Super Sharing Saturday – Politics 3: Bits and Bobs

A selection of political stories from the last couple of days.

INTRODUCTION

This is the third and last politically themed post in this series that I have been putting up today (although I have held some stories that might be considered political back for the next post which will be the last – I will then create a page containing links to these specific posts for ease of reference).

TORY STEALS MOD SECRETS, USES THEM TO HELP ADAM SMITH INTERNATIONAL

This story, which shows Tories at their worst and most unprincipled was brought to my attention by David Hencke. To read the full story of how MOD secrets were stolen and used to load the dice in favour of Adam Smith International click the image below.

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ANOTHER ANGRY VOICE ON TORY ELECTOTRAL FRAUD

Thomas G Clark who blog as Another Angry Voice has more on the Tory electoral fraud story, in the form of whistleblowers who have admitted to unknowingly assisting the Tories to commit electoral fraud. Click the image below to read the full piece.

PIP PIP

I have two pieces on Personal Independence Payments (PIP for short) for your attention. Firstly, DPAC are asking for people who would be willing to be involved in a legal challenge to changes to PIP. If you are able to help DPAC, or would like to share their piece please click on the screenshot below.

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The second PIP comes from 38 Degrees, in the form of a petition calling for people with mental health issues to be treated fairly under PIP. Please click the image below for more.

PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

A situation that allows a party who gained 37% of the votes cast (under 25% of the electorate given the turnout) to form a “majority” government is obviously unacceptable. If you agree with this and are a UK resident please click on the screenshot below to sign and/ or share the petition, which is currently on 93,217 signatures, meaning that another 6,783will trigger a debate in the house. Just before putting up the screenshot link one final point for those who bring uop the orevious referendum on this subject: AV IS NOT PR

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ROWSON SKEWERS HAMMOND

To end on a lighter note, below, with a link to the original, is Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson’s take on Philip Hammond’s budget:

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Mental Health – Talk or Stay Silent?

An excellent post from Jayne Linney, which I am pleased to note has also appeared on Huffington Post. Please read Jayne’s post in full and post comments there.

Also at  Today Mind have launched their “Take Off The Tape” Campaign which focusses on Anxiety; their website states “Do you talk about what’s most worrying you? Or do you keep yo…

Source: Mental Health – Talk or Stay Silent?

Marxism 2015 6: A Spectacular Finish To The Day – Beth Greenhill on Mental Health

A personal account of the meeting “Marxism and Mental Health”, which was in the Saturday evening slot of Marxism 2015 and had been given a large venue (which was packed).

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to another post about my experiences at Marxism 2015, the five-day political festival in central London organised by the Socialist Workers Party. Previous posts can be viewed here. This post focuses on one meeting, one which I believe fully deserves to be thus privileged.

MARXISM AND MENTAL HEALTH

This meeting was important for me in many different ways, not least in that by its mere presence it meant two meetings on the subject of mental health (along with earlier one featuring Susan Rosenthal).

TREATING MENTAL HEALTH WITH DUE SERIOUSNESS

Not only was this meeting given the prominence of a Saturday evening slot, it was given one of the biggest venues to be used during the event, the Elvin Hall (and btw was packed to the rafters). To see one genuinely good slide presentation is unusual, to encounter two in one day is (for me at least) unprecedented good fortune – but it happened here.

Beth Greenhill set up and ready for action.
Beth Greenhill set up and ready for action.
This picture was on display before the meeting started.
This picture was on display before the meeting started.
Beth and chair Pete Jackson ready for action.
Beth and chair Pete Jackson ready for action.
A book display (my finances do not permit more than looking!)
A book display (my finances do not permit more than looking!)

THE MEETING ITSELF

To give you an idea of Beth’s talk I will share those of the slides I managed to capture…

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The sign off screen, and our featured image.
The sign off screen, and our featured image.

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Beth giving her talk.
Beth giving her talk.

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Not a separate slide - a sneaky close up by me.
Not a separate slide – a sneaky close up by me.

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There were some excellent contributions from the floor, most notable east London social worker Monica and south London mental health activist Jeremy.

Monica, opening the discussion section of the meeting.
Monica, opening the discussion section of the meeting.
Jeremy making his contribution.
Jeremy making his contribution.

Being present at this meeting was an amazing experience, and apart from the opening and final rallies it was without doubt the best meeting I attended on any of the five days. I finish with another couple of photographs…

Beth giving her summing up speech.
Beth giving her summing up speech.
A stylised rendering of the Euston Arch on the Victoria line platform (the original was destroyed in the 1960s so I cannot comment on the closeness of the resemblance).
A stylised rendering of the Euston Arch on the Victoria line platform (the original was destroyed in the 1960s so I cannot comment on the closeness of the resemblance).