Archive for August, 2015

This report is from Corbyn’s Cardiff rally following his rally earlier in the day at Tredegar.

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Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 09.12.10Steve Belcher, UNISON official, captured the mood at the Cardiff Rally perfectly last night.

He stood up and pronounced, loud and proud to a packed audience, ” I’m Steve, and I am a socialist!”

He went on to say it had been a long time since he had felt able to say that confidently in Labour gathering. It embodied the new found, long lost, confidence that we lefties have been suffering from for so long, certainly since Blair and New Labour. Steve also pointed out that we have now reached a point that every time Blair or Campbell stand up and slate Corbyn and what he stands for, all it achieves is driving thousands more to rallying behind Corbyn’s campaign.

Among these thousands are lefties of all affiliations and none. At the Cardiff rally last night I bumped into comrades from Left Unity, the SWP, the Socialist Party, TUSC…

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I’ve just come back from listening to Labour party Leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn delivering his sermon at the Aneurin Bevan stone circle mount above Tredegar.

Very inspiring words. Jeremy Corbyn has tapped into people’s anxieties over politics and the fact that politics has been dragged to the Right-wing agenda of corporate oligarchy. Enough is enough.

Unscripted and from the heart. Jeremy spoke and we listened. #JezWeCan


Please enjoy the fantastic speech here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=304hSpPvmCI


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Here I’m lurking over the left shoulder of Jez during a BBCWales interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-33867373


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Statement from Jeremy Corbyn:

‘I believe in public ownership, but I have never favoured the remote nationalised model that prevailed in the post-war era. Like a majority of the population and a majority of even Tory voters, I want the railways back in public ownership.

But public control should mean just that, not simply state control: so we should have passengers, rail workers and government too, co-operatively running the railways to ensure they are run in our interests and not for private profit.

This model should replace both the old Labour model of top-down operation by central diktat and Tories favoured model of unaccountable privatised operators running our public services for their own ends”

Who is Jeremy Corbyn – and what is he doing in Wales today? A handy link for those that don’t know who the hell JC is… http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/who-jeremy-corbyn-what-doing-9831032

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go to Facebook UNITED VALLEYS ACTION GROUP

We fucking did it! 😋

#UVAGWon #NantLlesg #OpencastBuried Caerphilly councillors defy threats to sue and reject plan http://www.caerphillyobserver.co.uk/news/952872/nant-llesg-opencast-buried-as-caerphilly-councillors-defy-threats-to-sue-and-reject-plan/

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(Not blowing my own trumpet here, but this is what I said to him when he visited or United Valleys Action Group meeting 11months ago 😎)

Michael Sheen has called for people to be given the power to run communities instead of “career politicians”.
The actor delivered a rousing speech on St David’s Day in Tredegar where he criticised “disconnected” politicians.
Now he is calling for people in Wales to “believe in their potential” and have more of a say on how their communities are run.
Sheen said:

“Many people have become alienated by career politicians who are disconnected from them.”

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales’ Jason Mohammad programme, he added: “We have to believe in our own potential.
“There’s a lot of frustration when people from quite privileged backgrounds are laying down the law to people who come from very challenged realities.
“It’s hard to listen to someone who has been educated in a certain way and had all sorts of advantages telling people how much money they should live on and to work longer hours when they’ve never had to do it themselves.
“Politics needs to be responsive to the different needs in communities. It’s not one size fits all for Wales or for Britain.
“Developing people to work within their communities for the specific need of that community is going to be very important in the way forward.
“Political parties need to respond to that because clearly what they’re offering is not what people want.”

Following Sheen’s speech at the People’s March for the NHS on 1 March, questions were asked about whether the actor was considering taking an active role in Welsh politics.
But the Hollywood star, from Neath Port Talbot, said his immediate future lay away from his home country.
He said: “I live in America because my daughter has grown up there and I made the choice to be with her.
“But Wales is my home and where I come from and this is the culture I care about the most.
“Once my daughter has gone to college and I don’t necessarily have to be there then things will change.
“When I made the speech in Tredegar, I felt a real connection that I haven’t felt for a long time. I want to try and continue that in the next couple of years.”