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Haringey anti-cuts campaign to continue despite Council vote

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2015 by kmflett

Haringey Trades Council

Press Release 4th March

c/o Union Office, St Ann ’s Hospital, St Ann ’s Rd, N15

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266; keith.flett@btinternet.com

Haringey anti-cuts campaign to continue despite Council vote

Haringey TUC, the local wing of the TUC in North London, has said that it is supporting a public meeting called by the Haringey Alliance for Public Services next Monday 9th March to re-focus the campaign against cuts in services and jobs in the Borough.

At a recent full Council meeting, and despite a 500 strong march, powerful deputations and protests, Councillors voted to continue with a three year cuts package driven by a reduction in Government funding.

The meeting is on Monday March 9th, 7pm at North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, N17 6PY

It will hear from service users impacted by cuts and from trade unionists whose jobs may go and decide a strategy to continue the fight against the cuts between now and the Election on May 7th

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett we think that the Government’s austerity agenda has been and remains a disaster for ordinary people in Haringey. Cutting local jobs and services will do nothing to revive the economy and it certainly does not smack of the economic recovery the Chancellor goes on about. We are determined to keep fighting the cuts

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Hirsute seek the ultimate Beard Friendly Pie

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE 3rd March

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

HIRSUTE SEEK THE ULTIMATE BEARD FRIENDLY PIE

steakpie

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that it is running a snap poll on the most Beard Friendly Pie as part of British Pie Week.

The hirsute campaign group say that as with many prepared foods the requirements of people with beards are often overlooked when it comes to pies.

The BLF says that common issues with pies for those with beards are:

Excessive gravy

Puff or flaky pastry

‘Deep filling’ making it difficult to avoid contact of the pie with the beard

The campaigners cite some types of the traditional steak and kidney pie as an example of pies which are made without thought for the requirements of the hirsute pie consumer. Such pies often have excessive gravy- and comparatively little steak and kidney- which ends up in the beard

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said We’re looking for the ultimate beard friendly pie. The pie that has excellent pastry, a superb filling but at the same time is also beard friendly. Flaky pastry is ruled out and so are pies with more gravy than filling. We’ve focused on the more common pies available in supermarkets and chippies but of course there is a huge variety and the poll has a ‘write in’ answer.

The poll closes at midnight on March 6th with the result announced at midday on March 7th

Beard Friendly Pie 2015 poll

Steak & Kidney

Steak & Ale

Chicken & Ham

Chicken & Mushroom

Cheese & Potato

Chicken & Vegetable

Mushroom & Asparagus

Butternut Squash & Feta

Link to British Pie Week

http://www.britishpieweek.co.uk/

 

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The 1984/5 Miners strike & the moral economy 30 years on

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2015 by kmflett

The 1984/5 Miners Strike & the moral economy 30 years on

coal

Its 30 years since the end of the 1984/5 miners strike on 3rd March 1985.

The miners returned to work, after a vote of representatives, undefeated and with banners and heads held high.

The reality is however that it did represent a very serious defeat for the labour movement.

Depending on your age this is either an event that you remember well or something that means little to you (although it should, see below).

I was active in the strike, both at Easington Colliery in Durham and in building London Support Groups so I have my own memories.

Much has been written about the strike but perhaps a key point is to look at the legacy. Where, for example, are ‘they’ now.

Mostly we don’t know. But for some we do have details.

For example Sian James, whose character is featured in the excellent film Pride about Lesbians and Gay Support the Miners, went on to become a South Wales Labour MP and has recently announced she is standing down at the Election.

Kim Howells who was a South Wales NUM official in 1984/5 also went on to become a Labour MP, of a rather different sort, but stood down in 2010.

There is not enough about the miners support groups formed in that year though LSGM remains active now and is hoping to have a 30th anniversary presence at Pride this year. Mike Weaver has recently been in contact with me to indicate that he has doing some work on the history of the support groups.

The politics of it is important too.

Mostly lost now, but it will be well remembered by those active at the time, was the fact that Arthur Scargill and the NUM did not ballot before the strike. Democracy is hugely important in the labour movement but so is defending jobs and livelihoods. Mrs Thatcher’s Government balloted no one before trying to push through its pit closure programme.

The defeat after 3rd March 1985 had its consequences. Thatcher went on to attack and defeat the print unions at Wapping.

New Labour also had its origins in precisely this period. If anyone cares to look at the South Wales NUM papers at Swansea University as I have done you will find Kim Howells arguing in 1985 political positions that became mainstream in the Blair years.

The reality is rather different.

As  EP Thompson underlined in a footnote on an essay on the moral economy in Customs in Common (1991)the miners fought for a moral economy that said that jobs and communities mattered more than the market. They fought hard but they lost. We are still paying the price but the fight is far from over.

The May 2015 Election should surely be in part about whether free market austerity economics continues to run riot or if the values and needs of ordinary people do a job, a house and a decent standard of living are again on the political agenda. That was the moral economy the miners fought for 30 years ago and which fight was suspended exactly three decades ago today.

 

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Competition bristles for St Patrick’s Day Beard of Ireland

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 2nd March

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

COMPETITION BRISTLES FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY BEARD OF IRELAND

Keanebegggleeson

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that competition for the Irish Beard of the Year title is firmly underway and bristling with the result expected to go down to the last whisker. The 2014 winner was politician Steve Agnew

The winner will be announced to mark St Patrick Day on 17th March

The BLF says that while traditionally a land of predominantly clean shaven cultures, Ireland has in recent times become something of a centre for stylish and trendy beards.

Contenders for the title in 2015 include actors, trade unionists, comedians, political activists, journalists and rugby players.

The campaigners say the poll is specifically about the impact the beard of an individual has made in Irish public life and  no other factor.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said To announce the Irish Beard of the Year on March 17th is a very modern way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, although unfortunately there is not much evidence that that the great man himself had a beard.

The vote will close at 6pm on 16th March

Beard of Ireland 2015

Gerry Adams, politician

Steve Agnew, politician

David Begg, General Secretary ICTU

David O’Doherty, comedian

Brendan Gleeson, actor

Iain Henderson, rugby player

Roy Keane, football pundit

David Norris, politician

Malachai O’Doherty, journalist

Mick Wallace, politician

 

 

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Hirsute issue advice on pie eating for British Pie Week 2015

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE           2nd March

Contact Keith Flett     07803 167266

HIRSUTE ISSUE ADVICE ON PIE EATING FOR BRITISH PIE WEEK 2015

meatpie

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued advice on pie eating and Beard Friendly Pies as part of British Pie Wee from 2nd March

The hirsute campaign group say that as with many prepared foods the requirements of people with beards are often overlooked when it comes to pies.

The BLF says that common issues with pies for those with beards are:

Excessive gravy

Puff or flaky pastry

‘Deep filling’ making it difficult to avoid contact of the pie with the beard

The campaigners cite the traditional steak and kidney pie as an example of pies which are made without thought for the requirements of the hirsute pie consumer. Such pies often have excessive gravy- and comparatively little steak and kidney- which ends up in the beard.

The campaigners say that the hirsute should choose their pies with care to ensure that they enjoy a traditional eating experience without beard pollution

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said We think the hirsute are put off eating traditional British pies because they are often not felt to be beard friendly. No self respecting beard wearer wants the remains of their lunch or dinner in their beard so once again as part of British Pie Week we are promoting the Beard Friendly Pie.

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Irish Players make decisive entrance to Beard of the Six Nations poll

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

press release  1st March

Contact keith Flett    07803 167266

IRISH PLAYERS MAKE DECISIVE ENTRANCE TO BEARD OF THE SIX NATIONS POLL

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the most hirsute Six Nations rugby Championship ever now well underway, the Beard of the Six Nations poll has been updated.

The campaigners say that both Wales and England are increasingly hirsute, while Ireland, where D’Arcy once led the field, is only now grasping the vital importance of beard power. As last year Italy have the most beards but sometimes lack impact. Scotland have the amazing beards of Geoff Cross while France continue to have several beards of note

The impact of beards on the field has meant that even noted pogonophobes such as Clive Woodward who argued in 2013 on the BBC that he wouldn’t select players with beards, have remained silent on the matter this year so far.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, our panel of beard experts continues to review the play in each match and has provided an updated shortlist of hirsute players who have made an impact. Some will disagree and names can be written in

Beard of Six Nations poll

Names will be added of the hirsute players who have displayed the most impact and gravitas on the field after each week’s matches, with a final poll of leading beardies on 21st March

 

 

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The Ambridge Socialist: the view from Lower Loxley roof…

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2015 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

March 1st CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266

The real Borsetshire Echo: 65 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Will David persuade Ruth to admire the view from Lower Loxley roof?

Ruth Archer would be well advised to take care in the weeks ahead. She may have an accident. In particular she should avoid any suggestion from David Archer to admire the view from the roof of Lower Loxley…..

The real reason why David Archer won’t go

David Archer has decided not to go to Holy Hell or wherever it was the plan was to depart for. Rooth is annoyed (and perhaps a good deal more than that) but the real question is why David has a done a U-Turn. He has claimed to the BBC that it was about the heritage of Brookfield and some rather mystical duty (which he probably read about in the Daily Telegraph) to up hold it.

In reality The Ambridge Socialist suspects that Archer thought that his numerous murders were very likely to be discovered if he was not on the scene to shut those up who might say something. The toy farm clearly had a role in this, but as yet it is unclear why that is linked to the Archer murders

Titchener: what does the future hold? By Peter Budge

I think Caroline will tell Oliver, Oliver will go to ban Rob from the hunt and Rob will lash out at Oliver but graze his knuckles thus providing blood for the DNA test.  However the confusion will cause Oliver to be named as the father of Jess’ child and Caroline will divorce him leaving Ed with nowhere to keep his beef cattle – remember she is Will’s godmother.

The Voiceless of Ambridge by Peter Budge

Pru Forrest has suddenly emerged as Judi Dench – although when a barmaid at The Bull she definitely had a voice.  Who would come in to play those who have never had a voice even if just for one line?  Can I offer Penelope Keith as Jean Harvey and Barbara Windsor as Sabrina Thwaites for starters? Christine seems to have joined the voiceless and she is an Archer!

In Other News

When Kenton returns from Australia will be the same person

Lilian is planning to move in with Brian (and Jennifer)

Titchener has been cut off as Peggy decides to change her will so Helen does not inherit property….

 

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