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APRIL 2015

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**Wed 15 Apr 15**
LITTLE CONSTRUCTIVE TUSSLE
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Brian, Heather Rabbatts and Peter Stringfellow

Enjoyed a little constructive tussle with Peter Stringfellow & Heather Rabbatts and Clive Myrie, BBC News

Bri

Brian May on 'Big Ideas' BBC HD News at Five 15 April 2015 - http://youtu.be/fBUJ4QoLmuA

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**Wed 15 Apr 15**
BRIAN TALKS: LOUISE IRVINE - SPECIAL COMMON DECENCY HONOREE
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LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
CAMERON'S DEVIOUS MANIPULATION OF MORALITY FIGURES TO MAKE HIS 24/7 NHS ELECTION PLEDGE

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[Brian is supporting this great lady, who speaks from the heart, and comes from a background of working in the NHS. She is so disgusted with Cameron’s destructive handling of the NHS, and many other things besides, she is now prepared to give up her job to try to change Britain. By being a Decent MP !]

PLEASE SUPPORT US IN OUR SUPPORT FOR HER.

Let’s put her in the House of Commons, instead of Jeremy Hunt, the man who has been devoting his time to closing down hospitals !

It was a pleasure to welcome Dr Louise Irvine of The National Health Action Party to my Surrey home last week. I am supporting Louise as part of my newly launched Common Decency. I started the Common Decency campaign because I have been angered by the way the government has refused to listen to people: from the NHS to the badger cull they have used spin and deceit to push through polices which harm people, animals and the world we live in. We believe it’s time for the people to reclaim democracy.

We ask people to be “colour blind” as they vote in the polling booths at the next election. We will ask them to vote for an individual who they believe will act honestly and accountably in their interests.

Bri

Brian and Louise Irvine

BRIAN TALKS to Louise Irvine of the National Health Action party - Common Decency Special Honoree
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LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
CAMERON'S DEVIOUS MANIPULATION OF MORALITY FIGURES TO MAKE HIS 24/7 NHS ELECTION PLEDGE

What is a lie ?

How much cherry-picking of statistics, concealment of part of the picture, and sheer misinformation, constitute an untruth ?

Well, this is a very typical example to consider, sadly, of Cameron’s willingness to use subtle manipulations of the true facts in a case (doubtless served up by his ‘think-tank’, funded by the super-rich of Britain), in order to make a statement that LOOKS really promising, but in fact makes no sense, and, if implemented, would actually make matters worse.

OK - we all know that in reality, this David Cameron announcement is probably pure spin - an exercise dreamt up by Cameron's propaganda team, to paint a picture of a David Cameron who HASN'T been privatising our precious NHS - a man who actually cares about patients needing treatment on the weekends. What a wonderful ruse ! What a great vote-winner !!!

But just supposing there were any substance to what he's saying - that the NHS is letting people down on Saturdays and Sundays - THEN WHY THE HELL HASN'T HE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS ?

Hello ? Who has been running the NHS SINCE 2010 ? None other than this smiling man, pictured in a lovely choreographed trip to a hospital accompanied by TV cameras - that whiz-kid full of brilliant ideas to try to get himself back into power on May 7th ! Yep - we naive British swallow it all whole, David !!!

Here’s what Louise Irvine says about ’24/7 care apparently offered by Cameron in his last-minute attempt to pretend that he cares about the NHS.

STATEMENT FROM DR LOUISE IRVINE OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH ACTION PARTY reacting to David Cameron's 24/7 NHS pledge

"This a rather desperate attempt by David Cameron to bribe voters with a policy that’s already in place, money that doesn’t exist and misleading information.

Mr Cameron seems to be using rather inconclusive evidence about mortality rates at weekends to justify a move to 24/ 7 day non-emergency NHS services. But trying to implement what would be a 40% service increase to cover weekends without adequate funding for extra staff and support would just mean existing services would be spread even more thinly and this could result in a decline in quality of services throughout the week and we could end up with higher mortality rates every day of the week.

This government’s underfunding of our NHS has already pushed it to the cliff edge. It's reckless of David Cameron to pledge to extend NHS care so that scheduled operations and appointments can happen at weekends unless he backs that up with money that isn’t recycled or previously committed"

1) Jeremy Hunt recently claimed on TV that Cameron's NHS 'reforms' are saving about £1.5bn a year. Read this for the truth ! http://t.co/GX2u8CmP4z (Generally believed to have cost ~£3 billion)

2) Hunt also claims the Government has increased the number of nurses. The Royal College of Nurses has estimated a loss of ~6000 nurses

- http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/press_releases/uk/nhs_sleepwalking_into_crisis_-_rcn
- http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/aug/21/nhs-figures-reveal-fewer-nurses

Any increase in nurse numbers is in part-time and lower grade/less qualified nurses. So Hunt is comparing apples with oranges. The only honest way to compare is to count whole-time equivalent jobs - ie: to count 2 half-time jobs as 1, not 2, as the Government does.

3) Hunt says the Government has increased the number of doctors. This is misleading. In fact, the population has increased by 2 million, which means number of doctors per 1000 population - the only meaningful figure - has gone down.”

Well, all this info I’m quoting is direct from people who actually administer the NHS, and are appalled that Cameron has been on the one hand saying that he is ‘protecting and reforming’ the NHS, but on the other hand, in reality, parcelling bits of it up and facilitating the sale of these bits to entrepreneurs, to make a profit out of our health care.

Scandalous at the very least.

Bri

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**Tue 14 Apr 15**
PENETRATING PUBLIC AWARENESS

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[In reply to note about raising public awareness to Common Decency - SEE LETTERS]

Yes, I’m becoming aware we are not penetrating public awareness anywhere near fast enough.

We’re at a crisis point.

All your points are good.

I will be looking at all your suggestions this week.

It’s very tough - the Government have very cleverly blocked many of the outlets which would get us exposure. We’re fighting a multi-million pound propaganda team, which envelops most of the media, including the BBC, of course. It’s a twisted version of David and Goliath !

All the very best

And if you have any more ideas … please keep ‘em comin’.

We need all the help we get.

Bri

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**Tue 14 Apr 15**
ONE VOICE [ABOUT THE JAPANESE T-SHIRT IN VIDEO]
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One Vision - reverse

[In reply to Masanori & Yumiko about the T-shirt in the One Voice video - SEE LETTERS]...

Ah ! You are very observant, Masanori and Yumiko ! Thanks for writing.

Yes ! I was proud to wear the shirt that Kanako gave to me on the QAL tour.

And yes, we did laterally reverse the shot of me playing the Red Special bass guitar.

But not many people would have noticed that the Kanji character Kanji symbol on the shirt was NOT reversed !!

I took special care of this, editing with my friend Grigorij. I was very concerned that we do not reverse this character, knowing (because Kanaoko told me !) that this character means HARMONY. Of course this has a special relevance to the meaning of the song ! So in post-production the character was re-reversed ! So that it reads properly.

There are actually a few other little secrets in this video. I’m waiting for people to notice !

Many thanks to all of you for your kindness on the tour. See you next time !

And love to all our Japanese friends !

Take care

Bri

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**Mon 13 Apr 14**
ONE VOICE GOES TO NO 11
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One Voice cover picture

Shocked (in a good way!) ONE VOICE with Kerry Ellis goes to 11 in iTunes singer / songwriter charts today.

THANKS FOLKS -

Bri

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**Mon 13 Apr 15**
HELLO BRIGHTON !
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Breakfast in The Grand before meeting

Breakfast, Grand Hotel, Brighton
Breakfast in Grand Hotel - Photo credit Anne Brummer

I had a great day in Brighton. Supporting a GREAT MP, Caroline Lucas. On the CommonDecency campaign trail.

Brian and Caroline Lucas in Brighton
Brian and Caroline Lucas - - Photo credit Anne Brummer

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**Mon 13 Apr 15**
OLIVIERS
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Brian May & Anita Dobson present Katie Brayben with Olivier Award for 'Best Actress in a Musical' 12/04/2015
- https://youtu.be/33uDhjchHik

Bri

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**Mon 13 Apr 15**
THIS MAN SPEAKS SENSE, DECENCY...
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Look at this guy, standing for Kenilworth & Southam !!!


How will True Democracy save Kenilworth & Southam from HS2?
- https://youtu.be/ml4kzyz15WE

This man speaks sense, decency IMHO.

Bri

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**Mon 13 Apr 15**
SHAMEFUL MALTA DECISION
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Referendum Day In Malta fails

Shameful Malta decision http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32274233 to continue killing OUR songbirds despite great work by our Maltese friends. Appalling.

A shocking victory for cruelty. A sad day for Malta and for humanity.

Update from Malta with League Against Cruel Sports VP Bill Oddie and Joe Duckworth on Referendum Day to ban spring hunting:


Referendum Day in Malta to Ban Spring Hunting - http://youtu.be/76kRrsNkz48?a

Bri

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**Sat 11 Apr 15**
ONE VOICE - HOW MANY VOICES?
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Thrilled with success of ONE VOICE on Youtube. Thanks folks. iTunes & Spotify release Monday.

Kerry Ellis - One Voice


Anybody figure how many voices there are on ONE VOICE ?

Brian - One Voice

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Voting is a waste of time, right ? Visit http://www.CommonDecency.org.uk just ONCE - and see if our scheme gives you hope. Then tell everyone !

Bri

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Fri 10 Apr 15**
EYES LASERED TODAY
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Had my eyes lasered today. Amazing ! My focus is dramatically better already. I'll tell you all about it. But not tonight !

Thanks, guys, for your kind messages. I learned a lot today, and tonight I feel very cared for. 'Night all.

Bri X

After Twitter follower commented on new "cool" look in protective glasses...

Ha! Thanks... I think any coolness was accidental. But thanks... It's the cool you get from recovering from eye surgery!!

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**Thu 09 Apr 15**
THANKS FOR SUPPORTING NEW TRACK AND JOINING ME IN FORUMS
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Thanks for supporting our new track ! Exploding on the channel. Great ! https://www.youtube.com/user/brianmay

STAGE TUBE: Brian May and Kerry Ellis Release World Premiere Single, ONE VOICE Video:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/STAGE-TUBE-Brian-May-and-Kerry-Ellis-Release-World-Premiere-Single-ONE-VOICE-20150409

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Thanks to all of you who joined me in the forums today. I now realise I have to try harder to explain the potential of Common Decency.

As Mr Wright on the Wright Stuff so rightly said today, in pre-election period most newspapers only print propaganda.

London Evening Standard

Bri

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**Thu 09 Apr 15**
SAVE ME - ORPHANED OTTERS
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I'm so lucky to have Save-Me in my life. We watched two baby otters, boy and girl, meet for the first time today.

Otters

These two babies, Otto and Marla, both orphaned in otter persecution by hunters, now have a second chance.

Otters

See Anne's wonderful wildlife rescue work here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harper-Asprey-Wildlife-Rescue/91313723175

Bri

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**Wed 08 Apr 15**
COMMON DECENCY PROGRESS REPORT
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Common Decency progress report after one week - http://tinyurl.com/myybakd

Bri

Common Decency Report after one week

I believe this is a central problem in the world, at the source of most of the other problems facing humanity.

http://populationmatters.org

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**Tue 07 Apr 15**
MY DAD
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Happy Birthday to my dear Dad who would have been 94 today.

I hope you'd be proud of my efforts.

Yes, my Dad learned to play the guitar along with me - on that Egmond Frères acoustic. Of course, Dad had a head start - he was already great on the Uke … George Formby style. Here he is on a sunny day in our house in Feltham, in 1957. Behind is the coke bunker and the garden shed. That’s the lawn my Dad laid while I was in my Pram (strangely enough, I remember that … my earliest clear memory, I think) …

My Dad

Happy Birthday Dad. What a great start in life you gave me.

Bri

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**Tue 07 Apr 15**
ONE VOICE - BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS [SEE IT RIGHT NOW]
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ONE VOICE !!!! SEE IT RIGHT NOW.

Brian

Brian May & Kerry Ellis - One Voice - https://youtu.be/0plWNDyA6Ig

Credits:

ONE VOICE was written by Ruth Moody, co-founder of The Wailin' Jennys.

This new version is performed by Kerry Ellis and Brian May.

Drums by the mighty John Miceli. All other instruments by BM.

Produced by Brian May.

Co-produced and Engineered by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson.

Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters.

Video concept by Brian May and Grigorij Richters. Lighting/Camera by Grigorij Richters, who also did all the post-production and editing. Shoot assisted and hosted by Denis Pellerin.

Kerry Ellis is currently starring as Grizabella in ‘Cats’ at the London Palladium.

Big thanks to John Miceli, and we thank Ruth Moody most sincerely for giving us her blessing to re-present her beautiful song.

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We're gonna rush-release this new track cos we love it And it has something to say. Watch out !

This probably the fastest turn-around I’ve ever achieved - in terms of getting from a finished mix to a new song being ‘out there’ - but we’re rarin' to go, and decided to dispense with the formalities and throw our new track out there without a backward look.

It’s called ONE VOICE ! It NEEDS to be heard !!!

One Voice

I’ll tell you the story of how this happened soon, but for now, all I want to say is: this track is Art for Art’s sake. To me, it’s something I’m already proud of, with a magnificent vocal performance by Kerry Ellis, but also it has a crystal clear human message - “You have a voice … your voice CAN make a difference”.

The video reflects this, and hopefully the video will be up on my YouTube Channel (and Queen, and Kerry’s sites) in the next few hours.

One Voice cover

We hope you enjoy !!

Like I said: more info soon.

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**Tue 07 Apr 15**
TRACK GOING TO BURST OUT OF ITS BOX
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OK ! This track is going to burst out of its box before you can say @kerryjaneellis1 !!!... Cheers all Bri

Video shot No 3

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**Mon 06 Apr 15**
ANOTHER VIDEO SHOT
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Video shot No 2

Another shot from our video ! So excited for you all to hear it !!

Bri

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**Sun 05 Apr 15**
FROM SUNDAY PAPERS
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Aaaw ! - The scurrilous Daily Mail shows the lovely compassionate man that we never saw over the last 5 years. You can't help thinking Cameron will probably be EATING that lamb later on. But his spin team are fabulous aren't they!

Cameron with a lamb

ha ha ! Marcus Chown: "The Sunday Times, bringing you news from a parallel universe rather a long way from ours."

Sunday Times

Bri

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**Sun 05 Apr 15**
COME AND TALK - WEB CHATS WED 8 APRIL
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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Common-Decency/1577094359170378?ref=hl
Twitter - https://twitter.com/DecencyCommon

COME AND TALK !

Bri

Live Forums Wednesday 8 April

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**Sun 05 Apr 15**
HAPPY EASTER !!!
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Once again my esteemed pal Chiara has given me a perfect way to wish you all a very

HAPPY EASTER !!!

Happy Easter

I hope you all have a restful and peaceful day … a day to sit back a little and realise, even though we fight every day to spread compassion and decency in the world, that we are alive, and the joys of Spring are all around us …

A day to be grateful !!!

With love

Bri

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**Sun 05 Apr 15**
FOOD BANKS - CASSETTEBOY - AND SAVE THE ARCTIC
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http://leftfootforward.org/2013/04/five-things-the-coalition-wont-tell-you-about-universal-credit/

Demand for Food banks now INCREASING. Shameful.

Who could possibly vote for this ?

Britain on feet
by Peter Brookes

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This is Cassetteboy from 5 years ago. How prophetic it turned out to be.

Cassetteboy - Cameron's Conference Rap - https://youtu.be/0YBumQHPAeU

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Help stop Shell's arctic drilling plans.

Sign the petition to Save The Arctic: http://bit.ly/1BQW6iA

Bri

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**Sat 04 Apr 15**
A QUICK LEAK - AND - KINKS SHOW
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Look ! Just a quick leak ... Our new track and video nearly ready to go !!!

Well excited.

Video leak

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I loved The Kinks and I love the show Sunny Afternoon so here's my testimony ! 'Dave', 'Ray', 'Mick' & 'Pete'.

Kinks cast with Bri

The Kinks Sunny Afternoon show is GREAT Hope it wins some Oliviers. Great cast, Great Music. You really got ME.

Kinks' Sunny Afternoon

Bri

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**Wed 01 Apr 15**
LAME LAUNDERING OF THE TRUTH
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Exposing the lame laundering of the truth out there

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/david-camerons-numbers-problem-from-nhs-spending-to-immigration-caps--how-the-tories-cant-get-their-figures-straight-10147119.html

Is there really anyone who HASN'T had enough ?

George Montbiot describes so well the real sickness of our country

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/31/wealth-creators-klepto-rewards-bosses?CMP=share_btn_tw

… and why we need a fundamental change

Bri

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