Read. Watch. Go. Do 03.02.13

READ – about the proposed Bexhill to Hastings link road, a £100 million proposed development being pushed through by George Osborne and East Sussex County Council. They wish to build a three mile road through Combe Haven Valley, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Rye & Battle Observer calls the road “The worst thing to happen to Crowhurst since the French came through”. Quite.

A Freedom of Information request by the Campaign for Better Transport discovered that funding for the road has not been approved by the Department for Transport. If you’re against another round of Tory road building sign the petition to stop the funding:

‘We petition the Government not to fund the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road as it will destroy the tranquillity and heritage of Combe Haven and smaller valleys, the probable site of the Battle of Hastings, and will not bring the claimed economic benefits. We wish instead to see Government investing in sustainable transport measures for Bexhill, Hastings and the surrounding area.’

WATCH – It’s an oldie but a goodie, The Yes Men Fix the World is available on Netflix. The film follows the pair’s journey to wiping $2 billion off of Dow Chemicals stock price as they falsely announce that Dow will properly reimburse the victims of the Bhopal chemical disaster. Bhopal is an important event which too few people know about, and it’s worth reminding ourselves of the tragic corporate negligence of a company which sponsored the London Olympics and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

GO – Simon Pegg presents a charity screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild in aid of Oxfam. Wednesday 6 February at Studio Canal in London.

DO – Sign up to participate in Constitutional Futures: Gender equality matters in a new Scotland at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 14 and 15 February.

It asks why should women care about constitutional debates? What would an inclusive process and women “friendly” constitution look like? Does focusing on constitutional remedies deflect attention from pressing issues? How can we use existing constitutional and legal frameworks more effectively and creatively to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality, including equal political representation and women’s human rights? We draw upon international experience and lessons learned to date in Scotland and the UK to address these important issues.


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