Go 39 mins in to see me take on UKIP on their climate-change-denial and Labour (head-to-head) on their lack of support for the NHS (strike, privatisation…)
The Green Party tonight (Fri) named the academic, author and campaigner Rupert Read as its candidate in Cambridge for next year’s General Election.
There will be a first opportunity to question Dr Read on his new campaign when he appears at an introductory news conference at King’s College on Monday (Oct 6th), introduced with a personal endorsement from Party Leader Natalie Bennett. The event will also reveal further high-profile endorsements for Dr Read’s candidacy.
Alongside his work as Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, Rupert Read is a former city councillor in Norwich, and already the Green Party’s national spokesman on transport. He has been instrumental in helping to develop Green Party policy nationally. He said:
“I love Cambridge: probably the most ‘networked’ and ‘thinking’ city in Britain. Cambridge Green Party is young and enthusiastic and fires me up for the campaign ahead. Cambridge was our third strongest result in the entire country in the 2010 General Election, and, according to our Party’s own research, quite simply the strongest place in the entire country in terms of Green potential. If not here, where? If not now, when? I would love to represent Cambridge in the place that matters the most: the House of Commons.”
Recent polling on voting intention by the Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft indicated that the Greens are starting with 9% support in the constituency. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times last week indicated that voting intention nationally put the Greens at 6%, neck and neck with the Lib-Dems, who currently hold Cambridge.
In a busy programme of events on Monday, there are five opportunities for members of the media to meet Rupert Read and hear his views on a range of issues:
11:00: News conference launching Rupert Read as the General Election candidate for Cambridge. With Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett. Chetwynd Room, King’s College.
12:00: Lunchtime talk and Q&A with Rupert Read and Natalie Bennett, Keynes Hall, King’s College. “The Green Vision for a Sustainable Society”.
13:00: Seminar with Rupert Read, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Coslett Building, Mackenzie Rd, Cambridge. Dr Read will be questioning the notion that “you can’t stop progress” by asking what progress really is.
14:00: Rupert Read and Natalie Bennett available for media one-to-ones.
19:00: Talk and Q&A with Rupert Read and Natalie Bennett, Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington St, Cambridge. “What Green Party Economic Policy Really Means”, including equality, taxes, renewables and localism in a post-growth society.
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Norwich Arts Centre on October 22nd, 8pm:
I lead off this event, on 22 Nov., in Oxford, at the brand new St Cross Centre for the History & Philosophy of Physics (HAPP) at the University of Oxford:
10.30 am WELCOME
10.45 am Dr Rupert Read – How to Admire Science and Despise Scientism: Wittgenstein's Contribution to the Great Challenge of His Time and Ours
11.30 am Professor Martin Kusch – Wittgenstein, Einstein, Metrology
12.15 pm Professor Carlo Penco – The Influence of Einstein on Wittgenstein's Thought Experiments
1 pm LUNCH BREAK
2 pm Dr Chon Tejedor – The Early Wittgenstein on Induction and the Principles of the Natural Sciences
2.45 pm Dr Richard Staley – Boltzmann, Mach and Wittgenstein's Vienna
3.30 pm TEA/COFFEE BREAK
4 pm Professor John Preston – Wittgenstein, Jeans and Eddington
4.45 pm Summary of the Day's Proceedings
The key to this inaugural event is its role as an exemplar of the interdisciplinary approach of our new HAPP Centre to the chosen fields of interest (i.e. physics, philosophy and history). Also the very nature of Wittgenstein's career provides a unique progession through various of the key developments in both physics and philosophy in the late 19th and 20th centuries. e.g. from his early years in Boltzmann's Vienna, to study in Planck's (and then Einstein's) Berlin, then onto Rutherford's Manchester and eventually to join the cohort of great physicists in Cambridge in the 1930s and 1940s.
Free. All welcome.
Statement from the Electoral Reform Society
Immediate release 09:45 19th September 2014
Contact: Will Brett (email@example.com / 07979 696 265)
Time to give all UK citizens a say
Commenting on the need for a UK-wide Constitutional Convention in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum, Katie Ghose (Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society) said:
“This referendum has demonstrated that when it comes to deciding the future of our country, people want to be asked. It would be a terrible waste if we do not build on that passion by ensuring everyone in the UK, and not just Scots, have a say in where power lies.
“Now is not the time for top-down commands on our constitution, issued by political leaders in the immediate, frenzied aftermath of this momentous vote. The future shape of the country is too important to be rushed through Parliament without consulting the people.
“We need a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention to determine where power lies in the future. We can draw on international examples to create a process which does justice to people’s passion for change.
“Such a process needs clarity of purpose, and certainty about how its conclusions will be taken forward. It needs the full support of all the political parties, but it must also retain its independence from them.
“Above all, a UK Constitutional Convention must capitalise on the enormous amounts of interest and passion sparked in Scotland by the independence referendum, and bring that passion for determining our political future to the rest of the United Kingdom.”
For more information, interviews and comment, contact Will Brett on 07979 696 265 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Last week The Times published a letter from the Electoral Reform Society and 18 other democracy experts, which called for a UK-wide Constitutional Convention whether or not Scotland votes for independence.
- Citizen-led Constitutional Conventions have been successfully used around the world to settle where power should lie. For a recent example, see the Irish Constitutional Convention (https://www.constitution.ie). For more information about Constitutional Conventions and what this would look like for the United Kingdom, see http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmpolcon/writev/constconv/m24.htm See also the Irish Constitutional Convention process.
The Green Party is currently selecting who to nominate from within our ranks for House of Lords. Unlike other Parties, we do this democratically.
Greens! Here’s a few reasons why you might want to vote RUPERT READ (that’s me! 😉 for the House of Lords selection:
- An elected Councillor living in my own mostly working-class ward.
- One of the top Green bloggers: The only Green in the Top 10 ‘Total Politics’ Councillor blogs: www.rupertsread.blogspot.com .
- A key player in the team that has seen Norwich Greens reach such heights of success over the last decade.
- Green Party’s candidate in 2009 Norwich North byelection. We achieved the highest-ever Green byelection result.
- Green Party’s candidate in 2009 Euro-elections: we in Eastern-Region achieved the highest vote-increase anywhere in the country outside SE, and came within 1% of getting me elected.
- Hugely-experienced media performer; many times on national TV and radio.
- Effective communicator – look for instance at my supporting statement in the candidates’ booklet. I know how to reach people.
- Reader in Philosophy at University of East Anglia, where I work closely with the world’s leading environmental scientists.
- Eight published books, including the popular Philosophy for life.
Experience directly relevant to the Lords:
- Familiar with Parliamentary procedures, having submitted expert evidence to Select Committees (see e.g. http://rupertread.org/rupertread.org/wordpress/?p=500 ).
- Worked directly with the late Lord Beaumont (the previous Green peer), including succeeding in bringing his bill on reducing aviation levels onto the floor of the Commons.
- Learned much about the House of Lords while successfully ‘prosecuting’ Hugo Charlton (in a Green Party tribunal) for his attempt to bypass Party procedures and seize a peerage for himself, the last time the Party was offered one…
As a Green Lord, I would prioritise:
- Working closely with our MP, Caroline Lucas, as I have already for some years, looking to exploit opportunities to achieve legislative change (and pro-Green publicity) in the interests of the country and the Party.
- Transport: I was ultimately responsible (as the Greens’ voting rep. on the ‘Joint Highways Committee’) for the introduction of 20mph speed-limits in significant areas of Norwich, and would work hard to push genuinely sustainable transport policy in the upper house.
- Constitutional reform: I would actively campaign for the abolition of the Lords, and for a reformed upper house to have a direct responsibility for the well-being of future generations.
- I would be a full-time working peer.
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