Your interview: Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulsecoomb

The Argus: Your interview: Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulsecoomb Your interview: Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulsecoomb

Q: What does Moulsecoomb mean to you?

BARONESS JENNY JONES (JJ): I suppose it means a very happy childhood, because although we didn’t have very much money we were more or less the same as every other family around us and very few people had anything extra. It was also a place where it was safe for us kids to go out and play. It was a safe and happy childhood.

Q: Why is it so important for the people of Moulsecoomb to have you as their Baroness?

(JJ): I’m not sure it’s important for them at all. When it came to choose a name there didn’t seem to be any other place that had the same resonance to me. There are places I’ve lived longer, but they didn’t speak to me in the same way, so it was quite important to me to acknowledge my roots. And also the journey and distance I’ve travelled in a sense from a poor working-class household to a seat in one of the most privileged institutions in the world, possibly. It was very important for me to go back to those roots.

Q: Having re-visited, what are your thoughts now about Moulsecoomb?

(JJ): Well I’ve made all sorts of contacts that I’m going to keep up and I’ve committed to do some fundraising for Moulsecoomb Primary School for their Breakfast Club and After-School Club. I had a lot of old school friends get in touch and ask me what the place is like now and I’m going to try and get them to come with me the next time I visit so they can see for themselves.

Q: Why won't councils re-introduce rules around tenancies so that council housing goes to nice families instead of the current rules whereby those most in need get it so we end up with social housing estates across the UK populated by people who ruin places?

(JJ): The biggest problem that we’ve got now is that there just aren’t enough council houses to go around, and that’s mostly the fault of the Conservative Government introducing the Right to Buy. That was a disastrous policy. It would have been fine if, at the same time, they had given councils the ability to build more houses. But the problem is now – too few houses and lots of people needing social housing for a number of reasons. I think it would be very difficult to distinguish between good people and bad people.

Q: Are you still in contact with Ken Livingstone and what do you make of the work Boris Johnson is doing in London?

(JJ): I am still in touch with Ken Livingstone. We bump into each other from time to time and we groan about what Boris is doing. Both Ken I are conviction politicians and we really care about what we do and the policies we promote, so it’s very frustrating to see a Mayor of London who doesn’t really care. I think he’s wasted six years and – particularly in a green way – has set us back a decade because he’s forced through a lot of policies that are deeply un-green and undone a lot of the work Ken and I did when Ken was Mayor.

Q: What do you make of the Green-led council in Brighton and Hove?

(JJ): I think that they are doing incredibly well. They mopped up the mess left by the Labour Party and have forged ahead with all sorts of things.

They’ve put forward lots of policies that I’m staggered the Labour Party aren’t supporting, like paying the living wage, making sure that low paid council workers are getting decent wages. I’m very proud of the work they have done.

It’s been incredibly tough, especially because the Government has slashed the money available to local authorities which means local authorities are having to cut back on services that are there to support the vulnerable. So I’m a great supporter of the Green council.

Q: Do you think Caroline Lucas should be re-elected as MP of Brighton Pavilion?

(JJ): If you ask any politician, they will tell you that Caroline Lucas has been a superb constituency MP. She’s really has been concerned about the people of Brighton, not just the people who voted for her, but everyone in the constituency and I think she not only deserves to be re-elected – but will be re-elected.

Q: Do you see more Green MPs getting seats when people take to the polls next, especially given the Tories’ stance on issues such as fracking?

(JJ): I would love to say that there will be lots more Green MPs but I think Caroline might well be our sole MP for the next four or five years. I’d love to see more of them, because just having the one Green MP has made such a big difference in Westminster. But at the moment I think that’s going to be incredibly difficult.

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8:32am Sat 25 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

She clearly doesn't know her social history. She benefitted from growing up on a council estate where the rules meant nice decent people were housed as I did. Labour changed the rules in the 1970s so those most I need got social housing based on a points system so the more kids you had, less money, social needs such as addictions, mental health issues, the more points you get, hence whole estates turning from lovely homes with well looked after gardens and communities to run down rough estates.
Jenny you should go to college and learn some social history. Labour wrecked social housing which then allowed the Tories to sell it off and now the whole situation is a mess. Then Labour opened up university to all 18 year olds to clear the unemployment figures. Instead of 6 percent of kids leaving UK homes for higher education 50 percent did all needing homes as well. And most of these courses were free before colleges became unis and started charging. Britain has socially engineered problems through bad policies blighting lives.
She clearly doesn't know her social history. She benefitted from growing up on a council estate where the rules meant nice decent people were housed as I did. Labour changed the rules in the 1970s so those most I need got social housing based on a points system so the more kids you had, less money, social needs such as addictions, mental health issues, the more points you get, hence whole estates turning from lovely homes with well looked after gardens and communities to run down rough estates. Jenny you should go to college and learn some social history. Labour wrecked social housing which then allowed the Tories to sell it off and now the whole situation is a mess. Then Labour opened up university to all 18 year olds to clear the unemployment figures. Instead of 6 percent of kids leaving UK homes for higher education 50 percent did all needing homes as well. And most of these courses were free before colleges became unis and started charging. Britain has socially engineered problems through bad policies blighting lives. Maxwell's Ghost

8:40am Sat 25 Jan 14

Matt@onbeach says...

Yet another self centred, chip on her shoulder, left wing looney member of the Green Party latching on to Brighton. Go away and take your failed policies and greedy tax rises with you.
Yet another self centred, chip on her shoulder, left wing looney member of the Green Party latching on to Brighton. Go away and take your failed policies and greedy tax rises with you. Matt@onbeach

11:23am Sat 25 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

Good grief - don't the current residents of Moulsecoomb have enough on their plates, without this ghastly woman attempting to use her long-dead, historic connection with their local area as some twisted campaign medal in her egotistic scrabble for political celebrity?
Good grief - don't the current residents of Moulsecoomb have enough on their plates, without this ghastly woman attempting to use her long-dead, historic connection with their local area as some twisted campaign medal in her egotistic scrabble for political celebrity? Roundbill

12:04pm Sat 25 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Interesting interview and nice to see someone succeed in life from such a back ground instead of the usual Eton educated, self centred, corrupt, nasty piece of work that we have in parliament today.
Interesting interview and nice to see someone succeed in life from such a back ground instead of the usual Eton educated, self centred, corrupt, nasty piece of work that we have in parliament today. getThisCoalitionOut

2:15pm Sat 25 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

Matt@onbeach wrote:
Yet another self centred, chip on her shoulder, left wing looney member of the Green Party latching on to Brighton. Go away and take your failed policies and greedy tax rises with you.
Yeah, latching on to Brighton. It's not like she was born here is it! Oops!
[quote][p][bold]Matt@onbeach[/bold] wrote: Yet another self centred, chip on her shoulder, left wing looney member of the Green Party latching on to Brighton. Go away and take your failed policies and greedy tax rises with you.[/p][/quote]Yeah, latching on to Brighton. It's not like she was born here is it! Oops! HJarrs

2:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Warren Morgan says...

Two facts - Labour does support the Living Wage locally and nationally, and the Greens are not "cleaning up the mess Labour left"; before the Greens were elected we had four years of a minority Green administration.
Two facts - Labour does support the Living Wage locally and nationally, and the Greens are not "cleaning up the mess Labour left"; before the Greens were elected we had four years of a minority Green administration. Warren Morgan

5:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

Warren Morgan wrote:
Two facts - Labour does support the Living Wage locally and nationally, and the Greens are not "cleaning up the mess Labour left"; before the Greens were elected we had four years of a minority Green administration.
Warren, you have a short memory. For example Labour left the allowances issue as a poisoned chalice. It could have bankrupted the council (Birmingham faces a cost of £500 million!).

Labour belatedly backed the Living Wage. As a populist party you always wait to see how an issue plays in the polls and the Daily Mail. Look how long it took to promise a rollback of the bedroom tax.
[quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Two facts - Labour does support the Living Wage locally and nationally, and the Greens are not "cleaning up the mess Labour left"; before the Greens were elected we had four years of a minority Green administration.[/p][/quote]Warren, you have a short memory. For example Labour left the allowances issue as a poisoned chalice. It could have bankrupted the council (Birmingham faces a cost of £500 million!). Labour belatedly backed the Living Wage. As a populist party you always wait to see how an issue plays in the polls and the Daily Mail. Look how long it took to promise a rollback of the bedroom tax. HJarrs

6:16pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Warren why did HJarrs leave the Labour Party in London? Did he fail to get selected as a candidate for election because his bitterness goes a lot deeper than just falling out about policy.
Something bad happened and then he says he came here and joined the Green Party where we have him fibbing on every post so much so we all think he is a troll.
Warren why did HJarrs leave the Labour Party in London? Did he fail to get selected as a candidate for election because his bitterness goes a lot deeper than just falling out about policy. Something bad happened and then he says he came here and joined the Green Party where we have him fibbing on every post so much so we all think he is a troll. Maxwell's Ghost

8:34am Sun 26 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

Warren Morgan wrote:
Two facts - Labour does support the Living Wage locally and nationally, and the Greens are not "cleaning up the mess Labour left"; before the Greens were elected we had four years of a minority Green administration.
I assume you mean 'we had four years of a minority Tory administration'?
[quote][p][bold]Warren Morgan[/bold] wrote: Two facts - Labour does support the Living Wage locally and nationally, and the Greens are not "cleaning up the mess Labour left"; before the Greens were elected we had four years of a minority Green administration.[/p][/quote]I assume you mean 'we had four years of a minority Tory administration'? Quiterie

10:16am Sun 26 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

HJarrs wrote:
Matt@onbeach wrote:
Yet another self centred, chip on her shoulder, left wing looney member of the Green Party latching on to Brighton. Go away and take your failed policies and greedy tax rises with you.
Yeah, latching on to Brighton. It's not like she was born here is it! Oops!
So where do you live then? You've said recently that you live in Brighton but a few weeks ago you said you didn't live here.

I've asked you this question twice now and you just ignore it. So what's the answer then?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matt@onbeach[/bold] wrote: Yet another self centred, chip on her shoulder, left wing looney member of the Green Party latching on to Brighton. Go away and take your failed policies and greedy tax rises with you.[/p][/quote]Yeah, latching on to Brighton. It's not like she was born here is it! Oops![/p][/quote]So where do you live then? You've said recently that you live in Brighton but a few weeks ago you said you didn't live here. I've asked you this question twice now and you just ignore it. So what's the answer then? Ambo Guy

11:13am Sun 26 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Ambo guy, HJarrs says he was a member of the Labour Party living in London and had a council property and then claims he moved to Hanover where he became a Green Party member after falling out with the Labour Group. However, he claims not to see the Level flooded, the hippies parked on Freshfield Road or the queues of traffic from to to bottom in Coombe Road so you are probably right, he doesn't live here as you would have to be blind or have some kind of serious perception disorder not to see them.
He works from home, hence is inexperience understanding people, families and local folk. No history with the town and no experience of current people.
To succeed in politics, no matter what the party, you have to understand your electorate.
Ambo guy, HJarrs says he was a member of the Labour Party living in London and had a council property and then claims he moved to Hanover where he became a Green Party member after falling out with the Labour Group. However, he claims not to see the Level flooded, the hippies parked on Freshfield Road or the queues of traffic from to to bottom in Coombe Road so you are probably right, he doesn't live here as you would have to be blind or have some kind of serious perception disorder not to see them. He works from home, hence is inexperience understanding people, families and local folk. No history with the town and no experience of current people. To succeed in politics, no matter what the party, you have to understand your electorate. Maxwell's Ghost

12:02pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Ambo guy, HJarrs says he was a member of the Labour Party living in London and had a council property and then claims he moved to Hanover where he became a Green Party member after falling out with the Labour Group. However, he claims not to see the Level flooded, the hippies parked on Freshfield Road or the queues of traffic from to to bottom in Coombe Road so you are probably right, he doesn't live here as you would have to be blind or have some kind of serious perception disorder not to see them.
He works from home, hence is inexperience understanding people, families and local folk. No history with the town and no experience of current people.
To succeed in politics, no matter what the party, you have to understand your electorate.
Ahh ok that explains a lot. It's funny how probably only a year it so ago HJarrs would've been banging the drum for Labour yet now according to him they're the anti Christ!

I think you're right, he clearly has very little understanding of Brigjton and the problems it faces and likes to feel like he's 'involved in politics' while actually not being involved in anything other than the Argus comments section!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Ambo guy, HJarrs says he was a member of the Labour Party living in London and had a council property and then claims he moved to Hanover where he became a Green Party member after falling out with the Labour Group. However, he claims not to see the Level flooded, the hippies parked on Freshfield Road or the queues of traffic from to to bottom in Coombe Road so you are probably right, he doesn't live here as you would have to be blind or have some kind of serious perception disorder not to see them. He works from home, hence is inexperience understanding people, families and local folk. No history with the town and no experience of current people. To succeed in politics, no matter what the party, you have to understand your electorate.[/p][/quote]Ahh ok that explains a lot. It's funny how probably only a year it so ago HJarrs would've been banging the drum for Labour yet now according to him they're the anti Christ! I think you're right, he clearly has very little understanding of Brigjton and the problems it faces and likes to feel like he's 'involved in politics' while actually not being involved in anything other than the Argus comments section! Ambo Guy

3:04pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

His posts are sometimes such blatant fabrications about issues local people actually see for themselves, ie denying traffic queues, flooding on the Level (which even the council had placed safety barriers around), that Im beginning to think that he's probably some silly PHD student doing some sort of internet troll experiment, particularly as the hours and hours he devotes in the working week to messing about on here suggests he doesn't have a particularly taxing working life, hence being out of touch with real working folk.
It's astonishing that a grown man doesn't seem to have much to do.
His posts are sometimes such blatant fabrications about issues local people actually see for themselves, ie denying traffic queues, flooding on the Level (which even the council had placed safety barriers around), that Im beginning to think that he's probably some silly PHD student doing some sort of internet troll experiment, particularly as the hours and hours he devotes in the working week to messing about on here suggests he doesn't have a particularly taxing working life, hence being out of touch with real working folk. It's astonishing that a grown man doesn't seem to have much to do. Maxwell's Ghost

6:08pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
His posts are sometimes such blatant fabrications about issues local people actually see for themselves, ie denying traffic queues, flooding on the Level (which even the council had placed safety barriers around), that Im beginning to think that he's probably some silly PHD student doing some sort of internet troll experiment, particularly as the hours and hours he devotes in the working week to messing about on here suggests he doesn't have a particularly taxing working life, hence being out of touch with real working folk.
It's astonishing that a grown man doesn't seem to have much to do.
I have wondered if it's just an anti Green troll before as he isn't doing the Greens any favours with his ridiculous posts and ill informed views.

How one person can get so much wrong is beyond me and I really do wonder how genuine he really is.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: His posts are sometimes such blatant fabrications about issues local people actually see for themselves, ie denying traffic queues, flooding on the Level (which even the council had placed safety barriers around), that Im beginning to think that he's probably some silly PHD student doing some sort of internet troll experiment, particularly as the hours and hours he devotes in the working week to messing about on here suggests he doesn't have a particularly taxing working life, hence being out of touch with real working folk. It's astonishing that a grown man doesn't seem to have much to do.[/p][/quote]I have wondered if it's just an anti Green troll before as he isn't doing the Greens any favours with his ridiculous posts and ill informed views. How one person can get so much wrong is beyond me and I really do wonder how genuine he really is. Ambo Guy

9:17pm Sun 26 Jan 14

her professional says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
His posts are sometimes such blatant fabrications about issues local people actually see for themselves, ie denying traffic queues, flooding on the Level (which even the council had placed safety barriers around), that Im beginning to think that he's probably some silly PHD student doing some sort of internet troll experiment, particularly as the hours and hours he devotes in the working week to messing about on here suggests he doesn't have a particularly taxing working life, hence being out of touch with real working folk.
It's astonishing that a grown man doesn't seem to have much to do.
Unlike the h jarrs haters who are hardly ever on here at all
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: His posts are sometimes such blatant fabrications about issues local people actually see for themselves, ie denying traffic queues, flooding on the Level (which even the council had placed safety barriers around), that Im beginning to think that he's probably some silly PHD student doing some sort of internet troll experiment, particularly as the hours and hours he devotes in the working week to messing about on here suggests he doesn't have a particularly taxing working life, hence being out of touch with real working folk. It's astonishing that a grown man doesn't seem to have much to do.[/p][/quote]Unlike the h jarrs haters who are hardly ever on here at all her professional

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