I Care, Does He?

Introductions are in order…

Meet Brian Robinson. A councillor in the quaint and beautiful Forest of Dean….

Brian has done many many things in his community.

Hes been a councillor. 

Hes been a school governor.

he stuck up for Councillor Edwards when she was off on long term sick (and had moved out of the area) and put forward  a vote that she still get paid £4,500  

In 2016 he claimed £860 in travelling allowances on top of his £9,000 stipend. 

You get the idea… He cares for his community… He cares for kids… 

This Brian is a nice guy! 

You know what? 

He also helps run a council road users campaign called i care do you! 

See his Sainthood is virtually guarenteed! 

Ah… But… This man who cares for his constituents SO MUCH that her has saved them £600 my cancelling a school bus. 

It’s only 23 kids. It’s just under 3 miles. The roads not too bad

So… Let’s look at the figures 
The bus savings are £600.

So the  children’s safety is worth 170 pounds less than his travel expenses.

The children’s safety is worth £8,000 less than his representing their parents.

The children’s safety is worth£3,900 less than a councillor who has moved and can no longer represent her constituents.
Welcome to councillor Robinson’s world.
Go to the forest road safety page. “I care do you” like the page, post on the page with polite comments asking why the council thinks so little of its future. Ask them what makes a councillor so much more valuable than 23 children’s safety.
Then sign the petition…

https://www.change.org/p/carla-turner-child-safety-harrow-hill-via-drybrook-to-dene-magna?recruiter=350644504&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_content=fht-13792545-en-gb%3Av6

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A hospital in cinderford…. 

There has been a lot of talk recently …

The local NHS commissioning group alongside various local politicians (cinderford labour party councillors  for one) have been proposing the idea for a single hospital…

With half the number of beds…

So as your local bloggers we ran a simple test….

A person in Blakeney has an appointment in Cinderford at 10am.
(For this purpose we had a real appt at the health centre in cinderford ).

A bus was caught from blakeney at around 9.30. After some very fast walking/ jogging our volunteer got to his 10am appt at 10.04….

An hour latet the appt finished, our willing volunteer (a reasonably healthy 50 year old) waited at cinderford bus station

An hour and a half later… He was still waiting….

2hours later he was cursing not coming by car, freezing cold and growling at passers by…

The cold hard truth was. To travel by public transport to cinderford meant leaving at 9.10 to get to an appt at ten four minutes late.

Then… Waiting from 11 oclock until the 13.27 bus. A five hour round trip that could have been done in half of the time by car…

TWO HOURS WAITING IN THE COLD.

Luckily our test subject just got grumpy.

But would you leave your gran, your mum to get cold waiting for two hours on a january morning?

Any attempt to close our hospitals must be met with a huge improvement in our transport network.

We know our public services arent joined up. Lets not leave the under priveleged further behind….

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So here’s a thought. 
A rural area….

Two small hospitals 
The local NHS commissioning group want to close both with a smaller hospital, with less beds to cover both. 

By until of CD CCG CVC

So your ever suffering writer decided try something. An appointment in cinderford. At ten o’clock. In a journey from blakeney… 6 miles at most  by public transport. 
Keep in mind. This is the journey you suck grannie would have to take.

  1. blackeny to cinderford…. For ten o’clock. Either the 9.38 and hope your appt is late… So.. . 9/38.

    2/ luckily the person who took the appt at 10….

    Was seen at 10.30 phew …..

    But hey luckily their problems were solved by 11.30 
    Wait!
    Their problems weren’t solved 
    Actually they were 
    But still…..
    Three and a half hours .   
    For a return bus..
    Thus shows the war continues

    • No war but the class war

    Activism and mental health 

    This is a more personal blog than normal…. 
    No rants against the system or tirades against the government, no defence of wildlife of the working class…
    For many years I’ve been an activists of some sort or other. From fighting the met police in defense of migrants and the working class, to confusing provincial police forces in defence of the environment against fracking and wildlife culling. 

    Due to my words and actions I’ve become known , liked and hated in equal measures.
    I’ve also found it harder and harder to control my own mental health. The sad thing is that activists have an ideal to mainain and I can no longer do that. With certain campaigns you are marginalised. Certain actions and words instead of receiving a calm arm round the shoulder asking what’s going on are condemned. Even reported to the police. 
    The mental health service themselves are woefully over stretched. The few who are there do their best to help. And diagnosis drugs and treatment follow. (Which are in themselves a defence against the “activists” accusations !) But a cure or respite often seems long in coming…. 
    However…. We need to embrace the mental health issues of our colleagues… If our campaigns become “mainstream” and cut out those on the outside, they lose their inate power. 
    Antifa, the class war, fox hunting, the badger cull … These are things that may or may not be supported by the mainstream…

    Yes the mainstream don’t like the idea of Nazis people hunting foxes etc etc … But they don’t get out there and stop it. They are things fought against by the perennial outsider. For every ten letters to the local papers there is one person on the ground.

    They may look invincible. They may seem superhuman, to the letter writers but they are the same. They have the same needs and wants as anyone and are often more willing to fight back due to their precarious mental nature.
    So let’s not sideline or forget them …
    Put your arms around them and welcome them. 
    Who knows one day you may be glad of them ……

    St Jeremy and the Anarchists

    A modern parable…
    Who knew an old previously unremarkable career politician could unite the far left behind him and polarise views so much.

    It is now a hanging offence in many circles to critique St Jez of Islington. And let’s be honest he’s better than the other lot. But at the end of the day he’s a career politician. Far from being a renegade against the Westminster elite he is one of them.

    Now he’s suffered some ridiculous smears the IRA one springs to mind, but between him and his london Mayor he’s socially cleansing london estates. Communities are being devasted in and around London. Gentrification is rife, fine if you fancy spending five pounds on a bowl of sugar puffs served by the obligatory bearded hipster. Great if you fancy a Lebanese Korean fusion latte, or want to spend a tenner on a bottle of craft beer. But frankly devasting for families on those estates, torn away, many from the only homes they ever had.

    He’s taken some heat over trident. Well frankly good. Spending hundreds of billions renewing trident makes no sense in the first place, it makes marginally less sense if you say you’ll never use it. Here’s a thought just say you’ve renewed it and give the money to people using FOODBANKS.

    But the real problem I have is anarchists… And I should know I’m one myself.

    Suddenly a mildly socialist person turns up at the head of a party still effectively holding the centre ground. And suddenly everyone wants to vote st Jez.

    In fact if you don’t accept that the only right and proper way forward is to vote for the party promising 10,000 more police you are a secret tory.

    If you don’t want to vote for the party aiming for 1000 extra prison officers and 1000 extra border guards you are in the government’s pocket.
    I’d like a new option. 
    None of the above.
    Without the support of a party in parliament st Jez is a paper tiger. Nothing will be achieved.
    If you are a single issue voter then fine vote labour…  If you oppose the Westminster elite…  Don’t vote.
    But don’t go around criticising people who refuse to endorse the political system.

    They aren’t confused 

    They aren’t secret Tories.
    They just don’t want to endorse a party of nuclear arms and social cleansing.


     And after the election you’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with them again whoever wins
    ….

    Democracy in a post capitalist society

    So….
    The Tory party have called a snap election so let’s look at the choices…
    Tory…
    Well if you think the NHS is worth less than trident. And let’s be honest since the fall of the Berlin Wall the whole nuclear policy is ill conceived. Currently we fight Daesh, and let’s be honest the only boots on the ground are roving bands of antifascists with the PKK…. 

    They cut disability benefits …. Food bank use is up 20% on an annual basis …

    EMPLOYED NURSES ARE HAVING TO USE FOODBANKS..
    Let that sink in…. 

    THE PEOPLE WHO SAVE YOUR LIFE ARE USING FOODBANKS.

    So, I’ll vote labour…
    Cos mr corbyn is such a nice man..

    Yes ofcourse I realise that the Labour Party support trident (see above) 

    But they also support social housing. Apart from the estates in London they have evicted tenants from, many who’ve been there for decades, and sold the ground off to developers….

    Now on a personal note I spent many a happy summer on estates in north and east London with aunts, grandparents, uncles, and all of those estates are being redeveloped and gentrified.

    But that’s okay. Cos now I live in the country, too upset to stay n the London  I loved, 
    But wait …. Local pubs bought by rich developers shut for years and redeveloped into luxury weekend homes for those who can afford it. 
    So I’ll vote green… 

    But wait I don’t live in Brighton…. And, even if I did the Green Party voted to reduce workers wages … 

    The Green Party agreed with austerity cuts. 
    Let’s  be honest, the Green Party are a middle class protest vote, I hate the incinerator, cos it’s too close to my home I hate the nuclear reactor, cos i live within the fallout area.
    So I’ll vote UKIP 
    Well no… Cos frankly I’m not a cunt. 
    Lib dem?

    Yes … Ofcourse con-dem kinda killed that.
    So I won’t vote, because I’m apathetic?

    No I care so much it fucking hurts

    So I won’t vote because the parties don’t engage with me?

    No they have tried and I think they are all useless. 
    Theresa May…. Political elitist

    Jeremy Corbyn …. Political elitist

    Tim farron… Homophobic political elitist 

    Paul nuttal …. Nazi

    Green person… Middle class apologist.

    So I won’t vote because my father fought for the rights…

    He had a choice of a candidate who cared for him. 

    I won’t vote because my great grandmother Picketed for the right to vote

    She had a chance to vote for someone who cared for her rights 

    Now the election will be decided by the media, the head of bskyb has more power than Theresa May.
    The election will be decided by a billionaire running the sun.

    All I have left is direct action. 
    All I have left is protest, 
    I hope we can inspire a new generation. 
    Not to vote for a political elite. But to fight back against them 
    If you vote for them… You legitimise them.
    Fight back

    They said it would be all over by Christmas….

    So, in Gloucestershire the government’s fourth annual sponsored badger persecution has finished. 
    Year 4 of 4 of their test on free shooting has been done.
    So what have they achieved? 
    Well, an awful lot of normal glos folk are now a lot less trusting of the police, and far more cynical about their motives. On the bright side they are also a lot most knowledgable about their rights. One of my favourite memories is of a law abiding pensioner, masked up, and refusing to give a copper her name. 

    They have watched for four years as Btb rises in the cull zones. Sadly this hasn’t made them think they are doing something wrong, but then making governments think is a tricky affair, possibly even impossible, and makes you wonder the reason they tested no badgers for Btb…

    They have however made people think. These same people who he government has for want of a better word radicalised, are now joining the fight against fox hunting. The cull has shown them that hunt saboteurs are not a mythical ninja group with special powers, just ordinary folk (and quick tip, if you want to help or donate to them, choose your local group and contact them direct, don’t send it to the hsa).

    They proved fairly early on that badgers can’t be free shot effectively and resorted to cage trapping…. Still, who doesn’t love cage dancing.  

    They have spent a colossal amount of cash, tens of millions. So if you’re in glos and wondering why you no longer have a local police station (to hand yourself into) them thank the nfu. If you’re in glos and wondering why your bus services are cut thank the Tories. 

    They have validated direct action. Badgers were saved in all the cull zones, not by the hard work of NGOs and charities petitioning parliament. But by boots, wellies and in some cases crocs on the ground. Not to say that the “badger army” did nothing. The profile raising and fund raising was absolutely necessary. They made the people in black and camo wearing masks in the dead of night the good guys. They shouted down the nfu press steam roller. And because of them, badgers were saved… Even the wounded badger patrols were direct action, although they won’t thank me for saying it. 

    They made criminal damage socially acceptable. People who would have tutted under their breath at throwing  a brick at a window, clapped you on the back for trashing a badger cage. (By the same token they have made anarchist more socially acceptable)

    And lastly, they gave me some friends I’ll have for life. Friends I would and have back up no matter what. And that is the one thing I thank them for.