Nottinghamshire Pride 2019

Seemed bigger again this year, despite the weather forecasts and the weather itself.
Fuller res. photos available.
Links to previous years’ reports –
2018 – 2017 (parade and festival) – 2016201520142013

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Full Council – July 2019

A special meeting celebrated the service and commitments of 9 retiring and retired Councillors by appointing them as Alderman and expecting them in turn to represent the city and city council at events – and more particularly do tours of The Council House.
The 9 have 199 years of service on the council between them.
I moved Glyn Jenkins, my fellow civic in 2017/18 (see comment below).

Fuller res photos are available.

A motion on LGBT rights and solidarity was agreed after amendment by Labour, who had consulted LGBT groups. The Clifton Independent leader declared he would oppose the amendment, but after a storming speech by new Councillor, Angharad Roberts, he backed down.

The first questions from the Clifton Independents saw confusion as –
– they tabled a question condemning special allowances for Councillors; in effect calling for them to receive the same allowance as the Leader and all Portfolio Holder and chairs of committees; (this differing from Ashfield Independents who have recently increased Special Responsibility Allowances);
– then they forgot to ask the question;
– when they did ask the question, they followed up by announcing they were giving their personal allowances away for local spending in Clifton East; different again from the question tabled; but omitted to ask a question, so the leader was not called to reply.
Beyond the confusion about the asking of the question, the proposal challenges one of the core values of any kind of a free society – that elected representatives are compensated for time and effort given, because it’s right and so that people of less then independent means can consider standing at all. Financial support for elected representatives was a principle first advocated by the Chartists around 200 years, and Nottingham was the only city to elect a Chartist MP.
A DAY AFTER THE MEETING, THERE IS STILL CONFUSION OVER THE COMMITMENT MADE, SO THIS MAY BE REVISED – DIFFERENT WITNESSES TO THE MEETING HEARD DIFFERENT THINGS!

People’s Vote stall – June 2019

Supporting a People’s Vote alongside Cllr. Angharad Roberts.

As I now understand it, Labour is now committed to a People’s Vote with a meaningful opinion for people who support Remain.
In terms of having a referendum, it’s a step forward.
And a referendum is needed cos a vote was taken, but people voting leave were sold it on the basis of there being a deal. But the deal negotiated by the Gov’t with the EU is not popular, in part cos of the UK border that will required in Ireland.
No Deal, or a WTO arrangement, does not have a mandate.
So we need a vote, and we need a process to work out how to deal. with a 3 options ballot.

Meanwhile,
– all the Conservative leadership candidates (except one) talked about achieving Brexit by October 31st – just doesn’t seem feasible;
– Labour’s commitment to People’s Vote is welcome, but our rating in the polls will improve if we commit to Remain, as most of our members and supporters and voters want, including the working-class ones;
– a documentary on Winston Churchill reminded me that he claimed to be “proud to be a European”.

Anti Trump demo – June 2019

Some great banners and posters, including from Extreme rebellion and campaigners for Trans. rights

Joined in at the end.

Asked people to reflect on Trump’s reaction to the demos at Charlottesville, and how he said he wouldn’t choose, and how we say we can choose, and that we choose the anti-racists, and that we remember Heather Heyer.
Reflecting on other things about life in America –
– that they are over-dependent on oil;
– that some of the states are starting to take bad decisions about banning abortion;
– the latest campaign against Trans people, and that the far-right in America seem to want the state so small that it can fit into our bedrooms;
– that parents have to think through scenarios concerning shooters in their children’s school and classroom.
We in Britain can take some comfort in being in a better place.
But we do face a far-right challenge the form of Brexit and the Brexit Party, who may well have won in parts of Nottingham.
That support comes from communities where the confidence they used to have in getting a job with a living wage, fair terms and conditions, and a home has been lost; that on top of a quality education and a free health service.
We need the Labour movement to re-gain these.
And we face new challenges such as caring for the larger numbers of older people, and in tackling climate change, for which we can acknowledge the recent contribution of Extreme Rebellion.

The Stepmother

At the Lace Market Theatre, this play by Githa Sowerby, explores issues of how married women could find that they couldn’t control their own money.
Largely outside of today’s experiences, it can be a tad difficult to recognise, and wikipedia explains how the reactions of the time found the villainy of the husband was over-played. It is also a drama about the well to do.
It’s a very full play with a good emphasis on dialogue and is well worth seeing. N Post recommends it.