Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Supported & Sustained...

Such brilliant work by a myriad of groups and individuals who have been working so hard for ages on pulling together a support letter that could be supported by various individuals, Unions, campaign groups and non-profits... watching it evolve through edits to reach consensus was both an education as well as a brilliant network-building exercise and I can't thank enough, those who did this. Ruth Hayhurst at Drill Or Drop? has just written a clear piece tying in the signed support letter to Francis Egan as well as background on my case and details for Friday <3 span="">

This is clipped from the article - the full piece is HERE

This is a clip from the story that can be read in full HERE

[Ms Rothery continued to refuse to pay and in June 2016 the total had risen, with interest at 8%, to £55,342.37.

Case “has nothing to do with justice”

At a hearing at Blackpool Law Courts, she refused to give information under oath about her finances. She told a court official:

“I have huge admiration for a system of justice that is fair but I feel in this case that our law courts are not being used to seek justice but instead being applied like a weapon and a threat against peaceful protest.

“The fact that Cuadrilla has the finances, power and vindictiveness to pursue this through our courts is an abuse of one of the most valued aspects of our democracy.

“So please accept my apologies if this seems rude but as this case has nothing to do whatsoever with justice, I will not be complying with any requests for information or payment.”

She was judged to be in contempt of court and now has one more opportunity to give the court the information it asked for.

Supporters are expected to gather outside the court in Preston on Friday when the case is heard.
Full list of signatories to the open letter
Emma Thompson
Vivienne Westwood
Josh Fox, Filmmaker
Raoul Martinez, Artist, writer, filmmaker
Francesca Martinez, Comedian
Anthony Tombling, Filmmaker
Suzanne Jeffery, Campaign against Climate Change
Donna Hume, Friends of the Earth
John Sauven, Greenpeace
Ellie Groves, Reclaim the Power
Danielle Paffard,
Nick DeardenGlobal Justice Now
Caroline Lucas, Green Party
Jonathan Bartley, Green Party
Natalie Bennett, Green Party
Manuel Cortes, TSSA union
Chris BaughPCS Union
Matt WrackFire Brigades Union
Tony Kearns, Communication Workers Union
Ian Hodson, Bakers, Food & Allied Workers union
Graham PetersenGreener Jobs Alliance]

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