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Cycling Superhighways - on course for a collision of vested interests?

Mark Chapman's picture

This is ostensibly an article about cycling in London - but even if neither cycling, nor London floats your boat and you are tempted to turn away - don't. For it actually reveals a lot about those vested interests that try to move things their way in a hidden manner, instead of being willing to be open and democratic about things.

By way of some background, the Mayor of London (Boris himself) has been pushing a relatively pro-cycling agenda at City Hall, and in particular what are called Cycle Superhighways. Up until now these have basically consisted of some blue paint at the side of a main road, with the occasional diversion around a major junction.

The next suggested phase however is for what many cycling organisations have been calling for for a while - genuinely segregated cycle lanes. There is currently a consultation process for what has been dubbed 'Crossrail for Bikes' - an 18mile segregated cycle lane from Tower Hill along the Embankment, past Westminster, Hyde Park and all the way out to Acton.

Introducing our new Community site!

Ed Geraghty's picture

Community LogoAs part of our ongoing work to totally revamp our websites, I'm pleased to announce the launch of https://community.pirateparty.org.uk!

Human Rights No, Corporate Rights Yes?

Andrew Norton's picture

It’s become a hallmark of British Government that they say one thing and do another. Rarely is it ever so cut-and-dried as with the current Conservative government.

Much has been made over the last few weeks about the desires of the Prime Minister to leave the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Cameron has said he wants to bring more powers back to London, because he doesn’t like the way it ‘hands power’ off – powers we British have given to that court more than 60 years ago. Most notably, he doesn’t like the way it often deals with his right wing agenda of disenfranchising people, and creeping towards a police state, but seems to be championing the way with misinformation.

 

It’s quite surprising to note then, that he has not been an outspoken critic of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) or the Comprehensive  Economic and Trade  Agreement (CETA) which was released yesterday. In fact, he has been portrayed as a massive supporter of the TTIP, and CETA.

“Why is that surprising?”, you might ask, and the answer is simple. The entire thrust of his anti-ECHR campaign, has been that the court takes power ‘out of London’. He has no problem with ‘Human Rights’, but wants to somehow bring it entirely inside the UK, no matter the outside cost (there may well be significant consequences to leaving the ECHR). In essence, he wants a UK subservient only to UK judges. 

Welcome and Nomination

Dear Members,

I would like to nominate myself for the role of Campaigns Manager. My name is William Bell. I am a new member to the party, however I have been interested in the ‘Pirate Movement’ across Europe for some time.

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