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Star date: 7th February 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL `ABDICATING RESPONSIBILITY' SAYS GREEN PARTY LEADER NATALIE BENNETT

"Non-violent direct action is something that we in the Green Party believe is sometimes necessary when…the Government simply isn't listening to public opinion" Natalie Bennett

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visited Barton Moss yesterday to show her support for the anti-fracking campaign and was treated to a tea party lock-on by four protectors who held up the iGas delivery lorries for around four hours.

Speaking to the Salford Star, Natalie Bennett said that Salford Council was `abdicating responsibility' in its silence on fracking issues at Barton Moss. 

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Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss
Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss
Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss
Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Visits Barton Moss
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When Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visited Barton Moss yesterday afternoon she arrived to see a huge queue of lorries backed up in the road leading to the iGas exploratory drilling site, masses of police and four anti-fracking protectors tube-locked onto each other, sat on legless chairs around an afternoon tea table being serenaded with strains of the James classic Sit Down. It was like a bushtucker trial on acid.

One of the protectors in the tube lock-on had a Green Party vest and his face painted green. The Barton Moss Community Protection Camp had put on a special party to welcome their most high profile supporter…

"They have indeed, although they tell me that most days are fairly lively here at the moment" she laughed "I think non-violent direct action is something that we in the Green Party believe is sometimes necessary when you have a situation like you have now, where the Government simply isn't listening to public opinion, isn't listening to the evidence and isn't making the right policy choices. So we're here supporting this protest and saying that what we need to do is invest in energy conservation and renewable energy."

While the Camp protectors spent hours being freed by the Greater Manchester Police Protester Removal Team, Natalie Bennett articulated the reasons behind the Barton Moss mayhem and the alternatives to fracking that are about to be put into practice.

"Shale gas is no kind of future but someone was just saying to me `Oh it's just a short term option'" she recalled "Yet at the weekend Cuadrilla came out and said `In five years time we'll know if there's any viable shale gas in Britain', so the claim that this is some sort of short term solution plainly just doesn't add up.

"One of the things that there isn't much publicity around yet is that on Friday there is an application for the proposed first tidal lagoon for generating electricity going in for Cardiff Bay, and that's a great example of British developed technology with good jobs" she added "The idea is to eventually have five of them across the broad stretch of the north and Wales that would generate 10% of our electricity demand. It's a much better idea."

It's an idea that's catching on, as more and more opinion polls show opposition to fracking in the UK is growing by the day. Yet Greater Manchester Police continue to treat protectors as they treated the miners during the brutal strikes of the 1980s (see previous Salford Star article – click here), and Salford Council and Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, continue to remain silent around issues happening on their own doorstep. 

"In terms of the police I know that Peter Cranie [Green Party MEP candidate] has expressed concerns and written to the Police Commissioner" Natalie explained "It's very evident just walking in here today that there's a huge level of policing for something totally non-violent. Why are there so many police here? You really have to ask that question.

"In terms of Salford Council it's a real abdication of responsibility not to be informing people or at least leading the debate, whatever your position on it" she added "To just be stepping back and going `This is all too difficult', which is what I get the impression they're doing, is a real abdication of responsibility. Local people should be asking `What is our Council doing?'"

Alan Green wrote
at 05:17:37 on 09 February 2014
Realist you are correct there is no plan for a tidal lagoon in Cardiff Bay, the Lagoon is planned for Swansea Bay. But it's not poor journalism it's just Natalie Bennett being quoted about something she knows nothing about, if she knew all the facts then she would know where it was planned for and she would know that it will be bad for the marine eco-system. Sooner she fucks off back down under to Australia the better for us in the UK.
 
Realist wrote
at 17:28:26 on 08 February 2014
There never has been and never will be a plan to put a Tidal Lagoon in Cardiff Bay, poor journalism!
 
Obi_Live wrote
at 16:04:15 on 07 February 2014
April 19th 2014 is the Trans-Atlantic March Against Mainstream Media again. OccupyTheBBC picketed 11 BBC sites including the one in Manchester. I see another picket coming soon.
 
Chaz wrote
at 16:02:07 on 07 February 2014
I've seen people on Twitter shouting WHY AM I NOT HEARING ABOUT BARTON MOSS?!?! Its the ultimate humiliation for the bent and corrupted BBC to have a massive Worldwide story involving heroic bravery, police thuggery, Shakespearean weather and the attempted poisoning of a community two miles from their flagship of filth and not be allowed to report on it hahahahahaha So much respect for you Steve and The Star for being the only light in such a police state style darkness. The BBC are so deeply dumb though. They seem to have no concept of what internet media is. They no longer control the ball. They no longer control the story and the foul loathsome creatures are constantly playing catch up hahahahaha
 
linda davies wrote
at 09:44:17 on 07 February 2014
Big thank you to The Salford Star for covering the Fracking situation. BBC doesn't seem to want to despite being very close.Not a lot been on BBC regarding this. Big up The Salford Star :-)
 
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