It is undeniable that more and more people are considering that their individual actions have an impact on wider society. The rise of ethical consumerism is real, and should not be underestimated, but there is still a long way to go.
As we wait with bated breath for the manifestos of 2015, I thought it apt to write a voter’s manifesto; outlining what I expect from the political class, and outlining what I will vote for. This manifesto will address some key policy areas that affect the common man and explain why I am voting Green.
As a voter I expect transparency, honesty and integrity throughout the election process.
I am unlikely to get it. Continue reading
We have taken a wrong turn somewhere as a society when far and radical right parties are starting to take over our institutions. Does no one remember where this lead last time? We have turned right into the start of WW3.
Everyone has the right to vote, and the right to vote right, but only if they really know what voting right means beyond the rhetoric of the Daily Mail. There are several things that are worrying about the results of the local, and European elections, but also some hope and lessons to be learnt by us here in the UK before we go to the polls again next May. Continue reading
The European Commission is looking into a new labeling system for food products that clearly shows consumers each stage of the supply chain for that product. This is hoped to eliminate the use of the term ‘local’ for produce that has mainly been handled or produced away from the claimed place of origin by encouraging and identifying ‘short supply chains’. Continue reading
The arms trade is a highly controversial issue that is attacked from many angles. The most voiced criticism is that the UK trades in arms with countries that are politically unstable, and potentially dangerous. Another case where it could be argued capitalist economics are trumping morality. Continue reading
KFC is a transnational company originating in America, and like many other food chains it has outlets all over the globe. It should be expected that whilst taking into consideration local culture of all its host countries, that the company should uphold the morals that glue together the democratic society from which it originates, and if not promote them, then at least not go against them. Continue reading
Starbucks. Star + bucks. It’s all in the name. Alongside the popular joke ‘COST-A-packet’ or ‘COST-A-fortune’, whichever you prefer, there is a deeply rooted problem in the coffee industry.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, second only to crude oil, and the populations of the developed world depend on coffee to fuel their bodies just as much as they rely on petrol to fuel their cars.