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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.



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

Mondeo Man, Movements and Russell Brand

On June 21st Russell Brand will perform on stage at the culmination of the People’s Assembly’s "No More Austerity" march. Its raised a few eyebrows, and I’ll be honest, his contribution isn’t what excites me about the demonstration and make me want to fill a coach full of people. But maybe that’s not the point, and getting Mr Brand on stage is about a wider, more important goal…


Friday, 30th May 2014 at 14:03 UTC Leave a comment

Prefiguration is not an optional extra

Prefiguration means making something into “an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come”. For a campaign group, it means taking on the values and culture of the world we want to live in, ensuring that values like equality are visible in the way we work. Surprisingly, this isn’t an attitude we can take for granted, as, sadly, many groups still see it as an unnecessary burden, getting in the way of ‘the real work’.


Thursday, 21st November 2013 at 16:10 UTC Leave a comment

Parties are not the answer

This post is not intended to connect up with the Russell Brand discussion. Its an explanation of the strategy I’m pursuing with my involvement in the People’s Assembly as much as anything. It is largely born out of arguments with, and discussions about, people involved in the various ‘New Worker’s Parties’ like TUSC, Left Unity and so forth.


Friday, 15th November 2013 at 16:34 UTC 1 comment

Sowing the seeds: Tax is Liberating

Its the 6th birthday of Graham’s Grumbles today! To celebrate, I’m posting something here which I wrote for Student Christian Movement‘s blog series leading in to their Seeds of Liberation conference.

Tax has always been a contentious topic. In 1773, Britain tried to force American colonists to pay taxes on tea imports. In an act of civil disobedience, crates of tea worth nearly £1million in today’s money were thrown off ships and into the harbour. What became known as the Boston Tea Party became a rallying cry for many on issues of who gets taxed, by whom and at what rates. (more…)

Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 13:53 UTC 1 comment

Some thoughts on General Synod

I’ve finally hammered out my over-riding thoughts on Tuesday’s twist to the on-going saga of General Synod and its interminable debate on women bishops. My conclusion is that there’s plenty that ordinary lay people can do to keep things moving forwards.


Friday, 23rd November 2012 at 1:17 UTC 2 comments

Eric Pickles and Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law

You’re hopefully aware by now that the government is slashing back the money provided to local councils to cover council tax benefit., The Tories are returning to the familiar ground of forcing everyone to pay regardless of ability as a way to drive up the fear of poverty. But for councils, this could be a massive problem: if everyone must pay something, what happens when many genuinely can’t? (more…)

Monday, 5th November 2012 at 11:01 UTC 2 comments

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