Caroline’s militant tendency

The rollercoaster that is Brighton and Hove Green Party politics has just taken another stomach-churning lurch.  At its General Meeting last week the Brighton and Hove Green Party passed two motions which define its approach to politics in the city in the weeks preceding the General and City Council elections. Faced with cuts in Government […]

The Green Party’s women problem

Some time ago, an American lifestyle blogger wrote that having testicles was a bit like being perpetually chained to the village idiot. I don’t remember the context, but I’m guessing he follows quite a few Greens on Twitter. It’s ironic – the Green Party is led by a woman and its only MP is a […]

Brighton’s Greens, Council Tax and a disgraceful act of moral blackmail

There’s an old political saw that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. As they come to the end of four years in office, and as they start the process of setting out their last budget, the peculiar genius of Brighton and Hove’s Green Party may well have been to turn that formulation […]

Unchain the motorist – will they never learn?

A new advertisement from the Brighton fringe group Unchain the Motorist, which claims to speak for drivers in Brighton and Hove, makes a hugely misleading assertion about 20mph zones and casualties. The advertisement quotes DfT statistics showing that the number of casualties in 20mph zones has increased substantially for 2013, while those on 30mph roads […]

Brighton Pavilion: are the Greens losing their grip?

Ever since the results of the European Election vote in Brighton and Hove were announced last Sunday, there has been an outbreak of speculation over what those results could mean for next year’s local and general election results in the city. Almost as soon as the results were announced, the Caroline Lucas camp was tweeting […]

A change of direction

Last night I was selected as one of a team of Labour and Co-Operative candidates to contest Preston Park ward on Brighton and Hove city council, along with Julie Cattell and Kevin Allen.   Preston Park is a key ward for Labour, one that is crucial to achieving our goals of winning the council and […]

i360: a final appeal to the City Council

This afternoon the City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee will meet in special session to discuss an increase in the proposed loan to the developers of i360 to £36m.  Having now had a chance to read the papers, I do not believe that they make the case for the loan to go ahead, and urge […]