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Dirty Politics - Overzealous councils are destroying the environment [Hardcover]

Pat Regan
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1 Jun 2009
Overflowing bins every fortnight and worstening countryside loss - are the UK's dictatorial authorities really promoting a Green agenda?

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  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Can Write Will Write; 1st edition (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955488974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955488979
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,229,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author...

I am a married father of four lovely children and also a grandfather of a three.
I was born and raised in Southport Lancashire. I have both Swiss and Irish blood running through my veins and the rebellious Celtic fraction may be what gives me the internal fire to stand against bullies of any sort, which are regularly mentioned within the revealing pages of my book, 'Dirty Politics'.
As a child and younger man I was largely indifferent to what went on in the world. So long as nothing affected me I let things slide by.
Nevertheless, life had other plans for me and as my thirties, drifted into my forties my will became firmly set against various injustices in both the political arena and within ecological concerns. My primary mode of self expression was first, as a painter with brush and canvas, yet later on the written word became my favoured technique of attacking life's inadequacies. I believe that the power of the written word must not be underestimated! Words are higher thought forms manifested into hard reality; the potential influence they hold on the human psyche is greater than most of us are ever aware!
Back in 2003 I first discovered how filthy politics could become when a well-meant, cross-party, secular anti-hospital cuts campaign brought out the very worst in self-righteous politicians who had lost face and were clearly out for revenge. My family was attacked in the press and on the internet by the politicians who were 'supposed' to be supporting the rights of their constituents and I, along with several other concerned individuals, realised that the world must be alerted to their despicable deeds and misleading propaganda.
The hatred they levelled at any dissenters to their agendas was soon to be directed towards the local countryside when concerns about their eco-destructive development plans surfaced.
Before too long the same despots were seeking to enforce the detested 2-week waste collection scheme on residents. They would not listen to legitimate public concerns and steamrollered over anyone who stood in their way. They used every trick in the book to silence their critics yet I exposed them along with other campaigners at every opportunity. I quickly discovered that other UK boroughs were receiving 'The Treatment' by totalitarian authorities that had run out of control, via enforcement of this Government's massively unpopular bin policy.
Dirty Politics was born as a means to highlight the gross hypocrisy and dictatorship festering deep within local authorities towards the UK's populace.
Someone had to write this ground breaking book and it just so happened that the gods, in their wisdom, granted me with this substantial task!
So far in life I have been deeply involved with many campaigns for the environment, wildlife, minority religious rights, exposure of apathy from authorities like the Ministry of Defence towards unidentified objects and of course more recently the crusade to return our more hygienic weekly waste collections. The bin issue is also set to escalate due to manic proposals to worsen this situation with 'monthly' (yes, 4 week) collections next. Watch this space!
My latest claim to fame has been to appear on US TV (the History Channel, UFO Hunters show) and appear in the International press subsequent to me inadvertently photographing something rather bizarre over the skies of Lancashire. This will be the subject of a future book.

I am probably happiest when fly fishing on the wild spate stream of Lancashire and Yorkshire by myself. I have a website about this passion and I have also published a book about that particular subject. (Fly Fishing on Wild Becks.) http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/fly-fishing-on-wild-becks-secrets-of.html

My chief interests (I hate the term 'hobbies') include:

Writing about things that affect me and interest me; exposing closet hypocrites in political circles that think they are above reproach; being good to close friends; looking after the family; fly fishing and fly tying; Growing fruit and vegetables; painting pictures, when I get a minute; campaigning about any issues that seem unjust; Ufology (I have created a popular research outlet/website regarding this issue called North West UFO Research); ancient global mythology and native British Pagan religion (I have written two published books on this subject; the New Pagan Handbook and before that, The Torch and the Spear).

I occasionally indulge in shooting (I hold a Firearms Certificate); weight - lifting, martial arts (I initially trained with the legendary late, great Gary Spiers); combat knife throwing, metal-detecting in remote areas; seeking to protect the threatened countryside/wildlife from the excess of councils and callous politicians and many other things that I simply cannot recall just now.

I must say that my efforts in various campaigns have brought to me a wide band of good and genuine friends who really care about how society is going. My greatest wish would be to see such caring crusaders in places of influence.


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From the Author

I am a married father of four lovely children and also a grandfather of a toddler.

I was born and raised in Southport Lancashire. I have both Swiss and Irish blood running through my veins and the rebellious Celtic fraction may be what gives me the internal fire to stand against bullies of any sort, which are regularly mentioned within the revealing pages of my latest book, `Dirty Politics'.

As a child and younger man I was largely indifferent to what went on in the world. So long as nothing affected me I let things slide by.

Nevertheless, life had other plans for me and as my thirties, drifted into my forties my will became firmly set against various injustices in both the political arena and within ecological concerns. My primary mode of self expression was first, as a painter with brush and canvas, yet later on the written word became my favoured technique of attacking life's inadequacies. I believe that the power of the written word must not be underestimated! Words are higher thought forms manifested into hard reality; the potential influence they hold on the human psyche is greater than most of us are ever aware!

Back in 2003 I first discovered how filthy politics could become when a well-meant, cross-party, secular anti-hospital cuts campaign brought out the very worst in self-righteous politicians who had lost face and were clearly out for revenge. My family was attacked in the press and on the internet by the politicians who were `supposed' to be supporting the rights of their constituents and I, along with several other concerned individuals, realised that the world must be alerted to their despicable deeds and misleading propaganda.

The hatred they levelled at any dissenters to their agendas was soon to be directed towards the local countryside when concerns about their eco-destructive development plans surfaced.

Before too long the same despots were seeking to enforce the detested 2-week waste collection scheme on residents. They would not listen to legitimate public concerns and steamrollered over anyone who stood in their way. They used every trick in the book to silence their critics yet I exposed them along with other campaigners, such as Doretta Cocks of the Campaign to return weekly collections, at every opportunity. I quickly discovered that other UK boroughs were receiving `The Treatment' by totalitarian authorities that had run out of control, via enforcement of this Government's massively unpopular bin policy.

Dirty politics was born as a means to highlight the gross hypocrisy and dictatorship festering deep within local authorities towards the UK's populace.

Someone had to write this groundbreaking book and it just so happened that the gods, in their wisdom, granted me with this substantial task!

So far in life I have been deeply involved with many campaigns for the environment, wildlife, minority religious rights, exposure of apathy from authorities like the Ministry of Defence towards unidentified objects and of course more recently the crusade to return our more hygienic weekly waste collections. The bin issue is also set to escalate due to manic proposals to worsen this situation with `monthly' (yes, 4 week) collections next. Watch this space!

My latest claim to fame has been to appear on US TV (the History Channel, UFO Hunters show) and appear in the International press subsequent to me inadvertently photographing something rather bizarre over the skies of Lancashire. This will be the subject of a future book.

I am probably happiest when fly fishing on the wild spate stream of Lancashire and Yorkshire by my self. I have a website about this passion and I am currently seeking to finalise a book about that particular subject.

My chief interests (I hate the term `hobbies') include:

Writing about things that affect me and interest me; exposing closet hypocrites in political circles that think they are above reproach; being good to close friends; looking after the family; fly fishing and fly tying; Growing fruit and vegetables; painting pictures, when I get a minute; campaigning about any issues that seem unjust; Ufology (I have created a popular research outlet/website regarding this issue); ancient global mythology and native British Pagan religion (I have written two published books on this subject). Occasional shooting (I hold a Firearms Certificate); weight - lifting, martial arts (I initially trained with the legendary late, great Gary Spiers); metal-detecting in remote areas; seeking to protect the threatened countryside/wildlife from the excess of councils and callous politicians and many other things that I simply cannot recall just now.

I must say that my efforts in various campaigns have brought to me a wide band of good and genuine friends who really care about how society is going. My greatest wish would be to see such caring crusaders in places of influence.

From the Inside Flap

Pat Regan's book Dirty Politics is most certainly `not' a work of fiction. All information within its remit is based on hard facts, personal experience and evidence gleaned from years of tough campaigning against various forms of social and ecological suppression.

If Pat Regan's words at first upset or even offend you in any way then please give the author the benefit of the doubt. Read the whole work through, before you make judgements.

Dirty Politics will tell it as it `is', from the heart, and not how it is supposed to be. It is written from first-hand experience, not passed on gossip from other factions with dubious agendas.
Dirty Politics endeavours are well-meant and based on genuine concern for what Regan holds dear. Many concerned people of a similar mindset to Pat Regan have been urgently seeking to expose similar or indeed the very same facts to a wider audience for some time.

The passion behind Dirty Politics is to resist mismanagement, oppression and cold-hearted officialdom that have run out of control.

Dictatorial bullies, that hate to listen and love to shout, clearly hold a strange magnetic quality for crusader like Regan. He clearly gravitates to them and if they fail to control their malevolent ways he is always happy to oblige, via returning the favour three-fold times.

The latest waste collection debacle, that is affecting so many ordinary families everywhere, is a prime example of this authoritarian misconduct and it needs to be roundly exposed for what it is - right now!

The vast majority of information contained in this work is related to the controversial waste collection issue, yet Dirty Politics also includes data regarding the way those greedy authorities and firms etc mistreat the ecosystem.

Most of this type of thing is of course interrelated anyway; consequently it is all highly relevant to the subject matter. Freethinker Pat Regan has also tackled the divisive issue of global warming allegations, not as any great scientific expert but as a long-time campaigner who has seen exactly how clever politicians are manipulating the public via that subject for their own selfish ends.

Dirty Politics follows the vast international topic of energy issues, which are again related to the matters at hand and ultimately concern us all - whether we like it or not.

People have fairly asked Regan how he ever got involved in the widespread campaign against the UK Government's notorious and greatly unpopular two-week bin scheme. That is a very good question yet one that he has honestly never really bothered to address before now.

He habitually addresses the cause and effect of things, always has, preferring to rely on pure gut instinct for the best advice rather than trust the word of so-called `experts' who frequently have carefully hidden agendas.
Community activist and author Pat Regan has been involved in several significant eco-campaigns and others to change residential matters for the better.
In the inimitable words of Pat Regan himself - "I wrote this book because sooner or later someone had to!"


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Local Crusader Albeit Pagan 22 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
In spite of sharing the town of Southport with proportionally large number of academically educated and middle class people, time and again one is disappointed at the lassitude and total conformist disinterest in matters concerning our local environment. Much of the local environs of Southport, lying between Liverpool and Preston, and not all that far north of Cheshire, was before urbanisation and agribusiness an area of fens and lakes. It was a rich wetland habitat in proximity to what was the largest lake in England, namely Martin Mere, which was drained three centuries ago. As a nature conservation interest this now comprises much smaller bodies of water and a centre run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

What councils are not finding alternatives for, because they are unwilling, is the so called need for new housing on green belt land. This land could be improved as a place to enjoy the solace of nature and would support rare species such as skylark and watervole. The latter is supposed to be protected and not subject to having its watercourses filed in by bulldozers as happened when a business park was built on the edge of town. Clearly the councillors in Sefton just want the money so that they can ritually misuse it further, because there is evidence in the form of the many empty 'homes' in town of other ways to house people.

Pat Regan's points are a little different from my own, but amongst his pressure groups is Save Southport Green Belt. In true Monty Python Life of Brian style I am not a member of this group, but I must acknowledge that he is one of the few eloquent and persistent voices in the whole town when it comes to protecting local wildlife habitats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by rubbish 17 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
If you ever saw something that you thought should not be happening, considered doing something about it, but didn't because you thought "how can little me win against the system?" then this is the book to read. Pat is well-known in his home town for speaking up against things that should not be happening and not many will stick their heads up above the parapet as often as he does! However, this book will inspire you because it shows that you really can change things if you really want to and you believe in what you are doing. That saying about the only thing needed for evil to flourish is for good men (or women!) to do nothing is so true, especially when it comes to politics and the power of faceless bureaucracy to change the face of our area/town/country/planet. Read Pat's book and let him show you that we don't have to put up with the rubbish people tip over us and our world - whether it is actual rubbish or just the verbal metaphorical stuff!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Council and Recycling 13 Aug 2014
Format:Hardcover
I would just like to point out that where Pat Regan lives, Southport, we did go over to fortnightly collection of wheelie bin rubbish BUT food waste, cans, glass jars, aerosols, newspapers & textiles are collected every WEEK. We now have 3 wheelie bins, grey for non recyclable, green for garden waste and brown for recyclable plastic bottles and cardboard (all collected fortnightly) in addition to the cans, jars and newspapers etc collected every week. Next year when the contract with the firm currently collecting some reyclables, comes to an end, the council expects that all recyclable waste (except food) should be collected in the brown bin. Food waste would be collected weekly as now.
Some people are simply too quick to criticise the council unnecessarily - obviously having their own agenda.
I do not wish to comment on Pat Regan's reputation in Southport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Politics 22 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
The issues surrounding fortnightly rubbish collections in Pat Regan's borough echoes the experiences of countless other residents throughout the UK. This book exposes much of the hypocrisy surrounding "green" policies. It is clear more and more people are starting to question the assurances they are given and whether, in fact, we really are "saving the planet".

This is a hard-hitting book which shows great insight into topical matters such as climate change, global warming and habitat destruction. The author quite rightly questions claims made by some scientists and provides counter-responses by experts.

One major criticism most local authorities, and even national Government, use to attack anyone who should challenge the quality of waste collection services is "You don't care about the environment." As Pat so eloquently describes the campaigns he has been involved in over a number of years, that accusation can certainly NOT be levelled at him. I share his genuine concerns that our local environments are being adversely affected by the loss of weekly refuse collections. Fly tipping is increasing and the brown rat population is booming in areas where fortnightly rubbish collections have been introduced.

From his local perspective Southport is under the spotlight yet he covers experiences across the country and highlights the inconsistencies from one borough to another. One thing is certain - many thousands of people are telling the Councillors elected to serve them that rubbish needs to be collected once a week. Some have listened and restored this service - others continue to deny the very real problems.

Doretta Cocks
Campaign for Weekly Waste Collection
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