Telling tales from the European election in Brexit land

Tellers, say Wikipedia, help their parties identify supporters who have not yet voted, so that they can be contacted and encouraged to vote, and offered assistance—such as transport to the polling station—if necessary. In as far as this increases turn-out, it can be said to be “good” for the democratic process, since a higher voter turnout is generally considered desirable.

190523 POLLING CHAIRSIn my time I have sat on wobbly plastic chairs / stood in soggy puddles / leaned on rough brick walls for hours-on-end in a multitude of polling stations across the land, at a variety of elections for all manner of Councils and Governments, as a teller, collecting voter numbers on behalf of a pick-n-mix bag of political parties.

And I can now confirm that the Friday 23 May UK election for the European Parliament was nothing like any other election I have been a part of. From the outset it was clear that voters considered this to be a second Brexit vote, not the General Election for the European Parliament, which it actually was.

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A European election message from Kirsten and what you can do!

190429 EU GREEN Logo_greens-efaAs I write, Extinction Rebellion are hosting their final meeting in Berkley Square, to celebrate the return of the nightingale. Down the road, parliament are still at sixes and sevens about Brexit – yes, funny old world we live in.

But together, we can do something about it. Amid the turmoil, we have a real chance to offer voters, fed up with indecision on the things that really matter, a new alternative.

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Hold your breath, it’s pesticide season again!

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Just as you thought it was safe to venture outside in the lovely spring sunshine, watch out for men in hazmat (short for hazardous materials) suits, often on small tractors, with spray guns.

 

 

No they’re not from  a new science fiction thriller being filmed in your lovely locality, they are most likely spraying glyphosate again.

Despite ever louder warnings about the unacceptably high toxicity of this chemical, the main ingredient in popular herbicides like Roundup, many local authorities are still plastering our borders and green spaces with glyphosate.

On 27 March, another California victim, terminally ill with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was awarded a multi-million dollar compensation payment from the manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto, for their failure to warn him of the product’s carcinogenic potential. 

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Weedkiller glyphosate a ‘substantial’ cancer factor

Yet another US court finds the weedkiller glyphosate a ‘substantial’ cancer factor https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47633086 but Camden Council refuses to take action, ignoring my presentation of a 1000 signature petition to stop its use in the borough.

How many deaths will it take before Camden Council wakes up to the potential danger their staff and the public are exposed to?

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My bid to beat Brexit and become an MEP for London

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“Kirsten would be an amazing MEP!

She’s totally committed to Europe and fights hard for what she believes in.”

Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield

 

190323 BREXIT MARCH TOM & KDKParliament has been Brexit-browbeating the people for a thousand days. And so, fed-up we got up, and marched. Bloodied, but unbowed. I kept reminding myself that I am campaigning to become an MEP candidate for London, while at the same time taking to the streets of that very city, alongside over one million other Europeans, passionately trying to rescue the UK from crashing out of the EU.

All pretty unreal, to be sure.

Frankly, I am also ashamed that it had to get to the point where we now find ourselves staring wide-eyed and ashen-faced into the abyss, before I got off my **se and threw my hat into the ring as an MEP candidate.

 

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Past, present and future: Kirsten de Keyser for London Green European election candidate

190129 Campaign CUArticle from Bright Green 14 March 2019

Somewhere last week, someone said

“The UK could leave the EU without ever knowing what it was all about”.

And in the immortal words of Terry Pratchett:

“If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going.”

So to be a solid winner, our message for the 2019 Campaign for Europe must be delivered in three parts; The Past, The Present, The Future. Continue reading

…famous last words

Good evening Green Londoners!

There are 9 hours and 30 minutes left for you to stay up and select your shortlist of candidates for the GLA2020 elections. Tick-tock-tick-tock…

If you haven’t voted yet, and if you need a little help with making up your mind, here is my short opening statement at the London hustings – it starts at 1:10″


…and in case you’re gagging for more, here is my brief closing statement at the same hustings – it starts at 34:20″

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Calling all Green Londoners, your city needs you!

Ok, calling all you Green Londoners out there!
Time to do your duty and VOTE
We need a bunch of keen Green candidates for City Hall
I obviously hope you’ll vote for me, but the most important thing is that you VOTE! 
Thank you💚

 

 

Questions? Questions? What’s yours?

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Until February 14, Green Party members in London are exercised by a whole bunch of question marks.

Who? What? Where? When? Why?

They’re picking their candidates for the Greater London Assembly, this massive city’s government. And they’re taking their task extremely seriously.

Together with 21 excellent candidates I am up for selection, but only 11 of us will get through the door.

So Green London members are putting their peers through their paces. And they want answers. If you have any thorny questions, send them my way!

Here’s a selection we have received in the last few days, together with my replies.

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I Was Victim To A Section 21 ‘No Fault’ Eviction – Here’s How I Got My Own Back

In a flash I was made to feel like a star on a ‘rogue tenant’ TV show, but I’ve never been one for rolling over

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It was a proper Christmas, no culinary catastrophes, the family gathered round the table for a feast, no-one’s voice raised above 70 decibels. Bliss. The real tree looked and smelled of Norwegian wood, there were rows of candles, a box full of economy crackers with truly groan-tastic jokes. All just like a real homey Christmas should be.

Then, a few days before New Year’s Eve 2017 and still amid the warm festive glow, a hand-written window envelope fluttered on to the doormat. A late Christmas card? Nah, they don’t come in window envelopes. Probably some neighbourhood thing. I left the letter on the hall table and went shopping. An hour later, warming up with a coffee, I opened the handwritten envelope:

Dear Ms De Keyser,

RE: Notice Seeking Possession – Tenanted Property…

I read on, fully expecting this to be one of those standard communications landlords need to send once a year to comply with the contract. Only when I got to the end of the letter did I realise that this was nothing of the sort:

“Our client has instructed us to commence court proceedings should you fail to vacate the property [within two months of this letter].”

Yours sincerely

Landlord Action

Well, I nearly choked on my croissant. What?! Was I actually being evicted? I had, in a flash, become the star in one of those shocking stories you see on those ‘rogue tenant’ shows on telly. Continue reading