LFF gave me a platform to be heard

At Left Foot Forward, we are making a fundraising appeal - please donate.

Dear reader,

As you may have seen, Left Foot Forward is launching a fundraising appeal this summer. When I started writing, no-one did more to give me a platform to be heard. When the rest of the media turned away, Left Foot Forward listened. I wanted to tell you why I’m supporting the appeal and why I think it’s crucial Left Foot Forward’s evidence-based blogging continues.

A few years ago, I started to campaign against welfare reform. Sick and disabled people are facing a full £9.2 billion of the government’s deficit reduction plan. Campaigners like me had a hard job. No politicians were on our side and the public only heard from a biased, uninformed media.

Left Foot Forward didn’t just publish our articles. They were always there for advice, they introduced us to important contacts, put together the first Welfare fringe at Compass conference and gave us the confidence to take our battle to the next level.

The Spartacus Report would never have happened without the unstinting loyalty and passion of Left Foot Forward’s team and all the others who took no credit. Campaigners are only ever as good as their supporters.

Left Foot Forward is aiming to raise £3,000 this summer so it can gear up this autumn for the government’s return to Westminster and its attempts to cause further harm to Britain’s welfare system.

Left Foot Forward needs every reader to step up, make a small donation today and keep them successful.

There are now scores of readers making small monthly payments to Left Foot Forward and hundreds making small donations every year.

Can you join them and make a one off donation today to help achieve their £3,000 summer fundraising target?

Thanks for your time,

Sue Marsh

ps. If you would like to make a more regular contribution to Left Foot Forward, get in touch and ask for a standing order form.

43 Responses to “LFF gave me a platform to be heard”

  1. Lord Blagger

    So are these donations going to go to the interns, or into someone else’s pocket?

    Sick and disabled people are facing a full £9.2 billion of the government’s deficit reduction plan.

    And the rest of us are facing paying of 230,000 pounds each of government debt. I presume you think you are owed a state pension as well, because that’s excluded from the official ‘debt’.

  2. treborc

    Interesting, hell you have to agree from New Labour to old Tories we have never had so many idiots in power.

  3. Newsbot9

    “Wah, wah, I can’t steal the cash”.

    Keep making it plain you intend to steal pensions too.

  4. ralf milibnad

    come on, you’re rich socialists, surely you can raise £3k between you!!!

    ask Will Straw’s dad, he just spent 30k having his house re-thatched!

  5. Ctrl

    “Left Foot Forward needs every reader to step up, make a small donation today and keep them successful.”

    should get you about 30 quid!

  6. Guest

    Ah yes, collectiveism. “One of you is rich, you must all be rich, wasters”

  7. Newsbot9

    Typical carping from a right wing troll.

  8. Patrick

    That is exactly the logic that Newsbot09 applies to anyone he thinks isn’t a socialist.

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  10. Ctrl

    come on, cheer up! this isn’t the liveliest forum. could be but isn’t. needs to get your comment display sorted. encourage some arguments, don’t mod too much.

  11. Newsbot9

    Why does pointing out the obvious…

  12. Ctrl

    i’ve taken the occasional look over the last couple of years. it was never very active – which is a shame. and it won’t be much fun with only left wingers slapping each other on the back. you need a bit of balance and a nice argument. just calling people trolls isn’t debate – for example.

  13. Terry

    Yes get the comments boxes sorted. You can’t beat Guido’s blog for the ease at which you can post absolute bollocks day after day. Many do it. It is very amusing in parts. You would never guess that there were so many deluded souls out there.

  14. treborc

    Seems your one of those deluded souls, yet you do not know it, how simplistic is that.

  15. Ctrl

    agree, whether you agree with it or not, guido’s comments functionality and display is the best around- which is why it is so popular

  16. Newsbot9

    What rot.

    Any left winger who trolled like you did right here would be banned in a second from right wing sites.

  17. Newsbot9

    You keep demanding that you have the right to troll anyone who’s left wing at any time.

  18. Selohesra

    To be fair to LFF I dont think you can accuse them of modding too much – I’m no leftie but all my comments get through – despite Botty’s pleas for all dissent to be silenced

  19. Patrick

    I’ve read a lot of your posts and three common traits emerge:

    1. Anyone who doesn’t support the Left is ‘wealthy’ or a ‘fat cat’ or one of the “1%.”

    This is patently not true. It’s like me claiming all Labour supporters wear cloth caps or work down mines. And yet you always state this. In fact, you normally make responses such as, “Ah yes, got to keep those wages down to protect your profits”. Really? My profits? I don’t own any companies. I don’t earn more than an average salary. I live in an average neighbourhood. So I don’t why you make these clearly inaccurate and inflammatory assumptions. Its not engaging with the poster on any level. Back in the 1980s it was people such as myself who voted Thatcher and Major into power. It wasn’t captains of industry or rich city slickers that won those elections. It was the aspirational working and middle class. The other thing is, do you really think that some wealthy company director or city whizz kid is going to even read this site, let alone post responses?

    2. Anyone who posts disagreements is a ‘troll’

    Do you understand the difference between trolling and disagreement? You might well be convinced of the veracity of your viewpoint, but if you’re going to post on a political forum, then you should be prepared to accept dissenting views, even if those views are forthrightly expressed. What is the sense in having a comments feature, otherwise? What is the point of the site anyway? If only people who agree with these articles read them, then the whole site is pointless.

    3. Anyone who makes a post about how left wing policies have adversely affected them is labelled a “whiner” and and told to “stop moaning”.

    The implication of this is that you are so convinced of your the moral superiority of your views that you needn’t engage with people who aren’t on board, you can simply tell them to shut up.

  20. Selohesra

    I’ve thought about this a bit and reckon that Botty is not for real -I suspevt he is a plant from conservative home or somewhere parodying the left to make them look daft

  21. Cole

    Gee, high level of discussion here. Nearly as good as Guido.

  22. Newsbot9

    As usual, you’re the collectivist. You refuse to acknowledge that I address people as individuals, and not en-mass. You’re the elitist, looking down your nose and telling ME to shut up, simply because you can pigeon-hole me into a neat mental box.

    You want to be immune to criticism because you’re shilling for the 1%. And no, if people could have a sensible discussion without the trolls…well, you won’t allow it to happen.

    Again, the kind of crap which is routinely posted here would in the inverse situation on a right-wing blog lead to a ban in five seconds flat.

    You’re a good Stalinist, of course – you can’t let your enemies have a conversation in peace, let alone an idea.

  23. gordon brown

    it was more advice rather than accusation. I don’t think I’ve been modded as yet.

  24. gordon brown

    why do you call everybody that disagrees with you a troll? do you think they are all paid from Conservative central office? do you believe the moon landings are real?

    and as far as I know, this blog hasn’t ever been lively.

  25. gordon brown

    i dont really know what the technical version of trolling is – is it just having a differing opinion from you?

    there are plenty of lefties on guido fawkes blog and plenty from both sides on cif which is why it is an interesting read

  26. gordon brown

    maybe, but there are actually people who believe like he does. a lot of people on the left feel so sure they are correct that everyone else must be either a troll, shill, plant or member of the 1%.

    pure narcissism and inability to reason an argument through.

  27. Patrick

    Let’s examine your comments.

    1. “You refuse to acknowledge that I address people as individuals.”

    Yes. That’s the point for my post. I listed the reasons why I believe that and I was hoping that you would answer my specific points.

    2. “You’re the elitist, telling me to shut up”

    Nowhere have I told you to shut up.

    3. “You can pidgeon-hole me into a box”

    Can you quote the part of my post that does that?

    Compare my post with the language you’ve used in your post -‘collectivist”, “elitist”, “Stalinist”. These are pigeon-holing terms!

    4. “You’re shilling for the 1%”

    Oh dear, there’s that 1% again. You still haven’t answered my question as to why you believe that all non-Left voters are part of the 1%.

    5. “If people could have a sensible discussion without the trolls you wouldn’t allow it happen.”

    On what basis do you make that statement? I think my post was both detailed and courteous. Hardly the action of someone out to sabotage sensible discussion.

    6. “You can’t let your enemies have a conversation in peace.”

    You’re not my enemy. We both want the same thing: a prosperous country with a decent standard of living for everyone. Where we differ is our views on how to achieve that. Posting my views on here is not trolling. It’s part of a healthy democracy. You could argue that if it weren’t for people posting opposing views on here, there would be no discussion!

  28. Newsbot9

    Ah yes, silly word games.

    You most certainly ARE my enemy. It’s not even that you follow a creed which is demonstrably crashing the UK economy, so your claims are downright silly, but you’re siding with trolls on here rather than posting on a right wing site.

    You’re making up straw men like your ridiculous concepts that everyone’s not left is part of the 1%, or your PERSONAL quisling beliefs…

    (No, you keep up with the collectivism)

  29. Newsbot9

    Lol. Guido bans people like popcorn. (Even American wingnut libertarian sites are more tolerant)

    And I’d suggest a dictionary for definitions.

  30. Newsbot9

    You know, given there have been at least three groups of Government-money-paid Tory shills since the election, posting in social media…

    (Tory Central office would be one thing, this was public cash!)

    And I’m sorry to hear you don’t believe in the moon landings.

  31. Patrick

    Compare the calm, measured, courteous tone of my posts with yours.

  32. Newsbot9

    Yes, you went on a hysterical picking apart of what I typed, posting things I never said, while I stuck to the facts and used 10% of your hyperbole.

    And? You are trying, as ever, to tell me what I feel while defending trolls like LordBlagger. Your posts are plain trolling, making sure the conversation centres around them.

  33. Newsbot9

    Right wing Trolls are trying VERY hard to make it so, yes.

  34. Newsbot9

    I don’t advocate anything of the sort of course, you’re revising history again. How many people did the United Zionist State of Germany kill in your reality?

  35. Newsbot9

    Ah, so you think software rather than an echo chamber for trolling, with a positive feedback loop embedded and no interest in reality is what’s happened. Right.

  36. Newsbot9

    “pure narcissism and inability to reason an argument through.”

    Yes, that describes you perfectly. And you’re a troll, a 1%er and a shill. You have to blame everyone else for your sins, of course.

    There are plenty of people like me. They’re called “not far right frothing wingnut historical revisionists”.

  37. gordon brown

    I think you are software. Typical responses of computers trying to pass the Turing Test. Lots of repetition, lots of what I said thrown back at me in quotes.

    Let me ask you a question and please give me an answer so I can tell if you are a human or not.

    Why don’t penguins and polar bears swap poles?

  38. Eddy Boyband

    I think its great that Sue set up her website to inform people about the welfare cuts to disabled people, a few years after labour brought them in and a few months after labour lost the election.

  39. gordon brown

    left wing antisemitism is always just under the surface

  40. Newsbot9

    Yes, you call this Jew anti-Semitic. Back in reality, you’re assigning your own sins to everyone else again.

  41. Newsbot9

    You don’t think at all, of course. Let me ask you a question – how many million are you trying to kill?

    (PS; Plenty of people know who I am, and my username before Disqus came along)

  42. gordon brown

    I’m not trying to kill anyone. Why are you obsessed with killing? Are you a socialist by any chance?

  43. Newsbot9

    Ah my bad – I see my mistake – you’re GOING to kill people (indeed, the policies you support already are). This is rather important, which is why you’re determined to whitewash it.

    You’re worried because you assume that the left would do the same to you as you’re doing to the poor and vulnerable now. It’s nonsense, of course, but you refuse to understand that.

    And no, I’m no socialist. Or communist.

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