When I grow up I want to be an engine driver

April 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm 3 comments

This is our railway week. I got up at 6.30 this morning to meet one of my colleagues at Hebden Bridge station. Actually just outside the station, because apparently we’re not allowed to do it on the platform. We got shot of a few hundred leaflets in short order, then this afternoon I did an hour at Mytholmroyd station. Between us we managed to cover every Calder Valley station, which is good going for a small group.

What were we actually giving out? Here’s page 1:

Overcrowding  If you travel regularly on the Caldervale line you know all about overcrowding. It costs ten pounds to go to Manchester, and on the return journey you might have to stand as far as Rochdale. The Greens want to increase all rail capacity (see over) so that we won’t have to cram in like sardines at Victoria!

 Privatisation  The Conservatives privatised British Rail in 1993, after decades of under-investment had left our railways struggling to cope. Labour promised to reverse these changes if they were elected, but they haven’t kept their promise. The Greens think that trains should be run for the benefit of passengers, not shareholders, and we’ll return them to public ownership.

Strikes  The rail dispute isn’t over – it’s just on hold. The Greens think that the rail workers have valid concerns about job cuts and safety. We urge both sides to keep our trains on the rails.

It was a bit chilly, especially this morning, but we got lots of good feedback – again.  A well-known local Labour dude came trotting past for his train, and he said “Don’t worry – I’m voting for you!” as he went by.


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  • 1. Billy Wetherhead  |  April 10, 2010 at 2:59 am

    “A well-known local Labour dude came trotting past for his train, and he said “Don’t worry – I’m voting for you!” as he went by.”

    I think that’s commonly known as sarcasm Ms. Sweeny.

    And where’s the usual noise from your campaign manager Jason Elliott? He’s remarkably quiet of late, don’t you think?

    • 2. h0wgreenismyvalley  |  April 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

      Ah – welcome back! If I told you who it was you’d know it wasn’t sarcasm!

  • 3. lauren  |  April 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I helped a bit with the leafleting in Tod. People seemed receptive and friendly!


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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