You are the person I shall most miss
in my future. Continue reading Promise to a grandchild I shall never meet
You are the person I shall most miss
I feed the blackbird and its song feeds me Continue reading Sideways thought
He pays her a compliment totally lucid for a second she soaks it up like water into parched soil. Continue reading Haiku for Carers
You ponder a tree trunk and wonder how long until you could dance on a log? Continue reading Covid and Ladders
This is not a garland of stars I take off and hand back lightly. You are in my marrow. Like many people I can believe in more than one thing at a time. I will continue believing in and supporting the EU whilst thinking in inches and ounces as I always have. Continue reading Thank EU for having us…
It’s not their fault I was burgled. It’s not their fault I’m in shock. But the company they work for could remember that a large part of their clientele are in this space. And they could do well to consider this in future. It doesn’t matter how good the work”man”ship is this time. If I ever need this kind of work again, I’ll be looking elsewhere, until I see that they’ve taken my experience seriously. Continue reading Right of Entry?
Yesterday I was invited to the shortlist for the Women’s Equality Party list of candidates for the Greater London Assembly Election. Here’s what I said at the assessment session… Please join us as part of WEP – there’s no better time than now to make change. You can do that here https://www.womensequality.org.uk/join_to_vote Join by 30th March and voting closes 31st March (votes only for London members). … Continue reading WE have 2020 vision
On Thursday 1st November 2017, I was delighted to be invited to speak at the Fertility Network UK event Politics in Fertility hosted by Paula Sheriff MP at the House of Commons. You can read what I said here.
It was most valuable for me as an opportunity to hear the myths around fertility and IVF treatments debunked. It won’t surprise you to learn of course that a lot of the problems associated with lack of access to treatments would be markedly improved with a prescription of “common sense”, better communication and a societal shift in attitude to infertility – understanding it as a disease and not a lifestyle choice.
Here’s some of what I learned (and said): Continue reading “The Politics of Infertility”
After a great Easter break visiting family in Yorkshire – a break in which I’d turned all social media off and enjoyed the natural equality that my (secular – that’s me) god-daughter claims with her older brothers: for her toys are just toys and a tractor is as good as a pram, despite her middle brother’s attempts to “correct” her – I was prepping for a meeting at the invitation of the Lewisham Council to give evidence to their committee on Barriers to Entering Politics. This was quite an extraordinary day for us in the Women’s Equality Party Lewisham – to be included in such an event alongside representatives from the Fawcett Society shows that we are being taken seriously. It turned out to be an extraordinary day for everyone in the UK because it was also the day that Snap General Election was called.
The Women’s Equality Party is the only party with a joined-up plan for tackling the pension gap. “We are working to create an equal education system that ends the practice of encouraging young girls into jobs that we value and pay less. We have fully-costed policies for free childcare that would create millions more jobs, increase the tax base and reduce out-of-work benefits. We are the only party working to offer women real choices so they can work and save.” Continue reading Equal Pay means Equal Pension…?