Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Sue Jones (blogger) isnt getting any better...

Sue Jones who many know from her well researched and educated base writes commentary with truth and passion, shes increasingly writing when she can, and often cant stand the pain in fingers. Its a deteriorating condition. I dont know exact on it.
But please. Understand theres many well educated passionate people who still maintain their belief in people before profit even though unwell. And many times the mainstream just goes "theyll be gone soon" (i feel thats what they think, very often)

Heres latest from Sue.

If those who advocate a no vote or a spoiled ballot paper heard the archive interviews with women from the imprisoned suffrage campaign hunger strikers describing how they were pinned down and force-fed, with nasal tubes brutally forced all the way down into their stomachs, perhaps they would feel shame enough to change their mind. Or perhaps they ought to read about the Peterloo Massacre. They suffered so that we may have the right to vote. Use it.
King Henry VI of England established in 1432 that only male owners of property worth at least forty shillings, a significant sum, were entitled to vote in a county. Changes were made to the details of the system, but there was no major reform until the Reform Act 1832. It was not until 1918 that all men over 21, and wealthy women won the right to vote, and it was not until 1928 that all women over 21 won the right to vote. Suffrage in the United Kingdom was slowly changed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries through the use of the Reform Acts and the Representation of the People Acts, culminating in universal suffrage, excluding children and convicted prisoners.
It wasn't until the Representation of the People Act 1928 that women's voting rights were made equal with men, with voting possible at 21 with no property restrictions. Universal suffrage is the result of the growth of the Labour movement coupled with the growth of unionism. Between 1888 and 1918 trade unions grew at a faster rate than at any other time in their history. Membership figure stood at roughly 750,000 at the beginning of the period, rising to six and a half million in 1918. Inspired by the successes of the women match workers' strike at the Bryant and May factory in 1888 and subsequently by the Gasworkers' and Dockers' strikes of 1889, trade unionism among unskilled, semi-skilled, white collar and professional workers spread rapidly. Led by socialists like John Burns and Tom Mann (with Eleanor Marx as secretary to the strike committee), the dockers' struggle captured the public imagination.
Women’s suffrage was a secondary issue, initially within the Labour Party, partly because the priority was universal suffrage, and suffragettes were campaigning for the ‘equal franchise’ (the vote on the same basis as men) rather than the ‘universal franchise’ . It has to be said that many working class men who were not socialists took a dim view of women organising. Prominent Labour Party members who supported votes for women were George Lansbury, Philip Snowden and Keir Hardie. By 1912, women's suffrage had become official Labour pParty policy, so long as the vote was extended to all men at the same time.
The right to vote was fought for and hard-won. Use it to vote for the party that has always championed citizen's rights, social justice and inclusion. Labour.
This is the most important GE of our lifetime, people are suffering and dying because of tory policies. Nothing matters more than getting the tories out. Now is not the time to be idealising about marxist orthodox purism. That's not "socialism" : it's simply self indulgence.
The only certain way to save our post-war democratic settlement (NHS, welfare state ect.) and people's lives is a Labour vote.

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