A guest post from Tom Roberts, who I met at a hustings and later bought on board The Beestonian when it turned out he was a pretty sharp writer. I recently commissioned him to look at the contentious issue of fracking for an article. It’s key we know where our representatives stand on what is sure to be the most important issue over the next few years. However, each time a Tory is asked their position, they act rather strange. 

If you have a Tory representative, ask them to state their position. The Lib Dems and Labour, (and unsurprisingly perhaps, the Greens) have stated their opposition to fracking. Not so the Tories, who are all out for letting frackers pump toxic water under the nature reserve, and stick rigs on Bramcote Park. Yet they’re a bit embarrassed to say so. Tom tells us more.

Fracking in Broxtowe is fast becoming a major issue. Ever since our MP, and professionalfrack-well Commie Hunter, Soubz of the Yard decided to perform one of her patented U-Turns and promote speculative drilling. Given the relatively untested nature of fracking, and the relative beauty of our area, it seems vital that Borough Councillors oppose this drilling if our MP won’t. A fact that brings us on quite nicely to the Toton and Chilwell Meadows By-Election.

Conservative Borough Council candidate, Stephanie Kerry, has decided to present herself as the defender of the Greenbelt. Vowing to oppose the building of desperately needed homes at any cost. Keen to recruit a new volunteer in the battle to keep Broxtowe frack free I decided to contact Ms Kerry to ascertain her position on the matter. Apparently another man who shared my brilliance was Greg Hewitt, of Frack Free Notts, who also wished to ascertain Kerry’s position.

I voyaged through the twisted intertoobz and alighted upon her campaign Facebook page to ask the following:

“When you talk about working with Anna Soubry to protect the green belt does this include fracking under it? I saw on the news that Soubry has recently performed a U-Turn and endorsed fracking and given it’s dangerous history I don’t want our green areas poisoned!”

Keen to get a response from “the candidate that listens to Broxtowe” I sat at my laptop waiting for the sweet ding of the notification sound. It never came. After a short while, and sure there must be some mistake, I decided to check my message for typos only to find it deleted! Yes, it turns out I’m not part of the Broxtowe that Ms Kerry is listening to! And neither is Greg Hewitt who also saw his post deleted! Agog! Aghast! I stumbled from my screen in shock. She had blocked me!

It appears that the sensitivity of the issue of fracking must have overcome Stephanie Kerry’s usual open-ness. Given the threat fracking may pose to our greenbelt, something Stephanie Kerry vows in her largely misleading leaflet to protect, it seems odd for a candidate to become so evasive. This may be because the party line is both pro-fracking and pro-greenbelt, a position that seems hard to reconcile

Want to find if your South Broxtowe Tory representative is willing to let the frackers free reign over our greenspaces? Why not ask them?

Broxtowe Tories:

Or find them on here, and politely get in touch to find their opinions (and, as they are there to represent you, give them yours!) . (click to enlarge)






Jeremy Hunt vs the Doctors. Who do YOU trust?

As I speak, the country’s Junior Doctors are staging a walkout. You might be against them. After all, they’ve had the right-wing media machine take Hunt’s side on the debate. Not that it has proved effective, as the support for the doctors is growing. Still, a sizable majority trust Hunt over the doctors. Why? Well, Here’s the lines being span. Give it a read, and feel free to share.


We DO have a 7 day NHS already. It is utter bunkum to assume otherwise. Go to an A+E ward on a Saturday night and see if it’s busy. When my appendix went ARRRGHHH on Christmas Eve, the ambulance didn’t wait until after the Christmas holidays to turn up.
However, if you mean a 7 day NHS where you have the same range of out – patient clinics, the same routine operations as you do in the week, them great, but you’ll also have to hire all the necessary support staff: technicians, admin etc at great cost. Is that going to happen? Nope.


This is Hunt ‘s attack line right now: that the doctors have been brainwashed by a radical ‘union’. Again, balls. The mandate for the strike was staggeringly high. The insinuation that people who are trained to rigorously analyse data are somehow just idiot cattle that just obey their leaders is beyond irony from a man who would vote to eat his own genitals if the Whips Office instructed so.


They earn more than me. But I don’t save lives. They earn less than MPS (and don’t run up huge expense accounts, have all their accommodation and travel paid for and know that should it all go wrong, they’ll be retired into the Lords).They also carry upwards of £70k of student debt around with them, on a basic of £23k starting salary. Before they become consultants, GPs etc, they won’t be rolling in dough. Even if they were, they’d have no time to spend it.

The NHS is our greatest gift to ourselves. It’s ours. Everyone of us owns it equally, that’s why if you fell down in the street today your symptoms will be checked, not the colour of your money. The Tories HATE this, as it shows very simply that working together works well.

To attack the NHS, they need a battle. They’ve decided on the Junior Doctors. While this is going on, privatisation is hurtling forward, with more services being taken out of our ownership and sold to business. It’s theft.

The medical profession works from the simple start point of “Do No Harm”. The Tories have no care for harm: as long as the shareholders are happy, let the harm continue.

Who do YOU trust?