Wednesday, 10 December 2008
"Supermarkets? No, thanks. Local food-buying cooperatives, which cut out the middlemen between producers and consumers, are taking the country by storm. But how do they work, and how do you set one up? Tom Moggach reports." Link.
The piece features a picture of members of Unicorn Co-operative Grocery, Manchester which is actually a workers co-operative and not a community consumer co-op. It's also the joint winner of this year's BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards as Best Local Retailer which doesn't get mentioned in the article.
Monday, 1 December 2008
"The three-piece is of entirely new design, consisting of a settee, one armchair, intended for the man—comfort being the key-note—and the other for the woman, which gives firm support to the back and ample elbow room for sewing, knitting and the other spare-time occupations which fall to the lot of the housewife."
Lots of other good stories at the blog about local Labour Parties, sports activities, trade unions, demonstrations - helpful index at the side to assist the casual browser.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
On a more exasperating note the new regional party structures have been formalised. It's a bit of a messy dog's breakfast. The Manchester Area (which is Greater Manchester but apparently excluding Bury, Bolton and Wigan), plus Warrington, Crewe & Nantwich, Stoke and anywhere else in between will make up a region. Title of the region not known, first inaugural meeting should be in April 2009.
Video Details : filmed at Manchester Piccadilly with a cast of hundreds - 2 mins 59 seconds
Tip of the woolly hat to Chris Paul's weblog for this item -Greening Manchester Travel A Tale of Two Videos.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Manchester Area Co-op Party believes that :
· the forthcoming TIF bid vote provides an once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve public transport in our conurbation
· the proposed improvements to public transport, cycling and walking, and greater control of our road network, will pay environmental dividends for generations to come.
· the proposed investment will provide a boost to employment in the region during these difficult economic times.
Money like this is rarely, if never ever on the table for Greater Manchester. It would a pity to not get it. As was pointed out there is no Plan B if the vote goes against the proposal.
We Vote Yes
Lucy Powell's weblog in The Guardian - link
Friday, 21 November 2008
Here is the link
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Sat 22nd November 1330h - 1500h at YHA building, Potato Wharf, Castlefield.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Photos is the blue plaque on The Royal Exchange building, St.Ann's Square, Manchester. The site of a drapery shop were Robert Owen worked when he first came to the city.
Worth a browse are Archives Hub: Robert Owen which has a brief biog and some pictures of letters in the spidery quill writing of the day.
Earlier Robert Owen posts
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Bit of giddyness amongst local co-operators as the Hardy Lane co-op store reopened today after a makeover in the new livery and layout. There is a vested interest in keeping the store going as our meeting room is above the shop. Now it has extended out the back the square footage of sales area has doubled. The meeting room will still be same size, and still feature the steepest staircase in Manchester. All in all, very impressive. Bright, well stocked and organised.
The shop and meeting room will be 80 years next year. Currently making a short video of its small history - the usual stuff of old pictures, bits of footage and definately some talking heads. Contributions welcome.
Monday, 10 November 2008
They are currently seeking investor members, and will soon be staging demonstrations in Stourbridge.
You can read all about it :
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
"over the coming weeks they will be hosting a series of online blogs covering the twelve themes of the manifesto"
An innovative idea for a poltical party to obtain feedback and input.
Mags Bradbury from the Co-op Group and Cllr Sheila Newman Manchester City Council Exec Member for Childrens Services.
Lloyd's Hotel, Chorlton 19th November starts 2000h.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
One co-operative that is getting good support is the Manchester Film Co-operative with its monthly screenings. Next one is "Blood Car" on Tuesday November 25th...
"In the near future gas prices have reached $40 a gallon. Archie Andrews, an environmentalist school teacher, is trying to discover an alternate fuel source. While experimenting with wheat grass, Archie accidentally stumbles upon a solution. Human Blood".
The picture above which relates to nothing written here is a Manchester & Salford Co-op Commenrative Plate from 1909. The building in the picture used to stand in Ardwick and held the Labour Party Conference of 1901. A whole conference in a room above a store before all the corporate milarky and heavy security got in the way. Thanks to Michael for the irregular supply of interesting pictures.
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Mutalism we were told didn't have a future - it has now.
Friday, 26 September 2008
It's chaired by Len Wardle, Chair of The Co-operative Group.
It's viewable by anybody, not just members of The Co-operative. Usually these events are recorded and can be watched later if you miss it. So full marks again for use of internet technology.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of Bayern Munich said "Germany needed to have an open discussion about relaxing the country's strict ownership rules and making it easier for individuals to make big investments in Bundesliga clubs." ESPN Soccernet
Back in Blighty, Andy Burnham has responded to a request from FC United of Manchester, our own co-operative football club, to meet and discuss the issue of ownership. Currently clubs in the Football League and Premiership cannot have a mutual ownership model as in Germany and Spain.
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Thursday, 11 September 2008
This story was trailed in the press before the speech.
"Schools Secretary Ed Balls wants to see 100 schools taken over by co-operative trusts, primarily formed of parents, teachers and other staff." BBC Story
"Balls pledges to set up 100 co-operative schools in parent power battle"
This is London
'It gives pupils a voice and brings the community together' This is London background story
This is London is another title for the right wing Evening Standard.
'Balls to set out vision of 100 schools becoming co-operative trusts' The Guardian published before the speech was made.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
You can watch it online on Google Video..it's 47 mins long. Download version for iPod, MP3 players etc available too.
Lunch time fringe event: 1215 - 1400h:
Screening followed by a Q & As session chaired by Michael Stephenson, General Secretary of the Co-operative Party, and with Brian Clavin, Ethical policies manager, The Co-operative Group, and Deborah Burton, Christian Aid.
Voting begins in November by postal ballot until December 11th. A yes campaign is kicking of with a meeting at Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester 1900-2100h. The no campaign backed by Peel Holdings has been running for months as we saw in the local elections in Salford.
There will be lots of scare stories in the media. If you cross Wilbraham Road in Chorlton before 0930 you will have to pay a charge - that sort of thing.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
We'll be scanning the web and news channels in case anything appears.
Link : Party activists seek left turn at conference - Co-op News
Official Line-Up - Co-op Party
Links : Mikron
Friday, 29 August 2008
Originally uploaded by co-ophistorian.
"An unlikely alliance in a car park at Woodhall Spa" spotted by co-ophistorian. The goings on in Lincolnshire....
Still no news from the Conservative Co-operative Movement - it's been six months since the last posting.
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
A topical subject in times when private capital gets jittery when the going gets tough, but when nationalisation is still in the shadow of bloated inefficiency. The old adage of "the profits are privatised, but the risks are socialised". But there are more choices than just the above as the millions of co-operative and social enterprise organisations do every year. You can read and put your 2 euros in.
Tom Miller is called NewerLabour.
The LabourHome debate
Friday, 22 August 2008
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Sunday 7th September 1400h
Entrance £4.00, payable on the door.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
So coming up is the Manchester Co-op Party trip down the Manchester Ship Canal - forty people on a boat and no stops until Pier Head in Liverpool. That's this Sunday 24th August. The annual conference is 11th thru 13th September back at Memorial Hall, London - so some reports from that.....blogging returns, and thanks to reader Michael for the lovely photo of "Book of Party Games" (circa 1930's - which you can still play if you follow the rules).
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Known as “Station X” during World War II, it's where British scientists and mathematicians, including Alan Turing (later Prof at Manchester) broke the German “enigma” codes, which changed daily, as well as laying the foundations of the modern computer industry. It’s a fabulous story, and all true, and saving it matters. It needs repairs, and serious help with running costs. The alternative is yet another shopping development.
Please, consider signing this PM’s petition:
More details at www.bletchleypark.org.uk
Monday, 30 June 2008
Back from holidays and good to return to the Co-operative Party taking up a campaign. That is holding Network Rail to account and giving passengers a better rail service. Why not? Having just returned from a month travelling around Italy on Trenitalia with a few delays and no cancellations and then having a five hour journey from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly - you know we're not getting a good deal in the UK.
The People's Rail - for details like support, Facebook, fire off emails...
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
a) FC United of Manchester win their 3rd successive promotion and it's up to the Unibond Premier (3 divisions below the Football League).
b) AFC Wimbledon eventually get to the Blue Square South (Conference South) - they might be on Setanta Sports next season.
c) Stockport County win their play-off and climb to League 1 (Division 3 in old money).
d) Exeter City, another fan owned club, return to the Football League from a spell in the Conference
e) Ebbsfleet United, owned by mutual Myfootball Club (Registered No. 30275R) are going to Wembley won the FA Trophy final and £25,000 in prize money. Myfootball Club now have over 29,000 members, their target is about 53,000. You can still join or buy membership as a gift - it costs £35. They voted to leave the team selection for the final to the manager.
f) Next season sees the start of AFC Liverpool, a fans owned club in the North West Counties League Division 2. They'll be playing Cheadle Town, Blackpool Mechanics, and the local derby will be against Bootle. They have some summer friendlies coming up. Check out their brilliant Soviet retro crest.
Titled 'Consumerswith attitutude, can we design the society in which we live?'. Articles by Ed Balls MP, Andy Burnham MP, and expert on the railways Lord Berkeley. News on the co-operative school in Reddish Vale, Stockport and a review of NHS Foundation Trusts and co-operative housing.
There is also mention of the Annual Conference of the Co-op Party which is back at Central Hall, Westminster again on 11th, 12th & 13th September.
PDF Version available here
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Already off the mark is one in Bolton. Their website stresses no fresh oil and no palm oil is used which allays fears of the growing of crops to fill petrol tanks instead of feeding people.
Story in Bolton Evening News
Bolton Alternative Fuels Cooperative
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Co-op to stay in city centre - Manchester Evening News 20/05/2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
What is coming up is changes in the funding of the Co-operative Party. Only a small percentage comes from membership subscriptions the real money comes from the co-operative societies and the big player is the Co-operative Group. You can read the amounts, if you can be bothered, in the annual returns submitted to the Electoral Commission.
This is my take on the proposal that regional Co-op Parties come up with a 'business plan'. If they want money they should apply and if they are sitting on big reserves in the bank then spend it on political activity before asking. The bottom line is the Co-op Party is spending the money of co-op members and they should get some good value for that.
250,000 co-operatives across Europe - including those in the UK. And it could be the thin end of the wedge with future legislative attacks from the private
sector on co-operatives to be expected.
for more information and to sign the online petition
Friday, 2 May 2008
Cllr. Andrew Fender (Lab/Co-op - Old Moat ward) - LABOUR HOLD
John Hacking (Lab/ Co-op - Chorlton Park ward) - LIB/DEM HOLD
Jennie Lennox (Labour - Didsbury West ward) - LIB/DEM HOLD
Tom Murphy (Lab/Co-op - Burnage ward) - LIB/DEM HOLD
Cllr. Sheila Newman (Labour - Chorlton ward) - LABOUR HOLD
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Making films and getting them shown, usually for free has become an effective propaganda tool in recent years. The message is the impact the population has on the earth's ecosystem and the changes that must be made.
The free showings are in London (8th May), Glasgow (15th May), and Manchester (22nd May AMC Deansgate) . All at 1803h BST.
11th Hour Action
Trying to be an ethical shopper on Saturday 10th May at the Mechanics Institute. Nothing about it on the website at the moment but I've an email address if you need more details.
Lots of issues like fairtrade, climate change, GM crops, organics, air miles...
Monday, 28 April 2008
Co-op Party Flyer Early 90s
Originally uploaded by Noddy Guevara.
Not the Co-op Party but a party to raise funds for a small co-operative. From around the early 1990's but using a cut-up style from a decade anda half earlier.
Possibly this co-operative is still in existence, a housing social enterprise in Hull.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
You can't see the building 'cos that's long gone but the street pattern still exists. On the right the area called Longworth's Folly is where the Town Hall was built in the late 19th Century.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Picture on the left is of Tony Harold, the Treasurer of Salford Co-op Party who is standing in the other city on the left bank of the Irwell. There is blog post at CP's Labour of Love and a flurry of comments in response. Like ourselves, he's up against the Lib-Dem fiction writers and whingers.
Monday, 21 April 2008
If you are a member it might be landing on your doormat soon. The only thing I wasn't sure of was the advert for 'Fairtrade holidays in South Africa'.
Friday, 18 April 2008
For Central Region there are seven meetings in Wythenshawe, Hyde, Stockport, Salford & etc..and in Manchester it's at The Mechanics Institute 103 Princess Street M1 6DD. Meeting starts at 1930h.
This year there are webcasts of some of the meetings, though that is only a pale substitute for being there. Even if it's just to receive your shopping vouchers, spot some the 'odd characters' who attend and watch the scramble at the free buffet. Some regions even offer free transport - see Cambridge Co-operator - that doesn't happen around here.
For details of webcasts you have to use your members login at Co-op Membership.
"But from these ruins was surely growing the glorious fabric of the Co-operative Commonwealth. ......The Golden Light that will be diffused throughout all the happy world from the rays of the risen sun of Socialism."
There isn't a Robert Tressell day but if there was it would be today, the birthday of, real name, Robert Noonan 18th April 1871. There are some events in Liverpool happening this year, with it being capital of culture and the resting place of the ledgendary writer.
The book is in print and the TUC made it available online a few years ago. Other details of his time in Hastings the setting for Mugsborough in the book are here. Looking through it today after many years the characters of Crass, Bundy, Sawkins come out with comments you'll still hear today. No wonder the hero, called Robert Owen, is up against it.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
So left to right : Mervyn Wilson, Co-operative College;Douglas Alexander MP;Dave Gibson, College Board of Governors; Pauline Green, Co-ops UK.
The venue is The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford which is across the river from Deansgate. It must be upstairs, and if you've never been it is one of the best late Victorian rooms you'll ever see...
The date is Tuesday 22nd April, 1945h, £2.
Details on the website.
Monday, 14 April 2008
Further reading : Spinning The Web - Chorlton-on-Medlock
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Up in Bury today for the last Saturday home match of FC United of Manchester for this season. Thought I'd better take this picture of the Co-op store near the Gigg Lane ground. FC United might be groundsharing elsewhere next year so thought better take a snap because you might not be around this parts for a while.
The wording at the top says 'Bury District Co-operative Provision Society Limited No.14 Branch'. The shop is the regular convenience layout.
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Some local blogs - not that up to date due to election work, except for Crumpsall Labour where the leader Richard Leese is up for re-election)
Chorlton Labour Chorlton Park Labour Fallowfield Labour Crumpsall Labour
So it was never built and would be very costly to construct and maintain if anyone had the dollars to do so.
As ever click for a bigger picture.
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
It's in Northenden near Wythenshawe Park. This is 1960's sheltered housing, and back when Robert Owen was in Manchester this was all fields and part of Lord Tatton's estate. One of the few references to Robert Owen in the city.
Monday, 7 April 2008
"It is high time to stop this charade of Co-op Party and instead start supporting any people in politics from all parties who support the Co-operative Movement, including Conservatives, Greens, Nationalists and Liberals, though obviously not fascist parties."
"Clearly the Co-op needs to have some political influence, but this should be on non party political basis."
Not quite the line taken by the Conservative Co-operative Movement, but they've got a bit quiet so we don't know what they think of this - though Richard Balfe does describe himself as David Cameron's Envoy to the Co-operative Movement.
Sunday, 30 March 2008
There is a small item coming up on the telly in a couple of weeks on UKTV Food (Sky Channels 256, 257) about the awards. I'm told you don't actually receive any silverware to take home, and the event was full of media luvvie types. No surprise there as The Observer food magazine is no mirror of food reality in Britain.
Friday, 28 March 2008
Didn't realise there were so many. But as the editor David Parker points out elsewhere in the magazine. "If community co-operatives generating power from renewable resources is such a good idea why aren't the Brits doing it? ...but there impact is tiny compared with Denmark where about 80% of wind generating capacity is community owned."
There are plans for water powered turbines in New Mills, Derbyshire which isn't far from here...I can see a trip coming up.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
It's only been a month since we've heard anything. He does point out that nobody from the other benches could be bothered to turn up for the debate on the Co-operative Model For Education yesterday, 26th March. Perhaps it just slipped their diaries - it does happen?
Statue of Robert Owen, Manchester, England Originally uploaded by beyondutopia.
Seeing this is the 150th Anniversary year of the death of Robert Owen then it's time to weblog a few images. Robert Owen came to Manchester in 1787 when aged 16 and stayed until 1799 when he moved to New Lanark. There is very little left of 18th Century Manchester but there is a statue of him outside the Co-operative Bank HQ. This is the same as the statue in Newtown, Wales where he was born.
More to follow....
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Thanks to co-operator John Hacking for putting me on to this.
Monday, 24 March 2008
Go on then, the real politics is always in the pub.
Thursday, 20 March 2008
I picked up on Co-opinnvervations from the Politics For People weblog a couple of weeks ago - see shape the future of the co-op. Well, the email invite finally arrived and after a bit of a rigmarole to actually register the project looks intrigueningly interesting.
It's a brand new venture for The Co-operative (never thought I'd see the term Beta in the title) that's looking for innervative ideas, brainstorms and other thoughts out of your head.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Cllr. Andrew Fender (Lab/Co-op - Old Moat ward)
John Hacking (Lab/ Co-op - Chorlton Park ward)
Jennie Lennox (Labour - Didsbury West ward)
Tom Murphy (Lab/Co-op - Burnage ward)
Cllr. Sheila Newman (Labour - Chorlton ward)
We don't have elections for a mayor but one of the key contests for the country is in London. Unfortunately we don't have a vote but if we did it would be for Ken Livingston. Here you have a major international city, and the prospect of Boris Johnson winning for the Evening Standard and Tory Party makes you think he would be making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Down to business, we've got a new chair Kevin Bennett from Warrington, our own Paul Murphy moves over to Treasurer, as Joyce Creuvel retires and gets a presentation for all her seasons on the accounts.
There is a plastic bag resolution going to the Co-op Party Conference in September.
We had a guest speaker Shaun Fensom from Manchester Digital entitled "The Co-op and the Internet - a missed opportunity?". It's not all doom but a lot more could be done.
Friday, 14 March 2008
Previous entry Breakfast, Dinner and Wine. Forthcoming will be the recipe for "Chocolate Salami" so you can use up all those bars of Fairtrade chocolate bars and impress your friends and comrades.
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Fairtrade Fortnight has come to an end. The news has all been positive. Sales in 2007 are nearly double that of 2006, Tate & Lyle will be converting their whole range of sugars to fairtrade and The Co-operative will be switching all their hot beveages to fairtrade too. Lots of events, plenty of publicity and even little stories like Manchester Cathedral switching to fairtrade communion wine.
Above is a short video of our contribution the showing of Black Gold movie with two guests from a cocoa co-operative in Ghana.
Thursday, 6 March 2008
"John Leech MP - the least popular man in Parliament? ...he really know hows to garner support for a cause and kick up a fuss. Just look at the support he's gathered for this Early Day Motion"
A tip of the hat to Greater Manchester Fabian Society for actually finding out he's visited Parliament.
Some recent examples - five things you never knew could be fairtrade, like Euro notes issued by the Netherlands in this Story. Even more obscure fairtrade products like a webcam, necklace and trainers in another story.
Well worth a visit, or if you're a rapid surfer like myself putting the RSS feed into a Netvibes page..
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
You'd be right to be very sceptical if some major corporation came out with fairtrade claims, but then by-passing the bureaucratic hoops and not paying the fees to the Fairtrade Foundation. But there can be bilateral agreements between growers and sellers which are based on fairtrade principles and prices but not carrying the logo.
Related post 16/11/2007 - Olive Oil Meeting
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
The article is titled 'eco boutique', that's the Evening News, you'd never guess it was the same news corporation as The Guardian if you've ever read a copy. Read it here. There is also an Arkadash in Leeds.
Related earlier weblog post.
Monday, 3 March 2008
The stats: 30 fairtrade wineries in the world. The Co-operative has the biggest selection with 16 wines, and the Fairtrade Reserva Malbec 14% vol, Argentina (£5.99; Co-op) makes it into Jonathan's Top Ten (it's all subjective, but he does a lot of tasting and has a career writing about it).
La Riojana Co-operative is the world's largest maker of organic Fairtrade wines: its 510 members produce some 4.7 million cases a year. This fantastically full-bodied, smooth, chocolaty 100 per cent Malbec from Famatina Valley - made especially for the Co-op. I've gone through a few bottles of it this week. The acid test is always would you buy it again. Answer is yes.
Friday, 29 February 2008
"The Co-operative is to run a six-week trial of home-compostable carrier bags in a bid to encourage shoppers to cut down on free, throwaway plastic bags. The scheme will run at 11 stores in Northampton."
However, it's not just the issue of landfill it's the waste of resources of oil and energy to make something that''s going to be used for a couple of minutes. Customers are price sensitive, 5p is too cheap and voluntary action hasn't had enough take up, so maybe a tax of 20p per bag would change things.
Thursday, 28 February 2008
If you are a member of The Co-operative, and can find your membership number on you card, then you can log in and read.
P.S. One of our own members Cllr. Sue Murphy was in the panel. There is another online discussion on fairtrade on March 5th.
For locals you can nip to Arkadash in Chorlton (also in Leeds) the shop that stocks fairtrade or organic clothing. 20% discounts on offer in Fairtrade Fortnight. P.S. I don't get paid to plug this stuff.
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Picture is : myself (Co-op Party), John Hacking (Chorltonparklabour), Comfort (Kuapa Kokoo), Paul Murphy (Co-op Party), Cllr Sue Murphy (Chair of the Fairtrade Manchester steering group). Little movie of the event to follow....
The cafe is pretty good as well. Opening Times.
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
a) Fairtrade breakfast that's OJ, some of the muesli, banana, but not the soya milk.
b) 100% Fairtrade dinner.
Red quinoa, Nut Koftas (brazils and cashews, ground and fried), fried banana (the unripest ones I could find in the Co-op), Mango relish (re-hydrated sun dried mango coated in mango chutney). Apart from the mango it all has a co-op connection, either Suma or The Co-operative.
Monday, 25 February 2008
Hopefully we'll hear first hand of this fairtrade success story.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
If you're on Facebook you might want to check out Fairtrade Woman who'll be surviving on nothing but Fairtrade food for two weeks. There are some competitions with prizes you can enter by designing a 100% or a 50% fairtrade meal. As a dab hand at home cooking I'll be publishing my entry this week. If you don't know what quinoa is you'd better Google it now.
The only thing that is still puzzling me is the Conservative Co-op Movement is at an arms length distance from the Conservative Party. If you visit the Conservative Party website you'd never know that David Cameron and the new look Tories were now pro-Co-operative. Well we'll see in the coming months.
Friday, 22 February 2008
So let's try and find the book. Amazon have it out of stock at present. "Nuts & Bolts: How to Start a Food Co-op (Paperback)- by Amy Coyle (Author), Jesse Norman (Introduction)" 5 quid plus 1.99 sourcing fee whatever that is. 98 pages.
So meanwhile it's worth reading the Politics for People comment on the book launch - here. Best quote "They are aboard and we're glad to have them. Labour's links with the cooperative movement goes back to the 1800s. We are sure this will last as long."
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
"If David Cameron is now signalling that that hostility is at an end, co-operators across the country will welcome that."
There is a 20% discount on Faitrade products. Thought I'd start with some bananas, a malbec ( red wine) from Argentina, fairtrade muesli and some brazil nuts....more
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
PR Newswire Story
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Good quote from Jesse Norman "There's nothing in what it is to be a co-op that places it anywhere in the political spectrum." I know we don't talk about the Co-operative Commonwealth anymore, but I'll think you'll find it near enough Socialism.
Not that you need a Tory Party handbook to set up a food co-operative. There is a story in the Wrexham Evening Leader 15/02/2008 were residents have re-launched their food co-op after it closed last July.
Saturday, 16 February 2008
List of Screenings in the UK
Website - with new Trailer
Lucy Powell Weekly Blog
Friday, 15 February 2008
Today the ballot papers arrived. They have to be returned by Friday 7th March by post - sadly no online voting for this contest. Anyway it's no contest for us - Arlene is the Number 1 choice for all the support and help she's made as MEP for this region. The European Parliamentary elections will take place in June 2009.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Picture from John Hacking - see ChorltonParkLabour.