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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This week's newspaper blog:
We can take encouragement from recent campaigns
1. Congratulations to care campaigners who correctly exposed the truth behind the Government’s claim they’d “cap care costs”. Their system, which is unlikely to be implemented by the next general election, will leave the majority worse off. The wealthiest and super-rich will contribute least. The less well-off contribute most.
Liberal Democrats ensured the implementation of Sir Andrew Dilnot’s recommendations in the 2014 Social Care Act; protecting the less well off from losing assets built up over a lifetime. But this was immediately scrapped by the Tories after the 2015 general election.
It’s bad enough that most commentators fail to mention that the bulk of care home costs (the so called ‘hotel’ charges) are excluded from the cap. There’s still time to force the Conservatives into retreat.
2. Congratulations to Conservative former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. His attempt to persuade the Government to actually plan how many doctors and nurses the NHS needs to operate safely is just common sense. Surprising it was rejected by his party this week.
Hunt refused to support my safe staffing campaign when I was MP. So, it’s good to see his conversion. The NHS has almost 100,000 doctor/nurse vacancies. It spends around £6 billion on locums – a far more expensive and less safe method of filling the gap than proper workforce planning.
3. Congratulations to climate campaigners. World leaders faced intense public pressure at COP26 to keep temperature rises within a 1.5C maximum.
Whilst the Glasgow event provided wonderful opportunities for PM Johnson to do what he’s really good at – grandstanding at big events – the outcome was disappointing. It was not as bad as would have been if campaigners stayed at home. Our children deserve better. The campaign must go on…
4. Congratulations to those who forced the PM and Conservative MPs into an important retreat on MPs who profit from paid lobbying. This follows their attempt to water-down rules on MPs’ standards and to put themselves – ie Conservative MPs – in control of policing themselves. Putin would admire such a manoeuvre. One local MP was an architect of this ‘cunning plan’.
Public pressure forced this apparent U-turn. However, we still need to see evidence that the Conservatives have fully understood that MPs should not abuse their privileges.
Being an MP is a more than full-time job. They’re now paid to be amongst the top 5% of earners, so they don’t NEED another job. I don’t oppose those who work part-time to maintain their medical, legal etc registration and where there’s no question of using their privileged position to be paid to lobby for private interests.
5. And congratulations to PM Johnson for citing Peppa Pig and adopting his usual theatrics to distract the national media from properly reporting on all of the above. Clever of him. Naive of our august tormentors… ... See MoreSee Less
Today in Porthleven
Giving voice to the voiceless.
You can book any of more than 300 homes in the Porthleven area through Airbnb. And there are hundreds more empty second homes. But there're NO homes for locals to rent. Just one in nearby Helston.
Conservatives gave over £104 million (yes £104 m) of Cornwall's Covid aid to second homers. But they punish the less fortunate; penalising those who live in council homes if they have more bedrooms than they believe they deserve.
The planning system favours private gain not public good. Cornwall is one of the fastest growing places in the UK - nearly trebled its housing stock since the 60s - yet the housing problems of locals have got worse. Turning Cornwall into a developers' paradise is not the answer.
We must make sure the voices of those in desperate need - who are terrified about their future security, who are suffering through no fault of their own - are heard.
Next gathering in Truro on 11th Dec
Well done First NOT Second Homes
Thank you to all who attended to make your voices heard. ... See MoreSee Less
And big thanks to Jory Mundy Photojournalist. and Rob Lawrence for letting me nick their photos
And thanks to Mark Tripconey, DrLoveday Jenkin, Cath Navin, Jo Howard, Camila Dixon, Gav Goulder, Sarah Tresidder, Esther Johns and all who attended
There are blocks of luxury flats in London unoccupied because rich foreign investors buy them up as part of their portfolios, probably same thing happening here in Cornwall?
If you say a building cost of £100k that’s a thousand homes that could have been built.
That’s ridiculous! (Airbnb) 🤬🤬
BZ! (that’s navyspeak….)We’re in. See you in Truro 11/12. VBW, Andrew.
Very well said Andrew. Strong true words.
Wilfred Owen 1893-1918 - killed in battle aged 25 a week before Armistice was declared, ending WW1.
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (Taken from Latin Ode to Valor - Horace: "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country")
Anthem for doomed youth ... See MoreSee Less
CSE English Literature Helston School
Strange Meeting is my favourite poem of all time. It should be part of every person’s education.
Thank you Andrew. Many, many years ago we 'did' the War Poets for A Level...I have to admit that for a 16 year old girl caught in the mad whirl of the 1960s it was way too much, too distant, too painful to contemplate - almost unrelated to the anti-war protests we espoused..Now though, they speak as if yesterday..as if tomorrow....
Powerful poetry as with Sassoon, spawned by their raw emotional experiences or the human carnage of the 'Western Front'. The two met at Craiglockhart in Scotland, being treated for 'war neurosis', where they both refined their poems, a legacy to the tragedy of war.
Those and Strange meetings. My three favourite Wilfred Owen poems. Harrowing and poignant. A shout of despair against all those young lives , hopes and dreams stolen , generation after generation.
Dulce et decorum est pro patrie more. Such contradiction.
Interesting. Was discussing with someone yesterday, who cited In Flanders Fields” and I affirmed that Dulce…. Is the one that does it for me. Reading Strange Meeting now. Powerful…..
I come from Oswestry, where he was born. They didn't teach him in school there in the early 70s. They now have a statue of him in the park. How the world changes.
The Old Lie ... the words which are always left out before the latin quote . brilliant poem
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.