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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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Just imagining how this is going to be reported around the world.

The ludicrous and amusing gets reported and remembered. People's view of the UK will be shaped by this https://twitter.com/timloughton/status/1267842825535795201

Real number of people being tested for coronavirus is around 40,000 a day not 200,000 as govt suggests, according to Kate Lamble of BBC's More or Less. Double counting, tests sent out but not done, all being counted as tests done. Worse than just misleading.

Drivers could face fines of £130 for minor offences as the Government considers handing local councils new powers to improve roads for cyclists and pedestrians https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/automatic-130-fines-for-minor-driving-offences-coming/

You are not “following the science” if the UK Statistics Authority has to write to you and tell you that you are badly misrepresenting covid-19 testing data.

A very good letter to @MattHancock.

https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/correspondence/sir-david-norgrove-response-to-matt-hancock-regarding-the-governments-covid-19-testing-data/

#globalweirding

May was sunniest calendar month on record in UK

February was the wettest

Prof Liz Bentley: “It’s unprecedented to see such a swing in such a short space of time"

Story by @RHarrabin
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52877912

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Worcestershire County Council are developing a coronavirus community response campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to inform and to encourage people and communities about how they can help others during these current challenging times.

In coming days the county council will be promoting these messages across all of their networks and channels and with the help of their partners.

They will be developing more materials and showcasing them at WCC buildings, through our schools, in GP surgeries and via our Parish Councils.

We want these messages to go as far and as wide as possible so please share these with your local contacts and on your social media channels.

Link here for more information: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help
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Litter pick today at 2pm at Perdiswell. Meet at the Old Elizabethans' car park. All equipment provided. All welcome. ...

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