Monday, 13 April 2015

Get involved in Workers Memorial Day on 28 April if you live in NE Lincs

Workers Memorial Day on 28 April is an opportunity to Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living. Events are held nationally and regionally with North East Lincolnshire amongst the best organised and attended. Much of that is due to the hard work of Unite member Herbert ‘Nobby’ Styles, who until he was made redundant in December 2013 worked for Blue Star Fibres (formerly Courtaulds) in Grimsby as a process operator for 37 years and during which time he performed many union roles. 

In 2002 he was inspired when he spotted an article in Hazards Magazine urging trade unionists to organise a Workers Memorial Day (WMD) event. Funds were raised to get memorial stones laid and trees planted in Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes and the first services were held at each on 28 April 2003. 

On 28 April 2014 the twelfth NE Lincolnshire WMD saw services again held at each of the three locations. Wreaths were laid by, amongst others, families who have lost loved ones, a minutes’ silence was held and speakers highlighted the continuing unacceptable loss of life. Each year, over 1,400 people are killed at work in the UK and another 50,000 die of workplace related cancer, heart and lung disease. Worldwide, 2.3 million people are annually killed by work, a figure that exceeds those killed by war. 

“We remember those killed at work and those who die from industrial diseases and illnesses. There is an ongoing legacy with asbestos and some chemicals that continue to kill workers. MPs, MEPs and local councillors are involved along with families and campaigners like myself,” said Nobby. The events are well reported in the local press. 

“We cannot lose sight of the fact that it is trade unions that have done the most to improve health and safety at work. By being union organised then its possible to work together with companies to ensure workplaces are safe,” said Nobby, who has rightly won a number of awards for his considerable efforts in ensuring North East Lincolnshire is at the forefront of the growing number of WMD events being held annually across the UK. 

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Tax land not cut inheritance tax say Labour Land Campaign - good for them.

I was pleased to receive the following press release from the Labour Land Campaign this morning.

wwwlabourland.org 

The Tory’s proposal to cut inheritance tax on homes valued at £1 million 
means even more subsidies for the rich

The Labour Land Campaign says the Conservative party’s latest policy 
announcement to remove inheritance tax on homes worth up to £1 million 
is outrageous.  With Council Tax bills for mansions in Mayfair at no 
more than £2,124.66 per annum, home owners are already extremely 
privileged with regard to taxation and have been since the demise of the 
Domestic Rating System. This is part of the cause of house price 
inflation.

House prices have, once again, reached an unsustainable level but the 
owners have done nothing to earn this increase in their wealth. As well 
as a crisis for those unfortunates who are not on the ‘housing ladder’, 
do we not have a major problem of wealth inequality in the UK? And is 
not inheritance of houses one of the main drivers of this trend?

It should be realised that a good part of the value of any property – 
and all of the increase in value over the last period - is land value 
that has been created by the whole of society from public and private 
investments that we fund as taxpayers, consumers and investors.
Heather Wetzel, Vice Chair of the Labour Land Campaign says “the land 
under our homes was provided by nature and the value of that land has 
been generated from continual public and private investment in our 
public transport networks, roads, schools, health care, parks, commerce 
etc. The Tories’ latest policy is giving another subsidy – up to 
£400,000 - to the richest in the UK at the expense of our NHS and other 
vital public services.“

“We need to shift taxes off incomes and on to the unearned incomes land 
owners receive by taxing the value of all land in the UK.  Then, instead 
of the richest land owners taking the unearned income they receive from 
‘owning’ this natural resource, land speculation would stop and empty 
buildings and idle development sites would be brought into full use.  
Most politicians and economists ignore the fact that homes actually have 
two values - the value of the building and the value of the land it is 
located on.  Location value differs according to the level of investment 
in local infrastructure, public services and business.  For example 
taxpayers from all over the UK have contributed to the building of 
Crossrail that is seeing the value of the land under homes in its 
catchment area rise enormously.  This land value should be returned to 
the public purse to replace those taxes that penalise work and good 
investments and certainly not go to those inheriting the property.  This 
latest Tory policy is bad, unjust and is yet another policy that 
benefits the richest in the UK at the expense of the poorest.”

The Labour Land Campaign campaigns for a tax system that is fair, 
unavoidable and redistributive and one that collects natural resource 
wealth including land wealth which the whole of society creates, to use 
to maintain and develop our public services. We advocate the reduction 
or abolition of those negative taxes that discriminate against poorer 
people and regions of low investment and replace them with an annual 
Land Value Tax that will capture land value that results from public and 
private investments which goes as unearned income to land owners.  We 
say the current tax system is skewed in favour of the rich, 
multinationals and London and the South East of England at the expense 
of people on low incomes, small and medium sized businesses and regions 
of low investment.

Media reform slips from agenda now Leveson has slipped away

Taken from Big Issue in the North magazine
A Conservative MP and former news presenter has welcomed a manifesto calling on politicians to commit to media reform during the general election campaign. 
The Campaign for Broadcasting and Media Reform and the Media Reform Coalition recently launched their manifesto calling for: controls on media ownership; well- funded, independent public service media; protection for communication rights; action on lobbying and transparency; and independent, trusted and effective press regulation. 
The groups argue that media reform has slipped from the political agenda since the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking put the behaviour of the media into the spotlight. 
The manifesto calls for a cap on any one company’s market share in providing national and regional news. It wants better press regulation than the new Independent Press Standards Organisation provides. 
It says journalists must be given greater protection from state surveillance. And it argues that action must be taken to ensure the political agenda is no longer set by the unregulated £2 billion lobbying industry established by powerful interests and corporations. 
‘Too much power’ 
“Leveson appeared to be the moment when we were going to get changes in media ownership and press regulation,” said Granville Williams of the CPBF. “Because that has not happened we are hoping to make this an important issue with the electors, while also targeting prospective MPs with the aim of winning commitments for change during the next Parliament from 2015 onwards. 
“Far too much power is concentrated in a few hands with 70 per cent of UK newspaper circulation controlled by three wealthy families who thus have enormous political power. Four nationwide chains now command three-quarters of the local newspaper market, down from around 20 in the mid-1990s. Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs and yet profits have remained impressively high.” 
Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney, who was a reporter for BBC Radio Leeds and a presenter on ITV’s Calendar News, said: “The manifesto is worthwhile but so far it is not an issue that has been raised among my constituents, who are more concerned about jobs, affordable housing and the European Union,” said McCartney. 
“Leveson arose because of the appalling hacking situation around Milly Dowler. The Mirror Group has just been exposed as a serious hacker and yet it has not attracted too much attention. I really hope it does not take another major scandal to force these issues back up a fast-moving political agenda. 
“I believe we have about the right media ownership balance and would not want more concentration. Plurality is vital but we must also ensure the news sources are accurate, as many people believe if they see something on YouTube or Twitter that it is factually correct. That is not always so. We are lucky we have Ofcom, the communications regulator. 
“It’s great to see ITV doing well again. This means money can be invested in good regional news that produces friendly, healthy rivalry with the BBC, a public broadcasting service we can be proud of and must retain. 

“I want to see what sanctions the new regulators can exert on the newspaper industry. Where people are wrongly accused in the press of an offence they should get a similar-sized article that corrects the original inaccuracies.” 

Pentrich - site of England's last revolution


Taken from Rebel Road project of Unite Education.

Longstanding union member Ken Bond is proud to live in Pentrich, Derbyshire, which is the site of England’s last revolution. When the badly organised affair in 1817 was defeated it led to execution for some of the rebels and deportation or jail for others. 

Following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the high price of food and falling living standards, brought on by a rise in unemployment, led to nationwide countryside unrest. 


The iron and textile industries around the small Amber Valley village of Pentrich, where a church was built in the 12th century and where evidence exists that it was already settled in 200AD, were badly hit. Those who could find work had their wages cut and found it difficult to make ends meet.

St Matthews Church, Pentrich


Matters became even worse when in 1816 bad weather resulted in a poor harvest that with food scarce pushed prices up to unaffordable levels. With Parliament unrepresentative of ordinary people there was a major riot on 2 December 1816 at Spa Field, London after Henry Hunt had previously advised his followers to sign a petition demanding universal male suffrage, annual general elections and secret ballots. 

Meanwhile, the monarchy was also angering its subjects. Especially George, the Prince Regent, who was self-indulgent when ordinary people were close to starvation. Driving to Westminster on 22 January 1817, the Prince Regent had his carriage either stoned or a bullet fired on it. 

In reaction to these events, the government passed the ‘Gag Acts’ in February and March 1817. Habeas Corpus was suspended. Gatherings of groups of 50 or more people were outlawed. The French Revolution that lasted from 1789 to 1799 had led to the abolition of the French monarchy and inspired liberal and radical ideas internationally. The ruling class did not want anything similar here. 

Thomas Bacon was a framework knitter in Pentrich, which today lies just off the A36 between Alfreton and Ripley. He went to various political meetings around his area and brought back stories to his local meetings about plans to organise a march from the North and Midlands to London, where, with support from Londoners, the government would be overthrown. For this to have any small hope of success then thousands of people would be needed. 

What Bacon and his fellow conspirators did not know was that present at their meetings was that Oliver, a newcomer to the area, was a government spy. Oliver even encouraged people to take part in the march. Planning meetings were broken up after he relayed information back to the government. Ringleaders were arrested and with a warrant out for his arrest, Bacon went into hiding and when the ill-fated march was held he did not participate. This possibly saved his life.

Leadership of the group passed to Jeremiah Brandreth, an unemployed frame knitter who came to Pentrich on 5 June 1817. At Asherfields Barn and the White Horse Public House meetings he told those present that the march was planned for four days later and would set off from Nottingham at 10pm. Others would join en route and there would be arms collected as pikes, scythes and a few guns had been assembled.



When local men assembled at Hunts Barn in South Wingfield and began marching their attempts to persuade others to join them were met with indifference and in, some cases, hostility, when they knocked on local doors. 

When widow Hepworth refused to hand over any weapons a scuffle broke out during which her servant Robert Walters was shot and killed. This was the only fatality that night but it emphasised now how serious a situation the marchers were in. Attempts by Brandreth to get arms and cannons from Butterly Ironworks, whose later contracts included the structure of London’s St Pancras Station, though were also unsuccessful. The less optimistic now began to drift away and so when the King’s Hussars met the marchers at the Nottinghamshire border they were easily overwhelmed. Arrests were made whilst others disappeared into the nearby fields and buildings until it was clear. 

Although many rebels remained in hiding they were subsequently caught and arrested over the following weeks. 

Following a brief trial, Brandreth and two other ringleaders, both from South Wingfield, Isaac Ludlam, a stone-getter, and stonemason William Turner were hanged and also beheaded. 14 other men, including Bacon, were transported to Australia on the Tottenham and the Isabella. All later received an absolute pardon but none are believed to have ever returned to Pentrich. 

A further six others were jailed before a debate in the press halted the planned repression against another twelve men with the poet Shelley writing a famous lament after the hangings. This included the line “We pity the plumage but forget the dying bird” and was a reference to the much greater sympathetic coverage of the death during childbirth of the Prince Regent’s daughter than the hanged men. 

Pentrich suffered after its failed revolution as plans were laid to ensure few traces or evidence remained of the revolution. The Duke of Devonshire’s agents thus demolished  the White Horse pub and the houses were the guilty men had lived. Wives and children were evicted and forced to leave. Some in the village who had not participated were hostile towards those that had and those that had given evidence at the trial against the participants were rewarded when the guilty men’s land was redistributed to them. A new chapel was built at a cost of £1,600 at Ripley and following which the small village began its growth to become the busy town it is today, while Pentrich gradually became less important. As a result, the latter has retained a largely rural character. 

The harsh repression of those involved at Pentrich did its business. Demands for reform were stilled until the development of the Chartist movement in the 1830s.  

Thankfully, the Pentrich Historical Society has acted to keep alive the memory of the brave men who suffered badly for fighting for their rights. Over a decade ago, with help from the Awards from All Lottery Fund and Amber Valley Borough Council, they had 11 plaques placed to mark the revolution trail, Important places and buildings are highlighted. All can be visited in little more than an hour. Plans are already underway for a special event on the bicentenary in June 2017.

Ken Bond 
Ken Bond will be one of those participating. Born in Dagenham, Ken trained as an electrical engineer and became a member of the EETPU. He moved with his wife, Sue, to Derbyshire 35 years ago and settled in Pentrich 15 years back. He intends staying permanently as he even has his burial plot picked out at the church! 

Ken currently works part-time as a mobile caretaker for Derbyshire County Council and after becoming a TGWU member many years ago he is now a Unite member. He admits he did not know about Pentrich’s history before he moved there “But the big signs in both directions coming into the village are a bit of a give away! You can’t also help but pick things up and I am quite proud of where I live and its history.

“Brandreth was the last man in England to be beheaded and I visited the Derby jail where the gruesome event took place. You have to admire the courage of those who took part in 1817 and what they aimed to achieve was worth fighting for.

“Fairness and justice is important to me. They are attitudes that were instilled in me by my parents. I don’t trust wealthy employers and you need an organisation that supports workers and that’s why I’ve always been a trade union member.”


Hanged

Jeremiah Brandreth, 31, Frame work knitter from Sutton-in-Ashfield
Isaac Ludlam, 52,Stone-getter from South Wingfield
William Turner, 46, Stonemason from South Wingfield

Transported

Thomas Bacon, 64, Frame work knitter from Pentrich
John Bacon, 54, Frame work knitter from Pentrich
George Brassington, 33, Miner from Pentrich
German Buxton, 31, Miner from Alfreton
John Hill, 29, Frame work knitter from South Wingfield
Samuel Hunt, 24, Farmer from South Winfield
John McKesswick, 38, Frame work knitter from Heanor
John Onion, 49, Iron worker from Pentrich
Edward Turner, 34, Stone mason from South Wingfield
Joseph Turner, 18, Clerk from South Wingfield
George Weightman, 26, Sawyer from Pentrich
Thomas Bettison, 33, Miner from Alfreton
Josiah Godber, 54, Labourer from Pentrich
Joseph Rawson, 31, Frame work knitter from Alfreton

Jailed

John Moore, 49, Frame work knitter from Pentrich
Edward Moore, 27, Shoemaker from Pentrich
William Weightman, 27, Labourer from Pentrich
William Hardwick, 24, Collier from Pentrich
Alexander Johnson, 24. Labourer from Pentrich

Charles Swaine, 33, Frame work knitter from South Wingfield 


Rebel Road would like to extend its thanks to Ken Bond for his help on this article and also to David Condliffe, Unite Community Organiser for the East Midlands. 



Thursday, 9 April 2015

Helping raise funds to commemorate Patrick O'Connell in Manchester on 10 April

Speaking at a special fund-raising social in Manchester on 10 April for former footballer and manager Patrick O’Connell of Belfast Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United, Ireland, Real Betis and Barcelona. 

On Friday 10 April at 7pm in the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester a fundraising evening will take place with former players from United & City attending. As one of the speakers I will be talking about what it was like to be a footballer in Patrick's time.  

Friday Night outline:

7:30pm Alan Keegan introduces event welcomes all.

7:35pm Alan McClean POCMF explains fund etc

7:40pm Paddy Crerand

7:55pm Ian Sanders

8:05 Auction 1st Item

8:10 Mike Summerbee

8:25 Sue O'Connell

8:40 Auction 2nd item

8:45 Peter Barnes

9:00  Mark Metcalf 

9:15 Fred Eyre/Alan Wardle

9:35 Auction rest of items


Patrick O'Connell was a former footballer and manager who started his career in Belfast at Belfast Celtic moving to Sheffield Wednesday in England for £50. 

Sadly to this day Patrick is buried in an unmarked grave in St. Mary's Cemetery,Kensal Green,London, he died destitute in London in 1959. 

Mr. O'Connell also had the distinction of being the first Irishman to captain Manchester United and also his country Ireland winning their first title the British Home Championship in 1914. 

In the final game against Scotland at Windsor Park Patrick played on with a broken arm for the whole second half as there were no substitutions in those days.
Mr. O'Connell became one of the first thousand pound transfers when being transferred to United, this year is his centenary anniversary 1915.

The Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund is a small group of football fans from Ireland,England who founded the fund at the Belfast Celtic Museum at the Park Centre in Belfast on the 30th of Aug 2014, Patrick's first club being Belfast Celtic FC.

The main aim is to raise funds to build a memorial at the cemetery befitting Mr. O'Connell's football achievements and we are also working with sculptor John McKenna to have a bust made of Mr. O'Connell and to be presented to FC Barcelona given Mr. O'Connell's interventions at the club during the Spanish Civil War.

Patrick went on to manage a number of clubs in Spain including Real Betis FC who he led to their only La Liga title in 1935.

The club at the time had a ground capacity of 7,000 so an amazing achievement.

Following this Patrick became manager of FC Barcelona and saved them from extinction during the Spanish Civil War, he took the club on a tour of Mexico the monies from this tour were wired to a Paris Account and ultimately saved the club during this period.

On April 10th 7pm at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester a fundraising evening will take place with former players from United & City attending. 
Alan Keegan 'the voice of Old Trafford' will be compere. 

In total over 35 signed shirts have been donated by legends of world football to this fund and are on display at the Belfast Celtic Museum - more details here www.pocfund.com


Here is the quote from Josep Maria Bartomeu, FC Barcelona President:

"Barça is more than a Club because, among other things, it is a Club with a great history and memory. We like to remember all those people who made FC Barcelona what it is today. Everyone is important. Patrick O'Connell may not be as well-known to younger generations, but he was a brave and loyal coach who gave himself to the Club during a very difficult time here, an epoch of civil war. He left an indelible mark on every club he spent time with, greatly contributing to an increase in the popularity of football.”

On the 5th of February the PFA kindly donated £1,000.00 to the restoration of Patrick's grave our group met Gordon Taylor and the National Football Museum in Manchester agreed to include Patrick in a section for players who played in Britain but also managed abroad.

Patrick's Irish cap from a century ago will go on display as well as his story and a piece on this project.


The project has been endorsed by Sheffield Wednesday FC,FC Barcelona,the PFA,Real Betis FC,Glenda Jackson MP North London,The National Football Museum,Manchester City FPA,Paddy Crerand Man United,Glasgow Celtic FC, Belfast Celtic Society,Maureen O'Sullivan TD(MP), Paul Maskey MP Belfast,Mr. Christy Burke Lord Mayor of Dublin,Dan Mulhall Irish Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Dan Cooney Irish Ambassador to Spain.

Irish National Broadcaster RTE Radio 1 have commissioned a radio documentary on Patrick's life.

Our project has also been covered by The Guardian,Daily Mirror UK,Belfast Telegraph,Irish News,AFP International News agency,BBC NI,The Irish Times,The Irish Independent,D'iario de Sevilla,ABC de Sevilla,United We Stand,Manchester United official Programme & Website,MUTV,Real Betis Website,The Irish Post,GlobeSport USA,TG4,When Saturday Comes Magazine,Marca Spain,Inside La Liga,France 24.

Our ambassador is Gerry Armstrong NI football legend and current Sky Sports La Liga Analyst.


Thanks for your time and hopefully hear from you soon.


Luis Figo FC Barcelona & Portugal - 'Please convey to the family my wishes they raise enough monies to honour their Grandfather'

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

‘It has been a relief to speak freely’ - Helen Steel interview

Taken from Big Issue in the North magazine, March 30-April 5 2015. 
The campaigner at the heart of the epic McLibel legal battle in the 1990s who revealed that the man she considered her soulmate was an undercover police spy has urged others to speak out against surveillance and injustice. 
Helen Steel was among five members of London Greenpeace who faced libel charges after distributing a pamphlet titled What’s Wrong With McDonald’s: Everything they don’t want you to know in 1986. This alleged that McDonald’s exploited children with their advertising, promoted unhealthy food, paid low wages, were anti-union and were responsible for animal cruelty and environmental damage. 
Three apologised to McDonald’s but Steel, then a part-time bar-worker, and unemployed postman Dave Morris refused to apologise. They chose, despite no legal aid being available, to defend the case. 
In a mixed ruling Mr Justice Bell found some claims unproven but agreed that children were exploited by advertising, that McDonald’s paid low wages and served food with no positive nutritional benefit. The defendants were ordered to pay £60,000 damages. This was later cut by
a third when the Appeal Court ruled that McDonald’s regular customers had a very real risk of heart disease. Steel and Morris refused to pay. 
A free speech campaign saw protests outside two-thirds of the company’s UK stores,
and leaflets distributed in ever greater numbers. Commentators called the case “the biggest corporate PR disaster in history”. 
In 2005 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the lack of access to legal aid during the McLibel trial was in breach of the rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression. Steel and Morris were awarded £57,000 against the government. 
Deceiving 
One of the authors of the LG pamphlet was Bob Robinson, who was later exposed as Bob Lambert, an undercover police officer who has since apologised for deceiving “law abiding members of London Greenpeace”. Lambert was a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). This was established in 1968 and during its 40 years in existence targeted political activists. 
Another SDS member was John Dines, who posed as New Zealander John Barker. He began attending political meetings alongside Steel in 1987, before they began a relationship in 1990. 
They moved in together and discussed starting a family but, in 1992, Dines disappeared. 
Steel searched extensively for her partner but with no success. Two years later, while walking home from the High Court during the McLibel trial, she had the instinct to call into the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriage office on the same street. 
She eventually came across a record of a John Barker, aged eight, who had died of leukaemia in the town Dines/ Barker said he was from. 
“The bottom fell out of my world,” she said. “I thought I knew this guy and yet I did not even know his name. It cast doubt on all my other previous relationships, on everyone around me. If I could not notice that someone I loved and lived with wasn’t real, who else might be fake and how I could know who to trust? 
“I thought about the possibility he might be an undercover police officer and that in turn made me nervous about telling other people in case it got back to the state. When I did eventually tell a couple of other old friends they thought I was being paranoid. This left me questioning my own sanity.” 
She even travelled to New Zealand to try to find Dines, after which the police, even though he had left the force in 1994, moved him to another country to prevent her finding out the truth. 
Semi-official confirmation eventually arrived in 2011 when the former partner of an undercover officer told her Dines had been one too. 
Around this time it emerged that another undercover officer, Mark Kennedy, had had several relationships with environmental activists he had spied upon. 
Then gradually activists, journalists and the whistleblower Peter Francis, one of Dines’s former colleagues, began revealing the real story about the SDS, including the use of dead children’s identities. Dines, Lambert and Mark Jenner (the latter employed to spy on, among others, the author of this piece) suddenly found themselves in the newspapers. 
Faking breakdowns 
Seeking to prevent these human rights abuses from being repeated Steel began legal action against the Metropolitan Police, along with other women who had also unknowingly had relations with undercover police officers. Some had even had children with officers who, usually after faking mental breakdowns, suddenly disappeared without explanation. 
All the officers had occupied important positions, such as secretary or treasurer, in campaigns that covered anti- racism, miscarriages of justice, corruption and employment rights. These roles allowed the police to assemble information on the political activists involved. 
It was the newspaper coverage of the SDS officers’ relationships with women political activists that pushed Steel towards speaking out once again – even though she has always found public speaking very difficult and used to let Morris do most of it. 
“Some articles argued that what happened was no big deal or suggested that we were to blame for what had happened to us,” she said. “There were politicians defending the police officers and the Met Police. What was happening was so typical of women who have been sexually assaulted. 
“Two of us decided to waive anonymity and begin publicly speaking. I am glad I have done so especially as I have received overwhelming public support. 
It has been a real relief to speak freely about what happened.” 
She wishes she had not remained so quiet for many years. 
“Many more people should be speaking out, but because so many feel anxious about being ridiculed if they do then our society ends up being dominated by the voices of a few people who were mostly educated at public schools, where people are taught to speak confidently,” she said. 
“It means they don’t get anxious about the impression they make even though they are talking nonsense about people whose lives they know absolutely nothing about, such as asylum seekers or disabled people. If there is no challenge then their views become accepted as fact rather than opinion. 
“This case has exposed what was going on. Whilst I don’t have that much faith in the justice system it is a useful vehicle, combined with public campaigning, to seek some form of accountability and to try and prevent these events from happening to others. 
“But I think that we all need to be speaking out against the current system where profits are put ahead of people’s lives and our communities. The whole system is corrupt and we need to discuss ways to create meaningful change.” 
Radical change 
Would she like there to be radical change? 
“I certainly would. Ultimately capitalism needs replacing as under it a tiny minority are extremely rich at the expense of the rest of the world. 
“Those in charge are ruthless and lacking in empathy. We need a society that is based on co-operation and sharing so ultimately those running society need to go. 
“Those who hold power don’t want alternative ideas to spread because it could threaten their privilege. 

“Ultimately, that’s why McLibel happened and why the Met spied on me.”