Politics of Courage
I’m running a positive campaign to restore decency and honesty to our politics. To build a brighter future. To combat those who want us to become more inward-looking, backward-looking, more self-absorbed. I’ll build a campaign for an outward-looking, forward-looking and compassionate country.
We’ve been misled by a privileged clique who’ve irresponsibly played on fears to stoke prejudice. We must get beyond the Brexit chaos they’ve dragged our country into. We must restore the things that matter for the sake of our children’s future – our NHS, our schools and the very sustainability of our planet.
Come and join a growing campaign team. We’re determined to win this seat back this time, to make the difference, to build a brighter future.
Many people say “you politicians are all the same”. That statement has never been more untrue. The choice here is stark:
Andrew George - Standing up for Cornwall
National campaigner, local campaigner, former MP.
Andrew describes his role - "Seeking out the silent voices. Standing up to bullies. Fighting for justice”
Liberal Democrats - Building a brighter future
The correlation between G7 and the tsunami of covid case-load in St Ives/Carbis Bay (and Falmouth) is undeniable. It ought to drive public bodies to at the very least maintain an open mind about the connection between the two. But Cornwall’s Council’s …
The UK Government and other G7 leaders will wish to set an example. Most G7 invitees are from Amber countries. The UK Government’s own regulations insist that anyone entering the UK from a G7 country is required to quarantine for at least five days. Th …
I am deeply grateful to have been granted a majority in the Cornwall Council election. It will be an honour to represent the people of Heamoor, Ludgvan, Madron, Gulval, Zennor, Morvah, Newmill and surrounding hamlets and moors. My thanks to previous in …
Respect to Dawn Butler.
It seems wrong to me that those who challenge untruth are thrown out of Parliament.
But those who are not exactly renowned for honesty and integrity are empowered to govern over us. ...
Shame all her fellow MPs didn’t walk out with her , they should get someone to do this every week !
What does it say about our society when the Prime Minister can repeatedly lie to our representatives in the House of Commons, yet one of our duly elected representatives cannot point this out in that same House. The liar should be reprimanded and sanctioned, not the whistleblower!
Outrageous that you can lie in parliament without consequences, but not point out the lies without being rebuked.
Thank God for some honesty in the House. Pity more MPs don't say what they think.
Definitely respect to Dawn Butler!!!
Thank you for posting this. It keeps disappearing!
It's no good making pledges without policies and actions to deliver them.
Watch this excellent 2 minute video by CEE Bill campaigners in Totnes. They were astounded by the antics of Conservatives Councillors in Cornwall last week. It helpfully reinforces the points and asks the questions we raised at County Hall.
Since 2015 we've seen Sustainable Homes standards scrapped, investment in renewables cut, the Green Investment Bank sold-off, the very Climate Change department scrapped and the Conservatives voting 15 times against measures to combat climate change. However, we're pleased to see that, following public pressure, they've said the right things and made welcome pledges to change course. The Government's Environment Bill - though seriously delayed - is a helpful and welcome step in the right direction.
It would help if Conservatives in Cornwall matched the commitments of their Party colleagues in Devon, Oxfordshire, East Suffolk and elsewhere and back the CEE Bill. For the sake of our children's future we need all politicians to put aside unhelpful narrow tribal enmities. We would welcome a change of heart. There's still time for them to reverse their decision and to back our motion.
Well said Andrew
CC is so currupt they need to sacked and start all over again with full transparency
It is irresponsible of Government Ministers to refer to the lifting of Covid restrictions as “Freedom Day”, when they know this will send a seriously unhelpful message to far too many who will misinterpret it as freedom to disregard the considerations of others. (But they're more concerned about dog-whistling to their "base").
This is based on right wing belief in so-called “personal responsibility”. But they ignore the (still widely misunderstood) reasons why proper controls on space, mask-wearing and use of hand sanitising have been used – ie to respect and protect others. Those who already choose not to wear masks in enclosed space and on public transport or who resent having to do so, often believe the purpose is their own protection rather than their contribution to protecting the welfare of others. I regret that what is being enabled isn’t “personal responsibility” but “personal irresponsibility”.
I'm particularly concerned for frontline retail, bus, train and similar staff. They will be expected to apply sensible precautions to protect ALL customers/passengers, but without the backing of Government Ministers. Covid deniers and aficionados of “personal irresponsibility” aren’t exactly renowned for their mild-mannered reasonableness! ...
Not sure our illustrious leaders have exactly demonstrated responsible role models either.
Andrew I'd be particularly interested to hear Mr Johnson and his team attempt to rationalise the concept of 'personal responsibility' and common sense in comparison to many other regulations. Spring to mind the seat belt laws in vehicles, the speed limits applied to roads, the helmet law applied to motorcyclists, RIDDOR notification of transmissible diseases, Working Time Directive, and many, many other matters which, if one leaves mask wearing to common sense, one should argue could equally leave to the same. For the most part, these situations affect the individual (i.e. seat belts, helmets) and any failure does not (directly) affect others. Yet we consider legislation is important - because we can't rely on common sense. Yet when it comes to a matter that demands very careful protection of others, suddenly it is expected that no regulation is required and one person will act in consideration of risks to the life of another. No doubt the economic angle of Covid might be argued. Yet so too does traffic speed control. Leaving speed limits to the individual would save a small fortune in Police Traffic activity (not that I'd advocate that either). So regulation all round? Or no regulation required due to common sense...when it suits the Government to relax it?
Stolen from another fb user. When I wear a mask in public and in the stores, I want you to know that... 🔵 I'm educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus. 🔵 No, I don't "live in fear" of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem. 🔵 I don't feel like the "government controls me". I feel like I'm an adult contributing to security in our society and I want others to do the same. 🔵 If we could all live with the consideration of others in mind, the whole world would be a much better place. 🔵 Wearing a mask doesn't make me weak, scared, stupid or even "controlled". It makes me considerate towards others and to my own health. 🔵 When you think about your appearance, discomfort, or other people's opinion of you, imagine a loved one - a child, father, mother, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a stranger - placed on a ventilator, alone without you or any family member who is allowed at their bedside. 🔵 Ask yourself if you could have helped them a little by wearing a mask. Copied and posted. Will you do the same?
'Social responsibility' doesn't appear to be in their lexicon.
This is so nuts. Even under the best possible interpretation, everyone has a different tolerance of risk for themselves. But given that masks, for example, protect others more than the wearer, we should all be making our risk assessments appropriate for the most vulnerable person we might meet - ie, keep taking ALL the safety measures! Given that Johnson and Sunak had to be embarrassed into following the same rules set for everyone else, I'm not hopeful for the coming weeks. 😢
I so agree. However it’s quite clear that our government ministers have very little or no grasp of the concept of social responsibility or the morality underpinning it. My fear is this will come to bite us when front line folk are unable to keep services running. I know too many who are vaccinated and still falling ill (not badly; the jab is working, but they still can’t work!!).
Personal responsibility is only advocated when the outcome serves those in power. Amounts to handing the car keys to a drunk driver.
When has this government ever been responsible for any thing, the most inept government ever, absolutely breath taking.
I heard or read can't remember where,that the school holidays would be a buffer zone. Maybe a good idea but Cornwall is packed with holiday makers already thankfully common sense seems to have prevailed and alot of people I've spoken too will be continuing to follow the rules
What today feels like for the most vulnerable and sensible
Freedumb day is an experiment the whole world is watching. The eton educated toff is prepared to take a gamble on our lives. We're in this position because of the total farce we have had to go through in the last 15mnths xx
Fortunately, I’m a Cornish maid in Wales, so Freedumb day doesn’t apply here.
I actually just stumbled across this thread on Twitter and it made me want to cry: twitter.com/KarenDennison17/status/1417067679161147392?s=20
Well said, Andrew!
The Death and infection rates ..
We lost by the narrow margin of just 312 votes at the last election. I was asked by news reporters immediately afterwards “how disappointed” I felt. I explained that I wasn’t disappointed for myself, but for the people I hoped to speak up for and who deserved to have their voice heard in Parliament.
After all, in Cornwall the Conservative Party secured the support of just 35% of the Cornish electorate yet secured 100% of the seats, …100% of the voice.
The Conservatives primarily speak up for those who are already more than able to speak up for themselves: the wealthy, the landed, big business, the privileged, powerful media barons, those who believe the poor have only themselves to blame etc.
But who’ll speak for the poor, the poorly housed, our NHS, our schools, our public servants, our environment, refugees, for Britain to be an ambassador for peace and reconciliation in a wider world, or even for foxes who’d rather not be chased to their death just for recreational fun?
Though a clear majority of voters in this constituency agree we must find a voice for the voiceless, unfortunately old fashioned tribalism ensured the votes of the majority were split and so helped gift this seat to the Conservatives on another minority vote.
We owe it to the voiceless to do all we can to stop that happening here this time. That’s why I’ve been working to seek cooperation between those on the centre/left of politics. I continue that work. I hope you’ll join me.