Last month, I participated in a 10 day tour of the Eastern Region where he listened to the views and experiences of constituents. This Friday afternoon, I will continue this exercise at The Seal Public House in Woodbridge, and then elsewhere in Suffolk Coastal area.
I believe it is important that politicians listen to people, and so that is what I am doing. We are living in testing times, both economically and environmentally, and finding out how the public feels, what they believe and what concerns them will enable me to help them more effectively if I’m elected as their MEP in June this year.
Then after that I am going onto Witham in Essex to join Greens there for a pub quiz this evening.
I.e. I will attend Stalham Farmers Market (along with other Greens) from 9.30 am this Saturday, followed by Aylsham Farmers Market from around 11 am.
The Greens are pointing to worldwide demands for a Green New Deal – from the UN, from newly elected US President Barack Obama and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and from countries like Japan and Korea. But they are also warning about British politicians jumping on a bandwagon they are not really committed to.
Norfolk Green Party has spoken out against the widespread disruption to Norwich’s transport infrastructure yesterday, caused by 2 inches of snow. The Green Party has also re-emphasised the growing need for quality insulation in our county and our region, especially for those experienceing fuel poverty.
The Green Party candidate for MEP for the Eastern Region in the 4 June 2009 Euro-elections, Councillor Rupert Read, said, “The snow has shown how vulnerable Norwich’s economy is to its workers travelling excessive distances and how it can so easily break under pressure. Most people would prefer to work within walking or cycling distance of where they live, yet because of a lack of joined-up thinking where planning is concerned, lack of affordable housing in the city and a tendency for investment in new jobs to be concentrated in Norwich rather than spreading them more widely to areas that need them, sadly for most this is not possible.”
Read continued, “The Green Party’s aim is to invest in new jobs where people live and create integrated developments that mean that more people can walk or cycle to work or school. With today’s environmental concerns, we must question why a person living in Norwich travels all the way to Ipswich every morning, while someone else doing the same job travels in the opposite direction every day. This causes unnecessary congestion and avoidable pollution, and adds a couple of hours to workers’ days, adversely affecting the quality of their lives and the amount of quality time they can spend with their families.”
Norfolk Green Party also renewed its campaign to help the most vulnerable people living in fuel poverty in this region. Read said, “In 2008, the Green Party petitioned the government to provide grants to help people living in fuel poverty, including pensioners and families with children, pay their bills by installing solar panels in their houses. We also called on the government to levy a windfall tax on the energy companies following their unethical price rises so help could be given to the poorest people in our society. Today we Greens are stressing the urgent need to improve our region’s housing stock through insulation and other home energy measures. More and more people live in fuel poverty today and the number will undoubtedly rise as the recession deepens. Urgent help is now needed for the most vulnerable people in our society who will have to make the choice between heating and eating.”
Read continued, “Universal insulation is the best way devised to tackle fuel poverty and climate change at the same time, and like the Green New Deal – which tackles both the economic downturn and manmade climate change – the dual benefits of our policies cannot be overestimated. It is just common sense, not to have money in effect wafting out of the roofs and walls of our Region’s houses.”
‘Rupert talks today in his podcast about how his greast hope for the Obama administration is not connected so much with Obama being a black President – it is easy for the system to co-opt outstanding individuals from hitherto excluded races, sexes, classes etc – but rather to do with the unprecendented and radical electoral mass movement that brought him to power, and may now hold America’s political system to account.’
Because of this little spell of snow… Anxious to get back to my Region!
…Renatioanalise the railways! …How can it be that so little snow virtually shuts down our country? This really is a pitiful state of affairs…