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One-and-a-half cheers for the vote on health reforms in the USA.

... and a segue from concerns about reproductive rights to ...

... a strange collision of worlds, where I'm talking to UK Civil Servants about what belief systems UK Equality laws are 'intended to protect' and discovering: certainly not Jedi-ism (because UK residents will generally consider it a trivial fiction), nor Marxism (because political beliefs are not covered) nor Darwinism (because scientific beliefs are not covered)

Protected beliefs, prohibited conduct )

ETA You can currently respond to an EHRC consultation on their draft guidance relating to the Equality Bill 2010: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/legislative-framework/equality-bill/
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Vote for a Change rally
A mix of music, poetry and putting politicians on the spot.
Thu 9 July 2009
6.30 - 8.30pm
Methodist Central Hall (opposite Parliament)
Westminster, London, UK

Find out more: http://www.voteforachange.co.uk/ or http://www.makemyvotecount.org.uk/rallyforachange

"The full details of MPs outside earnings will soon be publicly revealed for the first time. Already over the weekend several high profile MPs (with large parliamentary majorities and lucrative employment beyond Westminster) have announced they won't stand again at the next election - a sign of how damaging these new revelations will likely be."

Coaches from some cities (Oxford, Leicester)and possibly others depending on demand. See http://tinyurl.com/mvdfhk for transport details.

See also Early Day Motion 1681 - "That this House supports the call for a referendum regarding a more proportional voting system for elections to the House of Commons."
http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=38868&SESSION=899 (and http://tinyurl.com/mo6oo2)
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" A plan to revive Britain's dying democracy is launched today by an inquiry which warns that the parties are "killing" politics.

The independent Power commission calls for sweeping changes to prevent a dangerous gulf between politicians and the people becoming even wider. Its ideas include allowing the public to initiate legislation and a shift of power back from the Government to Parliament, following criticism that Tony Blair has neutered it."


"After eighteen months of investigation, the final report of Power is a devastating critique of the state of formal democracy in Britain. Many of us actively support campaigns such as Greenpeace or the Countryside Alliance. And millions more take part in charity or community work. But political parties and elections have been a growing turn-off for years. The cause is not apathy. The problem is that we don’t feel we have real influence over the decisions made in our name. The need for a solution is urgent. And that solution is radical. Nothing less than a major programme of reform to give power back to the people of Britain..."


"Make Votes Count – the voting reform umbrella group – celebrates today’s publication of the final report of the Power Inquiry. It is a significant milestone in winning the argument that electoral reform is a necessary step towards revitalising our democracy. The report highlights the harmful effect that the current first-past-the-post system has on voter turnout and engagement, and recommends a change to a more "responsive" system as part of a package of measures to increase political participation."
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Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change )

“I am delighted to be taking on the challenge of conducting this review of the economics of climate change. Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing the world in the 21st century. In order to tackle it whilst also promoting a dynamic, equitable and sustainable global economy, we will need to have a deep understanding of the economics of this complex problem. That is what I hope this Review can achieve”

Call for evidence
Sir Nicholas is today asking interested stakeholders in the UK and the rest of the world, including academic, private sector, scientific, NGO and other experts, to submit evidence to the Review. Evidence on all areas relevant to the Terms of Reference will be welcomed. The deadline for evidence to be submitted is 9 December 2005.

Submissions should be sent to the review team at:


Submissions may be published unless a specific request is made for them to remain private.

Notes for Editors )

Annex: Terms of Reference for the Stern Review )
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The Campaign to pass a Children's Food Bill in the UK - likely success, or failure?
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How to best help people who are currently suffering? Donating to the USA Red Cross may not be the most effective use of your money at the moment. Other suggestions include:

o Write to USA political representatives, asking for federal resources to support Katrina victims.
o Remember other victims - donate to ongoing appeals for Africa, Asia
o Donate the the USA Red Cross once the rebuilding starts in earnest

For example, http://www.directrelief.org/ seem like an effective organisation, working in 50+ countries including rebuilding work after the 2004 Tsunami. Oxfam America has a Global Emergencies Fund. Oxfam International is working to relieve the ongoing West Africa food crisis, the Sudan refugee crisis, continuing humanitarian crises in Democratic Republic of Congo, and the plight of the displaced in Liberia.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fjm for inspiration.
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Can anyone provide further information on this story:

Chicago -- August 2, 2005 -- TomFlocco.com -- U.S. federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's Chicago grand jury has issued perjury and obstruction of justice indictments to the following members of the Bush Administration: President George W. Bush, Vice-President Richard Cheney, Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, imprisoned New York Times reporter Judith Miller and former Senior Cheney advisor Mary Matalin.

And my second thought on reading this? His initials are RLC, not DLC - unless his full first name really is Dick?!
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A response to Tony Blair (for whom I did not vote).


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