The People's Question Time | 9 October


Can we save our NHS from privatisation? - Do strikes work? - What's the alternative to austerity? - Why is there always money for war? - What happened to social housing? - How can we stop the cuts?

The panel will include:
Russell Brand, Comedian and Activist
Natalie Bennett, Leader, Green Party of England and Wales
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union
Ava Vidal, Comedian
John Rees, People's Assembly & Stop the War Coalition

Chaired by: Steve Turner, Unite the Union

Plus comment from:
Lutfur Rahman, Mayor, Tower Hamlets

At a time when poverty and inequality continue to rise, and all major parties remain committed to a programme of cuts and privatisation, join us at the People's Question Time where we will be discussing how we create a movement to challenge this.

Do you have a question for our panel? Submit one when registering for a chance to put it to the event.

This event comes just days before hundreds of thousands of people will come together to demand an alternative to austerity at the 'Britain Needs a Pay Rise' national demonstration on Saturday 18 October and strike action starting on Monday 13 October.

If you can't make it to York Hall, don't worry. The event will be live streamed here.

October 09, 2014 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
York Hall, 5 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PJ
People's Assembly · · Press enquiries: 07850 177637 Office: 020 8525 6988

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  • commented 2016-01-08 15:51:57 +0000
    Hi. Feeding my brain is my tv. Informed people like will be vital to our movement. Do you want me to write an essay to start each discussion? Soon I’ll be a crowd funded journalist.
  • commented 2014-10-09 20:01:35 +0100
    well said why there always enough money for weapons and nt enough for nhs
  • commented 2014-10-09 18:58:44 +0100
  • commented 2014-10-09 18:57:00 +0100
    I think the live stream is just on the home page guys :)
  • commented 2014-10-09 18:51:52 +0100
    does anyone know?
  • commented 2014-10-09 18:49:30 +0100
    Where is the live stream video?
  • commented 2014-10-09 18:48:35 +0100
    where is the link for live streaming?
  • commented 2014-10-09 16:48:46 +0100
    Can you please tell me where to find the link to the live stream? And can questions be submitted to the panel if you are not attending in person?
  • commented 2014-10-09 16:21:07 +0100
    All a little bit too cool for school if you ask me
  • commented 2014-10-09 15:30:23 +0100
    can i use the digital eventbrite smart phone ticket thing? i don’t have a printer.
  • commented 2014-10-09 12:14:33 +0100
    Can you please ask this question to the whole panel? Especially Natalie and Russell..

    Do you think its time we tried to merge / unite all online groups such as greenpeace, friends of the earth, anonymous, ubuntu, zeitgeist movement, venus project etc to form a big alliance and get more attention / votes plus achieve more towards a resource based economy with 1 big group rather than lots of individual groups??

    Also, the UK need to focus more on geothermal energy! Thanx :)
  • commented 2014-10-07 16:24:32 +0100
    Can you pay on the door?
  • commented 2014-09-30 17:40:44 +0100
    No age restriction – come along!
  • commented 2014-09-30 17:14:56 +0100
    Great Idea but it’s in London. So no real change then.
  • commented 2014-09-30 16:37:44 +0100
    Is there an age restriction, I’m only 16…
  • commented 2014-09-30 15:02:43 +0100
    Daznez – there should be ample room for discussion about reform of the monetary system within all of these questions: What’s the alternative to austerity? – Why is there always money for war? – How can we stop the cuts?. The Green Party have already been campaigning for the creation of money to be removed from private hands (see so your views should be adequately represented on this panel.
  • commented 2014-09-30 14:46:47 +0100
    Don’t you think that making employers pay 2 national insurance stamps if they insist on employing foreign nationals above British people, the second stamp would cover the cost of keeping a brit on the dole?
  • commented 2014-09-29 19:46:12 +0100
    As a user of the NHS, four discs out, a twisted spine, type two diabetic, and with high blood pressure, I get free presciptions. I try to cancel tablets when I have a surplus, but the Pharmacy make this difficult, because it’s a great income for them. We need to stop this expensive waste, like an online form of tick boxes, which automatically goes to the person’s Doctor, sign it off, then it goes to the Pharmacy, to pickup and/or deliver.

    I get Viagra free as part of my tablets, and because my health needs this to perform, it would also stop this embarrassment of confirmation, from the user to the Pharmacy.
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  • commented 2014-09-29 15:10:52 +0100
    It costs £5 or £2 concessions to cover the cost of hiring the venue, lighting etc. and we won’t be making money from the event.
  • commented 2014-09-29 14:42:07 +0100
    why does it cost £5 to attend? Is this fund raising? Who does the money go to and why?
  • commented 2014-09-28 19:53:19 +0100
    wow, the people’s question time – with pre-screened questions that you might get to ask. mine would probably be asking russell about his conncections to the ruling family of the crown city of london corporation, and why he thinks he is in a position to call for revolution?

    my question to all the panel members would be ‘do any of them understand how the banking system actually works?’ because before sorting out the nhs and other public services, we really need to know what money is and how it is created, and why everyone’s understanding of that will lead to a natural evolution from slavery to freedom.

    of course, these questions would never be allowed (wonder if this post will..) and i couldn’t afford to go anyway.

    peace & love & freedom.
  • commented 2014-09-23 12:13:01 +0100
    What can we do about the lack of coverage on Tv regarding Demos etc. I really think we should have mass demos, not only in london but in every shire of the country on the same day, for every group that is against the government for what ever reason. There are lotesof people who cannot get to London but would travel closer.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-09-22 23:26:13 +0100
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  • commented 2014-09-22 16:31:08 +0100
    looking forward to it!
  • commented 2014-09-18 15:23:36 +0100
    Yes, there will be a live stream of the event
  • commented 2014-09-18 15:21:48 +0100
    Will there be a video feed of some kind broadcast for those unable to attend?
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