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Author: Natalie Bennett
Natalie (Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle) is a Green Party member of the House of Lords, having been leader of the party 2012–16. She lives in Sheffield, and works particularly on food and farming, universal basic income, and making the UK a democracy. The accent is Australian, in case you were wondering, but she moved to the UK in 1999.
The environment bill shows the overall framework for our relationship between the world’s resources and our consumption of them
The professional qualifications bill has many problems, the Henry VIII powers, and the potential of brain drain overseas.
A study revealed deeply shocking damage to soil from pesticide use. One issue is the inevitable spread of crop resistance to pesticide use.
Natalie Bennett writes about the Queen’s speech and the House of Lords, looking at the contrast between the representative nature of the Scottish parliament, and the attacks on democracy at Westminster. Ironically, the unelected House of Lords may be the only effective opposition.
Natalie Bennett highlights how care homes have been deprived during the coronavirus pandemic; they are a matter of public health, and by valuing profit over care, people in need have been forced to suffer.
Natalie Bennett explains the concept of ‘parental alienation’; when a child refuses contact with a parent, due to being ‘poisoned’ by the other parent against them. Should parents have a ‘right’ to see their children, even if they are a threat (domestic abuse)?
Natalie Bennett discusses the importance of having a ‘good’ financial sector, not just a ‘big’ one. She points out that competition usually means someone loses, and instead suggests that a strong, secure financial sector means that everyone wins.
Green Party peer Natalie Bennett argues that we clearly do need, post-Brexit, a Financial Services Act but as it stands the financial services bill is nothing like what we need.
Sheffield-based Green Party peer Natalie Bennett has seen firsthand the results of disinformation. Now, she argues, we need to start taking it as seriously as the pandemic, and start working on solutions.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party Peer, provides a deep dive into her first full year in the House of Lords, looking at the many different contexts in which she’s mentioned Sheffield.
Natalie Bennett offers her initial response to the news that a deal has been agreed with the EU. A deal that overlooks services, which represents 80 percent of our economy. A deal that highlights so much that we have lost.
Politics in the UK is fossilised in an earlier time. With a setting which encourages confrontation and is hostile to women. Natalie Bennett writes: “politics needs to catch up with the modern world, and speak to all of our citizens.”
The UK is known as a nation of animal-lovers, yet it’s a terrible place to be a wild animal (or plant or fungus). For ours is one of the most nature-deprived countries on the planet, the “green and pleasant land” a pure fiction. Chief responsibility for that lies with the supermarket and multinational-dictated food system […]
Today, speaking in the House of Lords second reading of the internal market bill, my fellow Green peer Jenny Jones will be focusing on the aspect of the bill that has attracted the most attention – the insy, teeny, tiny (as the government would have you believe), breaking of international law. The rule of law […]
You might not think that you would ever settle down to read a short article on investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) procedures. You probably didn’t think the UK would Brexit. You might also be bitterly thinking of how the nation no longer wants to Brexit, but is now stuck with it. But please, stay with […]
Yesterday (Wednesday) the House of Lords debated motions expressing its – and many others’ – grave concern about the plight of many facing the threat of a winter of homelessness, with the Covid-19 emergency eviction ban ended. It was noted, in the dry, formal terminology of such things, that the legal change “will permit evictions […]
Unless you’ve just splashed down from Mars, you’ll have noticed that the government has got itself into a great deal of hot water over the internal market bill. Former prime ministers, of various hues, have lined up to express their horror at its cavalier, casual dismissal of international law and repudiation of a treaty that […]
One of the many aspects of British law on which I’ve found the public is unclear, is their right to live in their own country with a foreign spouse or partner and any children they might have. I’ve long lost track of the number of times when I’ve raised this issue, and people have said […]
In 2016, many people voted for Brexit in the hope of “taking back control” of their lives. It was an impulse I understood and continue to understand. Politics has been done to the people of the UK, rather than being something they’ve been able to do, and by the date of the Brexit referendum, the […]
I’ve never been lucky enough to see a hen harrier. The closest I came was on Hen Harrier Day 2017 at the Rainham Marshes in Essex, when a marsh harrier came to patrol the wetlands, where hundreds of fans were listening to Chris Packham, Mark Avery and many other wildlife luminaries. The bird was, of […]
Last night after 8pm, some 16 hours into the debate of the 321 amendments to the agriculture bill, with Lords huddled over their laptops in remote parts of the country, you’d have to be a keen political wonk to have still been attached to Parliament TV. But Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick described this part of […]
Farming requires a huge number of skills and a vast amount of knowledge, all of which needs to be continually updated and revised as the environment – physical, legislative and market – changes. If you think about what the job description of ‘farmer’ involves, it runs the gamut from pharmacology to mechanical engineering, animal behaviour […]
Article published 19 June 2020 We’ve seen two screeching, high-profile U-turns from the government this week – on school meal holiday vouchers and the Covid-19 tracing app. But a further step in the reversal of a long-term Conservative policy – of backing fracking – has slid under the national political radar. Kwasi Kwarteng might be […]
“Build back better” is a phrase, and a hashtag, that’s being increasingly used in reference to an approach to societies learning to live with the threat of coronavirus for the foreseeable future. It’s a phrase that acknowledges that going back to the old ‘normal’ is not just impossible, but actively undesirable. Our societies were racked […]
Back in late March, as the country had just gone into lockdown, and I was cycling to the House of Lords as we passed what is now the Coronavirus Act, central London was an eerie place. It was practically deserted. #StayHomeSaveLives had just been invented and was really being followed. The noise of construction – […]