Strictly Not Answering – Part 1

On Monday the 26th of November Reclaim Reading played Strictly Not Answering at Reading Borough Council’s policy committee meeting.  We assessed the lead Councillors from the RBC Labour Group as to whether they answered questions from the public and other Councillors accurately and politely in a Strictly Come Dancing style.  We had score cards prepared … Continue reading Strictly Not Answering – Part 1

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Schedule 12 – Legitimate Secrecy – or Fear of Embarrassment?

Tonight Reclaim Reading went to Reading Borough Council to play, “Strictly Not Answering”. We marked the councillors on how they answered questions from the public and other councillors. You will not be surprised to read that we found that a lot of the questions were not answered and the answers were sometimes quite insulting towards … Continue reading Schedule 12 – Legitimate Secrecy – or Fear of Embarrassment?

Selecting Leftwing Labour Party Council Candidates

There is a war going on in the labour party.  That war is between the right, represented by the Blairites, and the left, represented by the Corbynistas.  In Reading the war was a little sluggish to start with but is now hotting up. Sometimes it gets a bit nasty. The Reading and District Labour Party … Continue reading Selecting Leftwing Labour Party Council Candidates

Gentrification and what Reading Borough Council Don’t Want You to Know

  Gentrification is a plague on Britain and right now gentrification has a tight grip on Reading. Simply put, gentrification is the efforts by governments and private companies to turn ‘bad’ areas of town into ‘good’ areas of town. ‘Good’ of course meaning for the wealthy rather than ordinary people. This can be seen in … Continue reading Gentrification and what Reading Borough Council Don’t Want You to Know

How not to deal with drug dealing

Image: Street conversation or drug deal? KelvynSkee / Flickr   Reading has long had a problem with hard drug abuse. The decline of traditional working class job opportunities in the town during the 1970s and 1980s contributed to the economic conditions which feed drug abuse, and the subsequent rise of Reading's service sector economy, with … Continue reading How not to deal with drug dealing

How to ask a question at a Reading Borough Council meeting

Asking questions at Council meetings can be a useful way of finding out information to support a campaign or for publicising your cause. It's fairly easy to do, but you will need to follow a set process. You can ask questions at any Reading Borough Council committee meeting. A programme of committee meeting dates is … Continue reading How to ask a question at a Reading Borough Council meeting

Absence of debate + vested interests + centralised power = planning disasters

George Monbiot has written a thought-provoking article in the Guardian newspaper about how decisions on major infrastructure projects are taken – and why they are so often disastrously wrong. Monbiot writes about the government's plans to build a new Oxford to Cambridge expressway, which would result in massive development along the road corridor and bring … Continue reading Absence of debate + vested interests + centralised power = planning disasters