Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Justice For Cecil


Like many people, I have felt extreme outrage at the mindless and barbaric killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

It emerges that dentist Walter Palmer parted with the princely sum of £35,000 to commit this horrendous act – obviously a man of high financial standing but low morals. He was surely aware of the illegality of what he was doing at the time, and should therefore be made to be accountable, along with those complicit in this appalling activity.

The killing of Cecil may have further consequences than the death of this one lion – his cubs may now be killed by the lion of another pride, now that’s Cecil’s protection has been removed.

If you’d like to add your voice to call for justice for Cecil, then visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe and sign the petition. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Farewell To Twitter


After a bit of exasperation (wrongful suspension and dodgy tweets directed at me) I’ve decided to close down my Twitter account.

Of course, this will mean that I will no longer be heading the #OfstedNoConfidence campaign on Twitter, but you can still sign the Ofsted Review petition by visiting here
 
It’s great news that Ofsted have made some recent changes, including sacking a number of its inspectors in light of ‘inconsistent reports’. Mm, where have I heard that phrase before? Let’s hope that they really do reform the organisation, but to be sure let’s keep signing the petition!

Anyway I’ll keep up with this and my other Blogs www.shoppersjoy.blogspot.co.uk and www.ruraljoy.blogspot.co.uk and hope you’ll join me there!  

Monday, 22 June 2015

Protect Child Tax Credits



Despite promises made by David Cameron during the election campaign that many benefits would not be cut, it appears that the government is now considering reducing tax credits for millions of working families as part of its £12bn welfare cuts.

This move could mean that some of the poorest families in our society would see their income fall by £845 per child per year.

George Osborne and co say that the change will increase 'incentives to work', however many of the affected families are those in work, but on low pay. How will this help?

This just sounds like another Tory scheme to kick people when they’re down, making the poor poorer, whilst the rich (MPs included) get large pay rises.

What can we do? Campaign against this move. You can currently sign a petition against the proposed cuts by visiting:

Let’s not penalise hard-working families that already get so little in return!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Defending Nature


In recent times I’ve become much more interested in nature and how we can protect wildlife and the natural environment, which is why I’d like to introduce you to the RSPB Defend Nature campaign http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/campaignwithus/defendnature

The Directives that currently protect our wildlife and areas of natural beauty are up for debate by the European Commission. It’s thanks to the current Directives that many of our natural species have been protected or even reintroduced to our country – important work that must be continued!

The RSPB is endeavouring to prove to the Commission that the current Directives actually work, not just for the good of nature and the environment, but for the good of business too!

Please visit the website and show your support for the protection of wildlife species and habitats for the future. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Supporting The ‘Pig Idea’


Several weeks ago, I was browsing through a magazine, when I noticed an article about a campaign to revive the feeding of food waste to pigs.

A couple of things struck me about the article. Firstly I had been unaware that there’d been a move away from this practice – it had always seemed such a sensible thing to do. Secondly, I was shocked to discover that in order to feed livestock alternative foodstuffs, rainforests are being senselessly destroyed and produce that could be fed to starving humans is being diverted elsewhere, whilst the cost of disposing of food waste soars. You can read more about the argument to reinstate the feeding of food waste to pigs, (currently banned under EU law, surprise, surprise) by visiting http://thepigidea.org/the-solution.html#facts

At http://thepigidea.org you can also pledge your support to the campaign to allow the practice of feeding food waste to pigs to become acceptable and allowable once again. It seems the sensible thing to do!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Ofsted – The Petition


For some months I’ve been running a series of blog posts on my Shoppers’ Joy blog, detailing the inconsistencies and injustices of Ofsted reports. For those of you who have not read these, you can catch up with them here:

In summary, I have had first-hand experience of a good school being put into special measures and an appalling school receiving a ‘good’ report. In addition to my own experience, I have read about many schools that seem to have been treated unfairly, often being put into special measures, or even closed down, despite protests from parents and pupils that have nothing but praise for those schools.

It has become apparent that Ofsted is no longer working for the good of students and schools as a whole. We want our children to receive a sound education in a safe environment, but Ofsted appear to be taking away our choices and not always acting in our best interests.

In view of all of this, I have started a petition to instigate an independent review of Ofsted. Please take the time to read and sign the petition, by visiting:

You can also support the campaign on Twitter, by tweeting #OfstedNoConfidence

Thank you for your support!

Keeping The Fox Hunting Ban


Further to my previous blog post condemning Cameron’s plan to repeal the fox hunting ban, I am pleased to share with you the details of another petition to fight such a move.

Please visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/do-not-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban to sign the petition and put a stop to the re-introduction of this cruel and unnecessary, inappropriately termed ‘sport’.
 
I’ve signed the petition, please will you?

Monday, 11 May 2015

Keep Saying ‘No’ To Fox Hunting


With Cameron unleashed upon the nation once again, he’s set to push for some very unwelcome changes. One of these is his plan to repeal the fox hunting ban.

Despite what advocates of the inaptly dubbed ‘sport’ will tell you, there is no good reason for re-instating this mindless pastime. It is not an effective way to manage the fox population; there are far more humane ways to approach this should it be necessary. And as for those that harp on about tradition! There was a tradition of public hangings once upon a time but we’d hardly re-instate those either!

Then there are those who say, “Well, what are we supposed to do with the hounds now?” Well, stop breeding them would be a good way to start. Exercise existing hounds by laying suitable trails and occupy your time with something more worthwhile.

There is nothing wrong with a bit of countryside horse riding, providing it doesn’t involve chasing after a defenceless little animal, running it ragged and scaring it half to death – and worse. Want the thrill of the chase? Then I suggest you chase each other – and see how you like it!

If you agree that the fox hunting ban should stay firmly in place there are a number of organisations and petitions that you can support: 

Brian May’s www.save-me.org.uk “is a non-profit organization that speaks out about the cruel minority in our society that feels it is their right to persecute and torture wildlife for sport”.
The charity www.league.org.uk campaigns against cruelty to animals through ‘sports’ such as fox hunting and believes in keeping the ban.

At http://forcechange.com/139438/end-illegal-fox-hunting you can sign a petition and there is also a sample letter that you can sign and send to David Cameron, although this is aimed more at those hunting illegally whilst the ban exists.

Whilst at www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting-2 you can sign a current petition against the repeal of the ban.

Please lend your support and add any petition details of which you are aware to the comments section of this blog, thank you!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

And So It Begins


I was absolutely incensed when I heard the result of the recent General Election. I won’t go into all my reasoning again, as I’ve already done that at shoppersjoy.blogspot.co.uk/election-my-response but now the dust has settled, I feel the need to do something constructive, as I’m sure many more of you do too.

So small a step as it is, I’ve decided to start this new blog, on which I intend to post links for relevant petitions and websites and feature related news stories, in the belief that strong campaigns by ordinary people can help to shape our country for the better.

Of course, I will be continuing the campaign that I started some time ago over on Shoppers’ Joy, calling for a review of Ofsted, following a large number of inconsistent and unfair reports that have seen devastating school closures and unwanted changes to popular schools. If you’re not familiar with this campaign, please read my posts Are Ofsted Off The Mark? and Ofsted - The Response and if you use Twitter please tweet #OfstedNoConfidence https://twitter.com/hashtag/ofstednoconfidence

But I also intend to address a number of other issues too, from stopping the repeal of the fox hunting ban, to improving and preserving the NHS. Please lend your voice to the issues that matter to you.

Introducing Purely People Power


Fed up with some of the current injustices in the world, further highlighted by some of the awful policies proposed by the ‘new’ Conservative government, I feel more motivated than ever to fight for the things that I believe.

My outrage has spurred me into writing this new blog (my third, as I also write www.shoppersjoy.blogspot.co.uk and www.ruraljoy.blogspot.co.uk though these are more for pleasure) which I intend to become a platform for bringing attention to worthwhile causes, providing links to relevant petitions and websites.

Whoever you voted for in the most recent UK elections, you may feel dissatisfaction with, or even utter outrage at, some of the proposed policy changes or existing inequalities in the country. But we must not underestimate the voice of the ordinary person in making changes for the good of all.

I believe in a country that doesn’t kick people when they’re down, that is mindful of the environment and wildlife and that revolves around a society whereby people look after one another.

If there are things that you feel that need to be changed, then use your voice, but use it calmly and eloquently. Sign petitions, lobby MPs, write to newspapers, take part in peaceful protests and push for change. It’s a calm, organised voice of the people that gets results, so let’s get together for the good or all!

I believe that it’s not who is right, but what is right that really matters.