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This was written over five years ago by a lady visiting the House of Lords public gallery to witness the passage of the Welfare Reform Act.  It tells you everything you need to know about the attitudes of both New Labour and the present Coalition with regard to welfare recipients. Despite the passage of time nothing would appear to have changed. The Compass link no longer works but I can assure you the text is genuine and unaltered. If you’re thinking of voting Labour next year that’s worth bearing in mind.

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Cold War on film

November 13th, 2014

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Some time ago I stumbled across a source of documentary films from previous decades on a whole range of subjects, including the Cold War, the evolution of the jet engine and aircraft, and the RAF.  It is my intention to make these available in due course by providing links via Twitter on an account called @coldwaronfilm

If you follow that account you will find download links to the relevant groups of films over the coming months.

It’s not the messenger it’s the message. They are so lightweight they don’t stand a chance of gaining the support they so badly need.

Where is the fire to save the NHS, to bring the railways back into public ownership, the utilities, to fight the EU on competition rules and bring the Royal Mail back into public ownership? Where is the determination to borrow to build council houses, an investment that will pay for itself in employment and by creating an asset for future generations?

Where is the will to plan a realistic minimum wage and not £8ph by 2020?

They’re not losing support because Ed Miliband doesn’t look like a PM, they’re losing support because nobody who might once have voted for them has any conviction that they are willing to fight for Labour values any more. In fact I find myself wondering what they do stand for when all the things I would expect them to be campaigning for are watered down or missing.

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Clement Attlee came over worse than Ed Miliband on film but his party supported policies that have served us to this day in creating a just society, dismantled as they maybe as we speak.  Described as “a modest little man with a lot to be modest about” by Churchill he nevertheless laid the foundations for a far more equal society than had existed before the war.  It’s not about the leader it’s about the policies and the manifesto and as I write this today Labour are working to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Housing on film

November 7th, 2014

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I know that many of you, like me, enjoy watching housing documentaries and with this in mind, and having recently left Twitter under my blog name of Single Aspect I have created a new account entitled @housingonfilm

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Cressingham Gardens need to be repaired, restored and retained in my opinion for the following reasons.

It was designed and built at a time when housing ideals were at their highest and at a period still influenced by the aftermath of the Second World War when housing need was as great if not greater than now, when some of the best minds of a generation had come together in one place – at County Hall in London under the LCC and later GLC – to work in the architects department.

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I was invited unexpectedly to the launch of a new social housing campaign group at Portcullis House last night and while I did not take notes or record the audio, here are a few photos and some brief notes from memory.

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Event link here -> Anti-gentrification handbook launch

Please donate here gofundme.com/savecressingham

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The spire of Holy Trinity Church seen from Cressingham Gardens.  Split level houses on Hardel Walk. Wild flowers growing adjacent to Brockwell Park on the site of The Big Dig, a London wide project for enthusiastic urban gardeners.

Please donate here gofundme.com/savecressingham

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The issue of estate regeneration has not gone away, it continues apace and it has been my privilege over the last few years to meet people actively involved in the struggle to keep council tenants in place against the rapacious demands of unscrupulous politicians and boroughs so desperate for cash they sell public land from under the homes of council tenants for the benefit of wealthier incomers.

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In recent weeks I have had the pleasure of meeting the residents of and walking around a small estate in South London which is itself now under threat but not withstanding this there is a determined and well informed body of people ready and willing to protect their interests.

It has been a pleasure to devote time and energy to researching and writing up the story of Cressingham Gardens – a village within a city and I sincerely hope you enjoy reading what is my 300th article in four years.