English demonstration against flood-causing grouse killing

This video from England says about itself:

Ban the burn, 12th August 2012

Dongria Kondh talks about the issues of draining and burning blanket bog, in particular at Walshaw Dean Estate, above Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Tuesday 9th August 2016

PROTESTERS will hold a mass demonstration against burning moorland for grouse shooting this week, which they blame for causing severe floods in the north.

The Ban the Burn rally will be held in the Yorkshire Pennine town of Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley on Friday, the so-called “Glorious 12th” — the start of the grouse-shooting season.

Ban the Burn was formed following devastating floods in the region in 2012.

Moorland above the valley is regularly burned to make the land more suitable for profitable grouse shoots.

The deliberate burning has been condemned as a contributory factor to floods which have devastated parts of the north in recent years.

The process destroys plant life — particularly sphagnum moss — which is highly retentive of water. With moss destroyed, in storms and periods of prolonged high rainfall, water runs straight off the moor, contributing to flooding.

The owners of the moorland — Walshaw Moor — above Hebden Bridge are paid £2.5 million in subsidies by taxpayers for their “stewardship” of the moor.

A spokeswoman for Ban the Burn said: “It is widely accepted that mismanagement of the Walshaw Moor blanket bogs for intensive grouse rearing has contributed to three severe floods in Hebden Bridge over the last four years and downstream in the Calder Valley.

“Some households and businesses have still not recovered from the terrible Boxing Day flood last year, when the town centre was under up to five feet of filthy water.”

A NEW scientific study claims to have proved that burning moorland for grouse-breeding contributes to floods which have devastated northern England writes Peter Lazenby: here.

Mountain hare numbers on moorlands in the eastern Highlands have declined to less than one per cent of their initial levels, according to a newly published long-term scientific study. Counts of mountain hares from six decades of consistent spring counts on moorland managed for red grouse shooting and on neighbouring mountain land were analysed in the research by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the RSPB: here.

Drunk English nazis arrested

This video from Britain is called EDL nazis.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Racist EDL supporters arrested during demo

Monday 25th May 2015

SIX supporters of the racist English Defence League were arrested in Halifax in West Yorkshire on Saturday during a demonstration.

Around 150 racists marched in a tightly packed bunch with a close police escort surrounding them.

The racists were reported to have drunk heavily in local pubs before the march, culminating in a demonstration outside Halifax town hall.

The arrests involved offences for breach of the peace, racially aggravated public disorder and indecent exposure.

Chants by the racists included “Muslim paedos off our streets.”

In addition to tight police protection for the EDL, dozens of police were deployed around Halifax town centre.

The EDL has made Halifax a regular target for its provocations.

The Calderdale district, of which Halifax is the main town, was the first Yorkshire community to see the election of a British National Party (BNP) councillor in 2003.

The electorate has now cleansed the council of the BNP.

British anti-bedroom tax campaign

This video from Britain is called Anti-Bedroom Tax Protest – Liverpool – March 16th 2013.

By Peter Lazenby in England:

Residents condemn bedroom tax as an attack on the poor

Friday 12 April 2013

A packed public meeting on Thursday night heard how the coalition government’s vicious bedroom tax is causing fear and anger among council tenants in West Yorkshire.

The meeting in Halifax was organised by local campaigners against the tax and by Calderdale Save Our Services.

Speakers included left-Labour former MP Alice Mahon.

The meeting heard how the Tories had learned from the failure of the poll tax not to take on working people all at once but to divide them and drive in wedges of division, picking off one group at a time.

The bedroom tax hits only people receiving housing benefit, dividing them from other working-class people.

Out of 55,000 council tenants in neighbouring Leeds 8,000 will be hit by the bedroom tax.

Lawyer Ryan Bradshaw said: “The bedroom tax is just one of the many cuts that are going to be affecting the poorest in society.”

Mr Bradshaw pointed out that people will also be hit by legal aid cuts, the new universal credit and harsher sanctions.

And he noted that housing benefit will now be paid to tenants instead of landlords, and monthly instead of fortnightly.

“Imagine how that will impact on someone with mental health problems.”

When the new payments system was introduced in a trial rent arrears went up by 700 per cent, he said.

“It is targeting people who need help most.”

Young campaigner Jonathon Maguire said: “I got brought up being told ‘your home is your castle – this is your domain.’ I heard the term ‘a council house is for life.’ I despise them for doing this. What the government is doing is despicable.”

But he said people should recognise the power they have collectively.

“We can make a difference,” he said. “People need to unite against this. We have to say to those people who feel isolated and have no support: ‘We are here for you’.”

A protest against the bedroom tax will take place in Leeds next Saturday April 20.

Tory ministers behind the bedroom tax got a dose of their own medicine on Saturday when hundreds of campaigners turned up at their mansions to serve eviction notices: here.