Reasons to Vote Labour: Nationalisation of water

If they win the election Labour will return the water companies to public ownership. The cost of this vital resource has risen considerably since privatisation,  as much as forty per cent! I recall when the charge seemed relatively insignificant but now particularly for those struggling on low wages and benefits – reduced even more by Tory polices – paying your water bill can add significantly to the ever-growing list of expenses from a decreasing income. Furthermore profits go to share holders which could benefit all rather than the privileged few. The privatisation of water has to be among the most appalling of all the mass privatisations. The right to clean water should be a basic human right and should not therefore be under the control of the private sector to sell for profit!

Labour plans to nationalise the water industry introducing a network of regional publicly-owned water companies.

Jeremy Corbyn has said that doing so could on average cut household water bills by £220.

“Labour said it would take England’s national water companies into public ownership as a reaction years of customers being “ripped off with sky-high bills”.”

““The Tories have rigged our economy so that bill payers fund wealthy shareholders of companies which in turn pay little in tax. It doesn’t have to be this way,” he said.

“Labour will rebalance our economy so that the many are no longer ripped off by the wealthy and powerful few. Labour will transform our energy, water and mail markets so that they work for consumers. Our plans for public ownership and greater transparency will slash bills and drive investment in efficiency and renewables.””

http://labourlist.org/2017/05/water-nationalisation-will-end-years-of-rip-offs-says-corbyn/

Water companies make huge profits from a resource which is vital for survival, good health and quality of life. Moreover some have avoid paying corporation tax.

Water giants make £2 BILLION in profit – but SEVEN of them didn’t pay a penny in tax

Some of Britain’s biggest water companies are raking in billions of pounds in profits without paying a penny in tax.

The 19 water firms made profits of more than £2.05billion in 2013, handed out £1.86billion to shareholders but paid just £74million in tax. Seven of them paid no corporation tax at all.

The figures also show the industry is failing to help customers struggling with sky-high bills.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/water-giants-make-2billion-profit-4703371

Water companies continue to make huge profits. It goes without saying, though sometimes I think that many people overlook this, but Excessive profits, indeed any profit, raises your bill and privatised facilities will always put profit first and consequently quality suffers along with rises in price.

Frankly as a vital component of life water should be freely available paid for and maintained by the state. Unlikely I know but at least with the nationalisation of water, bills will be lower and the service improved.

 

Stop the Badger Cull Vote Labour June 8th

Badger cull death toll hits 14,829

Only Labour will bring an end to the cruel killing of badgers who are a protected species. Badgers have as much right to live as you or I. We cannot kill them simply because they are deemed inconvenient. This is even more so when the reason involves killing them to exploit and abuse another animals, namely cows.

Bring an end to this barbarity which has no place in any ethical society by voting Labour on June 8th.

Labour have pledged to bring an end to the badger cull and propose to vaccinate instead of kill:
“We will cease the badger cull, which spreads bovine TB. Labour ended fox hunting, deer hunting and hare coursing.Only a Labour government will maintain the bans.”
http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/Images/manifesto-2017/Labour%20Manifesto%202017.pdf

For the sake of badgers and other wildlife  – foxes, hares mink – which will be under threat if the Tories return to power, Please vote Labour June 8th.

Apologies to international visitors and followers of this blog, but until June the 8th I hope to focus on the UK’s general election which is so crucial to the well-being of most of our citizens, particularly disabled people and the NHS. The outcome of this election is also vitally important for our wildlife and the environment. With the threat of the repeal of the fox hunting bill, the continuation of badger culling and  fracking in our national parks, and indeed anywhere and everywhere, it is vital that the Tories do not get re-elected.

Also apologies to followers if I have not visited your blogs as much as usual but I am been so involved with on-line campaigning that my time is more limited than usual. I hope to read all your blogs soon.

Election 2015: The system has to change


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“I believe strongly in proportional representation. I believe there should be a direct relationship between the percentage of votes a party wins and the percentage of seats they win in whatever parliament the election is for”
Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP

“I am too young to vote in this election but when I can vote, I want it to count. I want to vote in 2020 without fear of ‘letting the other side in’ or ‘wasting my vote’. In the marginal constituency of North Cornwall, where I live, I am sick of being told that the candidate I support ‘can’t win here’. I don’t want to vote for a party I disagree with to keep out a party that I disagree with even more. I want to vote for a party that I believe in.”
Owen Winter, member of the UK Youth Parliament for North and East Cornwall quoted in:
An Open Letter to Anyone Who Didn’t Vote Tory

Though the dust seems to be settling and people seem less outraged the fact is our general election was a disaster for those of us who are poor or have the misfortune to be sick and disabled, unemployed or on low wages or zero hours.

I hope that none of us who are opposed to this vile government become complacent and accepting, though I fear this could happen.

I have more comments further down but if you do not have time please at least sign the following petitions and make note of upcoming protests for the coming weekend and the following week. Even if you cannot join in the protests please spread the word.

Petitions

Make UK elections more democratic with proportional representation

In the current UK system, anti-austerity party The Green Party got 3.8% of the votes and only one seat out of 650 in Parliament (0.15% of seats). In PR, they would have got the equivalent of 25 seats, giving them significantly more power in Parliament to represent voters’ views. They’d likely get even more because people would have no need to do ‘tactical voting’ — where people vote for a less preferred party because it has more chance of getting a seat in the current system.

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/726/346/684/PR/

Democratic Deficit

Many of us are still asking the question: what happened last week (May th) Opinion polls predicted a very different election result — but the reason the polls misjudged this so severely is because we have an electoral system that simply isn’t fit for purpose.

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uk_electoral_reform_locrb/?bMsmGdb&v=58125

Reform our voting system to make it fair and representative

The First Past the Post system is broken and needs to be replaced. Politics is no longer a choice between two candidates, we need a system that proportionally represents the wide range of views that are now on offer.

Please support this petition for a fairer and more proportional voting system. Together we can force the agenda on electoral reform.

https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-reform-our-voting-system-to-make-it-fair-and-representative-makeseatsmatchvotes

Demonstrations and protests planned for the weekend and next week.

Please demonstrate peacefully –  “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”
Martin Luther King JR.

Saturday May 23rd PROTEST AGAINST AUSTERITY MANCHESTER

Piccadilly Gardens , M1 1RG Manchester, United Kingdom

“The planned protest for the 23rd of May in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester has been organised in response to the callous cuts which have taken place over the past five years of government, and are planned to continue over the next five years. These austerity measures are not unique to one party, and it seems that there is no way out for society’s most vulnerable. That is why we have decided to take action.”

For more details continue reading:
https://www.facebook.com/events/933043563412439/

Leamington Anti-Austerity Meeting – 23rd May

Midday Sat 23rd at the Coffee Box Cafe in Leamington.

Over the next five years we are facing £30 billion of cuts and austerity.

We need to support each other against the impact of the cuts and organise resistance to them on a long term, local basis.

Read More:
https://warwick4freeducation.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/local-anti-austerity-meeting/

Fight Austerity, Fight the Tories – March on the State Opening of Parliament:

The following Wednesday May 27th, the day of the state opening of parliament, anyone who can please attend the following protest organised by National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

Trafalgar Square, WC2 London, United Kingdom

On Wednesday 27th May it will be the state opening of Parliament, where the Tories will officially form a Government.
They will do so with just 37% of the vote, and with the consent of 24% of eligible voters in the UK.

The new Government is going to try to: smash the welfare state by £12bn, privatise the NHS, raise tuition fees, decimate local services, make strike action illegal, scapegoat migrants, worsen the housing crisis and to crush all dissent that stands in their way.

May 27th Fight Austerity, Fight the Tories – March on the State Opening of Parliament:

More Details
https://www.facebook.com/events/1600237216914656/

More information

http://anticuts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NCAFC

Leeds: 5pm: No to five more years of Austerity (organiser: Yorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs & Education)

Victoria Gardens
The Headrow, LS2 8 Leeds

“Protest in Leeds on the day of the opening of parliament / Queen’s speech where the Tories will announce the attacks they plan on carrying out over the next year.Assemble in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery & Central Library.”
More details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/807414962676055/  – Don’t overlook the link to similar protests in your area:
http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/wordpress/wordpress/?p=1210 

Protest against Tory cuts to be held in George Square
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/thousands-to-attend-anti-austerity-rally-207250n.126428318

Please check the following link from time to time for details of protests in your locality

List of demonstrations, actions and meetings currently being organised:
http://anticuts.com/2015/05/12/fight-the-tory-government-actions-across-the-country/

I am at a loss to understand not to mention angry so angry concerning the outcome of the general election, how can people be so stupid as to re-elect this evil – yes not to strong a word – government who have made the lives of sick and disabled people and the unemployed a misery, to name just a few of the many sections of our society who have been subject to the detrimental policies of the Tories. Many people have died of starvation and committed suicide as a result of welfare reforms, many others are homeless, on low wages, zero hours and… lets not forget the threat to our NHS of privatisation which no one wants.  Yet despite all this people voted for them again!  Or did they? Well of course some people did but not the majority of us by any means.

Though the dust seems to be settling and people seem less outraged the fact is our general election was a disaster for those of us who are poor or have the misfortune to be sick and disabled, unemployed or on low wages or zero hours.

The fact, as many of us know, is that the majority did not vote Tory, the reality is that only 36.9% of the population who voted, voted conservative.

Voting system gives Tories a result most UK voters didn’t want
http://theconversation.com/voting-system-gives-tories-a-result-most-uk-voters-didnt-want-41595

As you will see by reading the above

Labor made bigger vote gains, but lost seats.

Here are a few facts about the election results that may surprise readers:

  • The Conservative Party increased its vote by 0.8%, but increased its number of seats by 28 seats.
  • The Labour Party increased its vote by a greater percentage than the Conservatives did, 1.5%, but its number of seats decreased by 24.
  • Most voters cast their votes for defeated candidates, so most are “represented” by an MP they did not support.
  • Some parties are over-represented in the House of Commons relative to their support among voters. So the governing Conservatives, with 36.9% support, have 50.9% of the seats, and the Scottish Nationalists, with 4.7% support, have 8.6% of the seats.
  • Other parties are grossly under-represented, most notably the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) with just one seat, yet 12.6% support.
  • The percentage swing to UKIP was the biggest for any party in the UK for at least a generation, but the 3,881,129 people who voted for them – the third-biggest vote after the Conservative and Labour parties – are almost all unrepresented in the House of Commons now.
  • Both the Labour and UKIP leaders resigned following their parties’ disappointing number of seats won, even though the votes for their parties significantly increased

With a representational voting system the outcome would have been very different

I have to say that I am concerned about the rise in UKIP voters this unsavory racist right-wing party are little better than fascists.  This is the only downside to representational voting as the number of seats won by UKIP would rise from just one to 38 seats, disconcerting to say the least. However the Greens would have gone from one seat to 24.  And the Tories would be 75 seats less though still have the largest party in the commons.

In the end though the Conservatives would still have the majority but not the power that they have now.

It appears to me that there are times when democracy does not work for social justice, equality and fairness. Just because the majority want something doesn’t make it right. For example most people would say yes to the return of capital punishment, a barbarity that was consigned to our history back in the sixties where it should remain. Might is not always right and neither is the consensus, even if there was a consensus.

The fact remains many people voted Tory for all sorts of reasons ranging from sheer stupidly, to self-interest. Many people voted UKIP because they fixated on immigration without thinking of the broader issues such as UKIPs intentions of privatising our NHS and replacing it with an insurances based service similar to the USA.

I would like to share the following article from the Mirror newspaper which is among the very few media outlets who support a left-wing policy and oppose the Tory government and their welfare reforms and the privatisation of the NHS

Charlotte Church ‘mad as hell’ as she joins anti-Tory protest rally in Cardiff:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/charlotte-church-mad-hell-joins-5668436
– Charlotte Church expresses many opinions similar to my own and to many people who were shocked by the election results.

Personally I rather think in addition to the obvious greed of the wealthy who voted Tory, ignorance and gullibility were among the factors people voted for the conservatives.

Reading the comments in the above Mirror article is nothing short of depressing. Ignorance it seems reigns supreme. To say the election was lost as a result of left-wing politics by labour is misguided to say the least.

If they’d actually listened to people, rather than prescribing the usual Socialist drivel they think we should have for our own good…
Readers Comment referring to Labour

I very much doubt that this person could give you an accurate description of socialism

The reality is that Labour did not lean far enough to the left. For example the majority of people, 68 percent would like to see the energy companies renationalised.

 

Support for nationalisation (1)

The promise of freezing energy bills was lame and didn’t really address the problem of huge energy bills which right now prior to any freeze are astronomical and for many unaffordable. The fact is Labour are now almost as right-wing as the conservatives.

Nationalise energy and rail companies, say public

“The majority of the British public – including the majority of Conservative voters – support nationalising the energy and rail companies”

Read More:
https://yougov.co.uk/news/2013/11/04/nationalise-energy-and-rail-companies-say-public/

Yet all Labour had to offer was a temporary price freeze to tariffs that are already too expensive for many people – not really socialism is it.

I have to ask myself why the hell the British people, disgruntled – and that is putting it mildly – with the right-wing political agendas of the coalition than go and vote for the Tories Rather like throwing more fuel on the fire.

I am extremely disturbed as I rather have the impression that few people really understand or even know about the polices of this right party or even understand the difference between left and right-wing, communism and socialism. The nick name for Ed Miliband, Red Ed, being an example of such ignorance. On the simplest level surely one has to ask how on earth can a millionaire be a socialist. It is also obvious that there is nothing very red/ socialist about the new Labour Party either, yet still people refer to them as socialist even communists as a form of disparagement, not only misunderstanding the difference between right and left politics and ideology but failing to see the disastrous and unfair political ideology of right-wing agendas which favour inequality and the benefits of the wealthy over those of the poor. People continue not to make the connection with the rise of right-wing influence and the dominance of capitalism as the root cause of the suffering and misery inflicted on most of us in varying degrees, other animals and the environment itself.

Sadly Socialism and communism have become dirty words for many people who really don’t have any understanding of these political ideologies. Communism is often confused with totalitarianism and or fascism and socialism is confused with communism often used synonymously.

Concerning Communism the Dalai Lama says the following

Incidently the Dalai Lama, respected by many as a man of peace regardless of religious affiliation or none, describes himself as a communist:

“as far as socio-political beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist … But not a Leninist,”
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2011/06/dalai-lama-china-marx-communism/1#.VVcr3PlVhBc

“Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned with only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes – that is the majority – as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair … The failure of the regime in the Soviet Union was, for me not the failure of Marxism but the failure of totalitarianism. For this reason I think of myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist.”

The Dalai Lama
https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/102/spiritual-crisis-of-capitalism.html

Please sign the following petitions for electoral reform if you have not already done so.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/726/346/684/PR/

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uk_electoral_reform_locrb/?bMsmGdb&v=58125

https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-reform-our-voting-system-to-make-it-fair-and-representative-makeseatsmatchvotes

Related Links
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alice-carder/an-open-letter-to-anyone-_3_b_7263766.html

Election 2015: Take Action

“We need to fan every flame of resistance—from strikes to housing campaigns, to the People’s Assembly demonstration on 20 June, to the battles against racism, to the mobilisations over climate change. We need to challenge the Labour and trade union leaders who have led us to this disaster.”
Charlie Kimber The socialist Worker

Time to start fanning the flames. Here are a few suggestions

Firstly it is important to realise that the majority of UK citizens did not vote for the Tories.

If yesterday’s election showed anything it is that most people do not want a Tory government.  Just 20% of the public voted Tory – the same proportion of the population the Office for National Statistics estimates have a personal wealth of over £600,000.  The rich are in charge despite what the rest of us want.  As usual.
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/when-politics-is-this-broken/

Note from the above blog the protest this afternoon:

London Black Revs have called a protest (Saturday 9th May) outside the Tory HQ in London.  The sooner we get back out on the streets the better.  Please help spread the word, meet at 3pm, Conservative Campaign Headquarters, 4 Matthew Parker St, London SW1H 9HQ.  Visit and share the facebook page for more details.”

Please demonstrate peacefully.

If this is a bit short notice there is a Peoples Assembly National Demonstration 9th June, and a Boycott Workfare Welfare Action Gathering – scroll down for more details

There are dark days ahead for the majority of the citizens of the UK:

“It’s a disaster for the NHS, for workers’ rights, for people on benefits, for disabled people and for the battle against climate change.

The Tories will feel they can unleash even sharper austerity, and loot even more from working people to hand over to the super-rich. They will intensify their scapegoating of migrants and Muslims.”

Read More:
http://socialistworker.co.uk/art/40491/Labours+betrayals+let+Tories+back+in

But we should not give up:

Debbie Jolly of Disabled People Against Cuts said that

“disabled people will be pushed even further into poverty and fear” under the incoming government, campaigners “won’t give up, and must fight harder.”

She said the struggle would go on “until every hardship, every death and every misery has been exposed and accounted for.

“It’s not the end. This is a new beginning and we’re ready, but we need all disabled people and our allies to stand firm and fight back even harder than they have done in the last five years.

“Apathy is not an option any of us can now afford.”

Read More
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-dc5e-Devastating-result-will-see-vulnerable-die#.VU21ZflVhBc

I only hope that the People of the UK will finally make a stand and take some real action against the conservatives and their unjust polices and secure for themselves a fair and just society for all regardless of ability or disability, employed or unemployed, nationals or immigrants or any of the perceived divisions exploited to divide us.

Take Action

Join the Peoples Assembly National Demonstration 

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People’s Assembly demonstration on 20 June,

Saturday 20 June 2015
Assemble 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria St) City of London
Nearest tube: Bank

With the Tories going it alone in government we know exactly what to expect. More nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about- the NHS, the welfare state, education and public services.

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is calling a major national demonstration & festival on Saturday 20 to send a clear message to the Tory government; we demand an alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top.

More information:
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/end_austerity_now_national_demonstration_saturday_20th_june

https://www.facebook.com/events/460624807433119/

Planned action from Boycott Workfare

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Saturday 30th May, 10.00am-5.30pm, London Welsh Centre(10 minutes’ walk from King’s Cross station)

“Faced with policies that are pushing ever more people into precarity and poverty, thousands of us have been coming together to support each other. We are pushing back workfare, standing up to sanctions, challenging the work capability assessment and fighting insecure, unaffordable housing”

More Information:
http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=4243

Related Links

General Election 2015: Reasons to be cheerful
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/general-election-2015-reasons-cheerful-5665172 – One of the most notable reasons is that Ester McVey lost her seat. As employment minister she presided over an unprecedented toughening of benefit sanctions, which caused hardship and misery for jobseekers across the country.

Reasons Not to Vote Conservative in the General Elections 2015: The Injustice of Benefit Sanctions

“I am not surprised people want to kill themselves. People are now being given sanctions for the most minor things. They make you feel worthless, I felt unworthy being a student and thought I should be working like other non-disabled students can manage.”
Julia a student with autism

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Six of many examples of the ludicrous reasons in which people have had what is often their only source of income taken from them for months – and even longer. Sanctions have led to hunger, homelessness and suicides.

The Jobcentre is sanctioning people to maintain targets set within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), not in the majority of cases because of any wrongdoing by the claimant. Benefit sanctions were once almost unheard of.

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One of the most inhumane actions taken by the coalition government is the introduction of punitive benefit sanctions.

Unfair Benefit sanctions have driven people into poverty, destitution, despair and suicide. Benefit sanctions are one of the main reasons people have to resort to food banks. Such treatment of vulnerable people – namely the unemployed claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and sick and disabled people claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are consigned to the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) – is not worthy of any civilised society, it is not worthy of the UK.  The present government has come under the condemnation of the UN for the present vicious welfare reforms which have left sick and disabled people with a lower or no income. The introduction of ever more punitive sanctions adds further to the misery and suffering that has resulted from the coalitions welfare reforms.

Anyone claiming JSA or are assigned to the WRAG can be sanctioned from anything up to one month to three years!

“In the Northeast alone “At any one moment in time, 30,000 people are being sanctioned …”

Including:

* A Hartlepool woman who broke an appointment because she was “burying her grandfather and had been at his deathbed for week”.

* A Sunderland man who was told “an asthma attack is not a good reason for missing an appointment”.

* A Middlesbrough woman who forgot an interview because it was “the day her father died”.

* A man in Bishop Auckland constituency who was a collecting a sick daughter from school and was accused of inventing a “fictional child”.

Julie Elliott, the Labour MP for Sunderland, said: “For people to be treated in this inhumane way is wrong.””

Read More:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11708430.print/

Read accounts concerning the detrimental effects of benefit sanctions

Where did we go wrong? Why has starvation, suicide and poverty become the norm? More sanctions.. sanctions kill.

As you know every week we hold a demonstration outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre. We believe that the cruel sanctioning and the cruel benefit reforms that are affecting thousands of people up and down the country everyday. Once you start hearing the real stories and the way that they are affecting people in your local community you cant help but feel their pain in some way. Sometimes we cry whilst we are being told of a persons death, sometimes we go home and cry. Today was one of those days. I woke up wanting to change things, but sadly realised that I cant change much apart from peoples minds once they read my blog. I opened my emails and read some stories that have been sent to me, They want their news to be shared but sadly not always their names. You see they feel victimised already and don’t want to be persecuted anymore. Here are a few of their stories. Please read and share.

Continue reading:
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/where-did-we-go-wrong-why-has-starvation-suicide-and-poverty-become-the-norm-more-sanctions-sanctions-kill/

As incredible as the following may seem one unfortunate person was sanctioned for three months for making a spelling mistake!!!!!!

Sanctioned for making a spelling mistake.

You couldn’t make it up… Well actually it’s become the norm to be sanctioned for making a spelling mistake. A gentleman who spoke to us on our Thursday demo told us that he was put on a three month sanction at Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre for making a spelling mistake. He wasn’t given a chance to correct it, or a chance to explain it. He was told very bluntly “we are sanctioning you for spelling this word incorrectly on a form. This will prevent you from getting work so therefore is a sanctionable offence”. This man received a three month sanction for this so called offence. No one bothered to ask him if he was dyslexic or had any other issues which may have prevented him from spelling the word correct. Neither is it a crime to spell a word incorrectly. Indeed we are all human and are prone to making mistakes.

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/sanctioned-for-making-a-spelling-mistake/

Read the 11 most senseless benefit sanctions:
http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-11-most-senseless-benefit-sanction-decisions-known-to-man–x1dmkd2_Me

Worse hit by sanctions and rarely defended are people with mental health conditions many of whom have been unfairly and disproportionately sanctioned.

A Government That Permits The Psychological Torture Of Benefit Claimants Does Not Give A Fuck About Mental Health

This Government do not give a shit about people with mental health conditions, and neither did the last one.  Whilst politicians of all parties offer soundbites and fake sympathy the treatment of people with a mental health condition by the benefits system now amounts to little more than psychological torture.

This is not hyperbole.  Whilst the medical establishment has stood ildly by, and mental health charities have veered between mild disapproval and outright collaboration, the DWP has lanched an all out war on the most marginalised people in society.

Continue reading:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/a-government-that-permits-the-psychological-torture-of-benefit-claimants-does-not-give-a-fuck-about-mental-health/

Revealed: Inhumane Treatment Of UK’s Disabled & Poor By Department For Work And Pension

The following blog appears to show that, after blogger Jules Clarke contacted his MP, Iain Duncan Smith admitted in writing to the MP that the DWP sanctions people with “learning difficulties or mental health problems.” Both disabled and non-disabled benefits claimants are most at risk of having their rights eroded if they’re on Jobseeker’s Allowance, and especially if they’re coming off the Work Programme.

Read More:
http://www.mintpressnews.com/MyMPN/revealed-inhumane-treatment-uks-disabled-poor-department-work-pension/

Benefit sanctions and absurdity: will public attitudes change

It’s always worth reminding ourselves just how draconian and irrational, not to mention pointless, sadistic, and avoidably counterproductive the benefit sanctions regime can be, not least because, as my colleague Patrick Wintour noted this week:

“The issue is one that all political parties are reluctant to take up, partly because public opinion is thought to be hostile to “benefit scroungers”

http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2014/oct/24/benefit-sanctions-unfair-consequences-clapson

Is this the kind of Britain in which we want to live where people are hostile towards benefit claimants, the kind of Britain were people are impoverished by unfair benefit reforms including sanctions. Sickening that both of the major political parties consider that the continued persecution of benefit claimants and the imposed drastic decrease in benefit payments as a result of cuts and sanctions are seen as a vote catcher.

Take Action

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/benefit-sanctions-must-be-stopped-without-exceptions-in-uk

I would like to say that the best action is not to vote Tory which is indeed a necessary action if we are to ever bring about change concerning benefit sanctions and other unfair reforms.  However it is unclear what Labour intend and with the exception of abolishing the bedroom tax it looks increasingly that nothing much will be done to undo the vicious and unfair welfare reforms of the last five years.

We must demand a more fair system that allows those who through no fault of their own as a result of long term sickness, disability or unemployment to receive benefits which provide a decent standard of living. Bullying people to find work that they are too ill to do or to find jobs that simply don’t exist is unacceptable and it has to stop now, but unless more of us speak out nothing much of anything will ever change. The present government and to a lesser extent the previous one have done a thorough job of turning public opinion against benefit claimants, a tactic used in prewar Germany

Here is the latest outrage

David Cameron To Force NEETs To Carry Out 30 Hours Of Community Work A Week ‘From Day One’

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/02/17/cameron-neets-community-work-day-one_n_6696286.html?utm_hp_ref=uk&icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl9%7Csec3_lnk4%26pLid%3D330421

Related Links

Sanctions and the charity shop.
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/sanctions-and-the-charity-shop/

Entre staff under pressure to strip claimants of benefits for no good reason, North East MPs claim
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/jobcentre-staff-under-pressure-strip-8401574

Iain Duncan Smith to accelerate benefit reforms to stop Labour reversing them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11321769/Iain-Duncan-Smith-to-accelerate-benefit-reforms-to-stop-Labour-reversing-them.html

Updated list of deaths due to welfare reforms

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

 

 

 

Join the Day Of Action Against Maximus, March 2nd

Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of
Morgan Freeman.

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Please make a note in your diaries to join The Day Of Action Against Maximus

Maximus is the new Work Capability Assessment (WCA) contractor taking the place of ATOS  to conduct the deeply unfair WCA for sick and disabled people.

These crude and callous assessments have been used to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people after a quick computer based test ruled them ‘fit for work’.  A growing number of suicides have been directly linked to this stressful regime, whilst charities, medical staff and claimants themselves have warned of the desperate consequences for those left with no money at all by the system.

In a huge embarrassment for the DWP, the previous contractor Atos were chased out of the Work Capability Assessments after a sustained and militant campaign carried out by disabled people, benefit claimants and supporters.  In a panicky effort to save these vicious assessments Iain Duncan Smith hired US private healthcare company Maximus to take over from Atos this coming April.

This is not the only lucrative contract the Tories have awarded this company.  Maximus are also involved in helping to privatise the NHS, running the Fit for Work occupational health service designed to bully and harass people on sick leave into going back to work.  Maximus also run the notorious Work Programme in some parts of the UK, meaning that disabled people found fit for work by Maximus may then find themselves sent on workfare by Maximus.  There is no greater enemy to the lives of sick and disabled people in the UK today than this multi-national poverty profiteer who even are prepared to run welfare-to-work style schemes for the brutal Saudi Arabian government.

Read More including details of the day of action:
http://dpac.uk.net/2015/01/disabled-claimants-welcome-to-maximus-march-2nd-everywhere/

Details of local Events

Planning for the Day of Action to Welcome Maximarse to their new role as assessors for the cruel and hateful WCA is taking shape, and we now have local actions planned forBalham, Brighton, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Ipswich, Lincoln,  Manchester,  Reading, Sheffield, and of course Maximus HQ in central London.

Read More:
http://dpac.uk.net/2015/01/maximus-day-of-action-2nd-of-march-list-of-events-around-the-uk-scrapwca/

Keep an eye on the above page – “we will keep it updated with locations all over the UK where actions are planned, and details of new actions are coming in to DPAC central thick and fast so keep an eye out for updates.”  Includes  details of how to set up an event in your locality it there is not one where you live. Also online action planned. So do check this page out every so often.

Twitter hash tag ‪#‎ScrapWCA‬

Download the above leaflet and others:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/scrapwca

DPAC on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/dis_ppl_protest/status/555868168481038337

More information about the detrimental effects of the WCA and also the misery and suffering as a result of sanctions for non compliance, which many mean being sanctioned and loosing at least one month’s benefit for, in some cases, being as little as one minute late for an interview with your Jobcentre adviser!

Don’t consider for one minute that Maximus may not be like ATOS , it is a foregone conclusion that they are indeed as bad if not worse than ATOS.  The following helps to confirm this:
The senior civil servant previously responsible for government policy on the notorious “fitness for work” test could start offering advice on the same issue to his new private sector bosses within weeks.
http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2015/01/former-wca-boss-free-advise-maximus-fitness-work-test-within-weeks/

The is no doubt concerning the misery and suffering inflicted upon vulnerable people as a result of the WCA, thousands have died as a consequence, many as a result of suicide.

The WCA is not suitable for its purpose and needs to be scrapped

List off those who have died as result of government reforms including the WCA

Terry McGarvey, 48. Dangerously ill from polycytheamia, Terry asked for an ambulance to be called during his Work Capability Assessment. He knew that he wasn’t well enough to attend his WCA but feared that his benefits would be stopped if he did not. He died the following day.

Elaine Lowe, 53. Suffering from COPD and fearful of losing her benefits. In desperation, Elaine chose to commit suicide.

Mark Wood, 44. Found fit for work by Atos, against his Doctors advice and assertions that he had complex mental health problems. Starved to death after benefits stopped, weighing only 5st 8lb when he died.

Read More Stories

UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014:
http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

Here is another tragedy, another suicide of a man with mental illness:

Sanction and suicide:
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/sanction-and-suicide/

Obtained under the freedom of information act it has been revealed that the DWP has investigated 60 deaths linked to cuts in benefits and the refusal of ESA as a result of the WCA declaring them fit for work

It has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 reviews into deaths linked to benefit cuts in the past three years. Shocking cases reveal a spike in suicides and health deterioration resulting from cuts.

In some cases, deaths appear to be caused by a refusal of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Other deaths of predominantly disabled claimants resulted from claimants being found “fit to work” by a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
http://rt.com/uk/206247-benefit-cuts-related-deaths/

This is just the tip of the iceberg as untold thousands more have suffered serious detriment to their lives because of these vile reforms. There are no doubt many many more cases that go unreported.

It is sickening that the lives of chronically ill and disabled people should be made even more wretched by this morally bankrupt government’s vicious and grossly unjust welfare reforms and that few people speak out. Certainly not the media who have done much to support the government in what I believe is the slow and systematic dismantling of our welfare system. Where is Labour in all this? With the exception of the bedroom tax mainly silent. Though there is evidence that Labour will continue with this deeply unfair assessment:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/taking-the-wca-back-to-the-bad-old-days-why-sick-and-disabled-claimants-should-fear-a-labour-government/

Even if you manage to fulfill the criteria to claim ESA that is not the end of the matter, you can be stripped of your benefit as a result of unfair sanctions particularly if you are mentally ill. It has been shown that people with mental health conditions are sanctioned disproportionately.

According to welfare weekly 100 mentally ill people are sanctioned everyday:

100 Sickness Benefit Claimants With Mental Health Problems Sanctioned Every Day

Benefits claimant judged as unfit to work due to mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions,

Homeless charity Crisis warned in 2014 of a “shocking increase” in the number of ESA sanctions. In the first three months of 2014 alone, 15,995 disabled people had their benefits docked, compared with 3,574 during the same period the previous year.

Whilst it isn’t possible to say how many of these ESA claimants also suffered from mental health problems, disability is often accompanied by mental health issues – such as anxiety and depression.

According to the DWP data, the most common reason for being sanctioned is that a person has been late or not turned up for a Work Programme appointment

http://www.welfareweekly.com/100-sickness-benefit-claimants-mental-health-problems-sanctioned-every-day/

Read Mikes Story:

Mike found himself in court for stealing just £ 7.45 worth of food:

Mike had lost his job a few months earlier and had been stuck on a bus unexpectedly delayed by road works.

He was ten minutes late for his appointment at the Jobcentre and as a punishment he was sanctioned for four weeks – that means he lost all his income for a month.

Three weeks into the sanction he had nothing, he was ill, he missed the local foodbank’s weekly opening day and eventually he stole some food because he hadn’t eaten in four days.

Read more:
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-01-20/the-most-vulnerable-claimants-are-being-punished-for-minor-mistakes-over-benefits/

If you think that such an extreme sanction is a mistake then think again.

In the same article:

Harsh punishment for minor mistakes

When people hear stories like Mike’s they are tempted to believe that this must be a mistake and that it’s not how the system is intended to function.

However, looking closely we see that punishing minor mistakes extremely harshly is core to the sanctions system.

Please read the full article if you haven’t done so already:
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-01-20/the-most-vulnerable-claimants-are-being-punished-for-minor-mistakes-over-benefits/

It is likely that mentally ill people are more often sanctioned as they as a result of their illness are less likely to fight back, raise  an objection or cope with finding help and advice. Mentally health conditions are far more incapacitating  than many people realise, take the most common condition of depression, a disorder that can render a person unable to get out of bed feed or care for themselves let alone challenge such unfair decisions. Another common mental health problem is anxiety which may be so severe that the suffer may be prevented from leaving the house let alone arrive on time or at all for an appointment, such as an agoraphobic for example.

Here is an example of what happens to mentally ill people

“It’s hard enough dealing with a mental health issue – but it’s made much worse if you’re not able to work.

David (not his real name) suffers from schizophrenia and receives two types of income support to help him live while he deals with his illness. He was sanctioned twice in 2013 for not attending work focussed interviews and appointments due to his deteriorating health.

He was even sanctioned while he was very ill in hospital, and forced to rely on his family for food.

Caught in a bureaucratic nightmare without any guidance, David was too ill to speak to advisors.”

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/how-benefit-sanctions-punish-people-5005786

Though the issue of sanctions may seen like a separate matter,  this particular grave injustice stems from the accumulating impact of Tory welfare reforms which are effecting the most vulnerable and which need to be scrapped. Getting the WCA scrapped would be a good start.

Labour have already stated that they’re going to be tougher on benefit recipients than the Tories so it is unlikely that there will be any changes from them.

The Tories will not scrap the WCA  because it’s doing exactly what it was designed to do and that is to deprive people of their sickness benefits and eventually to do away with the welfare system.

I very much doubt that unless we robustly demand change that change to this inhumane system will ever come about.

Anyone who can attend or support the day of action please do so, you do not have to be sick or disabled, a carer or in any way personally affected. We are all in it together, a now infamous term used by a truly deplorable human being (Cameron) that in this instance is nonetheless true. Think about it all those of you who imagine that by denying sick and disabled people a decent standard of living you will somehow be better off –  pay less taxes or social security.  On the contrary you will be disappointed. If this is what you expect you are delusional, naive at best, stupid at worst. Consider one day it could be you or a loved one. With the exception of those born with disabilities I very much doubt that those who are sick or disabled today ever thought that this would happen to them. Old or young one never knows if or when one may be rendered disabled or chronically sick. Do you really want to destroy  the only means of living provided by the welfare system for the thousands of us who are unfortunate to be sick or disabled. What kind of person condones such an inhumane notion, what kind of person promotes such a state of affairs where disabled people will be left to fend for themselves relying on handouts from relatives or charities.  What kind of person stands by and allows this to happen?

It is sickening that in a modern society that a tiny minority have the power to being about such appalling devastation, misery and suffering into the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.  Even more shocking is the number of people who have swallowed hook line and sinker the Nazi Style Tory propaganda labeling benefits claimants as scroungers.  As a consequence few stand up in defence of this grave social injustice which has come to the attention of the UN, though it has to be said the UN appear to be doing very little about it other than to cite it for the human rights violation that it is.

Other Related Information

A very interesting document. Please read… And please share…..

“Today I received a very interesting document. It consists of the governments latest plans regarding sanctions. It makes very interesting reading. That is if you don’t get too angry and stop reading. For this reason I have taken out the “worst” bits. I shall put a little explanation alongside each one. Sources of this document etc shall remain nameless but you need to read this and share it.

LIE!!….Sanctions make people too scared to live, too scared to do anything but what the Job Centre tell them to do. SANCTIONS KILL.”
Read More:
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/a-very-interesting-document-please-read-and-please-share/

Britain’s benefits sanctions: ‘My brother’s gone. We can’t bring him back, but we can’t let this go on’
Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/17/benefits-sanctions-gill-thompson-cathie-wood-vulnerable-claimants

Maximus: The Company That Dare Not Show Its Face #ScrapWCA:
Read More:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/the-company-that-dare-not-show-its-face-how-maximus-plan-to-hide-their-involvement-in-the-work-capability-assessment/

Also from the Void  –  (A Good source of information concerning benefit reforms and other related issues)

Benefit Sanctions Will Cause A Deterioration In Health And That’s OK Says DWP Rule Book
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/benefit-sanctions-will-cause-a-deterioration-in-health-and-thats-ok-says-dwp-rule-book/

Cuts to employment and support allowance ‘considered’:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29821696

 

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A Tribute to Tony Benn

I know it is rather late now for this, but I am not a professional writer and some things take a lot of research. Besides is it ever too late to pay a tribute to someone who has accomplished so much.

Researching the life of Tony Benn I have learnt so much about this remarkable man who will be sadly missed in these challenging times.

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Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn passed away peacefully on March 14th.  He was one of the few genuine socialists of our time here in the UK. A fervent campaigner for democracy and socialism Toney Benn was the longest serving MP in the labour party, he won more elections than any other Labour MP – 16 in all. He was a Member of Parliament between 1950 and 2001 and a Cabinet minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. In May 2001 he retired from the House of Commons,“to devote more time to politics.”

Toney Benn was a man of honour, principle and integrity, a passionate campaigner for social justice, genuine democracy, freedom of speech, human rights, trade unionism and compassion towards animals. He was also an advocate for pacifism and a fervent campaigner for the cessation of all wars.

Read more about the life of Tony Benn:
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e115-Tony-Benn-1925-2014#.Uyhvv6h_ua8

In a statement his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua said:

“We will miss above all his love which has sustained us throughout our lives. But we are comforted by the memory of his long, full and inspiring life and so proud of his devotion to helping others as he sought to change the world for the better.”

Video from the people’s Assembly which Tony Benn helped to launch:

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity was launched – by Tony Benn,  Len McCluskey and other trade union leaders – with a call to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government.

RIP Tony Benn

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/rip_tony_benn

As a tribute I would like to include a selection of notable quotations from Tony Benn.

On Pacifism

“All war represents a failure of diplomacy.”

“If you can plan for war, why can’t you plan for peace?”

“it would be a total corruption of the whole meaning and spirit of the UN Charter, which was carefully written to make it possible the peaceful settlement of international disputes, to try to present it as offering a blank cheque for war whenever the United States wants one”

“I was born about a quarter of a mile from where we are sitting now and I was here in London during the Blitz. And every night I went down into the shelter. 500 people killed, my brother was killed, my friends were killed. And when the Charter of the UN was read to me, I was a pilot coming home in a troop ship: ‘We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.’ That was the pledge my generation gave to the younger generation and you tore it up. And it’s a war crime that’s been committed in Iraq, because there is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons.”
Question Time, 22 March 2007

On equal marriage and the Church of England.

“When you think of the number of men in the world who hate each other, why, when two men love each other, does the church split?”

On the media and government control

“The one thing that is absolutely essential is that there shouldn’t be any governmental control [of the media] directly or indirectly.”

On vegetarianism and compassion towards animals

I never liked meat and my son Hilary, 30 years ago, said: “If the world ate the grain instead of feeding it to animals and killing them, there would be enough food for everybody.” That moment my wife and I became vegetarian and I never touched meat since.

‘The case for animal testing is now being directly challenged by scientists and doctors and their judgement must be taken seriously’.

“I am teetotal and vegetarian, so I do live on tea. I don’t like Earl Grey tea, but it may be a class prejudice against earls.”

“The support [for the bill to ban fox hunting] comes from people young and old–it is not confined to the young, although it is very strong among them–who believe that cruelty to entertain is wrong, and I share that view… As a vegetarian and someone who has always supported animal rights, I feel that we have a duty in a representative assembly to reflect properly the feeling that exists.”

“Madam, if you are so concerned about catching BSE, you should do what I do and turn vegetarian.”

“Having been made aware of the need for it, I have never lost sight of my vegetarianism. Unquestioning brutality like slaughter and capital punishment does corrupt you and is a blot on the civilizing of society. Such positions reflect on the values of a society. I am particularly revolted by religious slaughter but the slaughter of all animals is barbaric.  Why breed animals simply to kill and eat them.  How is it different to killing people?”

Read an interview with Tony Benn:

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn

Tony Wardle talks to Tony Benn – politician, vegetarian, saviour and ‘scarey bogeyman’
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/celebrity-supporters/tony-benn/extraordinary-adventures-mr-benn

This is a very informative interview, not only about Tony Benn’s vegetarianism, but it reveals a lot about the personality and the world-view of this remarkable politician.

On Parliament

 “Through talk, we tamed kings, restrained tyrants, averted revolution.”  

On power

 “No medieval monarch in the whole of British history ever had such power as every modern British Prime Minister has in his or her hands. Nor does any American President have power approaching this.” 

On Marxism

 “It is wholly wrong to blame Marx for what was done in his name, as it is to blame Jesus for what was done in his.”

“Well I came across Marx rather late in life actually, and when I read him, two things: first of all I realised that he’d come to the conclusion about capitalism which I’d come to much later, and I was a bit angry he’d thought of it first; and secondly, I see Marx who was an old Jew, as the last of the Old Testament Prophets, this old bearded man working in the British Library, studying capitalism, that’s what ‘Das Kapital’ was about, it was an explanation of British capitalism. And I thought to myself, ‘Well anyone could write a book like that, but what infuses, what comes out of his writing, is the passionate hostility to the injustice of capitalism. He was a Prophet, and so I put him in that category as an Old Testament Prophet.”

Interestingly Tony Benn died on exactly the same date as Karl Marx – 101 years later.

On Socialism and Democracy

“Although socialism is widely held by the establishment to be outdated, the things that are most popular in British society today are little pockets of socialism, where areas of life have been excluded from the crude operation of market forces and are protected for the benefit of the community”

“Democracy is not just voting every 5 years and watching Big Brother in between and wondering why nothing happens. Democracy is what we do and say where we live and work”

General quotations

“In 1993 I spoke in Hyde park to a couple of million people…afterwards someone from the BBC said ‘you’re a voice in the wilderness’ and I said ‘well there are two million people in my wilderness, how many are there in yours?’

“It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.”

“I do not share the general view that market forces are the basis of personal liberty”.

“My Great-grandfather was a Congregational Minister and my Mother was a Bible scholar, and I was brought up on the Bible, that the story of the Bible was conflict between the kings who had power, and the prophets who preached righteousness. And I was taught to believe in the prophets, got me into a lot of trouble. And my Dad said to me when I was young, ‘Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to stand alone, Dare to have a purpose firm, Dare to let it (be) known.'”
Interview with John Cleary, 23 February 2003

“[The Labour Party]’s never been a socialist party, but it’s always had socialists in it, just as there are some Christians in the Church, it’s an exact parallel.”

“Simply having nuclear weopens destroys democracy. When a country has them, ministers – of all parties – lie. No minister has ever told the truth about any central question of nuclear policy”

“The word terrorists is a term of abuse used to describe those with whom you disagree. According to Mrs Thatcher the ANC are terrorists”

“I never had any sympathy with the Soviet system and it’s lack of democracy but I never believed the Russians were threatening to invade Western Europe”

Quotations  about Tony Benn

“Tony Benn was the articulate advocate of socialism who inspired my generation. “He gave us all hope of a fair and equal society.”
John McDonnell, chair of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said Mr Benn had fought for his ideals “almost to the last breath of his life.”

“He was a hero to me and to millions more not only because of what he advocated – social justice, democracy and peace – but because of the way he advocated it, with passion, decency and without malice against anyone.”

Comments on Twitter

Really sad to learn Tony Benn has died. A man of integrity who used his voice to stand up for the poor and powerless RIP
A Tweet from Mark Russell @markrusselluk

Read more Twitter tributes:

Tony Benn dead: Twitter tributes serve as moving eulogy to his enduring political legacy
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tony-benn-dead-twitter-tributes-serve-as-moving-eulogy-to-his-enduring-political-legacy-9191901.html

Blogs with comments and tributes to Tony Benn

The socialism of humanity: A tribute to Tony Benn
http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2014/03/14/the-socialism-of-humanity-a-tribute-to-tony-benn

Tony  Benn Will be Missed
http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/03/tony-benn-will-be-missed/

Goodbye and Thank You Tony Benn
http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/goodbye-and-thank-you-tony-benn.html

Tony Benn and the Five Essential Questions of Democracy
http://thesecularjurist.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/tony-benn-and-the-five-essential-questions-of-democracy/

The measure of a man: my tribute to Tony Benn
http://newint.org/blog/2014/03/14/tony-benn-tribute/

A Tribute to Tony Benn
http://www.tuc.org.uk/about-tuc/regions/union-issues/tribute-tony-benn