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“I want Johnson thrown out of office.” Letter to the editor

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Covid guidance

Dear West Country Voices, Every day, sometimes two or three times a day, allegations arise that should trigger the immediate resignation of the man that the electorate chose to be the Prime Minister. I say the electorate chose, but actually the initial choice of leader, was made  by the Conservative party membership and those sitting Conservative […]

Democracy in Danger event report

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taped mouth marked with red x

This is a record of our well-attended Democracy in Danger event on Thursday 20 January. Unfortunately the tape was not running for the introductions and so I paraphrase in this summary. Molly Scott Cato, (Greens) talked about her work to research and then to raise awareness of the rise of fascism in the UK. She […]

We need radical political change – letter to the editor

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Dear West Country Voices, The Conservative party has clearly been in power for too long and has too much power based on significantly less than half of the votes cast in the last general election (an 80 seat majority based on securing a mere 43.6 per cent of the ballots cast in 2019). The recent […]

Lying, corruption and now blackmail

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Johnson

This man will say and do anything…and we mean ANYTHING… to save himself. In case you have not seen it, take a look at this: That’s appalling, right? But it is as nothing compared with abandoning all Covid mitigations and thereby throwing the most vulnerable under the bus to save his political skin. Please write […]

How to engage with power and make a difference

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laptop open on desk

DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT How to contact your MP, Select Committees, the Lords, Councillors etc Parliament Find your MP: https://members.parliament.uk/members/commons Find out about your MP and their voting record: They work for You Contacting your MP: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-an-mp-or-lord/contact-your-mp/ Best for Britain’s excellent Hey MP! contact software that has a campaign focus but ensures your email address is […]

Ramp up the action! Events/petitions diary

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DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT >>>CALENDAR WILL FOLLOW SOON What’s on! if you want to add your event, please contact campaigns@westcountryvoices.co.uk Saturday 22 January Pro-democracy protest, Bedford Square, Exeter. Saturday 5 February Noon Say No to the Elections Bill rally, Make Votes Matter, Parliament Square Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA PETITION on saving access to judicial review. Liberty PETITION […]

Campaign Directory

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Want to help? Here’s where you can find organisations and campaigns to join. Let us know if we are missing yours from the list. NB: this is a work in progress! Climate Crisis/Environment Climate Outreach Extinction Rebellion Friends of the Earth Fridays for Future Green New Deal Group Greenpeace Covid-19/Long Covid ExcludedUK Fighting for Vulnerable […]

Grassroots for Europe say: Patel’s Bill steals our rights

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two placards opposing Patel's Police Bill

This is a press release from campaign organisation, Grassroots for Europe. We do not usually publish these verbatim, but this is a well-worded and powerful summary of the situation we face, a situation that seems unbelievable in the UK, a situation which is a key characteristic of a repressive regime. We will be covering the […]

“I fully expected the crocodile tears” – letter to the editor

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Crocodile lead close-up

Dear West Country Voices, I have, like many others, just watched Prime Minister’s Questions. Wow! What a farce. Brian Rix (apologies to younger readers) would be turning in his grave. So our PM just happened across a ‘work gathering” in his garden, failed to notice bottles of booze and food laid out and assumed it was […]

NHS in danger: box set

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NHS rally banner

As a former banker is put in charge of NHS England, Sunak meets US healthcare giants in California, the health and social care bill opens the gates wide for private providers to grab more business and the poor staff are brought to their knees by the mismanagement of Covid, the NHS is under attack like […]

Something lovely for a change! Letter to the editor

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woman standing in St Just square with a Black lives Matter placard

Yes, it was a few months ago, but it brought some sunshine into the Editor-in-Chief’s day! Dear West Country Voices, I don’t know whether this is the sort of thing you’d be interested in, but having visited your beautiful part of the country in the summer and in light of all the debate prompted by […]

Toxic entitlement: letter to the editor

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Dear West Country Voices, When news about ‘the party’ first came to light, Johnson and his crew tried to spin it as a ‘Westminster bubble’ story. To everyone else, it looked as if they were just thumbing their noses at the suffering of ordinary people who had followed the rules and suffered greatly as a […]

Who really controls the political climate? Letter to the editor

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Dear West Country Voices, Our PM isn’t very good with gates, actually he isn’t very good at anything – except, of course, at lying; and actually he seems to have lost his talent for that recently. You will remember when he was confused by Bill Gates on how much the UK would contribute towards Bill’s […]