Should we be more “democratic”?

At the recent Friday Room discussion it was suggested that we should be more organised and that a lack of “democracy” means that the Friday Room is somehow unacceptable.

I have the impression that most attendees would not agree with this view and accept the informality of the way meetings are organised.

My perception of the Friday Room is that it is a discussion group only.

It does not aim to take any unified action or indeed to come to any agreement about the topic being discussed.
The only outcome is individual wisdom and individual actions.
There is no defined membership and no expectation of regular attendance.
It might be better thought of as a place rather than an organisation, A bit like Hyde Park Corner.

I also think there is a wider issue of the meaning of democracy. Governance can be entirely top down with a dictator, benevolent or otherwise, or to some degree bottom up with the governed having a some control. The problem is that the governed are many, divided and ignorant, so the practical problems in giving effective control to the governed.
There is a range of “tools” available, the ballot is the most obvious, but there are also petitions, demonstrations, polling, focus groups and consultations, which admittedly have sever limitations. The idea that having a ballot is the definition of democracy and, if you have a one, everything is ok, is dangerously wrong. The ballot, the tool with highest regard, also has limitations and sometimes just does not work.

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Informal meeting, 5th Feb

The upstairs room at the Organ Grinder (used to be the Pack Horse) has been booked for Friday 5th Feb 2016. Meeting to start at 7:30.

Several people have expressed concern about homelessness and we need to discuss what next for the Friday Room.

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Unions on Film: Pride

PrideFriday 18th December, 7:30pm, Unity House, 21 Fennel Street, Loughborough LE11 1UQ

Presented by Unite Community and the Friday Room

Pride is a 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Mathew Warchus.

Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who rasied money to help the families affected by the miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners campaign.

Free Admission – Buffet and drinks

A collection will be made towards the costs of the Buffet and wine

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Syria – the Ayes Have It

The ayes have it, but who gets it? An open meeting to discuss the decision by our government to join coalition forces in the bombing of Syria and aspects of the debate.

Open meeting, Friday the 4th December, at the Organ Grinder Pub, 4 Woodgate, Loughborough, LE11 2TY. 7:30pm

Various speakers will introduce the discussion to get the debate going, and then its up to you! Come and listen to the arguments, and have your say.

All welcome




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Nasty things in International Food Production

Source booksFriday 20th November, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Discussion to be introduced by David Girdler

World food production now depends on factory farming/fishing. This food
is produced with the aid of chemicals to control disease and pests. The
problems of pollination, worker poisoning and distribution miles will be
dealt with.

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Where now for the Environment Movement? Public Lecture with Jonathon Porrit

Jonathon Porritt is speaking at Loughborough University on the 19 Nov, 7pm as part of the Critical Politics for Global Challenges Public Lecture Series. According to the University website:

Humankind faces three major global challenges: environmental crisis, especially climate change; mounting insecurity and the politics of fear; and an unstable, unequal, yet interdependent world economy. Each of these has political causes and possible solutions. Each has demonstrated potential to cause local, regional and global conflict. Each has inspired political dissent, tested established institutions, and challenged dominant conceptions of politics, democracy and citizenship. Each is becoming more acute as the twenty-first century unfolds. Yet each may require radical reform of structures of governance in order to be resolved.

This series of public lectures by speakers from outside academe – campaigners, journalists, researchers, politicians and others – will bring to bear their particular expertise on different aspects of these issues. Talks will be followed by time for questions, contributions and discussion”

For details and how to book your free place, visit…/even…/jonathon-porritt-lecture.html

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Loughborough Coach To The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

Picture1As politicians set off for the Paris climate talks, activists in Loughborough have organised a coach to the biggest climate march ever planned in the UK: The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs, on the 29 November in London.

Supported by Trade Unions, environmental and justice NGOs, political parties, organisers are urging Loughborough folk to join in the demands to end dirty energy and yes to renewables and climate jobs and justice for those affected by climate change. There is also a pick-up for people in Leicester.

The coach  departs Fennel Street (outside the social club), Loughborough 8am, and St Margaret’s Bus Station, Leicester, 8:30am.

Tickets are £15 Waged/£10 Unwaged and are on sale at Eventbrite :

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