Hello there. Has it been seven days already?
- Welcome back to blogging Moll.
- New blog on the block women uncovered.
- Great blog title: vengeance and fashion.
- Lewisham lefty Nick Long is blogging at Green Socialist.
- And lastly, I've just come across Barry Kade's blog.
- Stroppyblog is hosting the Carnival of Socialism later today. Thanks!
- Found a copy of New Londoners on the train. It's really very good.
- Stumped for a father's day gift? Don't try any of these.
- Caroline Lucas on why Labour and Greens could benefit from cooperation.
- Interview with the RMT's Bob Crow from the Guardian (h/t Liam).
- Eamonn McCann on racist attacks in Ireland,
- Ursula Le Guin on technology and science fiction.
- Tarzan: racist savage or first eco-warrior?
- Che's grand daughter poses as guerrilla for PETA. Urgh...
- Stupid scientists test cats with stupid test.
Our video of the week is a discussion piece from a recent anarchist conference which challenged attitudes in the movement itself.
As a regular Lib Dem voter in Norwich, I have been very tempted to change allegiance to the Greens but have so far stuck with my first-choice party. Although I'm sure there are policy disagreements, there are a considerable number of common areas: both are very attentive to local issues, both are pro-Europe and both have strong environmental credentials. Both parties also seem to listen to their supporters and the public generally.
Unfortunately, both parties are likely to take votes from each other and allow the two Norwich constituencies to either retain their Labour MPs or, even worse, swing right to the Tories. I believe that a pact to fight one of the constituencies each and to back the other party in the second one could allow each party to provide one MP and this could well be a model for other parts of the country. Why not try it out in the forthcoming Norwich North by-election?
Of course, it would require an agreement now that would have to carry over to the general election, and they may need advice from Tony and Gordon about how this is managed. I would dearly like to see grown-up behaviour that leads to a strong third grouping.
Michael Worthington, Norwich