Bristol: This Land Is Our Land – Presented By The Warren James Group

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Apr 3 11:17:09 BST 2011

Bristol Indymedia:This Land Is Our Land – Presented By The Warren James Group

We have just seen a massive U turn by this 
government as a result of huge ground swell of 
public opinion against the proposed sell off of 
the Forestry Commission Estate. In the autumn of 
2010, the campaign kicked off in the Forest of 
Dean with a huge public meeting in Cinderford 
which was attended by over 500 people and a rally 
in Speech House attended by 3000 people.
Tory MP Mark Harper was invited to speak at both 
these events to present his case, but refused. A 
number of organisations have been working 
together, uniting people from all political 
persuasions and utilizing a raft of different 
protest techniques. Right across the country 
communities have been organising to resist the 
sell off of their woodlands and have started to 
come together and to act in solidarity.
In the Forest, Harper recently gave only 24 hours 
notice to speak at a small venue in Coleford to 
introduce the consultation process and to present 
his proposals to give part of the Forest to a 
charity and sell the rest off. The meeting was 
packed inside and out, where about 300 
demonstrators chanted slogans all night such as 
Hands off our Forest and Tunis – Egypt- Forest of 
Dean. Inside he was ridiculed by speeches from 
children to old age pensioners. He refused to 
speak to the people outside which caused great 
outrage and not surprisingly people were very 
angry when he tried to sneak out the back with full police protection.
In the Telegraph, Harper accused the Foresters of 
behaving like a “baying mob.” Other papers have 
described the U turn as a victory by middle 
England and the Tory Shires. This meeting will 
look the reality of these events and the politics 
of how a whole community united around a single 
issue and won. The night includes speakers from 
the Warren James group and short films of the protests and actions.

Monday 4th April, 8pm Cube Microplex, Dove St,
£4/3/no one turned away through lack of funds

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Government's health reforms in a desperate 
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In the latest embarrassing example of the Prime 
Minister being forced to intervene in the policy 
of one of his ministers, Mr Cameron will publicly 
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Mr Cameron will announce a "pause" of up to three 
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coalition MPs. One option being considered is a 
series of public meetings at which Mr Lansley 
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