Author: Ann Schofield

Kill the bill on policing

Ann Schofield

The bill has been dubbed “The Police Crackdown” bill and an all-out assault on the right to protest. Many critics see the banning of the vigil and the £10,000 fine for of a nurse who organised a protest against the cut in their wages to be a deliberate decision to criminalise protest and control free expression, dissent and the right to protest under cover of the lockdown regulations. The expectation is the government will then make the emergency measures on protest permanent through legislation.

Covid-19: a catastrophe for women

Ann Schofield

Women on low pay, are not just having to choose between the basics of eating and heating, as many families living in poverty prior to Covid-19 had to do. They must now choose between food, warmth and all the required expensive sanitizers and masks needed to keep their families safe. In ensuring their family’s survival, many women are going without essentials. This includes safe, hygienic sanitary products which they can no longer afford and aren’t freely available because of the closure of centres and schools that distribute them.