Red and Black Telly: WINDRUSH SCANDAL.

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Red and Black Telly: BOMBING SYRIA – THERESA MAYS’ FALKLAND MOMENT?

HELP US SAVE OUR HOSPITALS

For anyone who has yet to visit the Forest of Dean, please do – you’re most welcome, it belongs to everyone after all as it’s public property – we last fought and won for it to remain so in 2011. We have a track record of community action going back at least four centuries to force authorities into doing U-turns. There is a very keen sense of public ownership in the Forest, and this extends to its two community hospitals – Lydney and the Dilke Memorial. Miners and other local workers largely built the hospitals during the half-century before the NHS existed, they paid by subscription out of their paltry wages and acquired land in the middle of the woods near the town of Cinderford for the Dilke (named for the Forest’s Victorian-era Radical Whig MP, Charles Dilke) with a covenant that stated the site should always be used for the care of the poor and the sick.

The reason the Forest has and needs two hospitals is a practical geographic reason: there is a big Forest that separates the northern and western side of it from the southern and eastern side – almost all the settlements are in a bracelet around the main eight-by-10-mile block of woodland.

During its propaganda drive when it was “consulting” on closing the two hospitals to be replaced by a cheap one in an undisclosed location, with undisclosed facilities, the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust reduced this widespread acknowledgement that the hospitals belong to us, as they were built and funded by us to us being “sentimental” about them, or according to one of the Trust’s plants at a public meeting, “dinosaurs”.

What you tend to find now in our Forest community of 50,000+ people – and we have been going door-to-door with a petition against the closures – is that more than 90 per cent we meet are rushing to sign, while only very few express support for the single new hospital of undetermined location and size. Everyone else sees it for what it is, a cutting in half of our health services, our Minor Injuries Units, our non-acute hospital beds and the asset-stripping of two valuable pieces of real estate. The NHS Trust has written off the hospitals as not fit for purpose – despite them getting five-star customer satisfaction surveys. It cites “clinical reasons” – the main issues being an antiquated heating system, leaky roof and lack of piped oxygen… and the staff shortages which are endemic throughout the NHS. We say the working environment and the problems could be sorted in both hospitals using the £11 million the Trust has in its pot. The reason these problems exist is due to managed decline, to chronic underinvestment by the Trust. Who pays for the Trust and for the NHS? We do… therefore it is up to us and all other communities fighting similar cuts proposals and asset-stripping across the country to make sure we aren’t robbed by these corporate entities.

This is the third battle we know of save the Dilke Hospital from being closed by a succession of governments and NHS trusts. The first we know of was in 1988, while the last battle was in 2005-6, and our Tory MP Mark Harper was at the forefront of it, in opposition to the New Labour government. He and fellow Tories soon transformed a traditionally Labour, or even Communist, area into a Tory stronghold on the back of this “save our hospitals” campaign.

It’s a different story this time around – all our local councillors of each party are either keeping quiet or trying to smear us campaigners. We have now discovered that since 2015 various politicians from various parties, alongside voluntary group representatives and those from the private/ charitable local healthcare sector all signed non-disclosure agreements to keep secret the plot to shut the two hospitals, until the NHS was ready with its propaganda drive, post-election. This focus group convened by the Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, we are now told, made the decision on behalf of us, the community!

We beg to differ and so we have taken the plunge and got a major public law firm involved and are applying for a Judicial Review. We desperately need to raise £5,000 by April 28 just for the first application stage. The good news is, the legals have found five grounds for challenge and we have raised almost half via the legal crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice (yes they take a percentage for acting as a bridge between us and the money, but none of us were prepared to be saddled with responsibility for loads of cash!). The scary news is, we still have half of it to raise, and if we don’t…

Anyway, please help us out in every you can, a few of us are full-time on this but we need this out everywhere… people pledging donations and sharing around. Also come to our fundraising gig on April 21st, gonna be a blinder!

Please share this link / or pledge a donation to it (not taken out of accounts until April 28 if we raise the target) https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/holdourhospitals/

Red & Black Telly: ANTI-SEMITISM, LABOUR AND CORBYN.

Stop Arming Turkey – Stop Arming Israel – Stop Arming Saudi Arabia – STOP the CARDIFF ARMS FAIR 27th March

Demonstration tomorrow Tuesday 27th of March from 8am – 5pm outside Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann St. Cardiff, CF10 2EQ

What will be Happening throughout the day:

MASS CHOIR alternating with a NOISE DEMO and ACOUSTIC MUSIC

FOOD NOT BOMBS serving tea/coffee and food

COMMUNICATION BLOCKADE – Details below

Bring BANNERS, PLACARDS, POTS & PANS, WHISTLES – BRING YOURSELVES. STOP THE ARMS FAIR CARDIFF Supported by Campaign Against the Arms Trade UK

Make tomorrow count – if you can’t make it to Cardiff please get involved in the Communications Blockade.

As Turkey’s assault on the Kurdish people continues, Saudi Arabia’s war on the people of Yemen worsens and we continue to arm Israel, we really need to make our opposition to the arms trade felt.

The Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff needs to know that this ARMS FAIR (disguised by the name DPRTE) is not wanted in Cardiff or anywhere else. The event, proudly advertised on their website as ‘The Defence Procurement Event of The Year’, has BAE Systems as one of its main exhibitors, the same company who supplies Saudi Arabia with all the weapons it needs to bomb the defenceless country of Yemen.

Let’s overwhelm them phone calls, emails, Twitter and Instagram messages telling them this. Keep it polite, just state clearly your opposition to the event. You can also leave a message on their FB page.

Box Office: 029 2022 4488 (Opens 9:30 – 17:30)
Complaints: 02920 234 500
Press Team: 029 2023 4551
Hospitality: 029 2023 4555
E-mail: gabrielle.gifford@livenation.co.uk
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Instagram: Mortorpointarenacardiff
Twitter: @MotorpointDiff

Any one who uses FaceBook or Twitter please share / tweet the event link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/482045962209828/

Know your enemy: Andrew Griffiths.

Andrew Griffiths M.P.

The futility of parliamentary democracy as a remedy for even the most blatant injustice was demonstrated once again last Friday, when your elected representatives were prevented from voting on an issue that had cross-party support .

Instead of employing enough Workers and paying them for their time, shite companies such as cut-price crap merchants B&M have been covering staff shortages by dishonestly offering unpaid trial shifts to vulnerable people, such as those with learning disabilities. The jobs don’t actually exist and when the rush is over these folk are simply discarded without a penny to show for their efforts.

A private member’s bill to ban this practice was talked out of time by this wanker, the government’s business minister Andrew Griffiths M.P. Even the sainted Jeremy can do nothing to prevent the use of the filibuster technique, regularly used by bent politicians to stave off any threat to their corporate sponsors.

B&M recently conned a 25 year-old man with Asperger’s into working three days for nothing, then ditched him an hour before his shift was due to start.

How long does it take to assess a person’s suitability to work in a shop? Cafes are asking for a 40 hour week for free before they will take you on and frequently slip in a busy unpaid shift even after they’ve decided to hire you.

According to 38 degrees:

  • Over 144,000 of us signed the petition to stop businesses forcing people to work for free
  • Almost 30,000 of us emailed our MP to explain why unpaid trial shifts were unfair
  • Over 2,000 of us tweeted our MP the day before the vote

And it did fuck all. We need to shut these bastards down by direct action, politicians aren’t going to do it for us.

– Jo Gonmush

From our archives:

You can still be evicted for reporting a leaking roof – and politicians are still taking the piss.

Councillor Bill Pipe, resign!

From the Keep Kingfisher and Maternity at DCH a 24/7 Consultant Led Unit Team DCH Facebook page:

“Councillor Bill Pipe, new Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee, which has the power to challenge the bed closures, hospital closures and removal of services in the clinical services review says the committee reversed its decision to refer the plans to the secretary of state for health because it did not have evidence of public support.

This is not the case. 27,000 signatures were collected in the petition to save Kingfisher ward and nearly 37,000 to save Poole Hospital. Campaigners wrote letters and attended meetings to express their concerns and even the watchdog Healthwatch challenged the decisions.

Cllr Pipe also pressurised members of the committee by holding a special pre meeting in which they were asked to individually state their voting intentions and also by giving a 5 minute speech before the vote urging the committee to support the changes.‎ Such actions amount to bullying and are unprecedented and unacceptable in a committee which should remain independent.

He has also misled the committee about the numbers voting for the referral at the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee in December and by not telling them that the week before, he had proposed that Purbeck District Council oppose the CCG’s plans – which they did with a unanimous vote.

We believe that Cllr Pipe has brought the Health Scrutiny Committee and Dorset County Council into disrepute, that he is unfit to chair the committee and that he should resign.

If you would like to write to Leader of the Council, Rebecca Knox and ask her to replace him as chair with someone who has the confidence of the public then please message us and we’ll advise you how to do it.”

On yer bike, Pipe!

magpiebillpipe@freeuk.com