Manchester

Campaigners take a picnic to Peel Holdings next urban project

Campaigners picnicked today on an urban site on the Trafford/Salford border in the hopes of bringing awareness to people that a important ecological area is under threat.

Manchester Campaigner Loz Kaye uses the area on a regular basis "It will be a great shame to see Peel Holdings take this area and develop it, it will destroy some of the last remaining areas that are so close to the city."

Friday, 21 March, 2014 - 21:00

The fight to save Ancoats Dispensary

Loz Kaye joins a protest meeting at the threat to a listed monument to enlightened social policy, the home of the first hospital orthopedic department in the world.

The Dispensary is the last remnant of a city that has been all but swept away; the vision of transforming the Cardroom estate that started this chain reaction simply hasn't lived up to the hype. Back in 2007 it was said that the development was to by complete by 2012 and was to be "the most ambitious regeneration project in the world".

We all want to see improvements to our city and our lives, but the Dispensary is a link with the past that is also a potent reminder that developer's PR froth is just that. To lose the building would be a signal that no responsibility needs to be taken, that some people can just walk away. As one woman puts it bluntly in the meeting, "it was an experiment in social cleansing".

Monday, 10 September, 2012 (All day)

Why I'm standing in Manchester Central

Loz Kaye of the Pirate Party appeals to voters to overcome understandable cynicism and go for the opportunities on their own doorsteps.

Creeping privatisation means every aspect of our society is being divided up and parcelled out. It can be impossible to find out who is responsible for the most basic aspects of our environment, public space and services, let alone get anyone to do anything. Developers reshape our cities, rename our districts and yet are unwilling to preserve our common heritage, or, based on what many in Manchester have been telling me, even do basic repairs.  It is a society easy to feel powerless in.  

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012 (All day)

Calls for brakes to be put on ‘zombie’ car parks

People living in Manchester city centre have hit out at unsafe ‘­zombie’ car parks springing up on the sites of old buildings.

Concerned residents have slammed the car parks as shoddy and dangerous and have reported a series of health and safety concerns at sites near the former BBC building in Oxford Road and River Street near the Mancunian Way.

Those two car parks are run by Essex-based firm Total Car Parks and it is understood that Manchester council and the British Parking Association – which represents car park operators – are now investigating.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 - 01:00

'They can't brush this under carpet': Pirate Party leader demands end to Big Brother spying at Manchester rally

MM had the opportunity to catch up with leader of Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, following Sunday’s protest.

The exposure of mass surveillance and the UK’S role in it is just one of the forces behind Pirate Party’s presence at the Tory Party Conference.

Mr Kaye, now three years into his role as leader, said: “We are still a country with net curtains.

“This march was about highlighting mass surveillance and how with the Snooper’s Charter rejected, we have had a debate on false premises. It was a democratic choice that we didn’t really have."

Thursday, 3 October, 2013 - 01:00

Supporting the motion 'The Mainstream Parties Have Failed'

Speaker: 
Mr. Loz Kaye
Talk Date: 
Friday, 1 June, 2012
Talk Location: 
United Kingdom

For and Against: Should there be a 'Cannabis cafe' in the Northern Quarter?

Plans by drugs campaigner Colin Davies for a 'cannabis club' on Tib Street in the Northern Quarter - revealed by the MEN today - have sparked a huge debate online.

Here, we invited two commentators to give their view.

Friday, 13 December, 2013 - 21:00

Ancoats and Clayton By-Election Result (December 2013)

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No, this isn't deja vu, Loz stood yesterday in yet another by election for Ancoats and Clayton. The ten primary positions of his campaign can be seen on the Manchester PPUK blog.

With it being a colder/darker time of year, and another by-election not long after the last one, it was the unfortunate expectation that it would be difficult to get voters out to vote. That, and with ten candidates to the seven from last time voters had a wider choice (a good thing) it is realistic to see the overall turnout be lower (last time was 13.5%) as well as vote shares being divided and thus trending lower than last time.

As before the Pirate message was a strong call to all electors to exercise their democratic right/responsibility and to vote, no matter who for.

Manchester Council 'SpyPad' Snooping Fears

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 - 14:30

Council backed Minority Report style ad boards have hit Manchester City Centre streets. When the MiGuide interactive public information scheme was announced it was revealed that “Facial recognition technology built into the screens will enable advertisers to target ads based on the age and gender of users”.

Recent moves towards facial recognition technology in public spaces has alarmed privacy campaigners. Nick Pickles of Big Brother Watch said plans for Tesco to use targeted scanning in their petrol stations could be "literally scanning who you are".

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