Author Archives: Simeon Jackson

My submission to the Anglia Square PGN consultation

My comments on the Anglia Square Policy Guidance Note

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Aristocrates

Aristocrates has been my online alter ego ever since my first ever email address, but what is the story behind me selecting that name, and what has it come to mean to me now?

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Speech against Devolution – 28th June 2016

In this speech, I focus on just one of my concerns – this agreement’s focus on businesses and growth rather than quality of life for residents.

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Brand(ed) as a politician

Russell Brand scared that he would become “one of them”.

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Norwich Against Tax Dodging

Thanks to all those who wrote to councillors recently, calling on us to support ActionAid’s Towns Against Tax Dodging campaign. I’m pleased to say that Norwich is with you, and last night passed a motion to support the campaign.

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My Endorsement: Vote Green in the Euros

Although we’ve been hearing a lot about the Europe “in-out” debate in the last few weeks, we much less frequently hear about the political balance of Europe. The Green Party are within the fourth biggest parliamentary grouping in Europe. As hard-working and collaborative MEPs, Greens really do get results.

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Another subprime mortgage crisis waiting to happen?

A criticism of the Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS) in Norwich.

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Speech on Castle Mall 5th December 2013

“Sustainable Development”? I’ll let you be the judge.

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Planning Committee – 10th October 2013

This post summarises my participation in October’s planning committee meeting on Thursday 10th October.

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Full Council – 24th September 2013

September’s full council meeting was quite a big one for me. The Green Party were putting three motions, one of which I was proposing, as well as numerous questions. The full agenda (including motion texts) can be found here. I heard the Lord Mayor’s announcements and voted to agree the minutes of the last meeting. […]

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No payday loan advertising on Council property, please

At the Norwich City Council meeting of 24th September 2013, I proposed a motion as follows: Council RESOLVES to ask the cabinet, where the law so allows, not to :- (1)  permit council assets or facilities to be used for advertising by ‘payday loan’ companies; or (2)  use external facilities where ‘payday loan’ companies are […]

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Planning Committee – 12th September 2013

This post summarises my participation in September’s planning committee meeting on Thursday 12th September.

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Norwich Early Evening Events

I like Norwich’s outdoor events. I recently enjoyed activities put on as part of a programme of activities called ‘Head Out Not Home’ being coordinated by Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) to promote Norwich’s early evening economy. But do these activities really achieve the intended aim? What else might be done?

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Planning Committee – 25th July 2013

This post summarises my participation in planning committee on Thursday 25th July 2013.

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Full Council – 23rd July 2013

July’s full council meeting was a fairly short agenda (although due to long discussions took quite a long time!). This post summarises my participation.

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My first speech at Full Council

Last night I made my first major speech at Full City Council, as I seconded a motion proposed by fellow Green City Councillor Ash Haynes. The motion was subsequently carried.

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Briefing: Monetary Reform

This article is intended as a briefing for those who want to know more about monetary reform. In a later post, I will touch upon the relevance of monetary reform to local currencies and the effect on the local economy. Why do we need monetary reform? It has been clear over the past few years […]

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Chain Consuming or Systems Thinking?

The biggest news story in recent weeks seems to have been the collapse of high street chains HMV, Jessops and Blockbuster. But are the responses taken by big business and government the right ones? What happens when we take a more holistic view?

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Icicles

Here are a few photos of icicles that I thought looked pretty beautiful.

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Funding change

Why is funding social movements and protection of the environment such a problem? We have so much that needs to be done, but why can’t we get the money to do it? How are young unemployed people going to get money for doing the things they are passionate about?

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Review: You are not a gadget

There are two things which seem to get criticised even more than the weather these days, and they are politics and computer technology. I’ll save political criticism for a later post, and today address the latter. It’s quite easy as a young person to be quick to defend the merits of IT. For someone who […]

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New Years Resolution: New Blog Posts Every Monday

Dear dedicated followers, I hereby announce that, as of tomorrow, I will try to publish a new blog post every Monday. Although there may be exceptions (I won’t fail the entire resolution if I miss the odd one due to illness, or some other unforeseen eventuality), I hope that I will generally keep up the […]

Bonuses for purchasing?

When banks make a loan, they are actually buying your promise to pay back that loan at a future date. So doesn’t this make paying bonuses based on the number of loans negotiated like rewarding someone for spending as much money as they can? Yes!

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Transition Computer Games

Ever since the Transition Conference, I’ve been meaning to write a post about it.  Well, here’s one, and perhaps there will be more later! During open space on the Saturday afternoon of the Transition Network Conference, I was a bit of a butterfly and attended several sessions which caught my interest, without settling down for […]

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Why the Olympics were good but bank bailouts were bad

When I saw the an edited billboard from the London 2012 Games thanking the Great British taxpayer for the games, I started to question the other side of the equation.

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How do humans evaluate?

As human beings we do ascribe a value to things, but how do we do that, and why can one person’s valuation of something be so different from another’s?

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The Word “Value”

Discussion: Let us look at the first (noun) definition of the word “value” at oxforddictionaries.com: “the regard that something is held to deserve”. Does this definition not imply an action of evaluation by some party or other? In fact, for something to have a value in this sense, then someone would have had to apply […]

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What should Transition Norwich be?

Observation: There has been concern from various corners of late as to the condition of Transition Norwich, its support and following, its structure, and its membership. Discussion: Transition Norwich was “unleashed” in October 2008 at a meeting of approximately 400 citizens of Norwich, who formed a core group and working groups to take action forward. […]

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The patterns of a low-carbon life

First published on Transition Norwich’s Blog “This Low Carbon Life” on 23rd January 2012. This book, A Pattern Language, has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I first saw it.  It has helped me to gain perspective and insights into what is wrong with the world, in specific and practical terms, and what good design […]

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I am the very model of a modern general majorer!

My sister sent me an email a few days ago, commenting that I hadn’t made my academic achievements clear enough on this website, so I’d like to just point out that: I hold a First Class Honours Master of Engineering degree in Architectural Engineering (International) More information about my degree can be found here, but […]

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