Opening of the 725th Goose Fair

Warm and pleasant sunshine, and another mad hat.
Higher res photos available on Facebook.
Previously –
724th, 722nd, 721st, 720th.

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European and Democracy rally

Numbers much reduced since the previous week’s rally. And that’s because the anti-prorogation action had been hugely mitigated by the passing of legislation stopping a No Deal Brexit before October 31st.
Lilian Greenwood MP opened the rally.
Fuller res. photos available.

Boris Johnson loses

He called an address from Downing Street but pulled his punches.
He spoke to there G7 conference to Parliament, but his jab at Jeremy Corbyn fell flat.
As he spoke, a Conservative MP crossed the floor to join the Lib Dems.
His majority of 1 was lost.
21 Conservative MPs refused to vote with him and he lost by 27.
He’s withdrawn the. whip and now his minority is 43.
He days he’ll call a General Election, but the combined opposition don’t have to agree to one, and will wait until they’re certain that No Deal can’t be passed will Parliament is not sitting.
An ERG Conservative MP claimed today that the proposed General Election Day of 14th October can’t stick because it is a Jewish holiday – and he may be right – but it just exemplified how they can’t be trusted on the date.

It’s been strange during the last few days as the language has slipped from ‘our party is the best’ to ‘we must defend the importance of accountability of the executive to Parliament’.
And if Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings think they can turn the debate into the people vs Parliament and be popular, the snap polls suggested they are wrong. He was pressed 3 times on obeying the law, despite saying he would at the second attempt, cos he muttered. his agreement like a six year old who didn’t’t want to say he was wrong.
Corbyn is apparently to suffer a setback cos he won’t yet agree to a General Election, but he should stick with it for fear of a Johnson trick and because the answer – Johnson can’t be trusted – bears repetition.

Mrs Lowry & Son

L S Lowry was a rent collector. A former colleague on the city council was too and would talk about the insights into life the job gave.
In this film, one of the insights is that it’s one of Mrs Lowry’s disappointment in her son. Other insights, that Lowry doted on his mother, that his dotage was an aspect (or cause) of a repression, that his mother was wrapped up in ideas of middle class respectability (a theme Orwell explored, as well as ’30s poverty in the north-west).
The revelations include that Lowry had a range of style over his life (yet again, I don’t know enough), and the men, children, cats and dogs were not matchstick (even if they were thinner then). And that the exteriors of buildings were much more interesting then.
The movie hasn’t been rated that highly, but it’s made me want to learn more and perhaps the movie might have been a bit more successful if it had done a tad more about the painting, the paintings and the triumph. (I also wanted more on the Labour Party Councillor who lived next door – la de da.)
Wiki. Guardian.

Prorogation recommendation was kept private and denied

The proposal to prorogue Parliament so that Boris Johnson did not have to account to Parliament in the. run-up to the proposed British Exit from the European Union was kept private. When the press said this weekend that it would happen, the Government denied it. They lied.

Why deny it?
The prorogation takes away precious time for MPs to hold Government to account, as they press on with a proposal likely to lead to a No Deal Brexit.
The leaders of the Brexit campaigns during 2016 referendum repeatedly said that it would be easy to negotiate a deal.
It wasn’t. And ministers spent very few hours talking proposals through with EU officials.
People voting Leave were entitled to believe that leave would be done with a deal.
There is no mandate from the public for a No Deal Brexit.

Snap poll

The most remarkable interview that I saw on TV today was given by the BBCtv’s royal correspondent who said the Queen’s top officials had let their distress at the prorogation proposal, and the position it put the Queen in, be known. This was quite a strong signal, when the Queen is supposed to stay out of it.
Nicholas Witchell went on to suggest that what was driving the concern was the imprecation of the proposal for the union between Scotland and England & Wales.

From the Daily Mirror – BBC Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: “The Queen has never during her reign refused to accept the advice of her ministers.
“She is a monarch guided by precedent. Therefore she will have felt pretty boxed in – that she had no option.”She and her advisors, I have little doubt, will be frankly resentful of the way this has been done and will be concerned at the headlines which say ‘Queen suspends Parliament.'”

A border between England and Scotland will be pretty pointless. Whatever else happens, it may well be the outcome of the prorogation proposal.

Post assessment of Nottingham being green

The city and county are pioneering ways to become ‘greener’ claims Kit Sandeman, a Local Democracy Reporter for the N Post (and I think the BBC).
17 initiatives are highlighted; the article is helpful to read and to have, though I quibble with the emphasis given (or not given).
What sets Nottingham apart is –

  • incinerating waste otherwise destined for landfill, using resultant high pressure steam to generate electricity , and the resultant hot water to heat the city centre, St.Anns and Sneinton; whilst equivalent schemes elsewhere in the country fail to start and other schemes to sort waste more first have financially failed.
  • determined and early prioritisation for buses (bus lanes, and city centre clear zone), and the first bus passes for older and / or less mobile people anywhere in the country;
  • workplace parking levy; asking the commuter to pay for better public transport rather than the general tax or council tax payer;

What sets The Meadows apart is the Meadows O-zone energy services company (Mozes) – providing solar panels and now a domestic energy initiative (Project Sensible).
At various times, companies have demonstrated excellence – from memory, Experian and their management of energy at their offices and computer bureau.

We’ve had set backs too.
The loss of a city-wide food re-cycling scheme.
The loss of the local food scheme for our hospital catering.
An inability to do more with anaerobic digesters.
Slow progress on green architectural technology.
Wasted time as some of the green progress made has been threatened from within.
The lack of progress for an electrified Midland Main Line, the nonsense of the dual energy trains proposed instead and the very limited progress on a south Notts rail network.

I’m intrigued by new possibilities – such as –

  • outer leaves being used instead of plastics to sell fruit and veg.;
  • copying European ideas – much more adventurous use of heat pumping to heat and to cool;
  • the return of biodigestable plastics; and
  • can’t we do more with paper instead of plastic?
    We also need to re-balance the country and our education provision so that people travel less to work and to school.

Better financing for councils will allow general progress across services and in the design of projects. Calls for councils to do more without the extra finance can only frustrate.

Now for the list from the N Post article

  1. Using thermal imaging drones to repair the district heating network
  2. Bee-friendly verges and wildflower corridors
  3. Green taxis (that are actually black)
  4. Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change
  5. Phasing out single-use plastics
  6. Robin Hood Energy
  7. Thousands of solar panels installed
  8. Ultra-low emission vehicles, lanes and charging points
  9. Europe’s largest community battery
  10. The tram
  11. Zero Carbon targets
  12. Climate emergencies
  13. Extinction Rebellion raising awareness
  14. You can have your beer delivered on a bike
  15. World’s largest fleet of biogas buses
  16. Trialling heating buildings using water from mines
  17. Ban on drivers leaving engines idling

Canvassing in Forest Fields

With Paddy Tipping, Police Commissioner, and Cllr. Toby Neal who was picking up again on the neighbourhood’s main concern of litter and tipping. One resident is expressing public outrage, but it’s a tad harsh on residents when a lot of the litter is blowing up the street from a take-away and local convenience stores. The routine Sunday collection was collecting notified rubbish.
Rain interrupted canvassing a bit, but households noticed us and brought out extra umbrellas to allow us to carry on.