This was a very moving documentary of Tony Benn’s life and political campaigning both in and out of office. Fascinating to hear of his views, his mistakes, his family, his principles.
Saw footage of the Jarrow marchers marching and the NHS adverts, leaflets coming through people’s doors. For those of us who chose and had the availability to take the time to complete the #march4nhs, we have the responsibility to carry on fighting with everyone who joined, everyone who contributed in some way – with food, accommodation, organising, sending messages of support. We met so many people who are having a terrible time under the Coalition and it continues to get worse, but they aren’t giving up.
I will carry on campaigning with NHA Party, KONP and other groups, I will never ever forgive (maybe with time, forget) the betrayal of anyone who supports / supported both blue Labour and this unelected coalition with it’s destructive policies but I don’t have to, there are better things to do and people who are fighting for better ways of living which are not packaged up in marketing terminology, not stealing from public services for their own ends.
I will be involved in the following over the next few weeks, once brain is back together (some of it hopefully tonight onwards)
- supporting NHA candidates for GE 2015
- supporting my local KONP and Leeds Hospital Alert to campaign on local and national NHS issues
- supporting / joining an NHS lobby of the Labour party conference – 21st September, Manchester
- campaigning for the NHS reinstatement bill ahead of Clive Efford’s bill reading in November
- supporting the #march4nhs pledges and future 999callforNHS activities.
“We believe we have to go beyond political ideology. Our one aim is to save the National Health Service from the greed & corruption of private companies who wish to sacrifice one of the greatest institutions of our country, recognised globally as the most cost-effective and efficient health services in the world. United together we can create a voice too strong to ignore. We can and will end the deceitful selling off of our most precious NHS.”1