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The purpose of this blog is to express my opinion on various topics of the day, but in particular those relating to the environment and politics, with an eye on how these issues relate to Worcester (Worcestershire), where I live.

Back in May 2009 I decided, for the first time in my life, to join a political party. I’ve always been interested in politics, but never got involved in the nitty-gritty world of party politics.

I’ve been interested in environmental issues since I was about 18 and back in 2006 we spent most of my redundancy money on photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. We now generate most of the electricity that we use.

I got to thinking that although I’ve made a change, this has little impact on the problem of climate change and peak oil. If I could persuade or influence other people to do something similar, then that would have a greater impact.

Whilst I was thinking about this, the state of politics in the country was becoming desperate, what with the various scandals surrounding MPs expenses, plus the questions over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hence, I decided to stop talking about politics and take some action. The Green Party were the obvious choice. I’d voted for them in the past, but it had always seemed a token gesture, as there had seemed little chance of them winning. Recently, this has not been the case and in both European elections and local elections they have had successes.

This blog, however, contains my own views and not those of the Green Party.

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Even one Green Party councillor in a room changes the dynamic. We work with all political parties but challenge the status quo. @jon_bartley #VoteGreen2018 https://t.co/45I8eYTVvY

Worcester Green Party | Jonathan Bartley in Worcester to support Louise Griffiths https://t.co/Lq5SdxrJRJ

Putting pressure on the Tory administration has had some success, but we need to do more and sooner. Not helped by one cabinet member who sees it as #VirtueSignalling and would rather #LetTheMarketDecide

Heading to #Worcester today to hear from young people @YMCAWorcs with @worcsgreenparty & the amazing @LA_Griffiths

Yet another example of Government’s semi-detached relationship to the truth .... https://t.co/o9bW82PfTj

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