MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

It was the failure of the liberals, centre/rightists and social democrats to address popular disaffection with the old economic and political order in Germany after the 1929 Crash that left an open goal for Hitler and the far right.

It will be the same parties here, chief among them the MandelBlairson brigade and the LibDems, who will be held responsible for the right wing’s continuing ascendancy – and the demise of the NHS – despite a similar open goal left for Labour by the 2008 Crash.

It was the MandelBlairsons who held back ‘Red’ Miliband from taking on the rich, the bankers and the corporate honchos at the last Election. It is they and the still market and media-fearful centre/right Labour MP herd who continue to cramp the Corbyn leadership from committing to full NHS renationalisation – Corbyn and McDonnell were two of only a handful of Labour MPs who backed the NHS Reinstatement Bill at its launch two years ago.

But with the debacle of Theresa May’s ‘dementia tax’ the Tories’ old truncheon of Labour as the tax’n’spend party with which to beat Labourite centrists into line with the financial and corporate sectors’ wishes looks a Mr Punch’s limp prop.

Will Labour now commit to saving its greatest achievement, one that could, if properly argued, be key to its electability? Not if the Party herd continues to be influenced by the mindset displayed by Tony Blair in his appearance in my documentary ‘GROUNDSWELL: THE GRASSROOTS BATTLE FOR THE NHS’, which also features Corbyn’s early commitment to the NHS Reinstatement Bill.

After seeing it veteran TV presenter and producer Jack Pizzey wrote yesterday to Jon Snow urging his and C4’s attention to the film in the run-up to the Election;

“It is news to me that we already have fewer hospital beds per 1000 people than almost any other developed nation. With yet more cuts planned.

And that the man who heads the NHS used to run an American healthcare company. My son lives in LA and says US health care is a catastrophe. Please not here!”

Those like myself with today’s attention-deficit problems can choose just to view the last 10 minutes of the film. This focusses on the Americanisation threat to the NHS and steps that campaigners and the Labour leadership want to take to counter this.

My YouTube Channel contains all the films I’ve done as part of the Groundswell project: https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnFurse1

There’s a compilation of extracts from the series now titled GROUNDSWELL: THE GRASSROOTS BATTLE FOR THE NHS (36 mins):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1AU5Tp9lws&feature=youtu.be

I have also launched a new website I USED TO BE A CONSERVATIVE: https://iusedtobeaconservative.wordpress.com

Inspired by Gloria Guy and Alexandra Veres, the ex-Tories featured in my 2-minute Election video GLORIA & ALEXANDRA: EX-TORIES SPEAK OUT now on the website, it also contains the Election leaflet I’ve put together with 999 Call For The NHS’ Steve Carne titled Ex-CONSERVATIVES SPEAK OUT: https://iusedtobeaconservative.wordpress.com/leaflets.

Alexandra asked me to delete an original quote of her’s that she comes from a family “Conservative to the core”.  She’s converted at least one close relative into a Corbyn supporter!

My £20 bet on a hung Parliament at 5-1 placed at William Hill’s on the day of Theresa May’s Election announcement is getting to look a bit of a runner.

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LET’S SWING IT! Ex-Tories Election Video

See my Groundswell grassroots documentary film project’s General Election video with a difference GLORIA & ALEXANDRA: EX-TORIES SPEAK OUT (2 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxa9zsFAnlo&t=20s

Until recently Gloria and Alexandra were both lifelong Tories. Not any more.  They’re sick of the Old Politics. And they don’t hold back. Gloria is working class and retired. Alexandra is a middle class working mother. To them the NHS, and saving it from the free marketeers and the Tory Party, is the key issue in the Election, a pivotal moment for them and all the other redoubtable NHS campaigners I’ve been working among over the last 2+ years.

Alexandra

Previous bites of Gloria and Alexandra which I’ve put out have been widely circulated and appreciated. Please do the same for this wherever you can. Particularly if you have any soft Tory/swing voters among your social circles and/or other potentially persuadable parties, especially in constituencies where such votes could make a difference. That’s who it’s aimed at.

GLORIA

There are a couple of New Politics sites/organisations which might be useful in helping anyone interested in tactical voting: http://www.progressivealliance.org.uk and http://www.tactical2017.com

For a clear and disturbing picture of what campaigners see as being behind the NHS crisis, and for an insider’s account of the grassroots New Politics movement in action, we have also made a condensed edit of my documentary film project now titled GROUNDSWELL: THE GRASSROOTS BATTLE FOR THE NHS (36 mins).

With my commentary included it takes the NHS campaigners’ story from 2014 right up to Theresa May’s Election announcement just over three weeks ago.

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GROUNDSWELL: THE GRASSROOTS BATTLE FOR THE NHS (36 mins) – The Full Story

See our condensed edit of my documentary film project now titled GROUNDSWELL: THE GRASSROOTS BATTLE FOR THE NHS (36 mins), an Election special on the issue at the heart of the Labour Party’s and Britain’s future: https://youtu.be/K1AU5Tp9lws

My unique insider’s account of the grassroots New Politics movement in action it reveals much of what really lies behind the NHS crisis.

We see Jeremy Corbyn before he became Jeremy Corbyn. We see why Labour lost an Election it should have won. And we see why many feel that the coming Election is pivotal to the future of our democracy (NB: see the last 8-minutes starting at 28 minutes into the edit).

With my commentary now included it takes the NHS campaigners’ story from the People’s March For The NHS in 2014 right up to Theresa May’s momentous Election announcement just over three weeks ago.

It’s not a bedtime story. Be warned.

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GROUNDSWELL – WHOSE NHS? A GRASSROOTS JOURNEY: Part 12 (10 mins)

A Big Day – the first major NHS demonstration on March 4th. How large will the turn-out be? Ex-Tory ‘like an ex-smoker’ Alexandra, whose clip has been multiply re-tweeted since its release 3 weeks ago, is cutting about New Labourites. A 999er recalls a horror story from before we had an NHS. The day proves an upper for campaigners.

Parts 1 – 12 of Groundswell can be found here: https://johnfurse.wordpress.com/groundswell-whose-nhs-a-gr…/

All the Groundswell project’s film work can be found on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfr5FgTOKQ5sOkGcIOZXEzw

My article for Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today on NHS England’s Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs)  is at: http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2016/11/stp/

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GROUNDSWELL – WHOSE NHS? A GRASSROOTS JOURNEY: Part 11 (10 mins)

With Brexit and Trump in the public eye will 999 Call For The NHS founder Joanna Adams’ hopes for a refocussing of public attention back on the NHS be realised? The first major NHS demonstration on March 4th is looming and campaigners are mustering.

Parts 1 – 11 of Groundswell can be found here: https://johnfurse.wordpress.com/groundswell-whose-nhs-a-gr…/

All the Groundswell project’s film work can be found on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfr5FgTOKQ5sOkGcIOZXEzw

My article for Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today on NHS England’s Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs)  is at: http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2016/11/stp/

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GROUNDSWELL – WHOSE NHS? A GRASSROOTS JOURNEY: Part 10 (10 mins)

Part 10 of my documentary series GROUNDSWELL: WHOSE NHS? A GRASSROOTS JOURNEY – The Word Is Spreading (10 mins) is now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MirypJkG3II

999 Call For The NHS’ founder, Darlington working mum Joanna Adams, emerges after many months of illness to help the 999ers and fellow campaigners spread the word in the North East on the Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs) threatening the demise of the NHS.

Parts 1 – 10 of Groundswell can be found here: https://johnfurse.wordpress.com/groundswell-whose-nhs-a-gr…/

All the Groundswell project’s film work can be found on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfr5FgTOKQ5sOkGcIOZXEzw

My recent article for Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today on NHS England’s Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs)  is at: http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2016/11/stp/

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GROUNDSWELL – WHOSE NHS? A GRASSROOTS JOURNEY: Part 9 (12 mins)

Part 9 of my documentary GROUNDSWELL: WHOSE NHS? A GRASSROOTS JOURNEY – ‘Spreading The Word’ – is now on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyLwbWJsRLI

This episode sees 999ers Deborah Harrington and Steve Carne visit an NHS campaign hotspot in North Devon. Deborah gives local campaigners an impressively lucid round-up of the history of NHS privatisation and the profound, imminent threats to the NHS posed by NHS England’s current Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs). Their visit culminates with a touching demo by local residents against the closure of their A & E unit.

Parts 1 – 8 of Groundswell can be found here:   https://johnfurse.wordpress.com/groundswell-whose-nhs-a-grassroots-journey-parts-1-4/

All the Groundswell project’s film work can be found on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfr5FgTOKQ5sOkGcIOZXEzw