Refer it back!

From the Save Soutthend NHS Facebook page


A leading local Consultant has spoken out to our campaign following articles in the Southend Echo and HSJ discussing the potential loss of STP £118m Capital funding if Councillors decide to refer the Mid and South Essex STP back to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to be reviewed by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. Article links for reference at end of post.

CAPITAL funding is NOT Resource budget (otherwise known as allocation funding).
CAPITAL funding is for infrequent expenditures such as buildings, building maintenance, large equipment (eg MRI) and IT/apps ETC. RESOURCE budget is for the day to day running and commissioning of health services: staffing, ambulance, medications, diagnostics, urine bottles, drip stands etc. In other words, for ‘front line services’. The money gained would NOT be to the detriment of ‘front line resource funding’…

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Spread the Spoons Strike – new bulletin out now!

Cautiously pessimistic

Ahead of the Wetherspoons strike on October 4th, a new bulletin for Wetherspoons workers is being published. You can contact the authors at Meanwhile, people in London can also pick up leaflets about the IWW call for a couriers’ strike from Freedom bookshop and Housmans, or use this image to print your own off if you have access to a printer. A strike fund has also been set up here.

Below is the main article from the new bulletin:

It can be hard to live on the money we make. We spend most of our wages on renting damp flats, we have to walk to work when we can’t afford the bus, and we have to choose between dinner and a haircut. We’re forced to work as fast as we can for long shifts with barely any breaks, even when we’re sick or injured…

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Reading group #6

London Anarchist Federation

Our next reading group will meet 7pm at Freedom Bookshop on the 16th October. This month we will be discussing crime and justice with the following texts as reading material.

Chapter 5, Crime, from Peter Gelderloos’ Anarchy Works available online here: p.89 Crime

Normalizing judgement p.177-183 in Foucault’s Discipline and Punishment, available online here:

The article on policing in edition 203 of the magazine Black Flag, available online here:

At the beginning of the session someone will need to explain to me how to pronounce Foucault. See you all there!

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Crisis? What crisis? Housing at the Labour Party Conference 2018

Architects for Social Housing (ASH)

1. The Tory Housing Crisis

‘A new world of energy innovations: E.ON’ – is what pops up on screen when I go to download the agenda for this year’s Labour Party Conference. I guess it’s appropriate in a way, since its to E.ON – one of the world’s largest electric utility service suppliers with total assets of €55.95 billion – that Labour councils like Lambeth are binding residents of estate redevelopments such as Myatts Field North on obligatory 25-year contracts, and whose district heating system was judged to be ‘not fit for purpose’ by Fuel Poverty Action. But what a wonderful token of the kind of public-private finance initiatives that are at the heart of Labour’s plans for ‘Building Britain: for the many not the few’ – as this year’s tired marketing line puts it.

When I’d clicked the corporate advertisement away and could see the timetable of events…

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Anti-fracking ‘lorry surfers’ receive custodial sentences/Writing to #FrackFreeFour Prisoners

Cautiously pessimistic

Reposting these two articles from Freedom/Netpol together:

“Four anti-fracking activists today received harsh sentences following a guilty verdict for public nuisance for direct action they have taken nearby Preston New Road fracking site. Three activists were sentenced to custodial sentences: two received 16 months, and one 15 months, while the forth protester received 12-month suspended sentence.

The three are the first environmental activists in the UK to receive custodial sentences for non-violent direct action since 1932. It is likely that the anti-fracking activists will suffer more prison sentences in the coming months.

The crown court jury found the Frack Free 4 guilty of public nuisance after they took the opportunity to climb up on top of the lorries delivering drilling equipment to the Preston New Road fracking site during a protest in July 2017. With support from local people they managed to stay on top of the lorries…

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Weatherspoons workers to go on strike

Okay, this is not local but it’s worth paying attention to as we feel this needs to spread as far and fast as possible. Workers at a couple of Weatherspoons pubs in Brighton, fed up with low pay and shite working conditions, are taking a stand and have voted for strike action on October 4th. You can read all about it in this first issue of a strike bulletin published by Notes From Below,Spoons Striker 1.

At the foot of Spoons Striker 1, there’s a link to a downloadable PDF of the strike bulletin. A simple act of solidarity is running off as many as you can and leaving them in your local Weatherspoons for the workers there to see. Hopefully, they will be inspired to take action as well, swelling the action and putting more pressure on the owner of Weatherspoons, Tim Martin who’s worth £322 million, to…

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The Acorn – 44

winter oak


Number 44

In this issue:

  1. Germany: man dies as forest campaigners defy industrial capitalism
  2. Summit to get excited about
  3. UK boosts online Thought Police
  4. Fake-left clown terrified by dissent
  5. London keeps the black flag flying high
  6. Acorninfo

1. Germany: man dies as forest campaigners defy industrial capitalism

hambachsep2 Remembering Steffen Horst Meyn

The battle to protect a forest from the coal mining industry has claimed a life.

Journalist and campaigner Steffen Horst Meyn fell to his death on September 19 from the tree house village Beechtown in Hambach Forest, Germany. He had been trying to document an ongoing eviction action by the police Special Task Force (SEK).

A press release from campaigners said it was no coincidence that this first fatal accident took place during the eviction.

They said everyone in the occupations had been enduring constant stress, with noise from expulsion and clearing, day and night, floodlights and flashing blue…

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