Less than a month to the EU referendum – do the sane, right thing…

Hello all

I’ve been out canvassing with other Blackpool Labour activists today promoting Labour’s Remain Campaign for the EU referendum. For those of you who I spoke to today that are planning to vote out, the song below is dedicated to you ;p

Sorry about the blog-slacking – I have been busy…honest.

Last week I attended the mayor making council meeting. It was great to see Kath Rowson donning the chain – she is a great person and I am sure that she will be a wonderful mayor. By the way, she is coming to Revoe Residents Assn Fun Day in August 🙂

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Our new mayor, Kath Rowson

Also last week, I was pleased to meet the head of Blackpool’s Library Service, Elaine Midgley who took the time out to show me what the Library Service offers. I had no idea just how much stuff goes on in our libraries – there’s sooooooo much more to do there than borrowing books, so thank you Elaine. Take a look:

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Also, last week, and this is nothing to do with any council duty, I attended my first meeting of the Lancashire Secular Humanist’s. I’ve been a member of the British Humanist Association for some time now, but I’ve never attended an event.

What is humanism? Well, it’s basically atheism with conscience. It is about applying reason to all your beliefs and decisions, rejection of the supernatural and trying to live a good life for both yourself and the greater community. Stephen Fry explains it far more eloquently than I do:

Also last week, I had a very illuminating meeting with the councils transience officer who outlined some of the projects that the council are undertaking to tackle the problems of transience in the town. This includes schemes to try to build a sense of community for those people who have traditionally drifted from one home of multiple occupancy to another. Innovative stuff.

This week, I have attended both Audit Committee meetings and Licensing Committee meetings – details and agendas are available HERE should you be interested.

I have also dealt with a number of enquiries from constituents this week. Rubbish and alley gates figure highly in the reason for the calls, but I’ve also dealt with some very saddening calls regarding anti-social behavior. I have referred these issues through to the relevant council officers and I really do hope that they are able to go some way to addressing these problems.

I nipped into see East Bloomfield Residents Assn this morning where one of the ladies reported an incident to me that occurred to her yesterday:

A builder knocked on her door to give her a price for ramp to her front door (the lady in question is elderly). The man repeatedly asked to come in an use her toilet but the lady refused. I make the point here that he wasn’t taking no for an answer. The lady eventually told him that her grandson was using the toilet to which he replied “He’s taking his time isn’t he”!!!!!

He then proceeded to ask for £200 IN CASH UP FRONT to build the ramp. When the lady told him that she didn’t have £200, he asked for £150. He didn’t get the cash so he left.

This sounds well dodgy to me – especially the bit about repeatedly trying to gain access to the house. I have reported this to the Police just in case, but anyone reading this from South Blackpool, please remember this when dealing with tradesmen.

Finally, as stated, I have been out canvassing today as part of the Labout Party’s Remain In campaign for the EU Referendum next month.

Please, please, please think carefully and don’t buy into the rubbish being peddled by the right wing press and media – THEY DO NOT HAVE OUR INTERESTS AT HEART. Leaving IS insane.

This is an attack on our rights. Forget all the stuff about immigration (as EU immigrants CONTRIBUTE more than they take out of the economy) and faceless EU bureaucrats, etc – it’s a smoke screen pure and simple pushed by right wing millionaires who want to get rid of our rights and other things that enrich our lives.

Vote leave and wave bye-bye to The Working Time Directive –a Directive of the European Union. It gives EU workers the right to a minimum number of holidays each year, rest breaks, and rest of at least 11 hours in any 24 hours; restricts excessive night work; a day off after a week’s work; and provides for a right to work no more than 48 hours per week. Since excessive working time is cited as a major cause of stress, depression and illness, the stated purpose of the Directive is to protect people’s health and safety.

Who does getting rid of this benefit? Us? Who do you think?

Vote leave and also wave bye-bye to The Water Framework Directive is a European Union directive which commitsEuropean Union member states to achieve good qualitative and quantitative status of all water bodies (including marine waters up to one nautical mile from shore) by 2015. It is a framework in the sense that it prescribes steps to reach the common goal rather than adopting the more traditional limit value approach.

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So you see that blue flag above that one of our beaches won last week? Well, being part of the Water Framework Directive helped us win that.

Oh and did I mention the The European Convention on Human Rights? An international treaty to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Europe? Do you think that may be important and worth keeping?

So please, please, please think carefully and do some reading before voting next month – if we vote out and it’s a disaster (which I think it will be), there’s no going back. Don’t buy the right wing crap.

And on that note, I’ll sign off.

Come back soon, Jim

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