Leanne Wood’s Long Campaign

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.

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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.

The Three Graces of Politics – The UK General Elections 2015

The Three Graces of Politics

Faith, Hope and Charity

By James Luchte

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Jonathan Jones reminded us recently through “probably a wildly inappropriate pre-feminist art historical reference”, in his article, “Something new is happening in British politics.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.

To read the rest of the essay, please visit The Three Graces of Politics: The UK General Electiions

Write to Ofcom, Demanding Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in the Leaders Debates and Make A FOI Request on the Equality Act of 2010

Go to: “They Destroy, We Create: The Anti-Austerity UK Alliance” in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist

Go to: Athens Without Slavery: The Battle For Europe – Syriza and the New European Left

UPDATE: ON 22 January 2015, the BBC & ITV invited the member Parties of Anti-Austerity UK alliance, The Green Party, Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales to participate in the UK Leaders Debates. Keep Writing so they don’t change their minds.

Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates 2015
Go to: Open Letter To Tony Hall, General-Director of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leaders Debates, re-published in Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation on January 5, 2015.

Write to Ofcom Demanding Inclusion, Diversity and Equality In the Leaders Debates

Make a FOI Request of Ofcom’s Compliance with the 2010 Equality Act and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters

Let's Have A Real Debate!

I have written a FOI request and I have been notified by Ofcom that my request will be answered by 19 February 2015.
Write to Ofcom on Inclusion & Equality
Write to or call Ofcom, demanding that they include the Green Party, The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales in the Leader’s Debates for the 2015 UK General Election:
Ofcom Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 9HA
Demand Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equality in the Election Debates from Ofcom on 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
And/Or
Make a FOI (Freedom of Information) Request of Ofcom’s compliance with 2010/2011 Equality Act
Make a Freedom of Information Request FOI from Ofcom requesting information of their compliance and the steps they made to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act with regard to the Election Guidelines and the Election Debates.
How to Make a Freedom of Information Request
Information Requests
The Office of Communications
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Fax: information requests on 0300 123 0811
Email: information.requests@ofcom.org.uk
Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates 2015
Go to: Open Letter To Tony Hall, General-Director of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leaders Debates, re-published in Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation on January 5, 2015.

Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates

Go to: “They Destroy, We Create: The Anti-Austerity UK Alliance” in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist

Go to: Athens Without Slavery: The Battle For Europe – Syriza and the New European Left

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

Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon, and Natalie Bennett

Write to Ofcom Demanding Inclusion, Diversity and Equality In the Leaders Debates

Make a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request to Ofcom regarding their Compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and its Supplements for Broadcasters of 2011.

This Open Letter to Tony Hall  was re-published in Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation on 5 January 2015.

28 December 2014

Anthony William Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead

Dear Mr. Hall (tony.hall@bbc.co.uk), 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

The British Wasteland: A History of the Present – Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation