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
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Tackling the housing emergency For too long, the UK planning system has been fuelled by greed, not by need.The core of its failure has been handing responsibility for the delivery of the homes we need to speculators primarily interested in filling thei …
Weekly blog • Incredible news that India has landed a spacecraft near the south pole of the moon. Wonderful news that our own local Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) played a pivotal role enabling it. Cornwall may not itself have joined the space race. But …
The government should stop the developers’ charter – and instead set targets to meet housing need, not developers’ greedI’ve long proposed that local authorities should be required to set targets to meet need, rather than simply housebuilding targets.C …
So important to follow the science. It doesn't have to be like this. We can help nature recover.NEW RESEARCH
30 years of cetacean stranding investigations have revealed shocking levels of toxins in orcas, bottlenose dolphins and other UK marine mammals.
A newly published, first-of-its-kind study, revealed that levels of six chemical pollutants remain at highly toxic levels within UK marine mammals - more than two decades after the use of many of them was restricted or banned.
The team at Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme- UK strandings identified that in recent years, the average concentrations of banned toxic chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in orcas were thirty times the amount at which marine mammals would start to face negative health effects. Once used widely in paints, adhesives and motor oil - PCBs were internationally banned in 2004. However, the report highlights how many of these chemicals continue to impact the natural world.
We believe nature can recover, and that conservation is most effective when driven by science. Members of the public can support CSIP’s vital research by reporting strandings in Cornwall to Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Marine Strandings Network hotline: 03452012626
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Conservative MPs representing Cornish seats voted against forcing water companies to compensate pollution victims in Westminster last night. But they're happy for the top execs to award themselves unjustified bonuses. 3 voted against. 3 couldn't be bothered to turn up.Conservative Ministers have let water firms get away with their destructive ways for far too long. There needs to be justice for victims of potential environmental crimes, especially swimmers and families simply wanting to enjoy beaches and lakes.
The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Victims and Prisoners Bill which would provide compensation to those who have suffered illness as a result of sewage in the waterways of England and Wales.
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Despite everything we must look forward in hope. Restoring our country after the catastrophic mess the government have made of everything they've touched will require herculean effort.
Today, on 'Politics South West' the BBC selected three of a multitude of policy areas where the Conservatives have let us all down.
1. Local government finances - cutting smaller slices from a rapidly shrinking cake. Cutting essential services while the government forces local authorities to hand out £millions into the pockets of wealthy holiday home owners.
2. Fisheries mismanagement - the Conservatives promised that "take back control" Brexit would deliver a brighter future for the fishing industry. Just listen to what the fishermen think of that! Expletives had to be bleeped out! Having used them for their political ends, the Cons simply "turned their back on them".
3. Combatting homophobia - 20 years on from reversing the Conservatives' notorious Section 28 bigotry of the 1980s, there are now signs the country is going backwards again.
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I wouldn’t call them “Conservatives.” BNPukip is a more appropriate name for they’re no longer the Party of MacMillan and Heath.
Radical changes are needed , "tinkering" with existing strategies will do nothing to reverse the catastrophic damage done by many years of misgovernment ( and that includes the last "coalition ")
Next year is the most important election of a generation how do we get the economic growth the country needs. Labour would say spend to do it the Conservatives would say spend only when the country is in a position to do it. The country can print money to pay it of but there are different beliefs on the consequences of that could we end up like Greece did. The economic position of this country can not be fixed short term it's a long term thing
Popped into the consultation today.
Of course it is far better to have these good quality facilities for outpatient services at our hospital. This is unquestionably good news for patients and staff.
Though it's just an £11m sticking plaster intended to distract public attention in the lead-up to next year's general election where the Conservatives are worried about losing this marginal seat to the Liberal Democrats.
This investment will not deliver a single additional outpatient clinic.
What's needed is serious commitment from a new government which genuinely believes in and truly backs our NHS and doesn't just use it for gimmicks and photo opportunities or to burnish its woeful reputation.
Our hospitals need a commitment to invest in safe staffing and facilities. Here in west Cornwall we need to design a service which provides properly resourced 24/7 urgent treatment capacity with clinically safe medical, diagnostic and ambulance back-up. And to reinstate the scores of hospital beds lost when the Conservatives closed Edward Hain and Poltair hospitals. ... See MoreSee Less
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This is the first time that I have seen that a consultation exists. How long is it on for? (You might think that by not advertising it they don't want anyone to comment!)
Wasn't a day care centre for outpatients remodelled at significant cost within the hospital just a few years ago and weren't the ordinary staff who would use it, left out of the planning resulting in an expensive and inappropriate clinical area?
So true……pie crust and promises, that’s them 😡
No money to pay their hard working kernowflex HCAs and Nurses staff the payrise they withheld though! shameful RCHT.
Two hospitals closed, no replacement of the beds , where does the money go when they sell of the assets? Tories gonna Tory.
The government and their puppet councils are closing and quietly removing public services,and then making bold verbal promises of innovative new services?We have lost quality NHS services hospitals carer services care homes doctors pharmacies post offices ambulance and fire services dentists public toilets disabled access complete with loan mobility scooters.They have destroyed our town centers with extortionate business charges,stupid ill thought out traffic restrictions,extortionate parking charges to name but a few.Now they announce build back better with town center revival funds?ie :-restoring exactly what they initially destroyed,creating work for their partnerships whom cost the ratepayers a small fortune.The government and councils together have caused more chaos than WW2 .They are a nightmare! !
Attended a really thoughtful presentation as part of the "16 days of activism - to end violence against women and girls"
It reminded me when I was involved in the early days of Penzance Women's Aid; supporting their work and growth. I was astounded to think that it was 33 years ago! It has provided a growing service and life saving and enhancing protection and support for women fleeing domestic violence. In those days I was naive enough to believed we could look forward to the day when there would be no need for such organisations...
Instead the problems have got worse.
There was nevertheless a sense that progress is being made.
But, you know, I'm not so sure...
1. There's a growth in the popularity of so-called "social media influencers" who preach extreme, offensive misogyny
2. The "anti-woke" political right has found its shameless voice and it's growing
3. Fundamentalist beliefs which hold that true faith requires the subordination of women seem to be growing
4. Those men who believe they have a right to dictate to women what they should do with their bodies seem to have a growing influence in policy making.
So, there's absolutely no room for complacency. It's not easy to call out disrespectful and threatening behaviour in all circumstances. But that's what the decent majority must now do.
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I remember a group of Womens Aid people coming out to our Womens Land near Sancreed a a couple of decades ago to plant some baby trees. That small woodland of about 1000 trees is now a healthy woodland and wildlife sanctuary. Every little act helps.
I often think that it's a pendulum, swinging back and forth, as with the cycles of the seasons...people embrace one attitude until it becomes so extreme that suddenly we are all sick of it and there is a reaction. The job of those of us who believe in the positives, justice and love and fairness, is to continue to speak up for them, to argue against the more blinkered attitudes, to keep up the pressure until the pendulum begins to swing back again. As Tony Benn said once, it's never over, it's a continual struggle. (His advice: "Toughen up"!)
I would love to have been there. It’s an issue that’s extremely important to me. I don’t doubt that you need is greater than ever. I wish I knew what I could do to help. What is this 14 days of activism?
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.