Thursday, 30 October 2014

MATT TAYLOR BACKS SUSSEX MEMORIAL FOR FALLEN SOLDIERS.

Matt Taylor the independent candidate for Brighton Kemptown in 2015 and former Royal Military Policeman, has welcomed the call for a Sussex based memorial to remember Sussex based soldiers killed serving in Afghanistan.

As 13 years of British occupation of Afghanistan comes to an end, ten young men from Sussex were among the 453 British soldiers and civilian contractors killed in the line of duty.

Joining calls from the families of the fallen, Matt Taylor adds his voice for a permanent memorial to be erected in Sussex as a focal point to remember our fallen heroes now that the war is over.

Matt Taylor said from his election office in Peacehaven, “Our fallen heroes and heroines must never be forgotten. They made the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our liberty and it’s only right and proper that Sussex honours their sacrifice by remembering them with a permanent memorial in Sussex.”

ROLL CALL OF HONOUR: THE SUSSEX HEROES WHO WERE KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN.

  • PARA: Corporal Oliver Dicketts, 27 of Wadhurst
  • MARINE: Scott Summers, 23 of Crawley
  • PRIVATE: Daniel Gamble, 22 of Uckfield
  • PRIVATE: John Brackpool, 27 of Crawley
  • GUARDSMAN: Jamie Janes, 20 of Brighton
  • PRIVATE: Daniel Prior, 27 of Peacehaven
  • GUARDSMAN: Michael Roland, 22 of Worthing
  • LANCE CORPORAL: James Brynin, 22 of Shoreham
  • LANCE CORPORAL: Michael Pritchard, 22, of Eastbourne
  • CORPORAL: Sean Reeve, 28, of Brighton

In a week in which the government is accused of breaking the ‘Covenant’ with the armed forces, Matt Taylor is well aware of dangers soldiers are put under in times of war.


For more information about Matt Taylor’s campaign to be Brighton Kemptown’s MP, please check out his election campaign website www.sosparty.co.uk.

Friday, 10 October 2014

THE BEVY IS NEARLY READY!

We have a Manager!
How exciting is that! Welcome aboard Chris Pobjoy
Chris joins us from The Romans in Southwick, where he was landlord for 10 years. Chris turned the Romans into a proper community and family-focused venue, raising money for charity and being voted ‘Business in the Community Winner’ at The Argus Awards 2012, and finalist in the Adur District Community Business awards 2013.
Not another bloody workday
Sorry to keep nagging, but the more help we get, the quicker we open.
Jobs this Saturday include painting, weeding, sanding and helping make the tea, - and that warm glow you get for helping out your community.
Chris will be there, with a paint brush, so come and say hello anytime between 11am and 4pm
Anyone got a strimmer and would like to give it a run-out on Saturday?
For those of you waiting for some SEIS tax relief. The paperwork has arrived and we will be sending it to those of you who said they want to claim over the next few weeks.
Where's my share certificate?
Apologies if you haven't received yours yet. We hope you understand that we have been concentrating on flinging the pub doors open. Anyone who just can't get enough of data entry, please get in touch! ;-) 

GAGGING LAW - UPDATE.

Dear Matt,

The gagging law - that horrible law that we fought together to stop - is now in force. [1] I wanted to give you an update about how we're coping with it. 
Even though 38 Degrees is independent of all political parties, we face restrictions on our campaigning between now and the election next May. Inside the office, staff now have to fill in forms and get things checked by lawyers before sending out a campaign email. [2]

There’s no doubt about it, the gagging law is an attack on everyone's right to campaign together. But I’m approaching the next few months with hope not fear.

38 Degrees members were crystal clear on how to respond to the gagging law - there was no way we wanted to stop campaigning about the issues we care about. Campaigns like protecting our NHS, cracking down on tax dodging or stopping TTIP must continue. [3]

But, you may have noticed that 38 Degrees has been changing the way it does some things. The aim is to increase the impact of campaigns for a fairer, more democratic UK, without getting trapped by the new law. Here’s a little bit more detail:

The gagging law restricts money spent by the office - not time spent locally by members. So we’re putting more power in 38 Degrees members' hands. That means:
  • Helping 38 Degrees members get together face to face in their local communities. Sometimes this is for a drink or chat with like-minded people. Sometimes this is to campaign on a local issue, or a national issue like the NHS.

  • Local 38 Degrees groups are now springing up in towns like Bristol and Glasgow.Imagine what we can do together when there are hundreds more across the country.

  • Helping 38 Degrees members start their own petitions and run their own campaigns. We've expanded the "Campaigns By You" area of the website, and more 38 Degrees members are running brilliant campaigns like saving local libraries and hospitals. [4]

  • We are running more campaigns which won’t be caught by the gagging law - for example because they are targeting corporations, quangos, councillors or MEPs rather than Westminster politicians.

  • Our campaign to get Matalan to pay the compensation to the Rana Plaza factory workers was an example of this. Targeting members of the European Parliament about TTIP is another. [5]

  • We are continuing to make every penny we spend go as far as possible. The tight spending restrictions for many tactics make it even more important that each campaign gives us the most bang for our buck.
So that’s the plan as it stands. I think it's good news, because most of the things we are doing to cope with the gagging law will also make us better at winning campaigns.

One final thing. These plans have been hugely helped by the 8,000 members of 38 Degrees who make a monthly donation. It's just so much easier to make ambitious plans like expanding 38 Degrees local groups if I know how much money is coming in.

So, if you were willing to consider chipping in a couple of pounds each week, I'd be hugely grateful - and I can promise you it will make a huge difference. You can set up a secure direct debit by clicking here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/gagging-law-dd


Thank you for being part of 38 Degrees. There’s no way we’ll let the gagging law stop us - there are just too many important people-powered campaigns to run.


Thanks for everything you do,

David Babbs
Executive Director, 38 Degrees


PS: A few 38 Degrees members have been asking, who is responsible if 38 Degrees gets ‘caught’ breaking the gagging law. That would be me, as Executive Director! There's no risk to individual 38 Degrees members. The lawyers should keep us the right side of the law. But to be honest, I’d happily defend our campaigns in court if it means we can keep people power powerful.

PPS: I'd be interested to hear your thoughts about all this. I've posted a version of this email on our website - please leave comments there so that I can read them and other 38 Degrees members can join in the conversation too:https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/gagging-law-update


NOTES
[1] 38 Degrees website: The Gagging law: what we did together:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/02/06/the-gagging-law-what-we-did-together/
[2] 38 Degrees website: More information on the gagging law:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/01/20/the-lobbying-bill-what-should-mps-do-this-wednesday/
Scriptonite Daily Blog: The Government Just Passed a ‘Gagging Law’ to Outlaw Critics Ahead of 2015 Elections:
http://www.scriptonitedaily.com/2014/01/29/the-government-just-passed-a-gagging-law-to-outlaw-critics-ahead-of-2015-elections/
[3] 38 Degrees website: results of the poll:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/02/11/poll-results/
[4] You can start your own campaign on Campaigns by You now:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/
[5] 38 Degrees website: more information on the Matalan campaign:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/08/04/matalan-day-of-action/

Friday, 3 October 2014

Four questions by Daniel O'Mahony, Brighton based Freelance Journalist.

Why should the people of Kemptown vote for you?

As an independent candidate I’m best placed to serve Brighton above and beyond the Conservatives, Labour and Lib-Dem’s because I won't be subservient to the party whip. On such serious issues as going to war, infringements of human rights and fracking, I’ll be able to freely vote based on my principles and convictions, unlike Simon Kirby who as Under Secretary to Jeremy Hunt isn't allowed to vote against Party policy and Nancy Pratts who will do anything Ed Miliband tells her to do.

Born and breed in Brighton, living-first in Hove then Portslade and now Moulsecoomb, I am the perfect voice of the common people. I’m the only candidate who has been raised in poverty, living in Brighton’s council estates and brought up in a single parent family. Now i’m representing the city I love. I work in Brighton, send my kids to school in Brighton and consider Brighton to be the best place in the UK to live.

People should vote for me above everyone else because I am best suited to deliver in Parliament what Brighton wants and needs by the sea.

Do you think your more controversial policy ideas are what the people of Brighton actually want? 

Yes. Brighton has demonstrated with the election of Caroline Lucas as the countries first Green MP that Brigton is at the fore-front of controversial ideas. Brighton is the city where anything and everything happens.

If I’m to win as an Independent MP anywhere in the UK, it would be in Brighton & Kemptown. Simon Kirby won by a 3.8% majority. That's one of the slimmest margins in the UK and considering the Tories are the most hated government in a generation, Brighton & Kemptown is wide open for a controversial political up-set in 2015.

The only reason my ideas are controversial are because there has been such little conversation and debate about their pros, merits and cons. Once people start exploring these controversial ideas, they’ll agree that these are the ideas Brighton needs to succeed in the future.

If an Independent MP is going to be elected anywhere in the UK, it’ll be in Brighton & Kemptown.  

Why do you think Brighton should secede from the UK?

For a better way of life.

If it’s good enough for Scotland, then it’s good enough for Brighton

The disturbing truth of the situation is that the British Establishment has been infiltrated by paedophiles, swindlers, fraudsters and thieves. The evidence suggests that Westminister is a den of thieves whose crimes will see them all in jail for the next thousand years.

Whether you want to believe it or not, Queen Elizabeth II is a convicted criminal in the eyes of the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels, for crimes against humanity.

She has brought the British Monarchy and country into disrespect with the constant rumours of her families involvement in her daughter-in-law’s fatal car crash, and her continuing patronage of convicted paedophiles such as Jimmy Saville, Rolf Harris and her private butler, to name but a few.

If the people are serious about having a better way of life, there is no other politican to vote for than me.

I offer a better way of life including:

  • A new £1Trillion economy and sovereign currency.
  • Bulk free energy from Moai Tidal Electric.
  • Sustainable living with Earthships.
  • A cure for cancer with Rick Simpson Oil.
  • Less Crime with citizens on patrol.
  • A better future for all.

If you had the deciding vote in a hung parliament next May, what major party would you go with?

None of the above. I would steer towards making a coalition with other independents, Green, SNP and Northern Ireland MP’s, while encouraging other MP’s to go independent, if more are needed.

The major parties have had their century to get things right and they’ve failed. Not only have they failed they’ve revealed themselves to be the very thieves who have been destroying our country with their greed.

Remember that all the leaders of the mayor political parties are multi-millionaires.

How on earth do public servants become multi-millionaires?

All three political parties signed up to the notion of austerity, when 5 years on the notion of austerity has proven to be a scam with the facts that the national debt has gone up, that there has been more public sector management added, more war and more bonuses to the fraudster bankers.


All three mayor political parties have taken us all for a ride. But now we know and the tables are turning.

IPSA: KEEP MPS' EXPENSES PUBLIC.


THE PETITION TEXT:To IPSA - the MP watchdog,


Please don’t hide the names of MPs whose expenses are being looked at. MPs work for us, so what they spend our money on shouldn’t be kept secret.
It’s crucial that MPs' expenses are kept public. It’s a matter of public interest and should be kept in the public domain.




Wednesday, 1 October 2014

POLICIES FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN 2015.


Taking the lead from Scotland and the recent referendum vote to go independent, I’m the only politician in Brighton calling for an independent Brighton & Hove.

If Scotland can go it alone, then why not Brighton and Hove?

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Plagued by street drinkers and heroin addicts (its worthy to note my sister and nieces are street drinkers and heroin addicts, so my heart is keen to do all we can for members of society who fall through the safety net,) Brighton must indeed address the anti-social behaviour of street drinkers and heroin addicts plaguing our streets, to ensure all residents of Brighton live in safety, free from intimidation and harassment.
In light of this I call for by-laws to curb the selling of alcoholic drinks to anyone deemed to go on and indulge in anti-social behaviour.
Having spoken extensively with my sister on this issue, we are in full agreement that only by denying the fuel to ignite anti-social behaviour, will anti-social behaviour be controlled and extinguished.

CRIME & ORDER

Regardless of Katy Bourne’s insistence that Sussex is Safer, the horrible truth reveals Sussex has never been more dangerous.
You simply need to check out the news stories on the Sussex Police website to learn of the many muggings, rapes, stabbing, assaults and murders which happened day on day on day in Sussex.
Published during the Police and Crime Commissioner elections of 2012, I maintain the concept of Citizen’s on Patrol to be the perfect solution to tackle the crime and anti-social behaviour epidemic throughout Sussex and Brighton and Hove in particular.

CITIZENS ON PATROL

  • Citizen on Patrol Units (C.O.P) based on US/Canadian models.
  • Made up of volunteers from the community, they will have the full support of Sussex Police but without the powers of arrest.
  • I will aim to create 70 units across Sussex, amounting to about 1800 volunteers, devoting 135,000 hours per year.
  • These police volunteers will be brought together from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds. Each patrol will be identified by a simple uniform, made up of patrols of two. Training and equipment will be provided by Sussex police and the £30 criminal record search will be waived for all C.O.P volunteers.
  • Each volunteer will devote shifts of 2-3 hours once a week. They will be community minded, nice people, positive role models, keeping their families and neighbourhoods safe.
  • As a Police Chief from America told me, ’That’s a great deal of ”eyes and ears” time that can assist the police to solve problems, as well as freeing their time to work on more serious issues.’

DRUGS IN THE CITY.

Following the examples of Brighton Cannabis Club and CLEAR, I support the complete and comprehensive legalisation of cannabis for medical and recreational use.
The claim that Rick Simpson Oil cures cancer is life-changing! And must be explored, proved one way or the other. Is cannabis the wonder drugs we’ve been waiting for?


ECONOMY

Following the example of Lewes in issuing their own Lewes Pound, Brighton and Hove will be free to issue their own currency as an independent state.
Either issuing our currency on the debt which Westminster has fraudulently occurred or issuing currency on the strength of Brighton’s population, the idea of having to go to the Bank for money is becoming a thing of the past.
A shining example is SterlingCoin, a cryptocurrency launched in Brighton as an answer to Bitcoin.


Bankers have proven themselves to be fraudsters of the highest order. Take for example only three scandals of hundreds more in London, American and Asia.

  • HSBC Mexican Drug Cartel money laundering
  • The Libor rate scandal
  • PPI mis-selling scandal.

THE ELDERLY

With a lot more elderly living on their own, isolated with no family and friends as support, its more important than ever that the community comes together to bring all Brighton's elderly under their umbrella.
The elderly must not worry about heating bills, TV licences and bus fares.
We must do all we can to improve the lives of the elderly by reducing the burden they contribute to society and actively encourage the community to reach out to every OAP in the city to offer them the friendship, company and respect they need to make them feel they are loved and needed as much as any other section of society.

ENERGY

Forget about wind-turbines and fracking, I’m the only politician in Brighton who offers tidal energy as the solution to all our energy needs.
In exclusive negotiations with Moai Tidal Electric, I am perfectly posed to revolutionise energy supply in Sussex and the nation at large.
Able to create 300-500 megawatts of electricity from 50 square meters of sea volume, tidal turbines are able to produce bulk free energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Fracking across the South Downs will be void and redundant, as will any planned installations of wind turbines of the Sussex coast.
Moai Tidal Electric is ecological safe to the environment and is hidden from view, tethered to the sea bed invisible beneath the surface. Able to produce bulk free renewable electricity, Moai Tidal Electric is the answer to all our energy needs.


HEALTH

Increase the number of Nurses, Doctors and Dentists across Sussex and Brighton.
Reduce the number of non-medical administrators and managers, to ensure more doctors are on call and available to reach the sick, rather than the sick reach them. Provide an NHS Dentist within 30 minutes of every household. Provide free parking for hospital visitors and staff.
In parliament I will be pushing through the legislation that allows the NHS to use other treatments, than the treatments they use now.
Rick Simpon Oil is claimed to cure cancer and a variety of other life depilating conditions. Other treatments outside the control of pharmaceutical companies must be explored and used more actively.
Investment into the causes of disease will be more beneficial in the long run, against investment spent combating the symptoms of the disease.

HOUSING
An Earthship near Stamner Park in Brighton

With a short fall of 11,000 houses in Brighton and Hove, I'll introduce legislation that will encourage and simplify the planning applications of Michael Reynolds’s inspired ‘Earthship Houses.’
Built using recycled materials such as dirt hammered into tyres, glass bottles and beer cans, Earthships can be built to catch their entire water system on their roof, power all their electric utilities by solar power and maintain heating by using the thermal mass of the dirt filled tyres to hold the heat in Summer and release it in the Winter.
With a revolutionary idea of recycling the water supply, Earthships allow you to drink cook and bathe in fresh water, for that water to feed the in-house plants and vegetable crops, to then be used for a third time to flush the toilet, which is used a fourth time to filter through natural reeds outside of the Earthship to water the garden.

Read more: www.earthship.com/

IMMIGRATION

The subject of immigration is a controversial one. Everyone has either met or has had dealings with an immigrant. For a quick fired response to the problem of immigration, I say- Immigration, what problem?
I don’t believe we have a problem with immigration because there are just as many people leaving our country as there are arriving.

I expect if every immigrate stopped work tomorrow, Britain will be broken by 6 in the morning.
Our politicians are apportioning the blame onto the immigrants flowing into our country. They are brainwashing the British people to blame immigration for our problems, shifting the blame away from themselves to someone else.
The only reason we have a problem with immigration is because the politicians haven’t invested, as they should have, in the infrastructure of our nation, the health care of our nation and the housing of our nation.
I stand for love, friendship and trust. I won’t begrudge desperate souls coming to Brighton for a better way of life.
I stand for unity and a world without borders, a world and society in which we work together for a common goal regardless of one’s nationality and birthplace.
Of-course there is a problem with foreign peoples coming to our city and receiving preferential treatment over and above Brighton residents. This is unfair, of-course it is. Why should a family born and breed in Brighton, who have been waiting for a council house for many years, be put back down the list in favour of a family fleeing for their lives from their native country in Rwanda? But we mustn’t blame the immigrant for this; we must blame the politicians for creating this situation.
It’s an admission our politicians would never dare admit, but it must be acknowledged.
One thing I don’t like about immigrants is the word ‘immigrants,’ and the same for ‘asylum seekers’ too.
Two words used by our politicians and media to de-humanise people. Because that is what they ultimately are, people. People like you and I, who love our family and friends. Who strive for a better and safer life for their children and who work hard for the life they want.
Replacing the word ‘people’ with ‘immigrants’ and ‘asylum seekers’, takes away their humanity. This is something we must acknowledge; immigrants and asylum seekers are the same as you and I, people.
In another world and in another time we have all immigrated, seeking new lands and new futures. Let’s not begrudge the people of the 21st century for doing the same. 

INWARD INVESTMENT

Inward investment into Brighton and Hove has been massive over the last few years.


I want to see more inward investment and am the only politician in Brighton calling for a new train station for Moulsecoomb to ensure no ghettoization of Brighton occurs.
The ever increasing bus fares enforced upon Brighton commuters, shows there is a limit to their spending power and the threshold has been reached where certain members of social, (more often than not the elderly,) are forced to stay at home because they cannot afford to travel outside their immediate area.


JOBS

Having been reduced to a Service Economy by successive Labour and Conservative governments, Brighton and Hove must welcome the nation’s leading entrepreneurs to set up in new industries in Brighton and Hove.
Leading the way is Bill Smith of Latest TV Brighton who is creating a TV industry in Brighton as we speak.
Brighton must be more than a ‘Service Industry,’ we must create things using Brighton’s resources and we must makes physical things which Brighton can export to the world.

Watch more: http://thelatest.tv/

PROSTITUTION

To think Brighton hasn’t a striving prostitution industry means you routinely stick your head in the sand and pay no attention to the city around you.
Brighton has a striving prostitution industry and their busiest time is the party political conference season.
Our cities prostitutes deserve our protection, understanding and respect. They are providing a valuable service that meets the city’s demand for sex. (The Royal Economic Society says that £770m is spent on prostitution every year in Great Britain.)
The revenue received from the taxation of the sex industry will be a welcomed addition to Brighton's cash register. It’s acknowledged as the second oldest industry in the world and should be treated as such.
• Prostitution will be renamed as the Sex Industry.
• Protect sex workers from the deregulated practices and abuse of ‘pimps’.
• Prostitution will be an economic benefit to the city.
As it stands prostitution is illegal and unregulated in this city. As a consequence under-aged girls are forced into prostitution, prostitutes are killed by serial killers and girls from abroad are forced into a life of sexual slavery. This is unacceptable. By adopting my proposals, prostitutes will be able to work without fear, safe in the knowledge that they are protected by the city they serve. 



SCHOOLS


I want to see a back to basics approach in our schools. I say no to biometrics and no to any form of data collection of our children’s habits. Teachers are being bogged down with too much paperwork and find they are unable to devote the adequate time to teach the child, as they are meant to do. Brighton schools must be free of unnecessary interference from Whitehall and should be left in the hands of their Headmasters and teachers to run the school as they see fit, rather than what a conservative ideology sees fit. 

TRANSPORT

While I welcome the introduction of the 20mph speed limits throughout central Brighton, I have serious reservations for giving a whole lane leading along Lewes Road to a private bus company.
It’s a fact that Sussex Police will not enforce the 20 mph speed limit. In light of this the 20 mph limit should be regarded as a guide-line only which allows responsible drivers to drive slowly when there is a requirement to do so.
Brighton’s reputation suffers greatly from the limited entry and exit roads leading into and out of the city.
A more imaginative approach should be made that ensures a steady flow of traffic, reducing gridlock and road-rage.
We need a more intelligent red light system which reads the traffic flow and reduces the need to stop at empty junctions.
Harmony between biker and driver must also be addressed, allowing bikers certain privileges to jump red lights when it is safe to do so.

VIGILANTES

Brought up in a one parent family, I grew up fantasying Judge Dredd was my dad. All my role models were vigilantes. Superman, Batman, Iron-man, Spiderman. Ordinary people from all walks of life giving up their spare time to fight crime.
Having watched the vigilante 'Paedophile Catcher' Stinson Hunter on Channel 4, its clear that vigilantes work.
Complimenting the Citizen’s on Patrol program of the community policing their own communities, the vigilante work of people like Stinson Hunter who lures paedophiles into the open and justice, must be encouraged, rewarded and utilized.

Vigilantism works and can be the vital resource the police need to reduce crime levels and make Sussex safer for all of us and not just for Katy Bourne and her Nazis Tory friends.

WAR

As an ex Royal Military Policeman I joined Her Majesty’s forces prepared to kill and be killed in defence of our illustrious Queen. Since then I have changed my mind. As a Brighton MP I wouldn’t have voted for war with Iraq based on the conspiracy theory that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction able to hit us with only 45 minutes warning.
I wouldn’t have voted for war with Syria after the alleged chemical warfare attacks on civilians, falsely blamed on the Assad regime.
I wouldn’t have voted for air-strikes against the Islamic State, because the Islamic State isn’t the threat which David Cameron makes out it is.

THE YOUNG

I welcome the voting age be reduced to 16 years old. Whatever age society demands a contribution for its up-keep, is the age the person making the contribution must be allowed a say in how his or her contribution is used.
It is absolutely right and proper that 16 year olds should vote. It is also absolutely right that boys and girls of a younger age should be allowed a voice in Brighton politics too.
Everyone in society has a contribution to make, be them 5 years old, 10 years old or a 100 years old.

For more information about SOS Party policies, please contact Matt Taylor at the Independent HQ in Peacehaven.

  • Email: info@sosparty.co.uk
  • Telephone: 07913 501026
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