Here I present a much overdue, much pondered but somewhat disorganised set of thoughts on how we prevent Brexit catastrophe from being fully realised. This is not a Leave/Remain discussion, and only comments that relate to strategy and tactics in preventing actual-Brexit will be accepted. (Content note, 3rd paragraph, bad relationship analogy). (more…)
I’ve been taking a little time to think through what might be absent from the broader left in York. These suggestions are meant to compliment the other work that is going on. I’m sure that they are not, to any great extent, unique ideas. I’m open to seeing them refined, added to, or hearing from volunteers to help make them happen. (more…)
The EU referendum is starting to get on my nerves. Given my stamina for politics, I feel like everyone else must be completely bored by now. The debate is inane, the two sides are actually more than 5 or 6, speaking completely different languages and often arguing over completely different things. Perhaps my tendency to look at things from a ‘global community relations’ point of view, I find myself watching a debate that has little I agree with coming from any side. (more…)
The growing sense that the NHS is on the brink of meltdown might point to the failure of the Save The NHS campaigns of the last few years, but the recent protests by Junior Doctors are just one sign that something new might be stirring.
I’ve had a bunch of ideas that should be blog posts pop into my head lately, which means I should probably get writing again. Before I do that, though, here’s a bit of a survey of where activism seems to be as September ends, and some modest (ish) suggestions.
I will not be organising hustings for the General or Local Elections in 2015 through any of the groups I’m involved with. This doesn’t mean that they won’t happen, just that I won’t be putting any effort in to organising them. Here’s why: (more…)
Former colleague Dave Magill has written up some thoughts on the question of 20 and 30 something’s leaving the church, which you can find here. He makes great points about the adjustments, and lack of preparation, for moving between youth group and the rest of church life. Here’s my thoughts as extended comment: (more…)