Posts filed under ‘Activism’

We Could Still Stop Brexit

Here I present a much overdue, much pondered but somewhat disorganised set of thoughts on how we prevent Brexit catastrophe from being fully realised. This is not a Leave/Remain discussion, and only comments that relate to strategy and tactics in preventing actual-Brexit will be accepted. (Content note, 3rd paragraph, bad relationship analogy). (more…)

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Wednesday, 7th December 2016 at 18:41 UTC Leave a comment

3 Things Missing in York’s Left-Scene

I’ve been taking a little time to think through what might be absent from the broader left in York. These suggestions are meant to compliment the other work that is going on. I’m sure that they are not, to any great extent, unique ideas. I’m open to seeing them refined, added to, or hearing from volunteers to help make them happen. (more…)

Friday, 22nd April 2016 at 18:24 UTC Leave a comment

EU referendum: How to lose friends

The EU referendum is starting to get on my nerves. Given my stamina for politics, I feel like everyone else must be completely bored by now. The debate is inane, the two sides are actually more than 5 or 6, speaking completely different languages and often arguing over completely different things. Perhaps my tendency to look at things from a ‘global community relations’ point of view, I find myself watching a debate that has little I agree with coming from any side. (more…)

Wednesday, 20th April 2016 at 15:53 UTC Leave a comment

Save Our NHS: Act 2 begins…

The growing sense that the NHS is on the brink of meltdown might point to the failure of the Save The NHS campaigns of the last few years, but the recent protests by Junior Doctors are just one sign that something new might be stirring.

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Tuesday, 20th October 2015 at 21:14 UTC Leave a comment

State of Activism – September 2015

I’ve had a bunch of ideas that should be blog posts pop into my head lately, which means I should probably get writing again. Before I do that, though, here’s a bit of a survey of where activism seems to be as September ends, and some modest (ish) suggestions.

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Friday, 25th September 2015 at 23:05 UTC Leave a comment

Why I won’t be organising hustings

I will not be organising hustings for the General or Local Elections in 2015 through any of the groups I’m involved with. This doesn’t mean that they won’t happen, just that I won’t be putting any effort in to organising them. Here’s why: (more…)

Monday, 8th December 2014 at 21:40 UTC 3 comments

When movements move on

I want to pick up on something that was recently posted around regarding the Recovery ‘movement’ within Mental Health by Charlotte Walker, and which chimes with some observations of my own regarding the evolution of movements. sum up the point I want to pick up, she points out that those who won’t or don’t make all-out recoveries from conditions can feel at odds with the dominant narrative in mental health campaigning.

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Wednesday, 18th June 2014 at 18:38 UTC 1 comment

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