Monday, April 25, 2016

May's Discussion Meeting


                            DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :          LABOUR AND LATIN AMERICA 

SPEAKER :    DAVID STEAD            

TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 8th MAY

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT


David is a former Labour Party member from Sheffield who has been a regular at our Discussion Meetings for the last four years.

His interest in Latin America dates from 1978: in support of Chilean exiles in Sheffield, with the surge of interest in Central America in the Reagan/Thatcher years, and in opposition to Thatcher’s Falklands War. Blair’s involvement in the Pinochet affair stymied his work with Labour, but David supported Latin American colleagues around the Lima and Paris Environmental Conventions, in the quest for Sustainable Development Goals and against TTIP-type tribunals with clear bias towards extractive mining and corporate interests against national sovereignty, human rights or the environment.

Labour's National Policy Forum Report on "Britain's Global Role" as adopted at its last Party Conference contains no reference at all to Latin America, though our Discussion Group has addressed such matters.

Current problems go beyond the earthquake in Ecuador and the crisis in Brazil, to an orchestrated rolling back of democratic left governments with fearsome global implications. Come and hear more.

Dave is also a poet, see his "Hillsborough Echoes", link here -
http://threescoreyearsandten.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/hillsborough-echoes-by-david-stead.html

Thursday, March 31, 2016

OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY MEETING


             DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :           FRACKING

SPEAKER :    Dr. DOMENICO BAU
                       
TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 10th APRIL

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT

Domenico Bau

Dr Domenico Bau is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University. Link HERE for further details.

His essay on fracking (which can be linked to) is directly relevant to our meeting - See HERE .

Everyone who attends our meetings is effected by proposals related to fracking. Licences have already been issued for all of the areas in which we live for companies to explore for shale gas.

Likely discoveries (when seen as being commercially viable) will invariably lead to the companies involved then making applications to engage in fracking procedures. The Government are adopting measures to aid the application process.

How might we all be effected and what action can be taken to protect our well-being ?

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ken Curran (Snr) on Robotics and New Technology

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The introduction of Robotics and New Technology into society without some form of democratic intervention spells danger. The threat has the potential of displacing as many as 10 to 11 million people currently in employment over the next ten years.

This was the warning given by Mr David Blanchflower, Economic Adviser to the Bank Of England in February 2016. His warning was picked up by Tom Watson Labour’s Deputy Leader at a Labour Spring Conference. Tom Watson also quoted 11 million job losses. He never told the Conference what Labour should do to address the issue.

Unless new technology is introduced in a measured and planned way in order to protect people and institutions, we run a great risk of seeing a massive social breakdown across society leading to civil disorder. If Industry and Commerce are not mandated to ensure the needs of the people are foremost among their considerations, chaos shall be the result.
                                                                                                                                                        Kenneth Curran Snr;

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sunday's Discussion Meeting


             DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING



TOPIC :           THE REFERENDUM ON THE EUROPEAN UNION

FORMAT :      We have two speakers, limited to 15 minutes each. 

                         Both are Labour Party members.  
                        
                        The speaker arguing that we should leave the EU will by DAVID SKINNER.

                        The speaker arguing that we should stay in the EU will be HARRY BARNES.
                             

TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 13th MARCH

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT



David addressed us on the 40th anniversary of the Clay Cross Rent Rebellion,
an issue covered earlier - click here. 


                                                                                                                            Harry Barnes

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

February's Discussion Meeting


                       DRONFIELD LABOUR PARTY DISCUSSION MEETING


TOPIC :           THE "FAIR CARE" CAMPAIGN

SPEAKER :      CHERYL BARROTT

TIME ;             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY, 14th February

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD, S18 2GT




Cheryl is a member of the Co-operative Party and has played a major role in forming and now running the "Fair Care" Campaign. The Campaign describes it role in the following way -
"Our care system is broken, at the moment a few large-scale companies, who act as the middle-man in the care system, are profiting from human misery. Both the person providing the care and the person receiving it are losing-out. Why should the middle-man profit from providing mind-numbing care for service users and poverty for staff? There is a better way, a co-operative way."

For fuller details link here.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"Trident" by Ken Curran Snr.



I feel sorry for those former members of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet who resigned over the possibility of the Party changing its current position, even before the process of a review has started.

I am increasingly concerned at what I regard as the political immaturity which has been demonstrated by these individuals.  Quite apart from the enormous increase in the cost. In the renewal of the Trident Project it appears as though these individuals have completely lost sight of why we first invested in the project. It was conceived during the Cold War as a deterrent to the Soviet Union and intended to adjust the balance of nuclear warheads between the NATO and the Warsaw Pact Nations. Today the Soviet Union does not exist. There is no longer a Warsaw Pact and a number of those nations who were in it have since joined Nato.

From the way in which some of our Labour MPs have been behaving you would think the Berlin Wall was still manned by the Red Army. Not only are these people living in another age when it comes to  defence strategies, they appear incapable of comprehending what threatens Britain. The main threat to Britain and indeed the rest of the World today is the consequences brought about by climate change. Of course I am aware of the various threats which emanate from people who claim to be religious warriors of Allah, all of whom are disowned by the mainstream Muslim religion.

The third threat is from the current nature of advanced capitalism, evading social responsibility for its actions.  Every week we are in peril from the financial system, they don’t need tanks or nuclear warheads in order to achieve their objectives. They just mention moving their HQs or pulling out their money and the politicians surrender. 

The above is by Ken Curran Snr.