Manchester Appeal

The last few months have seen enormous political shifts, a trend that looks set to continue. Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation.

The Tories know that May has become toxic following her terrible performance in the election campaign, but they also know getting rid of her now could force another election which they'd likely loose. They want to do all they can to prevent that, so are attempting to portray that it's 'business as usual'. The truth is the Tory Government are on the verge of collapse. 

What we do now can have a dramatic impact on the political situation. The protests, rallies demonstrations and campaigns, we've all been involved in over the past few years, have played a huge part in creating this situation for the Tories (although the mainstream media & politicians will never admit it). This includes the hundreds of thousands of us that came on the #OurNHS demonstration in March and the 'Not One Day More' demonstration just 3 weeks after the election. And during the election the massive billboard campaign across the country which branded Theresa May as a 'Threat' & Captain Ska's 'Liar Liar' song that hit no.4 in the official charts. 

But we still have a big job to do - however weak the Tories are, they remain committed to spending cuts, to privatising our services, to worsening working conditions. So now we're stepping up the campaign and going for our most ambitious events yet.

Take Back Manchester Festival 2017
The People's Assembly is organising a 5 day festival in Manchester to co-incide with the Conservative Party conference from 30 Sep - 4 Oct. The whole week will be packed with events including a major national demonstration on Sunday 1 October, rallies, public meetings, comedy, music and cultural events in some of the biggest venues across the city. We will demonstrate the huge opposition to further austerity right on the doorstep of the Tories conference, and put forward the alternative. Everyday they are in Manchester we will be there too.


We will only be able to pull this off with your help.

The election took us all by surprise, we threw everything we had at our campaign and into the demonstration straight after. Now we urgently need to raise funds if we are able to put on the events we hope to in Manchester. We've costed it up and we need to raise £70,000 by the end of September!

We're launching an urgent fundraising appeal. Here's 5 things you can do:

  1. DONATE! - every little bit helps, weather it's £1 or £100!
  2. Take this MODEL MOTION to your trade union branch supporting the Take Back Manchester Festival
  3. Visit our merchandise shop and get your 'Tories Out' t-shirts, badges & stickers ready for Manchester
  4. Send this email to 5 friends and ask them to donate
  5. Share this appeal on social media 

      Click here to make a donation

      Download Model Motion Here

Visit the People's Assembly ShopWe've got a whole range of T-Shirts and other merchandise to advertise your opposition to the Tories. It's also perfect Take Mack Manchester apparel! Check it out here:

See you there! 

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  • Faraz Khan
    commented 2017-10-24 21:55:40 +0100
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-13 16:44:59 +0100
    What is “Food Poverty” and how do you know that 8 million people are in that group?
  • james folan
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-09 08:46:44 +0100
    And still no answer. So the conclusion is that there is no reasoning behind the statement of “1 million people dependant on food banks in teh UK”, its actually baseless. Like so many of the “Facts” splashed around these pages, there is no substance to them.

    Unless, of course, you know different . . . ?
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 13:59:26 +0100
    Exactly my point. The person who made the statement believes it to be the case. What leads him to this conclusion?

    To save you the trouble

    A judgement or decision reached by reasoning.

    What is the reasoning?

    the action of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way.
  • james folan
    commented 2017-10-05 13:41:33 +0100
    So now we move on to assertion
    A confident and forceful statement of fact or belief.
    Maybe the person who asserted that “1 million people are dependant on food banks in this country” simple believes this and beliefs do not need facts. Just ask any Christian
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 13:15:56 +0100
    Running away now James?


  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 12:12:08 +0100
    Shabbir – you made the statement. Perhaps you do read these pages too?

    What “facts” do you have to support what you said or are you actually just an angry young man?

    James and I are in an apparent agreement that there are such things as facts but I haven’t seen any to support you view. He’s quite articulate and good as deflecting the question. Are you the same?


  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 12:05:38 +0100
    Still no facts to support the assertion?

    From anyone?

    Surely someone can present something?
  • james folan
    commented 2017-10-05 12:00:49 +0100
    Thanks it takes a lot to admit your wrong and it ‘s nice to think that I’ve helped you learn an important lesson about the difference between a fact and an opinion
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 11:42:53 +0100
    Come on James, there must be something you can share?


  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 11:22:36 +0100
    Ok, I was wrong. There are such things as facts.

    What are the facts that support the statement that 1 million people are dependant on food banks in this country?


  • james folan
    commented 2017-10-05 11:05:45 +0100
    OK so now we move onto opinion. As I’ve already explained an opinion is
    “A view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge”
    So as such there is no need for evidence, if I were to give evidence it would become a fact but you don’t believe in facts
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 10:36:38 +0100
    “Now I’m confused” – We wouldn’t want that would we.

    Just trying to use the parlance of the site.

    Perhaps I should have asked: “Is it your opinion that 1 million people are dependant on food banks and if so what is the evidence to support this view point”

    Either way – what evidence is there to support the assertion?


  • james folan
    commented 2017-10-05 10:14:51 +0100
    Now I’m confused firstly you state “there is no such thing as a fact, only an opinion”, then you ask " is it a fact that 1 million people are dependant on food banks "
    Well if there is no such thing as a fact then I suppose it can’t be, because facts don’t exist
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-05 09:16:57 +0100
    Come on chaps, is it a fact that 1 million people are dependant on food banks or something that has been made up?

    Also James, from your definition, a fact does not have to be proved, just known. If someting is known is it not actually just opinion?


    Er Just
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-04 22:27:58 +0100
    So is it a fact that 1 million people are dependent on food banks within this country?


  • james folan
    commented 2017-10-04 17:42:36 +0100
    A thing that is known or proved to be true

    A view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-04 15:36:22 +0100
    Just to clarify – I made up the whole bit about working class being responsible for the recession, just as Simon made up the comment about the rich being responsible. What is useful, is to have some “commonly held opinions” (otherwise known as facts) to support you assertions. Something I’m not sure Lakha is able to provide.

    Ok prove me wrong – Quote from the Lakha/Rees-Mogg conversation – “1 million people are dependant on food banks” – really? Which food banks might they be and what does “dependant” in this context actually mean?


  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-04 15:20:51 +0100
    Which just goes to prove, there is no such thing as a fact, only an opinion


  • james folan
    commented 2017-10-04 15:10:20 +0100
    Brilliant!!! very funny reminds me of Kellyanne Conway and her alternative facts
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-04 10:19:31 +0100
    Hi Simon

    Interesting perspective – “speaking over people when the cameras are running” – wasn’t this the whole point of the invasion of the fringe meeting? What I saw was a group of people intent on speaking over anyone engaged in the discussion.

    At no point did Rees-Mogg talk over Lakha (if that is the protester’s name), he simply tried to talk to him and begin a conversation. That is clearly not what the People’s Assemble or its advocates want as when it does happen, the wind in your sails just dies away. Case in point, Lakha’s miserable failure to back up with fact the sweeping statements her trotted out on camera and that populate these pages.

    Rees-Mogg is rich but, er, just a minute, isn’t that because he’s successful, inteligent, well-educated articulate and hard-working.

    Lakha could have added a whole host of sound-bites that are equally unjustifiable, like your statement that the “Rich” caused the recession – bad debt caused by complete failure of people to budget properly on what they could afford to borrow caused the recession. Greed by the “Working Class” to get something for nothing . . . . not nice to hear is it? There’s always 2 sides to a story.

    All the best

  • Simon Lansdown
    commented 2017-10-03 17:58:57 +0100
    I want to support Shabbir Lakha against Rees-Mogg. I think he did really well. Rees-Mogg is well practised at speaking over people when the cameras are running and Shabbir stuck to his guns. He was also good on Daily Politics. I think he could have added that the rich (like Rees-Mogg) caused the recession but the poor are being made to pay for it. The Tories are using the recession as an excuse to cut public spending rather than increase taxes. But I salute him – he did well.
  • james folan
    commented 2017-10-03 14:55:04 +0100
    Well done to the protesters at the Rees-Mogg fringe event. You’ve managed to upset at least two Telegraph readers
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-10-03 09:19:49 +0100
    Hi All

    I’ve just seen the tremendous protest at the Rees-Mogg fringe meeting, excellent invasion, well done!! All those half a dozen people who managed to get inside and disrupt the meeting showing the Tories that we, the People, will not stand for their vicious policies any more!!

    One brave soul even managed to confront Rees-Mogg and point out that he and his policies are dispicable, I think that was the word used. But, er, just a minute, as is so often the case, when challenged to identify specifics, our poor young protester kinda fell apart. There was a comment about the use of food banks, which have actually been around for many years just not that well know as the previous administration failed to inform or give access to these community resources.

    “One million people depending on food banks” – er, not exactly true either. 1,182,954 3-day “emergency” food supplies given to people over 2016-17 – Trussell Trust. So, this could be 1 million people receiving a food pack once in a year. Hardly dependant, Though lets say that if you are dependant on a food bank then you would be going there every 3 days. So 365 days in the year, divided by 3 gives 122 visits. 1,182,954 food packs given out divided by 122 gives 9,696. That means that there are around 9,700 people who are dependant on food banks. Ok, so maybe dependency is for less than a year, say 6 months, so double the number – 19,000 people are "dependant " on food banks – Not quite the headline grabbing statement that our protester was banding about. And if its less than 6 months then where are these people actually going for food? Perhaps its because they have a job and are no longer “dependant” on the food banks?

    “The only advanced economy with depreciating wages” – Hmm, not quite true, France inflation rate over the last year has been around 1% whereas wage growth has been about 0.3% – Does this show depreciating wages? Perhaps we could look at the power house of Europe though, Germany. Its wage growth over the last year has been about 1% however inflation for 2017 is at 1.75%. Oh dear, it appears that the UK is not the only coutry where wages are not keeping up with inflation.

    “Precarious employment” – well isn’t every job precarious? Dependant on the customer coming to buy, incentive to work hard, contribute to the overall good of the company for whom you work, etc. Actually, not
    if you are in some civil service roles. Under these circumstances its far better to try to circumvent efficiency processes and technology so that you boost your apparent work load. Take for example HMRC. I have tried to fill in a tax return on-line and been repeatedly told “No, we won’t sent you the access ID. Write to us, we’ll handle it” At least those in the Inland Revenue are building a better future – well, for themselves anyway.

    So. Enough placard waving for now.

    Thanks for continuing to allow me to post on your site

    All the Best

  • Mark Hoddinott
    commented 2017-09-24 16:21:23 +0100
    ‘Tories Out’ t-shirts, badges & stickers’….oh dear. Is this a website for children? I really think you all need to grow up. Seriously, there is something a bit creepy about supposedly grown people promoting/writing this sort of immature, pathetic nonsense.This website resemble’s a girls teen magazine. I can guarantee that all of you are from well off,liberal middle class backgrounds. you know nothing of working class values and it’s people. The only union in tow with this kind of champagne socialism is the public sector bed wetting, pen pushing type. Do something constructive with your time [which you lot seem to have in abundance]. Help your local parish,get involved in local sports for children. Anything other than complaining, wringing your hands and foaming at the mouth with middle class faux outrage.
  • ErJust AMinute
    commented 2017-09-01 18:19:31 +0100
    Tories Out. No More Financial Common Sense

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