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Fight Dementia

On Saturday I’ll be going for a walk, and I need your help.

With me will be – at least – sixteen members of my family, all doing the Alzheimer’s memory walk in remembrance of my Dad.

Amazingly we’ve already beaten our target of raising £500 for the Alzheimer’s Society. The charity helps people with dementia and their families to deal with the effects that this horrible, incurable disease has. They also help fund research into the condition in the hopes that we might find a cure one day.

However, I want to raise much more than that. Here’s why…

Figures compiled just two years ago show that while combined government and charitable funding for cancer research reached £544 million, just £90m was spent on dementia research. The figures for coronary heart disease and stroke were £166m and £56m respectively. In contrast, the combined health and social care costs for dementia totalled £11.6 billion – more than cancer (£5bn), stroke (£2.9bn) and heart disease (£2.5bn) combined.

Dementia is a devastating incurable disease that causes a huge amount of suffering for families affected. Unless you’ve been through it it’s hard to articulate how painful it can be to experience.

We need more funding for the invaluable support the Alzheimer’s Society provides, and for the scientific research to end this disease once and for all.

Will you help me, by sponsoring me and my kids, Mom, sisters, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunties and cousins to do the memory walk this Saturday and help us fight Dementia?

Donate here.

Review: Rennie Mackintosh Hotel, Glasgow

The good: Staff were friendly, the bed was comfortable and my room was reasonably well lit. All the usual refreshments were in the room, too.

The not-so-good; The floors throughout were wonky and creaky, coupled with a low ceiling made it feel a bit like a fairground crazy house. There is no lift, and access to the top (and my room) was via a long spiral staircase – not good when you have a big suitcase, and no assistance was offered. I could hear my neighbours pretty well from across the (slender) hallway. Better sound proofing wouldn’t go amiss.

Improvement needed: There needs to be more attention to detail in the rooms. By way of an example, on my room the TV didn’t work, the bathroom mirror light didn’t work, the bathroom extractor fan was noisy and blocked a lot light from the main bathroom light, and there was a mess of cables around the table for the kettle, hair dryer and so on.

You’ve changed your avatar – so what?

So you made your own little statement.

You made your Facebook profile picture turn into a French flag.

Maybe you’ve shared some quote GIFs from fucking Ghandi or something.

Perhaps you even shared something that said “Je Suis Pairs” or similar.

Oh you put John Lennon on?

So what? Have a sticker.

Your little social media grief episode does nothing to address the reason why a bunch of deluded humans killed a bunch of other humans this week.

What did you do when our Government launched an illegal war that catalysed the growth of ISIS?

When one country thinks it has the God-given right to a piece of land and massacres any who get in it’s way, do you demand your Government acts?

Do you boycott or support the economies of countries who are well known for their human rights abuses, or merrily go to their holiday spots?

When your fellow citizens are denied the universal human right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and the right to a fair trail do you celebrate that, or despair at the erosion of human rights for all of us.

If your government engages in mass, unfettered, indiscriminate surveillance of you and your neighbours, do you blindly accept their arguments about having “nothing to hide” or do you stand up for the basic principles of liberty and justice?

What do you do when your children, and your neighbour’s children, have no choice but to attend schools that are proven to be divisive?

When a country curtails freedom of religion and expression in the name of (and therefore completely botching it’s attempt at) secularism, do you cry out?

The actions of ISIS in France this week were horrific and inexcusable. The same goes for the actions of ISIS everywhere.

But don’t fall into the trap of being as hypocritical as “western” governments. Whether it’s foreign or domestic policy, the Governments of the nations fighting this so-called “war on terror” are hypocrites.

They speak of defending our freedoms whilst simultaneously eroding them.

They speak of human rights while denying them to their own citizens.

If we want to rid the world of terrorists we should live by the rules we want the entire world to live by, and challenge those who don’t – whether they are terrorists, or our own governments.

#365daysofpolitics day 5: shout

After doing so little yesterday, I started early today, signing up to volunteer with the People’s Assembly Against Austerity before I’d even gotten out of bed.

I’m also planning to go to their protest outside the Bank of England on 20th June – join me!

Following my note on day 3 about my new role in Something New, I helped promote the other roles we’re looking to get filled of Treasurer, Communications Officer and Community Manager. If you’d like to be involved in helping to create a new political movement, join Something New now.