Yesterday, the Labour Party published its manifesto, “A Future Fair for All,” which, according to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, called for a “modern, progressive Britain based on fairness, respect, decency and openness.” The paragraph on animal welfare is in the section called “A Green Recovery” and the subsection “Valuing Nature for Everyone” (page 8:5). We… Read More


Animals Count and the Animal Protection Party are two examples of efforts to advance animal welfare/rights in the political arena through the apparatus of their own political organization. These efforts may be well intended but they are essentially misguided and counter productive as well as potentially damaging to the cause they profess to serve. Inevitably,… Read More


The following press release was issued today by Michael Foster MP for Hastings and Rye. Michael Foster has presented a ‘Back the Ban’ petition of 4,000 names to Parliament. The petition was the brainchild of local Animal Welfare Advocate Kim Stallwood who lives in Hastings after a spell in the USA working as Executive Director… Read More


One example of the Labour Government’s action on animal welfare which can be described as a “dollar short and a day late” is its policy on wild animals in circuses. It is, of course, to be welcomed that Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Minister of State for Food, Farming and Environment (DEFRA), stated on March 25, 2010.… Read More


It is widely reported this morning there will be a general election in the UK on Thursday, May 6. All elections are fascinating and, in contrast to US elections which last years, in this country they are a merciful month of frenzied activity when the country decides its fate. In 1979 I was involved in… Read More


Without explaining the eccentricities of our political system and how and when general elections are called, we are, as each day passes into the next, slowly but surely, sinking into the national bun fight that’s called here a General Election. Look for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to announce it on Tuesday, April 6 and for… Read More


What is “Change” about Cameron when he’s for preserving hunting, inheritance and hereditaries, while abolishing the 50p tax rate as soon as possible? Unlike Ashcroft, the horror of Tory cuts will stay hidden by The Guardian‘s Polly Toynbee… Read More


The only act of force I know I condone without hesitation is self-defense. So, if I were under attack I will defend myself. Similarly, if someone else near me were under attack I will defend them too. With the golden rule in mind, there is a moral obligation to defend others from attack as I… Read More


I saw the excellent movie, Windhorse, last night at our local indie cinema, Electric Palace, in Old Town Hastings. It’s a story of the struggle between Tibetans and China’s occupancy of their country. Not that there was much chance of it ever happening, nonetheless, I add China to the list of countries I boycott.… Read More