Suicidal Thoughts Are Normal and You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Speak About It

It’s often considered quite cliché to say “the first step is the hardest”. But I think it’s true when it comes to mental health and in particular, men’s mental health. When you’re trained by society to not only bottle your emotions, but to deny they even exist it can be a very daunting thought to speak to people and ask for help. But it’s the most important thing you can do. Having the ability to say to someone, anyone “I need help” it really gets the ball rolling and gets you on the right track. I know this because I […]

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ARMING SAUDI ARABIA MAKES THE TORIES COMPLICIT IN BLOODY WAR CRIMES – STOP SUPPLYING WEAPONS TO THIS BRUTAL REGIME

Watching Prime Minister’s Questions every Wednesday makes me want to vomit. It’s not just the sight and sound of Malevolent May desperately doing what she can to save her own skin no matter the chaos and destruction inflicted on ordinary households and communities across the UK with her ‘my way or the highway’ Brexit approach. It’s the realisation that her and her Government represent deceit, dishonesty, hypocrisy and self-serving greed on steroids. They really are lower than ‘vermin’ and every week provides additional evidence to support such a description. On July 4th 1948 at a Manchester Labour Rally Aneurin Bevan […]

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Hodge & McIntosh: false allegations of anti-semitism

“Pro-war, pro-Israel Margaret Hodge accuses supporters of Palestine in the Labour Party of bringing that party into disrepute. Her own disgraceful cover up of child abuse as leader of Islington Council, her abuse of the victims for which she was finally forced to apologise and pay damages, makes her unfit to appear on any public platform, especially where she appears in support of Israel’s ongoing and widely reported abuse of Palestinian children. Foul-mouthed Margaret Hodge has a shameful record of covering up sexual abuse and smearing the victims who spoke up; she is reprising that role by falsely accusing of […]

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Venezuela Refuses to Become the 68th Sovereign Government Overthrown By America

  Over my eleven years as an elected local government Councillor and eight years as a Member of the Scottish Parliament I championed many causes and found myself often in police cells, on picket lines, marching in demonstrations and the subject of scathing attacks in mainstream newspaper headlines and editorials. I wore such attacks as a badge of honour remembering the opinion of Labour’s first working class leader and MP, Keir Hardie, that when the press attack you it means you are doing something right. Perhaps it was that notoriety that made me very popular with journalism students anxious to conduct an interview for their course […]

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Opposing Israeli Brutality Against Palestinians Makes You Human Not Anti-Semitic

  Writing columns often involves difficult choices. What you write about reflects your opinions and priorities. Every time I sit down at my laptop to construct a column I agonise over what to write about from a huge list of worthy topics and current affairs issues. Today I simply cannot ignore the corrosive effect of the very powerful and well financed pro-Israel lobby which is at the heart of the concerted campaigns of vilification against Jeremy Corbyn over the last four years and is responsible for the ridiculous association of Corbyn and socialists within the Labour Party with anti-Semitism. Every newspaper, news bulletin, political TV show and newspaper review segment […]

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