Tuesday, 30 September 2014

BRIGHTON DEFENDS THE NHS IN FORCE.

A packed audience turned out to pledge their support for the NHS at Brighton’s BHASVIC Sixth Form College on Wednesday 24th September.

In a show of force nearing 200 strong, Brighton was presented with an exemplary example of bringing people together for a common good. And what could be more deserving than our Nation’s NHS?

Organized by the team at DEFEND THE NHS BRIGHTON, the great and good of Brighton’s politics were out in force. The obvious exception being of-course the Conservative Party, whom neither Simon Kirby (though it was rumoured he would) Graham Cox or Geoffrey Theobald attended.

While the comedian Kevin Day was unable to make it, the top table was occupied by:

  • Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion MP
  • Nancy Pratts, Labour’s Brighton Kemptown parliamentary candidate
  • Steve Mclean from Defend the NHS Sussex
  • Carl Walker, NHA prospective parliamentary candidate,  for East Worthing and Shoreham Constituency
  • Chaired by Dave from Defend NHS Brighton

First up to speak was Caroline Lucas, who as expected was warmly welcomed by the audience as a pair of safe hands for the NHS. The first round of rapturous applause erupted after she cited the insidious Jeremy Hunt and his veto of a 1% pay rise for NHS workers.

“Commercialization and Privatization by stealth,” she summed up in five words.

Nancy Pratts
Next up was Nancy Pratts, who having been chastised by the organizers for dumping her election leaflets on every seat, and told to collect them all up again, simply begun her speech with a volley of acronyms, which left the audience scratching their head.

Parroting what Ed Miliband said at the Labour Party’s conference in Manchester, Nancy Pratt did a terrible job in capturing the hearts and minds of the audience.

“This is the beginning of the end of our National Health Service,” was about the only accurate thing she said.

Next up was Steve Mclean, recently back from Glasgow and somewhat deflated by the No decision from Scotland to go Independent.

“Caroline Lucas is one of the most principled politician ever to speak in parliament,” he said pouring praise on the Green MP, before reminding us all, “There will be a NHS as long as there are people to support it.”

“JOIN OUR PICKET LINE ON THE 13TH OCTOBER.”

Third up was Carl Walker, mental health expert and NHA prospective parliamentary candidate, for East Worthing and Shoreham Constituency.

Sharing a comical story of having to change his first nappy after the birth of his daughter, without having a clue what to do and having to Google it; Carl went onto make clear to the audience, the purpose of getting Brighton’s local politicians to sign the DEFEND THE NHS PLEDGE.

“This pledge holds people to account for what they do in parliament,” he said.

THE SIGNING CEREMONY.

Getting down to the purpose of the meeting, all councilors and prospective candidates were invited up to the flip-chart to sign their name, pledging their support to DEFEND THE NHS.

THE PLEDGE PROMISES TO:

• To the repeal of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act,
• To oppose the dismantling and privatisation of NHS services and
• To support NHS workers fighting reduced pay, terms and conditions.

COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR.

The first boos and hisses of the evening erupted once a UKIP candidate stood up and introduced himself.

“SOD OFF!” yelled certain quarters of the audience, “GET OUT YOU RACIST.”

While DEFEND THE NHS team tried to calm tempers with the message, “Let’s have some respect, this is supposed to be a democracy,” slow clapping echoed throughout the main hall followed by the chant, “OUT OUT OUT.”

“LETS HAVE SOME RESPECT, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEMOCRACY,” warned Dave from DEFEND THE NHS BRIGHTON.

Councillor Christopher Hawtree praised Nancy Pratts for being one of the more left wing candidates,” while a nurse in the audience reminded everyone that she may indeed to a left-wing politician, but her hands will inevitably be tied by the party whip.

Madeline from DEFEND THE NHS BRIGHTON broke the news that the Substance Misuse Service had been dropped by the Well Being and Health Board, to which she complained, “Completely subverted the democratic process.”

“ARM YOURSELF WITH INFORMATION.”


Davy Jones, the Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown stood up to give his pennies worth about the NHS, only to amuse the audience with his childhood memories of going to school at BSHAVIC as a young man.

  • “I stayed a rebel for 40 years,” he proudly boasted.

“IT WILL HAPPEN IF IT’S ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.”

With the prospect of an American style health system hanging over us, no wonder the idea of saving our NHS garters such strong support. But while the praises of the NHS still rang in the ears of many, certain members of the audience reminded us that the NHS wasn’t as perfect as it could be.

A nurse told the audience, “We have got to realize the NHS service isn’t perfect.”

Perhaps the recent example of the parents of Ashya King, taking him out of NHS treatment for Proton Beam Treatment in a foreign country illustrates just one aspect which implies the NHS isn’t perfect.

  • The type of Treatments it provides.
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Another nurse stood up to address the audience, “We are the A&E nurses and we do not want an Americianised system,” to which the audience responded to in kind with a round of applause, “I don’t think the Tories are Evil, they are just stupid!”

I personally think the Tories are indeed EVIL to the core.

“If we don’t reverse it we are going to lose the NHS forever,” became the common theme.

“CO-OPERATION BEFORE CORPORATION.”

A woman from Worthing stood up and told the audience she is organizing a similar meeting at St Paul’s Church in Worthing and that if anyone was interested in speaking and sharing their information to contact her through DEFEND THE NHS BRIGHTON, her name is Mauld Casey.

  • “IT’S UP TO US TO SPREAD THE TRUTH.”
  • “I’D RATHER DIE DEFENDING THE NHS.”
  • “PRIVATISATION IS A HUGE WASTE OF MONEY.”
  • “THE NHS IS PROBABLY THE BEST HEALTH SERVICE IN THE WORLD.”

Recommended Read: Owen Jones – The Establishment about corruption between:

  • Westminster
  • Corporations
  • The Press

KELLY TOMILSON: NHS NOT TRIDENT

  • “We are Powerful when we are Collective.”
  • “Together we can keep the NHS together.”

Brighton democracy at it’s finest. Honest men and women giving up their own time and resources to come together in unity to pledge with one mighty pen; “IT’S NOT DAVID CAMERON’S NHS, IT’S OUR NHS.”

An audience member contributed, “The Tories want to destroy the NHS,” while others noted, “Think about whom you vote for at the next general election.”

As a nurse stood up and looked straight into the eyes of Nancy Pratts, “A vote for Tory, Labour, Lib is a vote for NHS privatization.”

And while any Brighton Labour candidate be it:

  • Nancy Pratts
  • Peter Kyle
  • Purna Sen

Would rather the voter forget; Labour’s hands are as red with blood as the Tories are when it comes to the privatization of the NHS.

“THIS FIGHT IS NOT OVER YET.”

Nancy Pratts did respond to criticism that a vote for Labour is a vote for Tory by reminding everyone that if Labour wins the next general election they will repeal the 2012 Health & Social Care Act. Though what they intend to do with the NHS is actually what the Tories intend to do with it.

Make no mistake: If the Establishment and by the Establishment I mean all the political parties plus the Crown and Judges, are allowed to privatized our NHS, there will never be a free health care at the point of use because all the money would be spent on war, death and destruction instead.

STAND UP! THE TORIES ARE STREALING OUR FUTURE TO FINANCE THEIR NOW!

  • “If you opposed Labour policy, get out of Labour!”

The advice and warnings came think and fast and from every corner of life. From the mentally ill young man who warns us that mentally ill people are being let out into society when they shouldn’t be, (enough to send a shiver down anyone’s spine,) to Nancy Pratts who challenged the audience to “Create Unity and double the amount of people each time we meet.”

“People Power can make a real difference,” said Madeline from DEFEND THE NHS BRIGHTON.

“PEOPLE ARE ANGRY.”

Shame on Brighton Health and Well Being Board for dumping the Brighton Substance Misuse Service and private tendering it out to another provider.



  • "I AM TOTALLY OPPOSED TO PRIVATE TENDERING." CAROLINE LUCAS, MP

  • “WE CANNOT CHERRY PICK NHS SERVICES. WE MUST SAVE IT ALL.”

  • “THE PLEDGE HAS BEEN WELL & TRULY LAUNCHED!”

UNISON, GMB, UNITE DAY OF ACTION –
PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKE –
OCT 14 2014
Outside Brighton General Hospital
BRIGHTON MARCH & RALLY.


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Disclaimer:

Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public are strictly non-party political campaigning groups, who have no connection with, and do not support or endorse any political candidates party or individual. Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public would not agree to the use of their campaign slogans and material by anyone without their permission and are concerned to avoid any mis-conception of a relationship between our campaign and any others. This article was written without Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public’s knowledge or agreement.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO THE NHS TOO.


Defend the NHS Sussex has organised a public meeting at BHASVIC to pledge support to the NHS.

Kicking off at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 September, Caroline Lucas, Nancy Platts, Stephen Mclean and Carl Walker will be speakers at the special event, chaired by comedian Kevin Day.

Inviting both politicians and members of the public to sign the pledge, Defend the NHS Sussex are alerting the public to what is happening to the NHS right under our nose.

As their material on their website www.defendthenhssussex.weebly.com reveals:

“We are concerned with what’s really happening in and to our NHS.  Our aim is to protect the NHS for patients and works in the NHS.  We believe the NHS must be available to all and free at the point of use.”

THE PLEDGE PROMISES TO:

• To the repeal of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act,
• To oppose the dismantling and privatisation of NHS services and
• To support NHS workers fighting reduced pay, terms and conditions.

Having received at 41 pledges on their website to date, prominent politicians in Brighton are coming forward to pledge their support.

CAROLINE LUCAS MP FOR BRIGHTON PAVILLION WROTE:

“Our NHS is a precious and vital public service. I have long campaigned to protect it against privatisation and from being run simply as a market. As an MP I’ve worked with those defending the NHS locally and I have stood up for the NHS in Parliament, voting against its break up by the Coalition. I believe in an NHS that’s universally accessible and free at the point of use, so I’ve challenged other MPs to support free prescriptions, eye tests and dental care. And I believe we need to roll back the damage caused by successive governments, to our health care service and the dedicated staff that keep it running. I pledge to continue to defend the NHS and to campaign for the Royal Sussex and other health care services in Brighton to stay out of private hands.”

INDEPENDENT PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN, JOE NEILSON WROTE:

“I am Joe Neilson aNew Candidate for Brighton Kemptown. The NHS has my full backing and I want more services as an Independent I do not have to tow the party line I do not trust Labour over the NHS First Disabled candidate to stand under the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund for Brighton Kemptown Constituency Joe Neilson an Independent who is disabled with Fibromyalgia and Macular degeneration. Joe Neilson has received a grant under the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund.” 

WHILE SIMON KIRBY MP FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN HASN’T YET SIGNED THE DEFEND THE NHS PLEDGE, HE HAS PUBLICLY COMMENTED:

“I have always believed the NHS should be free at the point of use, available on the basis of medical need and not ability to pay. That has been my stance in this Parliament and would be my approach in the next, if I am returned as MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven. The £420m investment I helped secure for a brand new Sussex County Hospital shows the Government’s commitment to the local NHS in the future.”

MATT TAYLOR, THE INDEPENDENT PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN (SIMON KIRBY’S MAIN RIVAL,) KEEPS IT SHORT AND SWEET WITH:

“I pledge to protect the NHS at all costs. The NHS is our Jewel in the British Crown and must remain free at the point of use FOREVER!”

WHILE THE LABOUR PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN NANCY PRATTS DRONES ON:

“I passionately believe that everyone has the right to high quality healthcare, free at the point of use. The NHS was one of Labour’s finest achievements and we must protect it at all costs. This Tory Liberal Democrat Coalition has unleashed a tidal wave of market forces into our NHS, allowing a ‘free for all’ with their Health and Social Care Act. They have wasted £3bn on a chaotic NHS reorganisation which could have been spent on healthcare. Labour will repeal the Health and Social Care Act that puts private profit before patients, so that NHS professionals can focus on patient care, not competition law. I will continue to campaign for all NHS services to be returned to the public sector where they belong. I have worked in healthcare charities with people who have long term medical conditions like breast cancer, asthma and diabetes and what they need is fast access to the best quality treatment that is available, not a postcode lottery in services and increased waiting times. From the start of our lives to the very end, the NHS is there for us. Let’s fight for it.”

IT WOULD APPEAR THE ONLY LOCAL POLITICIAN TO COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF NHS PRIVATIZATION IS THE INSIDIOUS GRAHAM COX, THE CONSERVATIVE PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR HOVE & PORTSLADE.

“Even with the economic difficulties it inherited the current Government has protected spending on the NHS. To use a wide variety of providers chosen by GPs is a sensible policy which gives patients wider choice and better care. To not do so risks repeating the mistakes made at Stafford and Morecambe Bay, which we all know had terrible consequences. If a private provider can, for example, do hip replacements more quickly and efficiently, then that is good for patients waiting for their operation and makes sure there is more money left to pay for other services. I am keen for a wide variety of providers to deliver services at Hove Polyclinic, and these reforms open up that possibility. This is something which would be welcomed by patients in Hove and Portslade who currently have to travel into Brighton or to Haywards Heath for treatment. The NHS will remain free at the point of delivery and to suggest otherwise is dishonest scaremongering.”

READ MORE: WHO IS GRAHAM COX?

For more information about the public event, the pledge campaign and the NHS campaign in the city generally, check out http://defendthenhssussex.weebly.com

PLEDGE TO SAVE THE NHS

  • BHASVIC Main Hall, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Six Form College, Dyke Road, Hove BN3 6EG
  • Wednesday, September 24
  • 7.30pm

ALL ARE WELCOME.

Disclaimer:

Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public are strictly non-party political campaigning groups, who have no connection with, and do not support or endorse any political candidates party or individual. Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public would not agree to the use of their campaign slogans and material by anyone without their permission and are concerned to avoid any mis-conception of a relationship between our campaign and any others. The You-tube film promoted at the top of this article does not imply any endorsement of any political party candidacy. The aforementioned You-tube film was made without Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public’s knowledge or agreement.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: MY PENNY’S WORTH.

With the Scottish referendum only days away, warnings and advice is streaming in from around the world urging the Scottish people to make the right choice.

From the other side of the world in New Zealand, John Wanoa Native Moai King is calling for Alex Salmond to raise his Moai King William IV military flag and break away from the United Kingdom altogether, while the three scrooges, Cameron, Clegg and Miliband are pulling out all the stops to convince the voters to say NO to an independent Scotland.

BUT WHAT DOES SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE ACTUALLY MEAN?

Early last week The Queen made clear that whatever Scottish independence means for the Kingdom, it’s of no concern to her.

Evident by the Daily Mail head-line: “I'm NOT going to intervene in referendum,” says the Queen.



In a strongly worded press release from Buckingham palace, the Queen’s position was made plainly clear to her subjects, “I’M ABOVE POLITICS.”

While the seasoned political follower knows The Queen is indeed above politics, meaning that every politician answers to her, the fact that it was said so publicly and in your face shows that the result of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ is simply of no concern to The Queen.

The cat is out of the bag, whether Scotland remains a part of the United Kingdom, or not; it makes no difference to The Queen.

As someone mentioned in a Facebook thread, “Re-arranging serf farm fences?”

And as the Daily Mail article reveals:

“Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, risked controversy yesterday by declaring that he had met the Queen recently at Balmoral and insisting that she would be proud to reign over an independent Scotland.” 

Following on from a meeting between The Queen and Alex Salmond in Edinburgh in July, they both met up again within the last 2 weeks in Balmoral to finalize the plans, dot the i’s and dash the t’s.

Sources have confirmed that The Queen will be at her private estate in the Highlands, on the day of the referendum on September 18, and while the old fanny of, ‘any suggestion that the Queen should wish to influence the outcome of the current referendum campaign is categorically wrong. This is a matter for the people of Scotland,’ is banded about in the national newspapers, the truth remains that The Queen is at the helm of national events, steering the ship to a predetermined route of her choosing.

ALEX SALMOND DECLARES HIS LOYALTY TO THE QUEEN AND NOT THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE.

First Minister Alex Salmond has said the Queen “will be proud” to be the monarch of an independent Scotland.

Admitting to having a secret meeting with the Queen but not saying what was discussed, Alex Salmond paints his mast Royal Blue by declaring, "I want the Queen as head of state, as Queen of Scots of an independent Scotland, as her ancestors were."

“I think Her Majesty the Queen, who has seen so many events in the course of her long reign, will be proud to be Queen of Scots, and indeed we would be proud to have her as monarch of this land.”

Of-course Alex Salmond welcomes The Queen’s neutrality, because it’s all about the deal done behind closed doors. Calling The Queen’s neutrality “perfectly satisfactory and perfectly sensible,” reveals to the world that Scottish Independence is nothing more than a reshuffling of the deck and has no real-life impact on the Scottish People.

As John Wanoa warns from the other side of the world in New Zealand.

Scotland is like New Zealand.”

“HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AS OUR QUEEN OF SCOTS.”

All the jigsaw pieces fall into place when we realize that Alex Salmond has not only been sucking up to The Queen but he’s also been sucking up to the King of media, Rupert Murdoch.

While some political leaders would run and hide at any suggestion of having a cosy relationship with Rupert Murdoch, Alex Salmond seems to relish his relationship and makes no apology for it.

In a recent interview Mr Salmond was asked if he liked Mr Murdoch and replied: “I do. He is a remarkable man,” defending his friendship further by throwing the question back to the interviewer, “What is wrong with this relationship? Why shouldn't politicians engage with people in the media?”

The two men have spoken before about their admiration for each other and Mr Murdoch has tweeted that Mr Salmond was “clearly most brilliant politician in UK. Loved by Scots.” The Scottish Sun also backed the SNP in the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, which were won in a landslide by Mr Salmond.


Is it any wonder that the polls turned on their heads when the Scottish edition of The Sun – Scotland's biggest selling newspaper – started ever-more critical attacks on Mr Salmond's opponents?

History has shown that whomever Rupert Murdoch favours, they become leading men or women on the world stage.

Rupert Murdoch is taking a keen interest in the independence battle, tweeting on the issue throughout the last weekend: “Scottish independence means huge black eye for whole political establishment, especially Cameron and Miliband.”

I have a golden rule when it comes to politicians:

WHAT EVER POLITICIANS SAY YES, I SAY NO AND WHATEVER POLITICIANS SAY NO TO, I SAY YES.

All in it together
The fact that all three scrooge’s (Cameron, Clegg, Miliband) scrambled up to Edinburgh to defend the Union, makes clear to me that if Scotland was to make a decision, they may as well decide Yes.

Of-course Murdoch wants to give the whole political establishment a huge black eye. He’s been bashing the establishment since arriving on British soil as a young man out to make his mark.

Australian by birth, American by choice and a Scotsman when it favours him, Rupert Murdoch’s meddling in the Scottish referendum should raise everyone’s bull-shit antenna.

The fact he’s done a secret deal with The Queen should demonstrate to everyone involved that the Scottish referendum is nothing more that a PR exercise to change the shop display window.

GOOD LUCK SCOTLAND. HERE’S SOME ADVICE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD TO HELP YOU DECIDE.

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