Our appeal to voters in the Ashfield and Broxtowe constituencies

The human rights of men and boys (including the unborn) have been increasingly assaulted by the state’s actions and inactions for over 30 years, usually to advantage women and/or girls. Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them) – J4MB – is a political party campaigning for an end to those assaults in 20 areas, as outlined in our election manifesto:

Abortion
Foetal alcohol syndrome
Genital mutilation
Fatherlessness
Education
Employment
Access to children after family breakdowns
Domestic violence
Sexual abuse
Armed Forces veterans’ mental health issues
Homelessness
Suicide
Criminal justice system
Paternity fraud
Anonymity for suspected sexual offenders
Divorce
Healthcare
Political representation
State interference in company director appointments
Expectation of retirement years

There are no areas in which the state specifically assaults the human rights of women and girls.

The state’s assaults on men and boys also affects women who are mothers of boys, or who are men’s partners, daughters, other relatives, colleagues, friends or acquaintances. Many J4MB supporters are grandmothers denied access to their beloved grandchildren, or mothers who see their sons disadvantaged by an anti-male state education system.

In the case of abortion, foetal alcohol syndrome, and fatherlessness, girls (including those yet unborn) are also assaulted by the actions and inactions of the state. The result is an ever more dysfunctional society, with increasing alienation of the sexes.

J4MB was launched in February 2013, and is fielding two candidates at this general election. Mike Buchanan (party leader) is standing in Ashfield, a traditionally safe Labour seat which Gloria De Piero (who was selected from an all-women shortlist) retained for Labour with a majority of just 192 votes in 2010. Ray Barry (leader of Real Fathers for Justice) is challenging Anna Soubry, a Conservative MP, in Broxtowe – another highly  marginal seat.

We’re going to field 50+ candidates at the 2020 general election in one major party’s marginal seats, and 100+ candidates in 2025. We’re going to change the face of British politics.

We ask you to vote for J4MB on May 7, to give an early warning to politicians that they cannot continue to assault the human rights of men and boys without consequences.

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J4MB launches its 2015 general election manifesto

We are pleased to present our general election manifesto. The document covers 20 areas where the human rights of men and boys (including the unborn) – and sometimes girls (including the unborn) – are assaulted by the state’s actions and inactions. In a broadly chronological order:

1. Abortion
2. Foetal alcohol syndrome
3. Genital mutilation
4. Fatherlessness, restoring strong families
5. Education
6. Employment
7. Access to children after family breakdowns
8. Domestic violence
9. Sexual abuse
10. Armed Forces veterans’ mental health issues
11. Homelessness
12. Suicide
13. Criminal justice system
14. Paternity fraud
15. Anonymity for suspected sexual offenders
16. Divorce
17. Healthcare
18. Political representation
19. State interference in company director appointments
20. Expectation of retirement years

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who’ve contributed to the development of this document, both formally and informally. Some have invested a considerable amount of time, which we believe is self-evident. I invite you to submit your comments on the document.

In common with all political parties, J4MB requires money to fund its campaigning. Nobody connected with J4MB derives any income from donations, and we invite you to support our work by making a donation here.

Please feel free to contact me at any time. My email address is mike@j4mb.org.uk and mobile number 07967 026163.

Mike Buchanan

PARTY LEADER

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Support J4MB before and during the 2015 general election – stand as a candidate, make a donation, help us distribute campaign materials, vote for us

If you’d like to understand why J4MB is campaigning for the human rights of men and boys you should read our election manifesto, in which we identify 20 areas where the state assaults the human rights of men and boys – and girls, for that matter, when denied access to their fathers following family breakdowns – through its actions and inactions. We plan to publish our 2015 general election manifesto on this website at the end of November.

We consider the denial of fathers’ access to their children following family breakdowns to be nothing less than state-sanctioned emotional abuse of fathers, children, grandparents and others. There are no areas in which the state assaults the human rights of women. The state advantages women over men in many areas, although men collectively pay 72% of the income taxes which largely finance the state.

We’ll be standing in two adjacent highly marginal seats near Nottingham at the 2015 general election – Ashfield and Broxtowe. Mike Buchanan will be standing in Ashfield, the seat of Gloria de Piero, Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities, who won the seat with a margin of only 192 votes at the 2010 general election. Ray Barry – leader of Real Fathers for Justice – will be standing in Broxtowe. On 9 November 2014 we published a detailed piece about our strategy for the next general election – here.

Nobody connected with J4MB derives any income from donations to the party, and our campaigning inevitably costs money. If you’re able to support our work financially, even in a small way, we should be most grateful. You can make a donation here.

If you’re in a position to help us distribute campaign materials door-to-door, from late January onwards, please email Mike Buchanan mike@j4mb.org.uk. Thank you.

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Welcome

Welcome to the official website of Justice for men & boys (and the women who love them) – J4MB – the only political party in the English-speaking world campaigning for an end to state assaults on the human rights of men and boys.

We’re planning to change the face of British politics.

We’re currently engaged in drafting our general election manifesto, and we plan to publish it on this site on 14 December. We’ll be making proposals in the following areas:

1. Abortion
2. Foetal alcohol syndrome
3. Genital mutilation
4. Fatherlessness
5. Education
6. Employment
7. Access to children
8. Sexual abuse
9. Ex-Armed Forces personnel with mental health disorders (including PTSD)
10. Homelessness
11. Suicide
12. Criminal justice system bias
13. Reproductive rights
14. Paternity fraud
15. Anonymity for those suspected of having committed sexual offences
16. Financial settlements following divorce
17. Healthcare
18. Political representation
19. Government interference in company director appointments
20. Retirement years expectation

In June 2014 I gave a speech at the first international conference on men’s issues, in Detroit, explaining why there’s a need for new political parties to campaign for the human rights of men and boys. A video of the speech, along with the associated transcript, is here. My media appearances, as well as those of Ray Barry and Ian Young, who’ll also be standing as candidates for J4MB at the 2015 general election, are here.

For over 30 years, men’s and boys’ human rights have been assaulted by politicians pandering to the demands of women driven by misandry (the hatred of men) – feminist MPs, as well as feminists in key positions in state institutions.

The family court system, for example, fails to ensure fathers and their children enjoy reasonable access to each other following family breakdowns. Denial of access is emotional abuse of children, fathers, grandparents and others.

Conservative and Labour administrations have been equally culpable, and the current Conservative-led coalition has been the worst of them all, slavishly following policy directions set by Harriet Harman and other feminist MPs.

Men collectively pay 72% of the state’s income tax revenues, while women collectively pay only 28% and receive disproportionately far more from the state in return. Men paid a total of £68 billion more income tax than women in 2011/12 – a rise from £64 billion in 2010/11 – yet their human rights and interests are assaulted by the state they largely finance.

The hostile, poisonous, undemocratic, anti-meritocratic, anti-male culture which has developed over 30+ years must be challenged and defeated for the sakes of men, women, and children. For the sake of Britain as a civilised society.

We’re receiving support (and donations) not only from men, but also from women, who believe (as we do) in equality of opportunities for men and women rather than equality of outcomes, which require anti-meritocratic social engineering initiatives to deliver, cause considerable damage to the fabric of a civilised society, and result in justifiable resentment among men who are disadvantaged.

We’re receiving support from women who are mothers of boys, and see them increasingly disadvantaged by the education system.

We’re receiving support from women who love their male partners, fathers, brothers, male friends and acquaintances, and who deplore the assaults on those men’s interests.

We’ll be contesting marginal seats at the May 2015 general election. Our strategy is here. We’ll be contesting two adjacent highly marginal Conservative and Labour seats near Nottingham. I’ll be standing in Ashfield, the seat of Gloria de Piero, the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. She retained the seat for Labour – historically, a safe Labour seat – at the 2010 general election with a majority of only 192 votes.

One of our candidates at the 2015 general election will be Ray Barry, leader of the campaign group Real Fathers for Justice. He supports parents in custody battles through Court Without a Lawyer. He says:

Family Law has become a multi-billion pound industry. The dysfunctional family law system has led to one in four British children permanently losing contact with their fathers after family breakdowns. These children are more likely to suffer disadvantage throughout childhood and adult life.

The reluctance to reform this system among those who work in the industry (lawyers, judges, court staff, court experts) is driven more by financial self-interest than concern for the welfare of children.

We propose a simplified legislative model, intended to remove the need for the great majority of contested court proceedings in cases where parents have separated and are unable to agree the living arrangements for their children.

This legislative base would also remove the need for state intervention concerning child support. No Child Support Agency would be required. This would result in significant savings to the exchequer and would restore the responsibility for such matters to the parents, which is where it belongs.

While we’ll be fighting to win seats, the prime objective will be to contribute to MPs in marginal constituencies losing their seats, to protest at their parties’ relentless pursuit of anti-male agendas. We’re still in the early stages of the awareness building phase of our strategy. In future elections, when we’ll field many more candidates in general elections, the main political parties will have no choice but to engage with us, in an effort to deter us from contesting their marginal seats.

Then we can expect to see the start of the reversal of 30+ years of state-sponsored discriminations against men and boys.

The challenge will have to start at the ballot box. All the main parties unfairly advantage women and girls at the expense of men and boys, so if you’re concerned about the areas in which we campaign, a vote for any of the main parties is a wasted vote.

Only a vote for J4MB will send the political classes the message that their assaults on men and boys must stop.

Political campaigns inevitably cost money to run, and we’ve a great deal of work to do. The people working for the party, including myself, receive no personal income from it. 100% of donations will be used to pay for general election deposits and campaign-related costs. An accountant ensures we abide strictly with Electoral Commission guidelines for political party funding and expenditure.

Please donate what you can to help us make the future brighter for men and boys, and the women who love them. If you’re able to offer us some of your time, perhaps for leaflet distribution, please contact us.

I invite you to contact me at any time. My email address is mike@j4mb.org.uk, my mobile number 07967 026163. Thank you for your interest in our work.

Mike Buchanan

PARTY LEADER

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Mirror: ” ‘Men’s rights’ party leader left fuming after he’s invited to hustings with all-female audience”

Our warm thanks to G for pointing us to this.

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Two Reddits on men being banned from a BBC Radio Nottingham audience

Two Reddits were posted earlier today on the issue of men being banned from the audience at the BBC Radio Nottingham debate tonight, at which all five candidates for the Ashfield constituency spoke – J4MB, Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, UKIP. Our blog hits have gone through the roof, as a result.

All 15 audience members were women, all were vetted by the BBC. One of the BBC women justified the fact that all the audience members were female because 52% of voters are women. You couldn’t make it up.

The focus was on women’s issues, and I (uniquely among the candidates) spoke mainly about men’s issues, sometimes by ignoring the content of the audience questions altogether. We’ll post the audio file on our YouTube channel tomorrow, and publish a blog piece linking to it.

The two Reddit links are here and here, I invite you to submit your own comments.

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The buzz on the ground

A number of supporters and donors have asked me to give them a sense of ‘the buzz on the ground’.

The Royal Mail started distributing the final version of our election leaflet two days ago, and they intend to finish the operation on Friday. I’ve been increasingly struck this week at the number of people I meet who are aware of our campaign, and today I had calls and/or emails from 20-25 people saying they’re going to vote for us on 7 May. Maybe a third of them were women, mostly grandmothers denied access to their beloved grandchildren, or mothers despairing at how their sons are being disadvantaged in state schools.

At the 2020 general election we plan to field 50+ candidates, and 100+ candidates in 2025. We plan to change the face of politics in Britain. In the next few days we’ll be introducing party membership for the first time since we launched the party in February 2013. A standing order of £10pcm will fund the deposit of a candidate in 2020, £100pcm will fund 12 candidates.

Onwards and upwards.

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Janet Bloomfield: ‘Lemons, Panties, Lies and @AmandaMarcotte’

Here at the J4MB headquarters, we’re all huge fans of Janet Bloomfield (‘JudgyBitch’), a Canadian Honey Badger (a female anti-feminist or non-feminist, men’s rights advocate, or two of the three). For new followers to this blog, her latest blog piece should explain why.

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Beestonia

Beeston is a major population centre in the Broxtowe constituency, in which Ray Barry is standing. My thanks to Tim for pointing me to a blog piece by someone who presumably lives there, and brazenly lied about the content of our leaflet (‘bogus stats’) and our manifesto – here.

I’ve just left the following comment, and it’s awaiting moderation.

April 22, 2015 at 21:58

To put it mildly, you’re a blithering idiot. I, too, have no idea why I’d ever want to befriend you on Facebook (if indeed I did). Maybe we have some mutual friends, though that seems unlikely.

For anyone who wants to discover what’s REALLY in our manifesto – here.

Have a nice day.

Mike Buchanan

JUSTICE FOR MEN AND BOYS
(and the women who love them)

http://j4mb.org.uk

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The anti-male bias of BBC Radio Nottingham – it gets worse

This afternoon we reported how Ray Barry hadn’t been invited to appear on the BBC Radio Nottingham hustings, while all the other candidates were. The BBC identified all the other candidates by name on its website, along with their parties – here.

I’ve just checked on the website to see how tomorrow’s Ashfield hustings are being presented – here. You’ll note that none of the candidates (or their parties) are named:

Sarah Julian broadcasts live from The Festival Hall in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. She’s joined by a panel of candidates standing for election in the Ashfield Constituency. Hear a range of questions from the audience including the hunt for the vital women’s vote [our emphasis].

The bottom line is that anyone naively depending on BBC Radio Nottingham for information about forthcoming programmes wouldn’t learn of the existence of Ray, myself, or J4MB. The BBC had the power to select both the presenter and the audience of 12 people, and it selected 13 women.

The people running BBC Radio Nottingham should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

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BBC Radio Nottingham – anti-male bias

I had a call last Friday from Ray Barry, our candidate in Broxtowe. He was justifiably angry at not having been informed that a BBC Radio Nottingham debate with the Broxtowe candidates was taking place, and by the time he learned about it, it had already taken place.

The non-invitation of Ray to the debate is typical of the relentless anti-male bias shown by the BBC in many areas over many years. Last year we complained about a Newsnight piece about domestic violence which showed only female victims and only male perpetrators. We wrote a complaint outlining how the piece had violated 54 of the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines, and the complaint was rejected.

For some weeks I’ve had in my diary a BBC Radio Nottingham debate with the other candidates in Ashfield, which will be broadcast live tomorrow, 23 April, 18:00 – 19:00. I had heard nothing about the proposed venue or format, so was surprised by something Ray told me about the event. I emailed my senior (male) contact at BBC Radio Nottingham the following:

(Name redacted), good morning. Has a venue been decided for this debate? I heard on the grapevine that the theme is to be ‘What will your party do for women voters?’ which I can scarcely believe, given all parties (other than J4MB) focus on representing the interests of women (and girls), and none give a damn about the interests of men (and boys) – hence the 20 areas in our manifesto in which the state assaults the human rights of men and boys, while assaulting the human rights of women and girls in none.

He replied:

Here are the details for next week.

DATE: Thursday 23rd APRIL, 2015

VENUE: Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 7DJ

TIME: Arrive by 5.30pm. On air live 6.05 until 7pm.

PANEL: Five candidates standing in Ashfield have been invited to attend.

AUDIENCE: There will be an audience and they will be invited to ask questions to the panel. Unlike the Broxtowe and Sherwood hustings this audience will be smaller and will have been vetted by the BBC to ensure there is no political bias.

SUBJECTS: This is a CONSTITUENCY debate. We want to talk about issues affecting Ashfield. However, this does not mean we’ll be ignoring national issues like immigration. There will be questions about women voters but equally there’ll be plenty of time given to subjects like health (with reference to King’s Mill hospital) and other areas.

Many thanks again and looking forward to seeing you next Thursday.

I replied:

Thanks . No question(s) about male voters, in the interests of balance?

He replied:

The format we’re going for is a more informal form of hustings.

The audience will be made up of 12 women voters who will have gone through a vetting process (my colleague will shortly be sending you details of how you can nominate people you’d like to attend).

The first part of the evening will be on why women’s votes could be so important at this election. But it will not take up the whole of the evening. We want to talk about King’s Mill hospital and regenerating places like Kirkby and Sutton.

I replied:

(Name redacted), this is even worse. No male voters in the audience? Will the people I can nominate have to be women too? This is a deep insult to half the voters, the half ignored by all political parties (with the exception of J4MB) and the mainstream media. It’s a complete farce.

Will there be an opportunity to make a speech, even a short one, at some point?

He replied:

It is going to be an audience of women so you’d have to nominate women.

It will be a live debate broadcast on BBC Radio Nottingham between 6 and 7pm on Thursday 23rd April.

Before the debate begins each candidate will have the opportunity for an opening statement – no more than one minute. The position of when you make your statement will be decided by picking names from a hat. At the end there’ll be an opportunity for a closing statement, again one minute in duration, the order will be the reverse of those of the opening statement.

His (female) colleague then emailed me the following:

Thank you for agreeing to take part in the BBC Radio Nottingham debate in Ashfield. You have an opportunity to put some potential audience members forward to attend the event. This debate will be different is style to most, the audience will consist of about 12 women. We want to hear from women from all ages and walks of life, to find out what really matters to them. Topics might include the economy, NHS and Education.

In accordance with BBC national guidelines regarding due impartiality each audience member must be vetted. Details and the vetting form are below could you send on to potential audience members. The choice of who you invite is down to you, but they need to be ‘rank and file supporters’ (normal voters) rather than campaigners or party activists.

Once the form is returned to me and if they are successful I will send out a ticket.

I replied with the following, and didn’t get a response from her.

(Name redacted), thank you. This premise of the programme is outrageous, but I shall still attend. You write:

“The choice of who you invite is down to you…”.

No, it’s not. You’ve excluded one entire gender from the audience.

You write:

“BBC Radio Nottingham is giving the women of Ashfield the opportunity to be part of a live political debate.”

Put another way:

“BBC Radio Nottingham is not giving the men of Ashfield the opportunity to be part of a live political debate.”

I invite you to listen to the programme from 18:00 – 19:00 tomorrow. It should be possible to listen to it ‘live’ over the internet. A link to the station is here, simply click on ‘LISTEN LIVE’. Regardless of the cynical format of the show, I shall not be silenced with respect to issues affecting men and boys.

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Peter Lloyd: ‘Rape and the men whose lives are wrecked by lies: Suspects must be kept anonymous until conviction in case of false accusations’

The last of three pieces by Peter Lloyd for the print and online editions of the Daily Mail.

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J4MB challenges the Ashfield candidates over male genital mutilation

For the past two or three weeks I’ve been receiving a large number of emails daily from individuals and organizations asking whether J4MB supports various policy positions. Many concern issues on which we have no official positions, and we simply don’t have the time to respond to more than a few of them.

Yesterday evening I received the following email, my response follows it.

“Dear Candidate,

This election, please support the Jewish community’s Ten Commitments.

In your capacity as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the General Election, I wanted to draw to your attention the Board of Deputies of British Jews’ 2015 General Election Jewish Manifesto, which you can access here.

The Manifesto includes an extensive range of Jewish issues including Religious Freedom, Antisemitism, Israel, Education, Social Care and Social Action. The Manifesto also includes a list of the community’s top ten ‘Policy Asks’, which have been encapsulated into the Manifesto’s Ten Commitments.

I would value your response to the Board of Deputies’ Ten Commitments, listed below.

Please send me your response to these issues and, if you feel able, please share your support for these Ten Commitments on social media with the hashtag #TenCommitments @BoardofDeputies:

1. Defend the right to a Jewish way of life, including kosher meat; religious clothing; circumcision; and flexible working to accommodate Shabbat and festival observance.

2. Oppose all forms of hate crime, including Antisemitism, Islamophobia and other types of racism, promoting and enhancing community safety.

3. Promote good relations, understanding and cooperation between all of the UK’s communities.

4. Support efforts to remember and understand the Holocaust, and strive to prevent any future genocide.

5. Advocate for a permanent, comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, resulting in a secure Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state.

6. Promote peace projects that unite communities, and resist boycotts that divide communities.

7. Affirm the importance of faith schools within the overall provision.

8. Support the provision of religiously and culturally sensitive youth and social care services.

9. Promote a more just and sustainable future in the UK and abroad; supporting efforts to tackle poverty, climate change and human rights abuses.

10. Celebrate and support Jewish heritage and cultural Institutions.

Please do take the opportunity to review and consider the Manifesto. I would very much welcome further discussion on any of the issues and look forward to hearing your feedback and the areas on which you feel able to commit.

If you would like to discuss the document further, please do not hesitate to contact me, or the Board’s Parliamentary Affairs Officer, at , telephone .

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Truly…

<Name redacted>”

I replied with the following, and copied all the other Ashfield candidates on the email:

“<Name redacted>, thank you.

If you check out our election manifesto you’ll see one of the state’s 20 assaults on the human rights of men and boys – through its actions and/or inactions – about which we campaign is male genital mutilation. If your religion required the mutilation of the genitals of eight-day-old girls, the state wouldn’t permit it. Genital mutilation is a barbaric assault on males, and making it illegal on religious and/or cultural grounds is underway in Europe (e.g. Finland). We shall pressure the UK government to follow suit as soon as possible.

I invite the other Ashfield candidates to reply to you, copying the other candidates, showing they support the human right of males not to have their genitals mutilated shortly after birth – or indeed before the age of 18, without their full consent. Should they fail to do so, as I predict they will, they will be displaying their lack of concern for the human rights of half the population.”

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Belinda Brown: ‘Feminists have dismantled the social conventions that protected women against rape.’

Another excellent piece from Belinda Brown. I have it on good authority that in the paragraph starting ‘Furthermore…’, ‘1Z4′ should read ‘1/4′.

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