Wednesday, 30 May 2007
You can read who gave to the mere 110k fund at ePoltix and the Tory spin here.
The Co-operative Party is down for £1,270 for vehicle and driver support.
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
How about the Bassline Circus , a co-operative of creative individuals and a not-for-profit organisation. After Glastonbury, Winchester Hat Fair, and Cheltenham they are coming to Platt Fields, Manchester, Thursday 6th September thru Sunday 9th September 2007. Low priced affordable tickets, times to be arranged. If we get any other nominations we'll sort out a prize.
Monday, 28 May 2007
Even found a Co-operative Party group "to bring together members of the Co-op Party, as well as others who are interested in the Co-op party, their values and their policies." Plenty of Labour groups.
Not sure where all this is leading to, if anywhere? However it has opened up more focused streams of information which is a good thing.
Sunday, 27 May 2007
However we've managed Tuesday 10th July for our film night. Showing trailers, clips, and short co-op films. The main feature will be footage from a 1993 bye-election...it features many familiar faces, many on the City Council looking a lot younger. Venue is Hardy Lane Co-op Rooms, Chorlton at 2000h and all co-operators are welcome. Also on the bill will be "Unicorn Moments" an all action 10 minute short of behind the scenes at a workers co-op - no talking heads. If we have time we'll show a 20 minute video about the Working Class Movement Library, narrated by Christopher Eccleston - it's got plenty of Labour and Co-op stuff in it. Fairtrade refreshments as usual.
Saturday, 26 May 2007
It's being shown at the Cornerhouse, Manchester Friday 8th - Thursday 14th June - see list of screenings across the nation. Also at The Lowry, Salford at the World Co-op Day event on Sunday 8th July.
Trailer on YouTube.
"to end poverty, put poor people in charge of their livelihood. A co-op boom turns the jobless into worker/owners." - story in Yes magazine (USA) summer issue. Co-operatives are now employing about 15 per cent of the population in a country where jobs are badly needed.
Also there is a film to be released Friday June 15th "The War on Democracy" by noted journalist John Pilger. Trailer here. The elected government of Venezuela is not on the White House xmas card list, they've tried to overthrow it and failed. It starts at the Cornerhouse, Manchester on that date, and elsewhere in the UK.
Essential reading is Venezuelanalyis and the Red Pepper Venezuela Blog
100,000 co-operatives in one country!
Thursday, 24 May 2007
Another in the series of 90th Anniversary Co-op Party pictures. This is part of a leaflet for A.J.May the first Co-operative Party Parliamentary candidate in a bye-election for Prestwich, Lancashire during WW1. It was in January 1918. Click picture for bigger size. A meal is being organised in Prestwich later in the tear to celebrate this event. Note the Vote Early...and the Consumers' and Democratic Candidate. Didn't win well beaten by the Tory candidate.
Personally I find MySpace page layouts very restrictive and in most cases pretty shocking, crass, naff and garish. However full marks to the Co-operative Bank in overcoming the limitations of presentation and promoting themselves at the UK's 5th most popular web destination. MySpace is owned by the News Corporation but don't let that put you off...feel like I'm missing out not being part of the "online community"
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Sunday 24th June, there is a Leadership Conference in Manchester and the results of the deputy contest will be announced. You can still join the Labour Party and vote in this contest. All very good for recruitment but highly irregular signing people up at the last minute.
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
The date is Thursday 20th September, 1830h - 2030h at the People's History Museum, Manchester. It includes a tour of the exhibition "Battle of the Ballot", networking opportunities (talk amongst yourselves), and a celebration of the work of the Member Relations Committee. You can bring along a friend, so it's more the merrier. History might fill the digital channels as a passive entertainment but it doesn't drawn large crowds. Sending off for details...more to follow in September.
Monday, 21 May 2007
If you really want a full size picture, click away (warning they are big). We've got a buffet, and some of us from Withington Co-op Party - Kathy, Tom and Chris, and holding the voting card Andy from the Co-op College. We're all at the United Co-operative, AGM, at the People's Museum, Manchester. Got a kilo of paper reports on my lap, two ballot papers for elections to the board and members relations, a ten pound shopping voucher and a questionnaire that could win you a food hamper...
Manchester has a reputation as being a difficult meeting, but I notice the usual windbags haven't shown. So after 35 minutes the reports are approved. Liked the bit that all energy is from "green" providers, the irony that selling Land Rovers (4x4 gas guzzlers) has done well, and funeral division has increased it's market share in a declining market.
Paul gives the Area Co-op Party report. Nobody ever asks a question about this, no matter how interesting you make it. Members Relations as ever gets the attention. Hardy Lane store is getting a half a million pound extension, should be ready before the end of the year. We always get a question about this store - it's the only one left with a meeting room above the shop.
So at 2029h the vote for the merger. Hold up your cards - all for, none against. Then a surprise rule change to 106(c). It is to avoid any possible tax liabilities with the merger. Not sure anybody really understood it, five questions later it got passed all for, none against.
Put ballot papers in the box, hand in questionnaire, and some people take the invitation to make doggy bags (some literally treats for their big dogs).
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Wouldn't it be better to donate any old material to a good home, after all the people who wrote and published wanted their writings and pictures to read, even enjoyed. Ah yes it's finding that good home....The picture is of a 24 page publication published by the Co-op Party in 1960. I like those colours, not retro it's the original.
Saturday, 19 May 2007
ICA Director-General's Reports
Co-operative Development Scotland
Friday, 18 May 2007
Quite a few activities coming up, the assistant organiser James Siddelly has been busy. He's been filling the diary into 2009. I suppose you have to when you're booking MP's. Anniversary meal in Prestwich. Why Prestwich? It's between Manchester and Bury with a tram stop. But, this was where the first Co-op Party candidate stood in January 1918 (nearly 90 years then?). Also an alternative energy meeting at the CIS (Co-operative Insurance) solar tower, maybe a bit of a close up inspection...err maybe not, might involve abseiling.
Hilary Benn - (47 nominations)
Hazel Blears - (49)
Jon Cruddas - (49)
Peter Hain - (51)
Harriet Harman - (65)
Alan Johnson - (73)
The picture is another screen grab from the news report of Gordon Brown at the Co-operative Party meeting on Wednesday. Noticed one of our members Cllr. Andrew Fender (Old Moat / Labour & Co-operative) sat in the middle of the crowd with a red tie. Blog entries about the event at Politics For People and Chorltonparklabour
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Photo Gallery at Co-op Party website
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
A second meeting in one evening, back in Chorlton, organised by Unicorn Co-operative Grocery and Women Working Worldwide. Couldn't get in the room, stood peering through the door next to Cllr. Sheila Newman (Labour, Chorlton - and Co-op Party member - who made a good intervention on the insights of the planning committee). Well as you know you can fill a room with a contentious planning application. So the wider implications of how the few supermarkets chains are delivering globalisation, food miles, low wages and mono crop agriculture got lost.
So we're in the HQ of the Co-op with our Co-op Party invite, there are lots of us, maybe 400 or so. Oona King does the chat show bit, Peter Hunt Co-op Party Secretary has briskly opened the proceedings and there is Gordon Brown. He's good, you haven't been Chancellor for 10 years without being accomplished. The anecdotes, the praise to Manchester, the old trick of remembering who asked the question and where they are sitting. No big announcement, but here is the next Prime Minister.
a) Only took 3 pictures b) Gordon Brown For Britain. c) Manchester's top political blogger Chris Paul was there so we'll see what he made of the evening at Labour of Love
d) Co-op MP's back Gordon Brown - Politics For People
Monday, 14 May 2007
There are discussions to set up a Manchester Credit Union covering the whole city. There are numerous benefits. Members will have to be consulted, and will have the final say on whether to join the merged Credit Union.
Tuesday 15 May Wythenshawe Forum Leisure, Forum Square, M22 5RX
Monday, 21 May Manchester People’s History Museum, Pump House, Bridge Street M3 3ER
plus other meetings in Stockport, Salford, Rochdale & etc - see list
Our Chair Paul Murphy will be giving the Manchester Area Co-op Party report to the Manchester meeting. Plus there are elections to the Board - couldn't help noticing a few familiar names as candidates. Apparently canvassing to be elected is banned, so we'll write no more.
Sunday, 13 May 2007
Trying to find out more but so far no results. Any info gladly welcome. Not read Red Pepper for ages. Well not since the Frontline Books (a workers co-operative) closed down. Not only has the butcher, baker and post office disappeared from the high street, so has the alternative bookshop faded from the town. However 10 GBP buys you a 12 months online edition. Highly recommended.
Saturday, 12 May 2007
I used to wonder what this fine old building on Grosvenor Street, Manchester used to be. Now part of Manchester University and the new big sign says "Oddfellows Hall". It was Manchester Unity Oddfellows a friendly society established in 1811. Still going, and this was them in 1915. The Welfare State (when did you last hear those words) put friendly societies in the shade but the recent Child Trust Fund has given them a boost. Who doesn't want a little tax-free savings. But it's restricted to 270 GBP a year.
Ed Balls MP speech 9th Nov 2006 at the Building Societies Association’s Annual Lunch gives some of the history of mutual financial institutions much better than I could write - link
Oddfellows Friendly Society
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Lincolshire Co-op (couldn't find this mentioned on the website)
Monday, 7 May 2007
Tony Blair félicite Nicolas Sarkozy (en français) - YouTube video
Labour:Vision has released 41 videos so far. Maybe the Co-operative Party would like to consider this propaganda avenue?
Baywind Co-operative (123kb PDF - 2 pages) - it's a successful wind energy company in Cumbria
United Co-operative Case Study (2Mb PDF - 6 pages with colour pics), Back in March the Co-operative Group became the first supermarket to pull the plug on inefficient light bulbs and domestic kitchen appliances. It has also set itself the ambitious target of reducing energy consumption at its premises by 25 per cent within the next five years.
For a list of the past months papers and the forthcoming try here.
Sunday, 6 May 2007
Blues team 1987- advertising the Co-op
Originally uploaded by co-ophistorian.
"BCFC as seen in a programme from 1987. How embarrasing to have to run around St Andrews with 'CO-OP Milk' emblazoned across your shirt!"
Thought this amusing. Coophistorian usually publishes pictures of Co-op Buildings so this is something different.
Wednesday 23rd May Evening walk in nearby Southern Cemetary: “Wildlife and Historic Graves" led by Tony O’Mahoney. Meet at Hardy Lane Co-op Hall 1845h for a prompt departure at 1900h
Wednesday 20th June
Andy Pitts from Levenshulme Woodcraft Folk speaking about the current situation for refugees in the Western Sahara. There will be a short video and refreshments with Saharan tea etc.
1930h Hardy Lane Co-op Hall, Chorlton.
Saturday, 5 May 2007
Saturday 28th April until Sunday 30th September 2007.
Soon after the museum will close for a year for a refurbishment.
Always a good place to visit, especially as it's free. An imaginative use for an old hydraulic water pumping station - yes they used to pump high pressure water around the city centre to power lifts.
People's History Museum
Friday, 4 May 2007
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
Brief talks on how supermarkets are changing British agriculture, and how supermarkets are driving down wages in third world economies, bit of clip from the video 'Wal-Mart : The High Cost of Low Price' - movie
Wednesday 16th May, about 1900h until 21000h upstairs at the Lloyd's Hotel, Wilbraham Road M21 9AN. Further details nearer the time.
Just the confirmatory vote by United's members at the meetings May 14th–22nd