Laura NCIA
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Laura NCIA replied to penny waterhouse's discussion How are you affected by the rise of UKIP? in the group NCIA
"A common pattern with protest parties is that their local councillors quickly resign through boredom with actual local council work, general lack of commitment, etc. I expect the UKIP lot will be the same. How this impacts the power relations etc.…"
May 16, 2013
Jeff Mowatt replied to Laura NCIA's discussion (Why) does dissent protect democracy? in the group NCIA
"I have similar feelings about such organised dissent. As my colleague once put it, the voices of the salaried shrills who'd be far too risk averse to join those like him in the foxholes and trenches of action for social justice. There is a…"
Apr 22, 2013
Laura NCIA replied to Laura NCIA's discussion (Why) does dissent protect democracy? in the group NCIA
"Hi Tony, I tend to agree with you re democracy and I liked your alternative phrasing - Dissent creates Democracy. I also share your disdain for the organisers of large left events. I hear that the plans for the follow up to the 24 June event are…"
Apr 21, 2013
Tony Taylor replied to Laura NCIA's discussion (Why) does dissent protect democracy? in the group NCIA
"Much as I love the fellow-travellers in the NCIA I've always disagreed with the slogan, Dissent protects Democracy. To my mind this implies that democracy exists. Forgive my Athenian turn, but I do live mainly in Greece and from demos, the…"
Apr 21, 2013
Jeff Mowatt replied to Laura NCIA's discussion (Why) does dissent protect democracy? in the group NCIA
"Indeed Jeremy and the means by which wealth is acquired can be equally shocking. In our focus on social and economic rights in Eastern Europe we would discover children to be a profit centre. http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/64"
Apr 21, 2013
Jeremy S Mills replied to Laura NCIA's discussion (Why) does dissent protect democracy? in the group NCIA
"Thanks for this Laura.  I have gone through the points you posted and would like to make some comments on them:- Democracy can only exist when there is a challenge to injustice and where alternatives are available and are openly presented and…"
Apr 21, 2013
Jeff Mowatt replied to Laura NCIA's discussion (Why) does dissent protect democracy? in the group NCIA
"I can offer an example of a dialogue with US democrats. One of the pieces of this backstory fell into place only this morning when I learned something new of the US Senator to whom I'd forwarded our missives on an alternative to…"
Apr 21, 2013
penny waterhouse replied to Laura NCIA's discussion (Why) does dissent protect democracy? in the group NCIA
"advice I need is: how do you speak honest and open criticism (I call this dissent) without upsetting your allies? engaging in dissent with "the enemy" is one thing. engaging in dissent amongst each other entails different…"
Apr 18, 2013
Laura NCIA added a discussion to the group NCIA
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(Why) does dissent protect democracy?

We have now posted to our website a breakdown of this key principle of NCIA - that dissent protects democracy.http://www.independentaction.net/about-ncia/why-does-dissent-protect-democracy/Do you agree?…See More
Apr 17, 2013
Laura NCIA replied to penny waterhouse's discussion the NCIA Inquiry into activism and dissent - what next? in the group NCIA
"I've been a union activist/shop steward for a few years and increasingly wonder what it will take to make the big unions effective engines of change. It seems to come down to the will of individual senior officers who create a culture of…"
Apr 8, 2013
Laura NCIA joined Nick Beddow's group
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Community Development

A group to discuss how we can link together to take forward CD in these rough seasSee More
Apr 1, 2013
Laura NCIA commented on joe taylor's blog post Urban Forum's last hurrah!
"I'd never heard of them until last week when I went on the website to look for agencies in Lambeth I could do partnership work with. Every group on that area of the Urban Forum map had actually gone out of business two years ago!"
Apr 1, 2013
Laura NCIA commented on Kate Gordon's blog post DCLG funds Public Service Revolutionaries. No, it is is NOT April 1st
"My goodness, the Transformation Challenge Award is for cost savings and innovation - not linked at all with actual effective or quality delivery. Basically they are giving more money to tory councils that cut costs. I can see the Public Service…"
Apr 1, 2013
joe taylor replied to Laura NCIA's discussion Today's live Guardian Voluntary discussion in the group NCIA
"The discussion is worth reading through - http://bit.ly/WdQA2B I liked Andy Benson's parting shot: There is no shortage of money in this country, nor in the wider world. It is a question of who has it and how they use it. The conspiracy between…"
Jan 22, 2013
joe taylor replied to Laura NCIA's discussion Today's live Guardian Voluntary discussion in the group NCIA
"That's a interesting article Laura, and it's indicative of the way things are in the voluntary sector these days.  The comments are well worth reading too.   Question is, what can we do about this lamentable sate of affairs?"
Jan 22, 2013
Laura NCIA replied to Laura NCIA's discussion Today's live Guardian Voluntary discussion in the group NCIA
"Appropriately enough, also the third report of the Independence Panel has been published. Article in today's Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/22/charities-public-policy-funding-fears?CMP=twt_gu"
Jan 22, 2013

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I'm involved in various types of activism and am a co-director of the National Coalition for Independent Action http://www.independentaction.net
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