Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

The Yellow Balloon(DVD)..made in 1953 and in black and white it is the story of Frankie, a 12 year old boy living in London with his parents. Whilst out playing in a bombed out building, his friend dies and a local criminal, Len Turner, persuades Frankie that it is his fault and that the police will arrest him for murder if he does not run away with him. This is eight years after the end of the Second World War and there are still bombed out buildings and people, like Frankie’s family,  who are living in a flat without running water and presumably no indoor bathroom or toilet. We do see a close working class community: Frankie’s father gives up his spare cash, with which he was going to buy himself a new pair of shoes, so that they can buy a wreath for the dead boy. A fascinating film from the golden era of British filmmaking.

We can be heroes
tommy sheridan
….another interview with citizen Tommy…there are people like him down here but they never get on television, instead they are on the streets leafleting, supporting people over benefit sanctions and trying to get by on low incomes. But, like Scotland,  change is coming, inspired by Tommy and other Scots from the independence campaign……Love the bit in the interview when Tommy talks about speaking at Tony Blair’s old public school….see

save bolton health services
…the campaign to stop the privatisation of Bolton Psychological Therapies Services…it is a good service, with little or no waiting lists and staffed by highly experienced people…so why would you want to privatise it?…why would you, in a highly secretive tendering service, want to undervalue it from anything from a one-third to one-half of its value? Campaigners in Save Our Health Services have launched a campaign to save this very important service. Join them, further info see

Sign up

…to the The “NHS Bill 2015” campaign. The “Campaign for an NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015″ has produced an “NHS Reinstatement Bill” which sets out the legal steps needed not only to reverse the failings of the Health & Social Care Act 2012, but to fully restore the NHS in England as an accountable public service. You can email your local candidate to pledge their support at For more info read this article at

1842 general strike
The 1842 General Strike by Mark Krantz. Another history book written by a political activist; the best kind. Its pop-up history, in 28 pages, he tells the story of one of the most dramatic episodes of radical history. It is the general strike of 1842 when over half a million people just walked out of their workplaces across the country and demanded higher wages and political rights. Mark recounts the events in a well written and exciting narrative. But could have done without the inevitable SWP analysis!
Buy it at Cost £2.

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. I am a member of the Manchester and Salford National Union of Journalists.If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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