Princess Louise Hospital – Pangbourne Avenue, North Kensington

26 Nov

I was born here in Novembre 1960, probably just after it became a ‘Maternity’ Hospital, as my mother always described it. At the time we lived in Chepstow Court, Kensington.

North Kensington Histories


Princess Louise Hospital, Kensington, came into existence as a direct result of people recognising a need for medical care among the poor in the parish and taking matters into their own hands. By their hard work and commitment to their cause they managed to achieve their goal and local health and welfare was improved beyond recognition.

In other words, the hospital was built by the people for the people.

Some medical care had been available for the sick and poor in Kensington from the early 1800s, most likely provided by a group of medical and philanthropic people getting together and starting what was called in those days a “dispensary.” This would have been a consulting room or converted building where medical men could attend their patients, give treatments, dispense medicines, and so on. From such small beginnings the Kensington Dispensary opened in 1815 at 13, Holland Street, with an initial…

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Murdoch rag catches on 3 weeks late – and slips into slander

22 Nov

Proud to live in Leeds. 😊



More than 3 weeks ago, the SKWAWKBOX covered Hilary Benn’s abject embarrassment as his CLP (constituency Labour Party) elected a clean sweep of pro-Corbyn members to its ‘officer’ positions at its AGM – and warned that it wouldn’t be long before smears started to emerge similar to the completely-unfounded (and in at least one case, already proven false) allegations against Wallasey and Brighton-Hove CLPs, in order to discredit the democratic results and protect Benn.

With all of Rupert Murdoch’s money behind it, it only took the Times almost another month to catch up on what this (unmoneyed, but feel free to donate if you wish!) blog covered weeks ago – and then to get it wrong, even to the point of slander:

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The article (I won’t drive traffic to the rag by linking to it, but you can easily find it if you’re so inclined) gets it wrong – intentionally…

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Extraordinary story of how a fracking company is silencing academic criticism with smears and payoffs

19 Aug

The sordid story of the geology professor, the fracking company, the old Etonian and the Tory Party fundraiser When retired geophysics professor Dr David Smythe wrote a highly technical a…

Source: Extraordinary story of how a fracking company is silencing academic criticism with smears and payoffs

10 facts that prove Theresa May’s pledge to improve womens’ and worker’s rights is bullshit

23 Jul

Actions speak louder than words.

Pride's Purge

Theresa May claims her new government is going to prioritise workers’ rights and womens’ rights.

Oh really?

  • Theresa May supported the introduction of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act which makes it more difficult for people injured at work to claim compensation from employers.
  • Theresa May supported making it more difficult for workers to fight maltreatment or discrimination at work.
  • Theresa May supported the head of the Health and Safety Commission being given to the chairman of the manufacturing employers organisation – the very people who are supposed to be policed by the HSE.
  • Theresa May supported the introduction of punitive employment tribunal fees, which has seen sex discrimination in the workplace claims plummet by 83 per cent.
  • Theresa May voted to remove the Commission for Equality and Human Rights’ duty to support the development of a society where people’s ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination.
  • Theresa May supported cutting tax…

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New Education Secretary sold off school playing field to developer before handing school over to Tory peer

15 Jul

Pride's Purge

Just months after the successful 2012 Olympics, Justine Greening – the new Education Secretary – backed the sell-off of six tennis courts, a football pitch and a playground belonging a local school in her Putney constituency, of which she was a governor:

Justine Greening in school playing fields row

Just months after the sale, the school was handed over to a private Academy Chain ARK.

The chairman of ARK at the time happened to be a multi-millionaire investment banker called Stanley Fink.

Fink also happens to be a Tory peer who has served as co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party.

The sold-off school fields were subsequently bought by a private developer.

This is the woman now in charge of all our children’s schools.

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British Jews challenge community leaders over Corbyn

25 Sep

Source: British Jews challenge community leaders over Corbyn

Why Abolish The WCA?

18 Sep

Source: Why Abolish The WCA?