Does your voice get heard at elections? Probably not, unless you live in one of a few key ‘marginal’ seats. Robert Ellson reveals some shocking facts about our so-called democratic system – and why we need to fight for something better.
Author: Robert Ellson
I know that this is vitriol, no solution, spleen-venting, but I feel better having screamed, don't you?
Sue Gray, the civil servant charged with investigating lockdown-breaching parties at 10 Downing Street, will not produce the silver bullet critics of Boris Johnson are hoping for.
Most constituencies in Sussex have Conservative MPs (thanks to our FPTP voting system) but Brighton & Hove is a progressive exception, having elected on Green and two Labour Party MPs
The dark days for British democracy are coming in battalions at the moment, but Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on the Internal Market bill still stands out. MPs approved the bill by 340 votes to 256, despite fears that it could lead to the UK breaking international law. The bill is controversial because it contradicts […]
In the face of Brighton’s housing crisis, imaginative solutions are required – and two local groups have found one. The Brighton and Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) has launched a share offer to purchase its first property which it will lease to SEASALT, a student housing co-operative. The share offer, which closes on 31 October, is designed […]
it is extremely concerning that an elected MP has such an inadequate grasp of the issues
Plumpton College joined a national call to Save British Farming yesterday amid claims that the double-whammy of the government’s agriculture bill and a no-deal Brexit could drive one in three farms out of business by 2025. Local campaigners warned that smaller farms would be worst hit. Thanking Plumpton College for its support, Save British Farming […]
Before Parliament went on its summer holidays, MPs were offered the chance to take back control of the government’s trade policy, and to protect the NHS from a US trade deal. And across Sussex, they rejected that opportunity. As Parliament debated the post-Brexit trade bill, Conservative MP Jonathan Djanogly brought forward an amendment requiring Parliamentary […]
Basking in the glory of the Conservatives’ 2019 election win, Rishi Sunak would never have guessed that, four months later, he’d be a Tory Chancellor playing socialist by paying the salaries of almost a quarter of the private-sector workforce. The government is keen to return to the old normal, but the coronavirus crisis has pushed […]