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Local campaigning

St Athan military college moves forward

A four-week inquiry into the £12 billion privatised military training establishment due to be based at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, ended in early February 2010.

Christmas comes early in Bangor - in Welsh

Early Christmas presents from Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the Welsh Language Society, greeted Bangor shoppers when campaigners gave away free Boots “Advantage” cards in the town on 14 November.


Five of us crammed into the car, sleeping bags and picnic piled high on our laps.

Climate campaigners shut down opencast coalmine single-handed!

Okay, so there were two of them rather than one, but with just a little cargo netting and rope borrowed from friends, campaigners closed Ffos-y-Frân, Wales’ largest opencast coal mine on 23 Septemb

Parish direct action

Parish councillor Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury, 67, knowingly broke the law early in October.

Hangar 'bout

I’m at a loss finding the right idiom for this story: Throwing good money after bad? A fool and his money are easily parted? A leopard can’t change his spots…? You decide.


It’s six years on since the invasion of Iraq, the war has ended, and troops are coming home. Success? Well, we’re not celebrating.

How we came to make music, not war

I don’t think November is a favourite month for campaigning by any means.

Common Sense currency

Transition towns are a new and fast spreading initiative on how our communities can cope with climate change and the decline of oil supplies.

Bad Chair Day at the skips

The facts are fairly straightforward, although whenever I recount the tale, my listener’s jaw drops. “They did what?” But the authorities are deadly serious.