Tuesday, 26 November 2013

I'm bringing Richard Falk to Norwich:

Tuesday December 3rd, 6pm   UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR, DR RICHARD FALK, AT UEA, event hosted by UEA Greens.

Richard Falk - Palestine: the perspective of the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
3 December at 18:00, for a prompt 18.15 start.
Lecture Theatre 3, UEA.
Chaired by Rupert Read, lead Green Party MEP-candidate in the European Elections, 2014.

In 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on "the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967."


Very excited about this... Falk is a great man...


Friday, 22 November 2013

6 months to go til E-Day

European Election Day is May 22 2014... Today it's exactly 6 months to go til E-Day!  And can you help in THIS way:  ...

Monday, 18 November 2013

Green New Deal in action: RR Opinion piece in LUX magazine


#GreenNewDeal special: Here's a link to my opinion piece in the November issue of Lux http://www.luxmagazine.co.uk/#!/issue/28/page/32






Film-as-philosophy latest: THE WICKER MAN vs. the remake of TOTAL RECALL.

The Wicker Man of 1973 is a superb piece of work; I explain here how and why...


Friday, 15 November 2013

New 'guardians for future generations' piece...

Impressive new UEA blogsite: http://www.ueapolitics.org/2013/11/14/immodest-proposal-revolutionise-ailing-institution-guardians-future-generations/ Check it out! And do come to the 'Philosopher-Kings?' event with Baronness Jenny Jones and Richard Bacon MP, at UEA this evening! I'll be giving a reply to what they say...

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

'Philosopher-Kings?' Parliament Week event: Jenny Jones and Richard Bacon

The role of Parliament and its relevance in British life will be explored at the University of East Anglia (UEA) this month as part of a new national democracy initiative.

Parliament Week 2013, which takes place from November 15-21, aims to get people involved with parliamentary democracy in the UK and brings together organisations, schools and individuals in a week-long programme of events to engage, inform and inspire.

Two events are being held at UEA, organised by the Schools of Law, Political, Social and International Studies, and Philosophy. On Friday November 15, a debate and discussion will ask Is Parliament Fit for Purpose? Richard Bacon, MP and Member of the Public Accounts Committee, and Baroness Jenny Jones, the first Green member of the House of the Lords, will join lawyers, political scientists and philosophers from UEA to explore the state of Parliament today.

Organiser Dr Rupert Read, from the School of Philosophy, said: "We will be asking a variety of questions, such as does Parliament successfully hold power to account? Does it represent all the varied interests in the country? And what reforms might best sustain Parliamentary politics in the 21st century? This will also be an opportunity for people to voice their views, to make their point, to ask questions and to participate in the search for answers."

A discussion on Friday November 21 will look at Parliament as a workplace, hearing about the experiences of people who worked in different roles - from the Commons clerk, backbencher, and special adviser, to the Cabinet Minister and journalist - and asking what Parliament means to them and the audience. Participants include Douglas Millar, former clerk assistant, Ian Gibson, MP for Norwich North from 1997-2009, Jess Asato, special adviser to Tessa Jowell, former Home and Education Secretary Charles Clarke, and Philip Webster, former Lobby correspondent and political editor for The Times.

A new blog called Eastminster will also be launched to coincide with the start of Parliament Week. Hosted by the School of Political, Social and International Studies it will feature posts on whether and how Parliament needs to be reformed, with contributors including Rupert Read, Charles Clarke, a visiting professor at UEA, MP Douglas Carswell and Alexandra Runswick, director or Unlock Democracy, the UK's leading campaign for democracy, rights and freedoms, as well as UEA academics. Members of the public will be able to comment on posts ranging from how parliamentary democracy needs to be reformed so that future generations are formally represented, to select committee reforms and civic education.  The blog, which will provide regular expert political analysis from UEA academics, will be available at www.ueapolitics.org from November 15.

The events on November 15 and 21 are free to attend and run from 6-8pm at the Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre, Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ. www.uea.ac.uk

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