The cost of policing fracking site will grow
(An open letter to Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, from Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb of the Green Party)
I am writing to you in the hope that you will visit the fracking site at Preston New Road and meet me and local protesters this Friday.
I read your letter to the Home Office Minister about the estimated cost of policing the fracking site and their response.
Policing these unpopular fracking sites is obviously costly and takes officers away from more important duties, especially as several years of austerity have already left the police overstretched.
This cost will grow as more fracking sites are opened, such as the one proposed at Roseacre.
My preferred solution is for the government to simply abandon fracking because of the huge damage it is doing to the climate and local environments. However, with a government ideologically committed to fracking, despite massive public opposition, I would suggest that we have a conversation about how we can work together to persuade national government to pay for the policing of a nationally imposed policy.
I’m sure that you understand the reasons why these protests will continue against the imposition of fracking, especially as all the local democratic systems have now been sidelined by the government and made near irrelevant to the outcome of decisions.
For example, I have been particularly struck by there being no nationally agreed ‘set back’ limits, which means that a civil servant in Whitehall can decide that it is fine for a fracking well to be built opposite your house. Protest and direct action have become the only tools of dissent left to people to express their horror at the well documented impacts of fracking.
Jenny, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb
A well-deserved honour for Dalglish
I don’t have much interest in the honours list, too many receiving awards that don’t deserve them, Mark Carne is a good example, receiving a CBE when he has to take responsibility for the recent chaos on the railways.
However there are exceptions and I do not begrudge former footballer and manager Kenny Dalglish receiving a knighthood. He played 102 times for Scotland, was the embodiment of Celtic’s football success, when he came to England he kept Liverpool at the forefront of English and European football. Later he took an unfashionable team such as Blackburn Rovers to its first title in 81 years.
The Heysel Stadium disaster of 1985 in which 39 people died and the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 in which 96 died knocked the stuffing out of Dalglish but through it all he showed diplomacy and compassion, not for nothing was he called ‘King Kenny’.
In his autobiography he states that behind every successful man is a woman, but as far as he’s concerned his wife Marina has never been behind him, she has been beside him, always. Well put Sir Kenny!
Little disruption with no-deal exit
Governments do not create wealth; businesses create wealth and ultimately provide the taxes to support governments.
If we leave the EU without a deal as seems likely due to the intransigent, obstructive and unhelpful EU negotiating team, there will be little disruption.
Market forces of supply and demand will apply. If the EU seeks to disrupt businesses in Europe and Britain they will do so at their peril bringing opprobrium on themselves from both sides of the Channel and similarly if they wish to provide an unnecessary and unpopular hard border in Ireland they will have to try and do it.
They won’t; they will have to be pragmatic.
Gender equality in prison system?
I have just heard a debate on the radio regarding women prisoners, the argument was being made was that women with children shouldn’t get prison time as many have kids to take care of.
I can imagine the prisons are full of men who have kids so why are they not spared time locked up either then.
If you commit a crime, male or female, and you are caught you get punished.
If you are being sent down what gender you are shouldn’t matter.
In times of gender equality, women can’t ask for the same rights as men and then want to play by different rules as regards going to prison.
I had to mute out all those shrieks...
I had to put the TV on mute during Halep v Stephens at French Open, hope they ban it before Wimbledon.
Halep shrieked so loudly at every shot.