Monday, 25 May 2015

Ofsted – The Petition


For some months I’ve been running a series of blog posts on my Shoppers’ Joy blog, detailing the inconsistencies and injustices of Ofsted reports. For those of you who have not read these, you can catch up with them here:

In summary, I have had first-hand experience of a good school being put into special measures and an appalling school receiving a ‘good’ report. In addition to my own experience, I have read about many schools that seem to have been treated unfairly, often being put into special measures, or even closed down, despite protests from parents and pupils that have nothing but praise for those schools.

It has become apparent that Ofsted is no longer working for the good of students and schools as a whole. We want our children to receive a sound education in a safe environment, but Ofsted appear to be taking away our choices and not always acting in our best interests.

In view of all of this, I have started a petition to instigate an independent review of Ofsted. Please take the time to read and sign the petition, by visiting:

You can also support the campaign on Twitter, by tweeting #OfstedNoConfidence

Thank you for your support!

Keeping The Fox Hunting Ban


Further to my previous blog post condemning Cameron’s plan to repeal the fox hunting ban, I am pleased to share with you the details of another petition to fight such a move.

Please visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/do-not-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban to sign the petition and put a stop to the re-introduction of this cruel and unnecessary, inappropriately termed ‘sport’.
 
I’ve signed the petition, please will you?

Monday, 11 May 2015

Keep Saying ‘No’ To Fox Hunting


With Cameron unleashed upon the nation once again, he’s set to push for some very unwelcome changes. One of these is his plan to repeal the fox hunting ban.

Despite what advocates of the inaptly dubbed ‘sport’ will tell you, there is no good reason for re-instating this mindless pastime. It is not an effective way to manage the fox population; there are far more humane ways to approach this should it be necessary. And as for those that harp on about tradition! There was a tradition of public hangings once upon a time but we’d hardly re-instate those either!

Then there are those who say, “Well, what are we supposed to do with the hounds now?” Well, stop breeding them would be a good way to start. Exercise existing hounds by laying suitable trails and occupy your time with something more worthwhile.

There is nothing wrong with a bit of countryside horse riding, providing it doesn’t involve chasing after a defenceless little animal, running it ragged and scaring it half to death – and worse. Want the thrill of the chase? Then I suggest you chase each other – and see how you like it!

If you agree that the fox hunting ban should stay firmly in place there are a number of organisations and petitions that you can support: 

Brian May’s www.save-me.org.uk “is a non-profit organization that speaks out about the cruel minority in our society that feels it is their right to persecute and torture wildlife for sport”.
The charity www.league.org.uk campaigns against cruelty to animals through ‘sports’ such as fox hunting and believes in keeping the ban.

At http://forcechange.com/139438/end-illegal-fox-hunting you can sign a petition and there is also a sample letter that you can sign and send to David Cameron, although this is aimed more at those hunting illegally whilst the ban exists.

Whilst at www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting-2 you can sign a current petition against the repeal of the ban.

Please lend your support and add any petition details of which you are aware to the comments section of this blog, thank you!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

And So It Begins


I was absolutely incensed when I heard the result of the recent General Election. I won’t go into all my reasoning again, as I’ve already done that at shoppersjoy.blogspot.co.uk/election-my-response but now the dust has settled, I feel the need to do something constructive, as I’m sure many more of you do too.

So small a step as it is, I’ve decided to start this new blog, on which I intend to post links for relevant petitions and websites and feature related news stories, in the belief that strong campaigns by ordinary people can help to shape our country for the better.

Of course, I will be continuing the campaign that I started some time ago over on Shoppers’ Joy, calling for a review of Ofsted, following a large number of inconsistent and unfair reports that have seen devastating school closures and unwanted changes to popular schools. If you’re not familiar with this campaign, please read my posts Are Ofsted Off The Mark? and Ofsted - The Response and if you use Twitter please tweet #OfstedNoConfidence https://twitter.com/hashtag/ofstednoconfidence

But I also intend to address a number of other issues too, from stopping the repeal of the fox hunting ban, to improving and preserving the NHS. Please lend your voice to the issues that matter to you.

Introducing Purely People Power


Fed up with some of the current injustices in the world, further highlighted by some of the awful policies proposed by the ‘new’ Conservative government, I feel more motivated than ever to fight for the things that I believe.

My outrage has spurred me into writing this new blog (my third, as I also write www.shoppersjoy.blogspot.co.uk and www.ruraljoy.blogspot.co.uk though these are more for pleasure) which I intend to become a platform for bringing attention to worthwhile causes, providing links to relevant petitions and websites.

Whoever you voted for in the most recent UK elections, you may feel dissatisfaction with, or even utter outrage at, some of the proposed policy changes or existing inequalities in the country. But we must not underestimate the voice of the ordinary person in making changes for the good of all.

I believe in a country that doesn’t kick people when they’re down, that is mindful of the environment and wildlife and that revolves around a society whereby people look after one another.

If there are things that you feel that need to be changed, then use your voice, but use it calmly and eloquently. Sign petitions, lobby MPs, write to newspapers, take part in peaceful protests and push for change. It’s a calm, organised voice of the people that gets results, so let’s get together for the good or all!

I believe that it’s not who is right, but what is right that really matters.