6.30-9pm Tue 26 April St Stephens Rosslyn Hill, NW3 2PP Speakers Prof. Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), Kings College London. ERG has led the research into health effects of air pollution in London Simon Birkett, founder, Clean Air London. Alan Andrews, Client Earth. Client Earth successfully brought the British government to court for failing to tackle air pollution Nicky Gavron AM (Lab) is a former deputy mayor of London. She campaigns to protect schoolchildren from lung damage caused by traffic-generated air pollution Cllr Siân Berry (Green) is a mayoral candidate and champions urgent action to improve air quality The meeting is jointly hosted by Castle Debates and Camden Greens and will be chaired by Pamela Castle OBE. Local citizen science projects will display NO2 readings taken across north Camden this winter. Much interest has been expressed in Neighbourhood Forums across the area and by The Heath & Hampstead Society. The venue will hold hundreds of people. We expect coverage from both local papers. The meeting aims to promote engagement with the issue and action on it. After presentations from the speakers, attendees will be invited either to join discussion tables with the speakers, with a view to helping make progress, or to visit the stalls at the back of the hall run by organisations working on air pollution. Stephen Taylor

Tube Challenge

Yesterday I joined public transport Adham Fisher on the first half of his 10 hour quest to visit every stop on the London Overground.  My first barrier was at Hendon Station the machine refused to sell me a zones 1-9 (plus Watford) travelcard.  The Zone system and TravelCard would be abolished under Green Party's plans.
After lunch time we took the blue TfL rail line to Stratford and Sian Berry and her PA joined us at Stratford through to Highbury where of course we were met by transport geek Caroline Russell.
Caroline is not standing as a consitutency or Mayor candidate but you can make your vote go further by voting her for the Londonwide party list on the London Assembly.
Green Party - "Vote Green on Orange"
This morning I heard the soothing tones of Caroline Pidgeon, poor Caroline, begging Today listeners to vote Lib Dem on the orange ballot paper.  If she does copy our idea and tries to complete the Circle line she'd have some trouble at Earl's Court which is a building site, and she might face a few train delays due to the botched sub surface rail upgrade that she as chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee is responsible for messing up.  However, there is probably no way of getting rid of her.  The good news is I've voted with my Yahoo mail spam filter, and marked her email about childcare as spam.  I never wrote to her about childcare, and on a technical note, if she is using Nationbuilder, she is literally paying for every email that is sent directly to my spam folder.

The other good news is that NUS have finally elected a president that represents students, not just the Labour Party.  You do not need me to tell you that the Telegraph article tweeted verbatim by Adam Langleben, and most of the stuff you get when you google her, is a load of rubbish.  I would encourage you not to click on any of these antisemitism smears; instead, twitter has some very favourable things, even from the horse's mouth.  I watched the video with my dad.  My remark was that if she hadn't talked so much about being black, she could pass off as Jewish.  My dad is confused about the student black liberation groups.  In this country the majority of black students are not Afro-Carribean, but they still call themselves black as an umbrella term for Asian, mixed race, and Arab.  The narrative of her speech, however, focused on the right to safety and to get education.  Safety is primarily from violence.  I don't think there's any other form of terror than violent terror.

A very satisfying 4/20, definitely worth skipping a bit of gardening work for.

Mom's letter in the Jewish Tribune

Dear Sir, 

At this time of year, some people may feel panicky about how they're going to get rid of unwanted chametz before Pesach.

Last year and already this year, I'm seeing a lot of food being dumped in our local park and next to public waste bins.  This is illegal and is a waste of food.  It does no good to local song-birds but feeds rats.  I've had to call the vet several times when my dog found food in the park and ate it:  some "people food" is poisonous to dogs. 

  Please may I remind readers that JGIFT will take non-perishable food which is in sealed packaging and within its "use-by" date.  Colindale Foodbank are happy to accept bread if it isn't stale.  

With thanks and best wishes


Contact details 
020 8457 4429

Colindale Foodbank
07909 702381

Party Election Broadcast for Local and London elections

We've launched a preview of tonight's video, grown up politics. Here's a representative comment, under our video on YouTube, "As much as I despise your politics this was actually a piece of masterful satire. If you could create a documentary-style series like this I would certainly enjoy it. Just make sure to cut out the bit after 2:36, that was really silly; and also satire yourself now and again along with the other smaller parties." Here's what someone wrote under the London version, urging people to vote Green on the Pink and Orange ballot papers, with the catchphrase the power of good ideas read badly by a voice actor. Mike Van fag, 3 minutes ago "Yet another pathetic attempt from the greens. Still....if you know you ha e no chance I suppose you can afford to make crap like this eh?" You can also see the hustings last night, that I helped Jonathan prepare for. Our strategy to lay into the Tories in this glorious edit,

*** Green Party press alert ***

Green Party release daring, genre-busting Party Election Broadcast

* Green Party again breaks the mould with comic #GrownUpPolitics Party Election Broadcast



Following the success of spoof boy band video 'Change the Tune' last year, the Green Party has released ‘The not so secret life of 5 year-old politicians’, a satirical election broadcast designed to shake up British politics.

The broadcast positions the Green Party as the only true alternative to the establishment parties, who offer more of the same childish Punch and Judy politics. 

In the daring broadcast, child actors playing British politicians are shown squabbling and infighting in amusing ‘playground politics’ scenarios. In one scene, Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson is seen lording it over his rivals from the top of the climbing frame and promising to flush Chancellor George Osborne’s “long term-economic plan” down the toilet. In another comical scene, front-benchers trade petty insults at a raucous Prime Minister’s Questions in the school gym. 

Greens believe that politics isn't something that should be done to the public - instead politicians should work alongside people to tackle shared problems. The broadcast reinforces the party’s commitment to “stand up to protect our NHS and ensure that the quality of your health care is never determined by what’s in your wallet” and “do everything it can to empower people: redistributing influence so it’s no longer in the hands of the privileged few.”

The film was directed by Neil Harris via Smuggler London Limited, on behalf of Creature of London who created the film, their third film for the Green Party. ‘Change the Tune’, the Greens’ boy band spoof video went viral on the internet.

‘The not so secret live of 5 year old politicians’ will first be broadcast at 18.25 on ITV Wednesday 6th April 2016. 


Archie Thomas
Press and Communications Manager
The Green Party of England and Wales

Full London manifesto launched today

It is available on in all formats, epub, easy read, and pdf's

TORY 'FACTS' ON ZAC ARE SO MISLEADING - letter printed in this weeks Jewish News

I question some of the Tory facts inserted into the full page advert last week, for "Zac Goldsmith: man of principle". The Tories have delivered, and will deliver, more air pollution not less, in City Hall. The Green Party candidate has received a rating of 10/10 from air pollution experts compared to Zac's negative rating. As for shechita and burial these are not under threat and they are just trying to scare you, especially as Mr Khan is of a faith that is committed to these traditions as well. I would question whether they are lying about police numbers. This election is not run by first-past-the-post so allowing the community to bounce out of our tactical voting habits and vote for what you believe in. Finally I'd like to thank the Jewish News for inviting a Green representative to speak the JW3 meeting. I understand because the time was moved later you will be hearing from Jonathan who is number 4 on the London-wide party list. (The leading candidate has Council duties that night). Ben Samuel, Hendon (The Jewish News editorial team kindly changed vote for what you believe in to vote for what they believe in, which does not make sense)