales, Wales
The Herald, April 22, 2016, Ceredigion, Wales
Leanne Wood was not at all satisfied with a fourth place finish in the 2015 General Election.
Her immediate response to the loss – and the mere hold of her three MPs – was to declare that the campaign for the National Assembly elections of May 2016 would commence without pause.
This most recent campaign has been the culmination of decades of political action: miner’s strike, CND, devolution, various assembly elections, and the 2011 referendum.
Already in campaign mode, and convinced that there would have been a breakthrough in the General Elections with a few more weeks to campaign, Wood began a series of major engagements: visiting local constituencies, attending cultural events, making visits to schools and giving major addresses on politics and policy at Aberystwyth University. Linking up her network on the ground, Wood engaged local organisations in the campaign, giving speeches at party events and demonstrations, outlining her message for the May elections.
To read the rest of the article, please visit Leanne Wood’s Long Campaign.
May 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm (Aesthetics, Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, BBC Leaders Debates, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Coalition Government, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, European Left, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Peaceful Revolution, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Progressive Alliance, Scottish National Party, SNP, The Green Party, UK General Elections 2015)
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The Three Graces of Politics
Faith, Hope and Charity
By James Luchte
Jonathan Jones reminded us recently through “probably a wildly inappropriate pre-feminist art historical reference”, in his article, “Something new is happening in British politics. This image captures it.” (Guardian, 17 April 2015), of the resemblance of the embrace between the party leaders of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales and Green Party, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett and Nicola Sturgeon, respectively and the Three Graces.
The Three Graces are commonly known as faith, hope and charity, but have the tangible meanings of trust, confidence, and love or solidarity,.a symbolism common to many religions and tendencies of thinking.
Indeed, Jonathan’s suggestion is quite apt, and can demonstrate the importance of humanities (crassly cut out of the Coalition’s Tory budget) in the context of political reality. We already know what Burns, Mary and Percy Shelley, Dickens has taught us, and Camus, Joyce, Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas, as contributors to the ethos of a culture which engages in political economic and social questioning from differing perspectives.
This embrace of three progressive leaders, amidst an era of constant crisis, allows us, by coincidence, it would seem, to remember the Three Graces and their significance to the meaning of the New Politics – one of trust, well-being, and social solidarity.
These Graces, or Virtues, in this light, are politically speaking, the characteristics of a healthy society, with some resemblance to Plato’s own tripartite schema in his Republic, and I will consider each of them in turn.
February 19, 2015 at 7:04 pm (BBC Leaders Debates, Equality, Equality Act 2010, Europe, European Union, Inclusion, UK General Elections 2015)
Tags: Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Ofcom, UK Leader's Debates
Response from Ofcom To FOI Regarding Compliance with the Equality Act in relation to Election Guidelines
Comments on the Ofcom Response
1) The expenditure constraints on Freedom of Information (£450), are ludicrous and undemocratic given the seriousness of the Freedom of Information Act; Freedom of Information, unless it takes too much time to uncover the information (my request would take 18 hours which exceeds the £450 allotted to each request). Such restrictions are patently absurd and a mockery of the entire notion of Freedom of Information.
2) An important finding is that OFCOM HELD NO MEETINGS REGARDING THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 & THE 2011 SUPPLEMENTS FOR BROADCASTERS IN RELATION TO THE ELECTION GUIDELINES FOR 2015. Ofcom also claims to have had no communications with the Coalition government, Civil Servants, other political parties, broadcasters, etc. between 2010-2015 regarding the Equality Act 2010/2011 in relation to the Election Guidelines.
3) It is also significant that Ofcom, right from the beginning of their response, claim to be only involved in deciding “party election broadcasts” and not election debates or their participants. SO WHY DID THEY CLAIM TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO INITIALLY EXCLUDE THE GREENS FROM THE DEBATES? According to this response, THEY NEVER HAD ANY AUTHORITY IN THIS MATTER. Is it a coincidence that Cameron used this exclusion of the Greens as a political stunt the next day?
To read the reply, please visit Reply from Ofcom to my FOI Request on Compliance with Equality Act 2010/2011
December 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm (Anti-Austerity, BBC Leaders Debates, Cameron, Coalition Government, Cultural Sustainability, Democratic Community, Equality, European Union, Hung Parliament, Inclusion, Scotland, UK General Elections 2015, Wales)
Tags: Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Scottish National Party, The Green Party, UKIP
Open Letter to Tony Hall
Director-General of the BBC
On the Necessity of the Inclusion of The Green Party, The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales in the BBC Leader’s Debates for the General Elections 2015
Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon, and Natalie Bennett
28 December 2014
Anthony William Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead
Dear Mr. Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director-General of the BBC
Rationale for the Open Letter
The purpose of this letter is twofold. On the one hand, I would like to provide a critical response to the stated methodology for the BBC’s exclusion from the Leader’s Debates for the General Election 2015 not only of the Green Party, but also the SNP and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales. On the other hand, since the BBC has stated that it has initiated a period of Consultation through which it will finalise the Guidelines for the 2015 Election Debates, it is thus possible that the BBC will decide to alter its position with respect to the inclusion of the Leaders of The Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales.
To read the rest of the letter, please visit Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates 2015
November 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm (Adorno, Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Chomsky, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Mao Tse Tung, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
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September 5, 2014 at 12:05 am (Aesthetics, Cameron, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, Europe, European Structural Funding, European Union, Green Politics, philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Elin Jones, Greenprint for the Valleys, Greens, Jill Evans MEP, Leanne Wood, Menna Elfyn, Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru, The Green Agenda, The Green Party, The Party of Wales
Divided We Fall
Plaid Cymru and the Green Agenda
Why Greens should Vote for Plaid Cymru in the General Elections of 2015
Divided We Fall – Plaid Cymru and the Green Agenda
From ‘Agoriad’ (‘Opening’)
Mewn glesni, tesni’n lasgu,
cwmysg â’r glas sy’n llathru,
Croeso rhwng dwy ynys- hen gynghanedd
ger y moroedd garw- llaw tangnefedd.
In the blue calm, sunburst of radiance
– the green light that shines with charity
the welcome of two isles – old harmony
by the rough seas – a hand of tranquility.
There is a considerable array of serious decisions that will have to be made by the people in the upcoming UK General Elections of 2015.
By people, I mean the vast multitude of individual working citizens for whose interests and representation the Parliament in Westminster was originally established.
By decision, I do not mean some arbitrary choice, or some choosing of a product in a shop, but one that involves thought and deliberation – and only then a choice.
In the context of decision-making, it is never sufficient to simply remain within a boxed mentality or echo chamber, captivated by the habit of custom which merely accepts the status quo and its erratic, though familiar, surface narrative.
One must look beyond the surface of the headlines and investigate the root causes and truths which stand behind the powers that be. It is toward the facilitation of such an investigation that the following essay is written.