At one oâ€™clock Monday morning, I counted the votes to select a parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in the Oxford East constituency, to replace Peter Tatchell who had to stand down due to health reasons. Announcement to follow in due course, soon.
From one oâ€™clock to three in the afternoon, I attended the Green group of councillors to discuss budget proposals for Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, and election strategies.
From seven to about nine oâ€™clock in the evening, I was glad to be at the launch of the inaugural issue of the Oxford Left Review. There I talked with three journalists (among other radical right-on comrades), from Aamulehti of Tampere, Corriere della Sera of Italy, and Samoaâ€™s Environment Weekly. Very nice people they were.
Here is the table of contents for the inaugural issue of the Oxford Left Review (Issue 1, February 2010):
- Samual Burt: Equality and Republican Ideals
- Peter Tatchell: Voter Reform and the Left
- Stuart White: An End to Labourism
- Cailean Gallagher: Call to Scottish Labour
- Matthew Kennedy: The Putney Debates
- Jeremy Cliffe: A Fourth Way for Labour?
- Brian Melican: Germanyâ€™s Fragmented Left
- Christopher Jackson: The Return of Keynes
- George Irvin: Time for a Tobin Tax
- Kaihsu Tai: The Science of Copenhagen
- Sophie Lewis: COP15 – Activistâ€™s Perspective
- Matthew Kennedy: Å½iÅ¾ek review
- Roberta Klimt: Bennett review
- Noel Hatch: Todayâ€™s Lost Generation
Pace Radford, it was typeset in Palatino, to good effect dare I so say. All references to non-L——r party affiliation were cautiously scrubbed, for which I am (to be frank) a bit miffed. Despite that, it was an excellent effort by the editorial team in setting off this worthy initiative.
Near midnight, I refined my letter to the Oxford Times about public ownership of assets, after email-shots to follow up all the interesting discussions I had for the last 24 hours of politicking.
It is amazing that I am not getting paid to do any of this, but certainly it has been more fun than staring at molecules on the computer. Citizenship is a full-time job, and the work of a citizen is never done….