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An article this week in the Ham and High (not yet online) highlights the work of James Leigh, “the butterfly man”, who is seeking to redevelop Hampstead Green on Pond Street into a haven for wildlife.

He’s seeking donations for the project – and can be contacted through thebutterflyman@btinternet.com.

He’s also pointing Camden residents to www.bringbackthebutterflies.org.uk, with practical advice about how to make your garden more butterfly friendly.

Looking at the butterflies, hoverflies and bees lining up for my mint, which is flowering at the moment, they obviously need more options.

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Or if you’d like to go straight to a sneak preview of our election broadcast, you can find it here.

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Taking the political internet by storm over the past couple of days has been the Voter Power Index. It shows a huge difference between the two Camden electorates – in Holborn and St Pancras, your vote each individual has the equivalent of 0.107 on one vote.

In Hampstead and Kilburn, by contrast, they get moderately close to parity – 0.811 of a vote (3.211 times more than the British average).

The terrible score in Holborn and St Pancras is in part because it is 20% larger than the average seat, and in addition because 55% of voters last time did not vote for the winning candidate, Frank Dobson.

But most of all it is because it is ranked by this site as a “very safe” seat.

It’s a very powerful demonstration of the profound failure of the first past the post voting system.

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By John Collins, Highgate Green Party member

Nationwide, only 20 Tory parliamentary candidates have signed the Equality Pledge I wrote about here last month, compared with 103 Green Party candidates.

George Lee, the Tory candidate for Holborn & St Pancras still hasn’t signed – neither has Chris Philp, the Tory standing for Hampstead & Kilburn.

Their failure to sign stand out like a sore thumb on the Equality Trust website, because our two Greens, the two Lib Dems and the Labour candidates for the two Camden constituencies have all signed.

We’re talking about the pledge promoted by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of The Spirit Level – the book mentioned here by Natalie Bennett after she read the review of The Spirit Level in the CNJ.

The pledge, now signed by 282 parliamentary candidates from eight different parties, says it all, and is worth repeating here:

“Compelling new evidence presented by The Equality Trust shows that more equal societies – those with a narrower gap between rich and poor – are more cohesive, healthier, suffer fewer social problems and are more environmentally sustainable. In view of these findings I am committed to making the UK a more equal society as the most effective means of building a better society. I will therefore actively support the case for policies designed to narrow the gap between rich and poor; and engage with the debate on which measures should be implemented to achieve that aim.”

Is that too much to ask? Or are the Conservatives, like Labour, “relaxed” about a society where, as the National Equality Panel recently reported, the 90th percentile of households now has 100 times the wealth of the 10th percentile.

For the record, the parties of the 282 candidates who have signed so far, from 215 constituencies, are:
Green Party 103
LibDems 88
Labour 60
Conservative 20
English Dems 6
Plaid Cymru 1
SNP 1
UKIP 1
Independents 2

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Beatrix Campbell, our candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, will be speaking at the Beyond Politics – Alternate Ways of Governing Society meeting at the Friends Meeting House tomorrow (Thursday, April 8).

Starts at 6.30, all welcome, entry by donation.

We’ll also have a stall.

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Natalie Bennett, Holborn and St Pancras

Beatrix Campbell, Hampstead and Kilburn

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The following letter appeared this week in the Ham and High (click on the image for a larger version) from Beatrix Campbell, Green Party Hampstead and Kilburn campaigner:

The letter was sent in response to this article in the Ham and High the previous week.

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