Ethical entrepreneur and writer on politics, the environment, music, technology, human and animal rights
Ian is a writer and ethical entrepreneur. He writes on politics, the environment, ethical consumerism, technology, and animal and human rights. He also writes a regular column for Retail Week Magazine and various new media platforms including EvolvePolitics.com and national newspapers and magazines.
He's a former research psychologist, musician, trail runner, hiker, vegan, humanist, beer lover and committed atheist. He has appeared on BBC TV and local and national radio and was The Green Party Parliamentary candidate for North Oxfordshire in 2015 and 2017.
As our electoral mechanisms continue to stutter and jam, we're likely to find that administrations will be based on proportionality in practice if not in theory. Until we finally embrace and encapsulate that process at the ballot box, we'll have to rely on such ad hoc arrangements as we've seen can be effective in West Oxfordshire.
If you're not going to see real change this time around. If your vote is only going to be lost in a sea of others who voted forlornly for the a close second, or the next best thing, use it to support those who will affect real change in the longer term by holding toes to the fire in the meantime.
I do that out of pragmatism and the hope that this may knock away at least part of a Tory majority that I feel will be ruinous for this country. It's not a choice I relish, neither is it a choice I want, but in the current ridiculous state of British electoral mechanics, it's the only choice I have left.
The spectacle of Theresa May sucking up to Donald Trump on her recent visit was excruciating to watch, but the haste with which she flew to his side was perhaps even more indicative of how their relationship is likely to develop.
Be better than us. See Trump for what he is - a one dimensional, delusional opportunist with an axe to grind who thinks being an overpaid, over-privileged reality TV host qualifies him for one of the most responsible positions on the planet.
We expect the Labour Welsh Government and the UK Government to vigorously defend the Welsh national interest. We cannot afford to leave the fate of the Welsh economy in the hands of the Prime Minister and her three dawdling Brexiteers.
He may well be right, but if he's to become our new undemocratically imposed head bureaucrat, we may also be about to realise that reality can be much more frightening than even our wildest imaginings.
Today's headlines in The Sun and the Daily Mail have once again blown the anti-immigration dog whistle for the vote on Thursday. The fact that virtually every UK and economic analyst and academic has predicted huge damage to the country if we leave the EU is of no apparent consequence to them.
Donald Trump's already infamous tweet thanking his supporters for highlighting what they see as his correct predictions of a major mainland USA terrorist attack has already been roundly condemned across social media.
One can only wonder why the BBC would facilitate a continuation of the behaviour being shown by presenters like Kuenssberg. The question has to be asked - when does journalistic freedom step into the realms of direct influence and bias?
Let's hope then that reports of viable rescue plans prove to be more than the wishful thinking of the administrators, and that if any part of the company can be saved, the future owners have pockets deep enough to allow them to concentrate on the business of retail rather than of finance.
As Britain shrivels into, at best, a tawdry tax haven in perpetual serfdom to a rich elite, we'll come to the sad realisation that we've been sold a Jerusalem built on false promises and false flags. I wonder if border controls and apocryphal straight bananas will seem quite so important then.
I were pushed to name a favourite track it would be 'Cygnet Committee' from his second album and his more folky era. In the circumstances I hope Mr Jones would forgive me for taking a slight liberty with the last line...
I think the people of Oxfordshire would welcome your further engagement with the PM on their behalf and with local activists on these matters. I personally look forward to your thoughts on how best to capitalise on what has now become a national talking point, and how we can use this new focus in the best interests of Oxfordshire residents and other similarly concerned groups across the country.
Having a vegan as shadow minister for agriculture may well upset the cosy rapport farmers have with government at the moment, but I thought that was the point of electing Corbyn in the first place. To think the unthinkable and do what's right, rather than what's pragmatic and expedient to the wishes and votes of vested interests.
17/09/2015 09:00 BST
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