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Happy Councillor new Year

David Elston's picture

Last night was the council's AGM (and my first one), which took place between 19:15 and 19:30. Cllr David Crompton stood down as Chairperson and Deputy Cllr Ann Barnaby was elected unanimously as the new Chairperson.


I was also elected to be the Deputy Vale of Glamorgan Community Liaison, taking over from Cllr Steve Haines.


Following that our usual meeting took place from 19:30.


We briefly discussed the brown site development of the Old Boys Village which has become a popular Urbex site. I say briefly because everyone who spoke on the matter was simply in support of the site's development, save concerns over the lane giving access to the housing. The site is to be mostly dismantled apart from the iconic Church and Caretaker's hut to allow new homes to be built. I am very delighted this application was made and wholly support it. Some details-for-joy are:

A Pirate and Two Police Candidates, Walk into a Church

David Elston's picture

Crime is a big area of concern in my St Athan ward of Flemingston and Eglwys Brewis, particually on the East Camp development. Similarly the Pirate Party has elected not to stand candidates in the PCC elections. From both a Pirate perspective it's important we still be involved in the political debate and as a Cllr I must represent the views and concerns of my ward.

To this end I hosted a Police and Crime Commssioner hustings event at The Gathering Place on East Camp. There were questions on hot-topics, questions from the press and questions from the audience.

 

Invited Candidates were:

Mike Baker; Independent

Judith Woodman; Liberal Democrat

Linet Purcell; Plaid Cymru (Cancelled - Apologised)

Timothy Davies; Conservative (No Reply)

Alun Michael; Labour Incumbent (No Reply)

 

 

TTIP Leaks: It Ain't Over Yet

Wendy Cockcroft's picture

I am very proud of the part I played in helping to fight off ACTA in 2012. Indeed, I must confess to a certain amount of schadenfreude where the lamentation of our opponents is concerned. That said, CETA and TTIP are still on the radar and although they have been shot several times they are still on their feet. This is mostly due to the efforts of the corporate lobbyists and their allies in the European Parliament and the US Congress, who are determined to push it through no matter what because they believe it will spur growth. The main bones of contention for Pirates are the intellectual property chapters and ISDS.

TTIPed Over

Danfox Davies's picture

It strikes me as a recurring theme that those in charge of big businesses will continue to cling to their notion of being above the law and the powers that make it, even when these emporers are seen in their 'new clothes'. We all know big businesses are fighting tooth and claw against the very idea of a fair society, making a mockery of what capitalism is supposed to be.

A free market.

What a fallacious suggestion that a 'free market' could generate such a restrictive, anti-competitive and contrived piece of corrupt legislation as TTIP. Now, thanks to those marvellous people over at Greenpeace, we have proof. Indeed, that Greenpeace were involved in this leak shows how wide its impact already is. http://www.ttip-leaks.org/ shows that any attempted assurances that TTIP would somehow be good for us as people are complete hogwash. For this reason I urge you all to stand on your own two feet against this monstrous attack on rights, freedoms and what's left of democracy, or else be TTIPed over.

Your economically and ecologically conscious Pirate,

Danfox Davies

What a Jeremy Hunt

David Elston's picture

When Mr Hunt was asked on Sky News if he would have to take some responsibility if a patient died because of industrial action he said
 
"The people who are responsible for what is happening are the people who chose to strike."
 
A point I'd like to draw attention to during the interview between Eamonn Holmes and Jeremy Hunt is where Eamonn made the statement in response to Mr Hunt drawing attention to needing to save money
 
"Is that the reality? Of all the ways you could save money in the NHS, of all the people you could club... if you were going after the pharmaceutical companies who were making massive profits over medicines and things people might say 'well done'..."
 
Naturally this is a stance my fellow Pirates and I have been taking for some years. There is more than enough capacity even with the botched budgets from the Tories to provide doctors with a fair wage if Jeremy Hunt would simply implement reform on how the UK treats drug patents.
 

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