Mike Buchanan’s retrial for his MGM protest – Isleworth Crown Court, 3 March

Early in January I attended Isleworth Crown Court for my retrial on the charge of obstructing the traffic (for a total 49 seconds, across two points in time) during the second of two anti-MGM protests (the one in Parliament Square) last June. A video (14:52) of the protests is here.

In January the barrister appointed by the CPS admitted to the court he wasn’t adequately prepared for the trial, and asked for – and was granted – an adjournment. My thanks to E for filming and editing a video (1:27) of some stalwart supporters and myself after that.

Following a request by the judge on that day, there has been an exchange between the CPS and ourselves of documents with legal positions, arguments, and counter-arguments, and copies sent to the court. We believe the Crown’s position to be very weak, and I expect one of two outcomes on 3 March:

  • the Crown decides not to continue with the prosecution; or
  • the trial takes place, and I’ll be found ‘Not Guilty’ (there won’t be a jury).

If we’re successful, it could be a landmark victory in the struggle to end MGM in the UK, and perhaps beyond. So I hope you’ll be able to join us on the day. The court address is 34-36 Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, TW7 5NP. The court ‘day’ begins at 10am, but we won’t know until the day exactly what time our case will be heard.

If we’re unsuccessful, we shall appeal again.

My warm thanks to Ian, a retired solicitor, for his invaluable help in preparing my defence.

A collection of audio and video files relating to MGM can be found on our Vimeo channel – here. All the files are also on our YouTube channel – here.

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An invitation to become a party member

In the wake of the highly successful International Conference on Men’s Issues (2016), which we co-hosted with A Voice for Men, we invite people concerned about the assaults on men’s and boys’ human rights to become party members. Monthly subscriptions from party members are the financial lifeblood of our political party.

When J4MB was launched in February 2013, we had no basis for forecasting how well, if at all, we would be received by the general public. At that time, the prevailing public conviction was that feminists pursue gender equality, in stark contrast to what was demonstrably true.

Only a small minority of women (9% in the UK, according to the Fawcett Society) self-identify as feminists. Feminists seek gender supremacy, regardless of the impact on men, women, boys, girls, families, public institutions, and wider society. They are driven by misandry (the hatred of men). If anyone should doubt the truth of these assertions, we invite them to read our 2015 general election manifesto in which we explored 20 areas where the human rights of men and/or boys are assaulted by the actions and inactions of the state, almost always to privilege women and/or girls. There are no areas in which the state assaults the human rights of women and/or girls specifically.

The 20 areas are as follows. The human rights of females – including the unborn – are assaulted in three areas, in bold text:

Abortion

Foetal alcohol syndrome

Genital mutilation

Fatherlessness, restoring strong families

Education

Employment

Access to children after family breakdowns

Domestic violence

Sexual abuse

Armed Forces veterans’ mental health issues

Homelessness

Suicide

Criminal justice system

Paternity fraud

Anonymity for suspected sexual offenders

Divorce

Healthcare provision

Political representation

State interference in director appointments

Expectation of retirement years

The assaults on men and boys are often led or enabled by feminists in influential positions e.g. Theresa May MP (Prime Minister, formerly Home Secretary) and Alison Saunders (Director of Public Prosecutions). Most of the assaults, however, are led by men with no concern for the wellbeing of men and boys as a class.

J4MB is the only political party in the English-speaking world campaigning for the human rights of men and boys on many fronts. We are reliant on party members and donors to cover the party’s costs, and nobody connected with the party draws any personal income from donations.

Supporters (including donors) tell us we can be proud of what we’ve achieved in three and a half years. Donors have sent sums ranging from £2 to £2,000. We’ve had over 100 appearances on mainstream television and radio – here. Countless newspaper, magazine, and blog pieces have been written about us. The tone of the reporting has usually been challenging and often antagonistic, which we expected, but we have also been surprised by the interest we have triggered in some of the most unlikely people, and we can be sure that we have broken the blanket belief that men’s and boys’ issues are either non-existent, or unimportant. The comments streams following online articles have been very supportive of J4MB and what we’re seeking to achieve.

Our long-term strategy is to challenge the party in power (or parties, in the event of a coalition) because only they have the power to reverse anti-male legislation and policy directions.

We’re working towards the 2020 general election, in which we’ll field candidates in Conservatives seats. In coalition with the Liberal Democrats from 2010, and in sole power from 2015, the Conservatives have been no less anti-male than the Labour party, in some areas going even further than the Labour administrations of 1997-2010.

We’re going to raise our game in a number of areas, which will require a stronger financial base. We wish to increase our membership base in order to meet increasing campaigning costs, and to help build a ‘fighting fund’ for the 2020 general election.

We invite you to become a party member. It’s the most efficient way to demonstrate your support of our work, reducing the need for the periodic appeals upon which we relied in the past. It will also free up valuable time for political campaigning, which would otherwise be spent on fundraising.

We’ve established a range of membership grades, ranging from monthly sums of £5.00 (16 pence per day) to £100.00 (£3.28 per day):

Membership grade                  Monthly donation                   

Bronze                                                        £5.00

Silver                                                          £10.00

Gold                                                            £25.00

Platinum                                                    £50.00

Diamond                                                    £100.00

Members will receive a signed membership certificate, one of the A3 leaflets we were distributing during the 2015 general election – the window poster element is here – and two individually numbered silicone wristbands.

We’d prefer you set up a Standing Order payable directly into the J4MB account, thereby ensuring the full sum of your donations go to J4MB. Our account details:

Account name: Justice for Men & Boys

Sort code: 309054

Account number: 54880968

IBAN: GB08LOYD30905454880968

BIC: LOYDGB21090

Monthly donations can be set up through PayPal, although (small) commissions are taken from donations made that way:

If you want to put in place a regular donation of another amount, we would of course be deeply grateful.

Please email me mike@j4mb.org.uk with the membership grade you’ve settled on, the name you’d like printed on your membership certificate, and your address. Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Mike Buchanan

PARTY LEADER

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The second International Conference on Men’s Issues (London) was a resounding success

10 July 2016 - group shot

The conference finished yesterday, and the overwhelming consensus was that it had been a resounding success. 200 people attended, from 20 countries. All 20 presentations – five of them by women, one by Philip Davies MP (C, Shipley) – were well received, and the attendees greatly enjoyed the social side of the event as well.

Videos of the presentations are on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.

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Girl, five, died of asthma attack after Dr Joanne Rowe, her GP, turned her away

Our thanks to Stuart for this. Extracts:

A five-year-old girl died of an asthma attack after being turned away by a GP because she arrived minutes late for her appointment.

Ellie-May Clark and her mother, from Newport, were told to return the next morning by Dr Joanne Rowe, a specialist in safeguarding children.

The little girl died five hours later, on 26 January 2015…

Ms Clark, a single mother, was too upset to talk about losing her little girl, but Ellie-May’s grandmother said: “We all feel terribly let down, I think Dr Rowe should go to jail for what she did. I can’t believe she was not struck off.

“We haven’t even had an apology from Dr Rowe who has got away with just a slap on the wrist.

“She has been allowed to get on with her life, get another job and move on.”

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The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

An interesting editorial in the current edition of The Spectator. The paper wouldn’t have published such a piece even a year ago.

There are, however, flaws in the article, including the lazy acceptance of the feminist narrative that the gender pay gap above 40 is ‘a problem to be solved’, rather than a reflection of men’s and women’s choices. An extract:

A select committee that champions equality ought to be concerned about this growing disparity in educational attainment. What is it about our schools which is failing to engage boys, and how can it be corrected?

There are at least two contributory answers to the first question – the feminization of the teaching profession, and the replacement of the ‘O’ level system by GCSEs in 1987/8, as reported by William Collins – here. How can the problem be corrected? By returning to assessment by examinations – Collins’s article demonstrates that, contrary to popular opinion, girls were not disadvantaged by this – and the appointment of far more male teachers, from primary school onwards.

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Laura Perrins gives Owen Jones a pasting

Enjoy (video, 6:58). The programme is The Daily Politics, the presenter the relentlessly pro-feminist Jo Coburn. My own appearance on the programme (in January 2013, a month before we launched J4MB) is here (video, 11:06). I was appearing on behalf of Campaign for Merit in Business.

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William Collins: Invisible Dead Men

An excellent piece, prompted by yesterday’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention Bill in the House of Commons, passed by 138 votes to 1 (Philip Davies). The Bill now goes to the House of Lords for ratification, where it is certain of a similarly overwhelming vote.

A woeful article in The Independent is here. The writer of the piece – in which the existence of male victims of domestic violence are not recognized once, hence missing the point of Philip Davies’s actions yesterday – is an 18-year-old feminist, Yas Necati. From her blog:

Yas Necati is an eighteen year old activist who was born in, and is still being raised in, London. A passion for comic-books, feminism and changing the world means that she is, of course, a super-duper nerd! She’s SUPER proud to be a member of No More Page 3 HQ, fighting to end a long-outdated sexist institution, whilst having true “harmless fun” along the way.

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Janice Fiamengo speaks at SheForHe in Ottawa, Canada

Enjoy (video, 10:03).

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Georgia Leigha Leatherdale-Gilholy: Feminism worships at the altar of the single mother

An excellent piece from a History student at Kings College London, on TCW. We look forward to more from her.

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Cressida Dick appointed as first female Met Police chief

Cressida Dick

Our thanks to Stuart and others for this. Key extracts:

Cressida Dick is the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the first woman to take charge of London’s police force.

She succeeds Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who led the force from 2011 until announcing his retirement last year.

Ms Dick, [note, not Mrs or Miss, and there are no details of her marital status on her Wikipedia page] previously the national policing lead on counter-terrorism, said she was “thrilled and humbled”.

But her appointment was criticised by the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was wrongly shot dead during an operation she led in 2005.

The Brazilian electrician was killed two weeks after the 7/7 London Bombings when he was mistakenly identified as a terror suspect.

A jury later found the Met had broken health and safety laws, but found there was “no personal culpability for Commander Cressida Dick”. [How can that be? Was it just the customary gynocentric failure to hold women accountable for their failures, or the failures of those under their control?]…

Her appointment means that for the first time all three top policing jobs in the UK are held by women: the Met commissioner, the head of the National Crime Agency and the president of the National Police Chief’s Council.

Ms Dick’s statement said: “This is a great responsibility and an amazing opportunity.

“I’m looking forward immensely to protecting and serving the people of London and working again with the fabulous women and men [my emphasis] of the Met.

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Justice secretary, the Home secretary, and the holders of all three top policing jobs in the UK are feminists. Basically, that’s the criminal justice system in feminist hands. Things are going to get even worse for men in the UK. Much worse.

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Karen Straughan: Coming out…

It would greatly help anti-feminist campaigners if more anti-feminists publicly self-identified as such, away from their keyboards. We understand that for some of them it could have adverse professional consequences, but for many (most?) it wouldn’t. Individuals anti-feminists’ aversion to potential confrontation (largely unfounded, in my experience) is surely one of the key reasons that public understanding of men’s issues, and feminism, remains so woeful (although, of course, it’s steadily improving).

Our thanks to William for pointing us to a remarkable piece (audio, 22:01) by Karen Straughan, recorded a couple of months after last year’s London conference. She expands on a point she made in her interview with Steve Brule at the conference – here (video, 36:08) – namely that more anti-feminists and men’s rights advocates need to ‘come out’, as she did, with some trepidation. Her accounts of that decision, and the lack of adverse consequences for her, are inspiring. My admiration for Karen, already deep, just increases year after year. Her importance to the MRM over the years, and to this day, could scarcely be exaggerated.

At 12:40:

You know, with every person who comes out unashamedly, unabashedly, unapologetically, the road for everyone else becomes smoother and less steep.

Towards the end of the piece Karen refers to an appeal for the ‘Honey Badger House’. The appeal is now closed, but it had a target of CAND49,900 to reach by 20.9.16, and reached CAND54,717.

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Karen Straughan’s interview at the London conference

I much enjoyed Steve Brule’s interview with Karen Straughan at the London conferencehere (video, 36:08). I’m posting it now, because someone asked me if I had a link to it, I assumed we’d already posted one, but it seems we hadn’t. The person responsible will have to go…

You can find other London conference videos – and a great deal more besides – at Studio Brule. I’m about to watch 2016 Highlights from Studio Brule (video, 34:15).

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Women and Equalities Chair Maria Miller MP reacts after the government rejects all her committee’s 17 proposals on reducing the gender pay gap

Enjoy (video, 1:17). To say Maria Miller MP is a blithering idiot would be unkind to blithering idiots in general.

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