Britain Needs A Pay Rise

Coaches from Yarmouth, Norwich, Ipswich and Lowestoft brought demonstrators from the region to join the TUC’s Britain Needs a Pay Rise march in London on Saturday the18th October after a week of industrial action by public sector workers. The Lowestoft contingent joined UNITE trade unionists near the head of the lively and noisy march and…

‘Reforms’ Throw Local Schools Into Chaos

East Point Academy (aka Kirkley Community High School) has been out of and back in special measures since being taken over by Essex-based AET in 2011. Several head teachers later the initial “delight” has disappeared and the London-based Department for Education and Chaos has decided on a different sponsor. The Inspiration Trust, which has close…

We Go To War… …Yet Again

The invasion Afghanistan in 2001 caused the deaths of at least 200,000 civilians, men, women and children. Much of the infrastructure was destroyed and remains in ruins. The Taliban have not been defeated and al-Qaeda survived. About 2.2m Afghans are refugees with many seeking new homes in Europe. Britain joined the American attack on Iraq…

10 July Strikes – A Line In The Sand?

The big strike day of 10 July saw public sector workers protest about the continuing squeeze on their incomes, conditions and pensions. At the rally in Lowestoft strikers told of young teachers burnt out and quitting the profession within five years, of fire fighters told to work until the age of 60 when even training…

The Third Crossing: Effective Public Pressure?

Suffolk County Council has been kicking the Third Crossing into the long grass for so long that it is probably in a field outside Manaus by now. The latest ploy is to set up a consultation on its possible location: close to the Bascule bridge (i.e. a replacement); linking with the Asda roundabout; or closer…

Lowestoft, Elections And LCAC

As long ago as 1985 Waveney District Trades Council held a march through Lowestoft, labelled “The March of Shame”. Lowestoft was then still a major manufacturing town and fishing port. The Trades Council was protesting about factory closures and job losses which were causing new and unprecedented levels of unemployment in the town. The names…

Council Stands On Its Head To Approve Tesco

Yet again big corporation Tesco has used its millions to browbeat local opposition and has been helped on its way by the Tory council. The conversion of the Tramways Hotel in Pakefield into a Tesco Express will mean direct competition for the neighbouring Co-op and Spar stores, the Post Office and Bushells bakery. Far from…

Jobs Or Houses For Lowestoft?

The Lowestoft Conference on the future of the town was called by Council Leader Colin Law  because “people do not fully understand what we  are trying to achieve and how we are going to  achieve it”. In reality it was a response to the packed public meetings held recently by local businessman  Peter Colby. After…