The government regularly demonstrates the difference between slogans and strategy. Slogans come thick and fast, the strategy is harder to see
Author: Andy Brown
Andy is a Green Party councillor and is leader of the Green group on Craven District Council. He has stood for parliament three times in Skipton and Ripon. He began his career as a college lecturer before becoming head of Hillsborough College in Sheffield and then director of young people’s learning for Yorkshire. He is a beekeeper, writes regularly on nature for the Yorkshire Post, and has had a lifelong interest in economics.
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Johnson’s failure to resolve the problem with Brexit and the Northern Ireland border is what’s causing all the current tensions
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Dangerous views must be called out and condemned for the disgusting nonsense they represent. But does that mean that the owner of those views has taken a permanent stance and can never learn and evolve and move beyond outrageous immature attitudes?
The leaders of the G7 have finally done something very sensible: the taxation agreement. Their agreement to put a minimum rate of taxation of 15 percent on global corporations is of real importance.
Some people constantly cause chaos because they repeat the same basic mistakes and never learn. Does this include Prime Minister Johnson?
Andy Brown explains the importance of looking after the environment in preventing future pandemics like Covid-19, and the steps governments around the world could take to stop zoonotic diseases.
In the run up to Cummings giving evidence today, the government seems to have been trying to limit the damage of his testimony. The question is, why was it so important to listen to him a year ago, but so wrong to listen to him now?
Andy Brown look at how social care reform has been promised by a succession of Conservative governments, all of which have failed to deliver.
The decline in insect numbers is not normal, and it’s very worrying. Humanity has wiped out the huge quantities of insect life in Britain.
Andy Brown writes about the fire at New Providence Place, where residents were trapped and over 100 firefighters were needed to put out the flames. Sadly, memories of Grenfell are brought back. Deregulation of financial services, and now the building industry, have led to people being put at a huge risk.
Despite travel restrictions easing, taking a holiday closer to home this summer could save lives, businesses and livelihoods.
One of the great joys of reading Jane Austin novels is the skill with which she deals with the tension between young people wanting romantic love and a society in which an inheritance was necessary if you were going to comfortably enjoy life with your chosen partner. Her characters suffer from the indignities of being […]
Andy Brown points out that Boris Johnson is a good liar; he has lied about Northern Ireland, Brexit, and now his private life, and it has come to the point where his inability to tell the truth renders him incapable of running the country.
In Russia and the UK, nationalism, authoritarianism and extraction economics is a dangerous combination. It’s therefore vitally important that we resist every step on the dangerous journey away from an open society. Before it’s too late.
Andy Brown shows how the pandemic has revealed the sleaze within government. Officials, and the prime minister included, took advantage of a bad situation to benefit themselves. The result? The reputation of the country and civil service has been ruined.
Andy Brown reveals the dangers of mining the ocean. Environmental damage in the sea is difficult to clean, and oil and gas extraction is a threat to sea wildlife. If we want to pass on a healthy ocean to younger generations, change must happen.
Andy Brown explains how changes in human life, such as removing large areas of forests, has put us closer to wildlife and therefore pandemics and natural disasters. Human-induced climate crises must be taken seriously by politicians around the world.
Andy Brown asks why the government is so keen to look to expanding its nuclear arsenal, while it cuts its aid budget and army size. The nuclear option has not helped us in recent conflicts, building strong alliances and looking to the warfare of the future is the answer.
Andy Brown asks what use a potential pandemic inquiry could really be. An inquiry will not tell us more than what we know about why the government failed. We need to learn lessons.
Andy Brown asks what priority our society gives to violence against women and whether the police are doing enough.
Andy Brown breaks down the problems with the Chancellor, looking at its impact on care, education, waste management, and the government’s use of back room deals, cheap tricks, and pork barrel politics.
this budget is good at sounding good. As for genuine new thinking and policies that seriously face up to the challenges of an economy in crisis, then that has been much harder to detect. This is a chancellor who told us that getting out of the European Union would help business and provide a boost to the British economy. As the slow burn damage of that decision starts to kick in, we’re entitled to have our doubts. Is Sunak’s judgment really to be trusted?
Andy Brown, Green Party councillor on Craven District Council, reviews the recent speech from Sir Keir Starmer and regrets the lack of leadership on issues like Brexit and how to bring progressive parties together to achieve their aims.