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From Save Southend NHS Facebook page

Last year we fought and achieved success preventing #Southend A&E being downgraded. This is a stark reminder of the scale of service transfers which are being imposed by the Government led Mid and South Essex STP in order to save £££ by 2021. Any time now we are expecting confirmation that these service transfers have been ‘signed off’ following a token public consultation which received only 4000 responses out of a catchment of 1.5 million people. Most people in our community don’t even know that these specialities are due to be shipped out from Southend Hospital. Our huge town needs a full, district general hospital but instead we are set to lose the most out of the three in the new amalgamated super trust (Basildon, Mid Essex and Southend) which will see critically unwell patients travelling all over Essex. #OurNHS remains under constant attack as more and more centralisation and downgrading of hospitals takes place. We will fight on regardless. Please share our posts, support our campaign, write to your elected representatives and if you can, attend our twice weekly regular presences 12-1pm opposite the hospital every Monday and Friday.

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From the Anarchist Communist Group

Healthcare in the UK is by no means “socialised”, as critics in the US claim. Though healthcare in the UK is undoubtedly better than healthcare in the US – just as other countries have better healthcare than the UK – it is still subject to the pressures and dynamics of capitalism, existing as it does in a capitalist society. It has also been increasingly marketised over recent decades, with attacks on both social provision and NHS workers coming under the cover of “privatisation” – the introduction of payment by results has introduced a market in health services, many non-frontline services have been privatised or contracted to companies like DHL, the introduction of wholly privately owned and operated “NHS treatment centres”, the rollout of Private Finance Initiatives etc all represent part of the same project of “rationalising” social provisions to the benefit of the overall capitalist system. Even the NHS in its classic form, as the centrepiece of the post-war welfare state, came as part of the attempt to stave off prewar-style class conflict and integrate the working class more closely into the state following the end of the war, and to provide a healthy working class that could fight and die for the bosses in their wars (our masters struggled to find enough fit cannon fodder for their First World War) and healthy enough to slave for their profits in paid jobs, and in unpaid childcare and housework, as well as from the needs for capitalism to stabilise itself after the turbulence of the 1920s, in a change of tactic well-known as the post-war settlement.

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Who Owns Havering?

If you want to know what’s in store for the area you live in, start looking at who owns the land. You’ll be surprised what can be unearthed…

HAVERING SPECIAL

With a population of around 65 million and a land mass of 60 million acres, in theory every person in Britain should have about one acre of land each.  But as I’m sure most of us here already know, in real life things are very different – with one recent study claiming that 69% of this nation’s land is in the hands of a tiny 0.6% of the population.  Those diligent folk over at the Who Owns England? blog have produced an interactive map showing us who exactly is laying claim to large swathes of the country (or at least the English part of it).  This is quite some feat, when you bear in mind the murky and secretive nature of many landowners and investment firms.  Looking at the Havering part of the map reveals a few curious things – with a surprising number of overseas-based owners.  So…

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Haringey Labour Council – Meet The New Bosses, Same As The Old Bosses?

This piece came to us via one of our comrades in Haringey. We’re reproducing it here as a graphic illustration of what happens when faith is placed in voting and for newly elected councillors to do the right thing – disappointment inevitably follows. Given the estates in question that now face demolition with communities being broken up and residents dispersed far and wide, we suspect anger will be following this disappointment…

There are serious rumblings of discontent within the ranks of Labour Party members/door knockers/vote beggars in Haringey. Through an indicative vote, over 70% of them showed a preference for an anti-HDV (Haringey Development Vehicle) candidate to be selected as leader of the council. Those members were of course completely ignored by the new ‘left-wing’ councillors which proceeded to choose yet another long-term careerist gravy-train rider – one who has a very patchy record on social cleansing and working with developers, Joseph Ejiofor (Business Development Consultant).

The whole anti-HDV campaign was in effect hijacked by the notion that once we get ‘left wing’ councillors, and once previous leader and scab Claire Kober (now working for property developers) and general housing/regeneration Oxbridge tosser Alan Strickland (now working for property developers) had been deposed, those new ‘left wing’ councillors would act with some integrity. They might actually choose to fight for the people that they are supposed to represent – instead of which, surprise surprise, they’ve all turned out to be spineless wankers who will never stand up and fight the government on cuts or ‘regeneration’ or social cleansing. They will never attempt to mobilise the community in defiance of shit Tory policies. They will continue to play the same dog-eared political games.

In the statement about Broadwater Farm, yet more career minded politicians, mouth the same soul-destroying platitudes and use the same empty rhetoric of ‘regeneration’ and ‘consultation’, as used by Strickland and Kober and countless other Labour clones across London.

The HDV campaign never made serious inroads into the affected estates precisely because it was tied to the Labour Party and the Labour Party on the streets of Tottenham and on those estates after decades of managed decline, is a fucking joke. There was a 38.7% turnout at the local elections in Haringey, which means the tiny minority of the electorate who actually voted Labour, handed power to yet more ambitious, inadequate creatures to run our town hall (actually they’ve sold our town hall and it’s going to be ‘re-imagined’ by off-shore developers as a ‘Boutique Hotel’).

That minority of voters gave them the authority to further flog off our property that was fought for over generations, to parasite developers and greedy bastard landlords. They authorised them to privatise and cut the rest of our services, to raise council-tax to unaffordable levels and to give themselves huge pay-rises. The Labour Party have been in power in this borough for more than 60 years and the end result of a one party state, is a despicable pastiche of what a socialist society should look like.

Fuck the cowards at Haringey Labour Council – they have sold, and will continue to sell, their undemocratic, moribund, arses into total obsolescence.

Direct Action. Mutual Aid. Grass Roots Democracy.

The Boro: Romford Return

Watching Premier League football is unaffordable for an increasing number of people. Non league football in an ideal world would be an attractive, alternative option. However, as any astute observers of the non league scene will be aware, too many clubs at this level are experiencing problems. This includes my home town club, Romford, who have been living a nomadic existence for too many seasons. So, the news that at long last they could be returning to Romford is very welcome.

Dave (the editor)

HAVERING SPECIAL

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In an era when many top-tier players get paid more in one day than a full-time minimum-wage worker takes home in a year, it is easy to be cynical and dismissive about modern football.  But in reality the Premier League is only one part of the footballing world – not that you would realise that if you go by the mainstream media’s coverage of the beautiful game.  In most cases lower division and non-league clubs are an important and cherished part of their local neighbourhood, helping towns develop and maintain a sense of community in these increasingly atomised times – as well as giving a boost to the local economy on matchdays.  With this in mind, it is great to hear that Romford FC could be soon returning to Havering.

Since the club’s re-founding in 1992 they have not had a permanent home, and at one point a bizarre…

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London’s Empty Housing: Causes, Existing Policy, Future Solutions and their Enforcement

This is a considerably longer read than we would normally post up on here. However, as we have written and said more times than we care to remember, what happens with the housing crisis in London has a direct impact on us out here in Essex. This piece looks at the root causes of that crisis, how existing policy does nothing to resolve it and puts on the table, some interesting ideas on how to change things…

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Duke Lodge in Holland Park, whose 26 rental apartments have stood empty since 2013, when it was bought by the Guernsey-based CPC Group, an offshore company owned by billionaire property developer Christian Candy. In 2016 planning permission was granted for the demolition of the block and its replacement with 5 interconnected villas with no affordable housing.

1. Empty Housing

In January of this year the Liberal Democrat Party published data gathered from Freedom of Information requests to 276 councils revealing not only the number of empty dwellings in the UK and how long they have been left empty, but the lack of action by local authorities to bring them back into use during a housing crisis that is causing increased housing poverty and homelessess. Over the past five years only 19 of the 247 councils in England and Wales that responded to the FOI requests have made use of the…

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50 Years of Resistance

We’re sharing this because it marks 50 years since the police set up a Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) after the protest against the Vietnam War in Grosvenor Square, London, that took place in July 1968. Setting up the SDS marked a new turn in the efforts of the state to disrupt protest and revolutionary movements. With the Undercover Policing Inquiry underway, this commemoration is important. This commemoration shouldn’t be seen as drawing a line under state infiltration and disruption of protest and revolutionary movements. The strategy and tactics of the state change according to the circumstances they find themselves in and how much of a spotlight is being placed on their attempts to disrupt us. This is an indication of one way they’re operating now: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. With the Undercover Policing Inquiry, despite the efforts that are being made to frustrate the proceedings, state disruption of our movements is coming into the spotlight. Understandably the state would rather that wasn’t the case. Now think about the splits over various aspects of identity politics that are damaging the anarchist and other radical movements. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of us think that it’s more than a coincidence that the (unwanted from the state’s point of view) focus on state disruption of radicalism and the splits we’re witnessing are somehow connected.

Join hundreds of people in London on the 7th and 8th of July to celebrate 50 years of campaigns, struggles, resilience and success.

On the 7th of July we will be gathering from 12.30 pm at Grosvenor Square for a roll call of groups spied on.

On the 8th of July there will be a conference exploring five decades of movements for change, exhibitions, food, videos and talks at the Conway Hall. More information here.

WHY 50 YEARS OF RESISTANCE?

In 1968, following demonstrations against the Vietnam War in London’s Grosvenor Square, the police set up a Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). Since that time, 50 years ago, over 1,000 groups campaigning in the UK for a better world have been spied on, infiltrated and targeted by political policing. Their protests and demonstrations are also subjected to ongoing police opposition and control to try to limit their effectiveness.

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