More and more people are becoming interested in growing their own food. But our ability to take this essential step towards a sustainable future is being stifled by the radical inequalities of land distribution, in a country where patterns of land-ownership have changed little since feudal times, and the access to land of those who don’t own it has actually diminished.
The riots over the summer put things into perspective and highlighted the need for community spaces. For me, the riots served as a very harsh reminder of the lack of tight-knit community in our country. It was sad to see those cases where looting and rioting spread to local community shops, because of the realisation that those involved didn't feel they were attacking their own community.
The village of Sipson contains around 500 houses and a handful of small businesses. It is in many respects like any other village in the UK, except of course for its proximity to one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.
Squatting, a proud tradition in the UK which involves individuals taking over empty/abandoned properties is under threat. A new government consultation to criminalise squatting in the UK has just ended and any criminalisation plans are likely to be pushed through in the new year.
The corporate media empire have too much power. Not just power but increasingly political influence. We need to break out and build our own media alternatives... this social reporting pilot project is a good start.