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May 2015

If I were to meet Seaman William McNeilly today I would look him in the eye and tell him how brave I thought he was.  He has given up is career that he loved, the opportunity to support his country and the Royal Navy.

He has swallowed his own pride and opened up on the Hazards, Safety Issues and security.

None of the issues surprise me at all.

Seaman William McNeilly

I worked in Defence for years, including Support for the Royal Navy Sonar systems.  Giving Technical Support to the Royal Navy.

I can sympathise with those issues even though I left Naval services 6-7 years ago I remember how difficult it was becoming for the Submarine Weapon Systems officers who were being forced to take on more and more technical responsibility.  Each officer can only take on so much, – and still cope 100% as they are expected to.

The Royal Navy like the rest of the UK armed forces have been pushed to limit, cut back after cut back.  Many people who previously understood or had responsibly for the issues Seaman William McNeilly has raised may well have left, made redundant, leaving behind over stretched men who have suddenly been forced into a steep learning curve for their additional responsibilities.

The Royal Navy offers a is a great career.  submariners are not only put under a lot of stress to perform 100% because of their duties, but often because the safety of all the crew and the submarine is a stake.  So people should listen with a sympathic ear to McNeilly.

Seaman William McNeilly may well have spoken out, or found himself listening with dread to his superiors talk about every thing he has highlighted.  While they have chosen to try and ‘cope’ with the situation instead of risking their careers, chances of promotion, or to honest – their families and their welfare the income provides.

There have been too many cuts backs to be able to provide the response day-to-day to many issues, so they get left to people like William McNeilly to worry about.

It is not his fault – it is the government’s.

I feel for all Whistleblowers.  I have spent 5 years fighting Hypocrisy and blind stupidity in BAe and the MoD whilst working on Typhoon.

The worst is yet to hit William McNeilly.  No income.  Stress.  Bias towards/from MoD in the courts and useless Whistleblowing laws.

Eventually you come out of it with nothing.  I face loosing my house and live by scrounging and scrimping.  It is a horrible way to live, but I would not change one thing that I’ve done.  I will continue to take pride in what I did.  But I still feel the pain.  So I know what McNeilly is going through.  We should support him.

Most importantly we should support the Royal Navy to get these issues fixed.

We will either have an “I told you so” disaster with lives ruined or taken by accidents or dangers we should have fixed; or we can listen and give the messengers a clap on the back.

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Ref:

http://news.sky.com/story/1485843/missing-trident-submariner-to-hand-himself-in

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32771925

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[You could see that the police did not want to arrest him as they understood what his plan was. He had on his person all his research and that would have to be admissible evidence in any trial and of course, his research may very well prove that members of government are actually breaking the law.]

Further details on the very clever PAUL MOBBS and his arrest at Downing St. today:
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It would be great if you used your networks to get out this information as far and wide as possible immediately.

Around 3pm today Paul was arrested under the Terrorism Act (Highways section) for blocking the entrance to Downing Street in his attempt to make a citizens arrest of four key members in the government. He has acted in this way as he believes that members in government are guilty of Misconduct In Public Office in reference to fracking.

He arrived with a small team of witnesses and documenters at the entrance to Downing Street at around 11.15 this morning and proceeded to explain his intentions to the police on the gates. At first they ignored him but his politeness and clear knowledge of his rights necessitated that they eventually sent in their commanding officer who was joined quickly by two other officers.

He explained that as he has exhausted all other routes for taking action with regards to the fact that his research shows that the crime of Misconduct In Public Office is being committed, he has only one last resort which is to effect a citizens arrest himself. The police took a long time to scrutinise his arguments and there was much going and coming between them and other advisors behind the gates. His arguments were erudite and his temper remained pleasant and non confrontational at all times, as you can see from the photographs. In fact, there was not one officer that he spoke with who did not end up smiling and laughing, particularly when he said that he was going to leap over the fence soon and they responded that he probably was a bit too big and old for that and he responded that, being an avid rambler, he can move “gazelle like” if he wanted.

You could see that the police did not want to arrest him as they understood what his plan was. He had on his person all his research and that would have to be admissible evidence in any trial and of course, his research may very well prove that members of government are actually breaking the law. In fact, you could see that over the course of the three hours he was talking with them, many of them were finding his evidence compelling themselves and of course, being on this list, you know how compelling that evidence is.

Eventually, he took to stating that he was going to use his body to block any traffic coming in or out of Downing Street. At this point, a police van turned up and he was arrested. As you can see in the picture, he went peacefully.

We believe he was taken to Charring Cross police station. We alerted his wife who we had been told to ring as soon as he was arrested. Alice is now key contact and will update us as to what happens next. We are assuming he will be released this evening.

You are probably aware of Paul’s research and all of his key work is on his site: http://www.fraw.org.uk/mei/current/extreme_energy.shtml

But, his final report on fracking is soon to be released and he had given that to the police as soon as he arrived. He has also released today the update of his ‘frackogram’, which is here and he would really like people to circulate this as widely as possible. This document alone seems to point clearly at serious misconduct in office:
http://www.fraw.org.uk/…/fracktured_…/frackogram_2015-A3.pdf

A film of the events of today should be up on the Talk Fracking you tube site by tomorrow morning.

 

http://www.fraw.org.uk/mei/current/extreme_energy.shtml


I don’t qualify for any of it! Help me, Help myself!

I’m fed up of people telling me to go to Citizens Advice Bureau. In the end of done more to help myself.  By now I know what they’ll say – and I don’t qualify for any of it!

I’ve been there – done that; and I’m poorer than ever. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, can’t justify the cost of going out of the house!! So I try to cope with 2,000 pages of legal and tribunal evidence on my own. God its boring after years of waiting!

I receive ESA and Child Benefit. Not enough to live on; wasn’t 4 years ago; isn’t now.

Even my medical pension hasn’t help much; the ESA is reduced anyway as a result.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are simply surprised that I haven’t solved my problems yet. Er – life long term illness?  And the Employment Tribunal I am sure is taking deliberately long. And no you can’t settle a Public Interest Disclosure case, confidently through ACAS – come on! What would be the point my blowing the whistle?

As for my health –there’s no cure? Certainly no improvement while I’m kept in suspense. CAB just expect me to go away? Their foodbank – now get this, only provides food parcels twice in any three month period. That’s for two of us? Looks like we’ll living on Beans, and maybe eggs if we’re lucky. Have you seen the price of Bread?

CAB “At least your family are getting School meals when they are at school?”

Self “Er, excuse me they Breakup for Summer next week”

CAB “Drive down to K_____ and pick up a food parcel”

Self “I’m sorry I can’t afford food, which I’d buy before I put petrol in the car”

CAB “oh…” CAB

Self “It would be a 35 mile round trip – I don’t normally drive that much in a week?”

CAB “You could go to the local Children’s centre?”

Self “Yep – I did until they turned me away and gave me your number?”

CAB “…”

 

So how to cope?

  • Bake Bread (until the flour runs out)
  • Eat up the rice and pasta…
  • Eat the same thing every day and get used to it
  • Four small meals a day is better than trying to manage one decent one!
  • Have a glass of water before/instead of snack (good way to diet as well)
  • Live off Yellow or ‘oops’ labels while you can
  • Stretch you budget till you cry?

 

Whistleblowing poet needs to keep alive

Ambitious & passionate. I belive in truth. A whistleblower trapped in a cycle of disclosure & delay?

 

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Crowdfunding campaign Indiegogo can it be worth the effort?

With the promise and hope that “everybody is funding everything” we should all be doing it?

What am I doing? A writer, whistleblower, sometime historian and would investigative journalist – just call it Blogging for now? Oh- a poetry book to promote:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/whistleblowing-poet-needs-to-keep-alive/x/8151164

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Hard-Highway-Michael-Wormald

http://tcaofalstaffwild.wordpress.com/

I am doing this in order to avert financial disaster and face giving up everything I started doing – mainly fighting the bias Whistleblowing Employment Tribunal through appeal to conclusion.

See I got I lot on and A lot at stake? As projects go there’s not much return for the investment; but if you support Whistleblowers or journalistic blogging then you would have the satisfaction of supporting me.

If you reading this not because you looking to support or sponsor me here is some advice I’ve collected about starting a crowdfunding project like Indiegogo

Have a very clear funding goal and deadline
Ask how much do you need to raise? Deadlines and timescales are set at project launch. Be very transparent and specific with your use of funds. With Indiegogo you do not need to raise 100 percent of your budget, they have flexible funding. Be reasonable set a lower target rather a huge one. Do the project in steps; if you fail at the first target – maybe it is not meant to be? A target that’s too big will but people of. A good project or business is developed in steps; if necessary have a series of campaigns towards your goal.

A video
Be creative, catchy, need to personalise your story, but only if its going to look good on video? Don’t just talk about what your project or product is. 

If feasible offer people an exciting give-back or perk.
Offer different perks at all different levels is obvious – but think about what success you are trying to achieve. Most project don’t start on the principle that they will go into business giving any personalized junk. Crowd funding supports are always shopping; they may be there because they want to support you and don’t want to see you fail because the funding goal doesn’t cover the budget of give-backs. Success brings success, not signed postcards?

Be proactive in getting the word out
Use social media and email. Tweet, Twitter, talk. Facebook pages, will amplify your word of mouth campaign. But be proactive and use the updates. Updates be anything from video updates to talking about the progress of the campaign or the project itself.

 

Keep doing what you do: and communicate
Funders fund based on their own confidence, and constant communication helps in these cases. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/whistleblowing-poet-needs-to-keep-alive/x/8151164

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Hard-Highway-Michael-Wormald

http://tcaofalstaffwild.wordpress.com/

 


I am two voices

The heart of a writer’s success lies in the marketing. Without marketing I will be unable to continue to write my planned works, – with which I hope to ‘write my way out of this hole’. Without the Blog potential supporters would not know about my struggle or my poetry.

Whistle blowing is not snitching, some view it this way, but it is an action of bravery, which stems from dedication to truth. Honesty is important to writers; in the same way it is important for whistleblowers. It is a shame on society that both can be smothered and must suffer for their beliefs.

The next three months are critical for me not only must I survive; I am waiting for and preparing for my Appeal. It is twelve months since I firmly set on writing – and twelve months I’ve been diverted in Tribunals which are part of a system biased against the individual whistleblower, designed to starve me out.

The poets, the playwrites, musicians and the artists are the thinkers and the feelers that help society breath and see and feel alive; the whistleblower is not an artist but the individual thinking, feeling seeing and shouting out to others to stop and hear the truth, I am both. I am two voices.


Whistleblowing poet needs to keep alive Indiegogo project

Ambitious & passionate. I belive in truth. A whistleblower trapped in a cycle of disclosure & delay?

 

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Hello and thank you for reading. My name is Michael Wormald. I am British, starting off as a self-publisher and blogger.  I’m no longer in full time employment because I am a Whistleblower.  Making Protected Disclosures  regarding Airworthiness and contracting irregularities at major defence firm, it took courage to make this step – and even more to continue the fight.

This aside, I have been writing for many years now,  I’ve decided to release my stories and share my experiences to a wider audience.  I have my blogs:

https://likethisdont.wordpress.com/

http://thelonghardhighway.wordpress.com/

http://tcaofalstaffwild.wordpress.com/

And I have published one collection of romantic, fantastic, and inspiring poems; stories and moments from my past.  There is no context, other than my memory.

I continue to write and I continue to struggle to balance my condition Myalgic Encephalitis; and with stress, anxiety and depression caused by the Whistleblowing.

I have produced long, intricate and imaginative stories from a very young age, always having in mind the idea of becoming a writer.

I started work in the Communications; travelling all over the country visiting not only factories and offices but bank vaults, prisons, coal mines, army barracks, ships, rigs, and hospitals; before moving to Defence supporting the Royal Navy; working on Submarines and ships; and later the RAF.

Diagnosed with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), and a father of a young daughter and now a Whistleblower, – hoping to turn to writing fulltime.  However I am unable to support myself and fight the Tribunal and courts over the disclosures and loss of my job, and start writing at the same time.

I have a lot to share; I have the inspiration and ambition but I trapped by debt and the continuing delay of the courts.  For instance since the original date of my Tribunal in Janurary I have had to invest a most of time am healthy to Appeal paperwork.

I want to continue my blogs and marketing my work and complete research for my novels.

It is very difficult and frustrating self-publishing.  Poetry does never sells well, (unless the poet as died).

Preparation for the Tribunal has typically been 1500-2000 pages; an exhausting and costly process.  The Appeal process rolls on and on; draining my energy and resources.

Your contributions will help me make ends meet, keep on writing, and release blogs until I hear from the courts about my Appeals.

Donations allow me to dedicate all my time to writing, and all the other stuff related to get a foot hold self-publishing.

What I Need

You contributions to reach this target, if achieved I will be able pay the mortgage arrears.  Get food in the house to feed my daughter and myself so I can keep on fighting:

  •              Representing myself in court,
  •             And writing or marketing my work;

and hopefully finding success!

Other Ways You Can Help

I understand that people sometimes can’t afford to be charitable, if you cannot donate please keep passing on my appeal – or my blog links or my poetry:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Wormald/e/B00FO…

But if you don’t have any money to contribute you can help out with a tweet or like. This is just as important and you only have to click on a button?

I will be inspired  – and full of gratitude for your time and kindness!

Thankee

Michael


Whistleblower protection, right of conscience

EI Whistleblower

Whistleblower protection, right of conscience

 

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Summary:

Her name is Sylvie Therrien. She has been working for HRSDC since January 2011, and from October 2012 as an Employment Insurance (EI) “integrity services investigator”. This campaign to provide her with living expenses was an idea some of us Canadians came up with because, in May 2013, Sylvie was suspended without pay on suspicion of leaking information to the media about an unethical EI quota system.

 

What Happened

In Canada we are supposed to have a whistleblower’s protection act, but in reality we don’t have protection for people who expose government wrong-doing. Sylvie Therrien could not continue, in good consience, working quietly within government “quota” guidelines for EI. When she questioned her superiors about the ethics of the practise, her concerns were laughed off because the EI managers could get bonuses for big cuts to EI payouts. She realized that cutting people off rightfully earned EI only served one purpose: to make the government look good by saying that fewer people were unemployed. Spin Spin Spin was what these quotas were about.

So Sylvie, at great peril to her own future earnings, stepped up and told the media about this unethical action by the Government of Canada. In our interview (http://livestream.com/occupyearth) she explains how she was told to disallow EI benefits for frivolous reasons in order to meet a quota of $485,000 in disallowed benefits per year

 

Think about that: almost 1/2 million a year of denied benefits per investigator in the office where she worked. How many others were doing the same in that office? How many others are doing the same in offices across the country? At a time when Canadians are unemployed and vulnerable, our government is working behind the scenes to cut their legs out from under them! How many people are struggling more then ever before so that the government can misdirect EI benefits to other uses, like $50 million gazebos, helicopter fishing trips for ministers and ridiculous Economic Action Plan ads?

You Can help this Indiegogo Project:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ei-whistleblower/x/8151164

 

Sylvie Therrien, an employee of Services Canada, was suspended without pay on suspicion of being a whistleblower. Her hearing is now postponed until September.  Sylvie’s union (SEIU) has told her that this could be a long battle, and in the meantime the government knows that Sylvie is a single mother with bills to pay. This is just another government BULLY tactic to shut whistleblowers up. If the government top-cats can’t do it by prosecuting them, they will do it by starving the leaker.

Let’s stand up for Sylvie, who stood up for us! Even in these tough times, we believe that caring Canadians would be willing to donate to help pay the living expenses of someone who stood up for fellow Canadians.  Whether you can only afford $1 or can handle a larger donation of $5, $10 or even $100, know that your support is greatly appreciated. And please help by sharing this message with other caring Canadians. Together we can show Sylvie that yes, Canadians do care and Canadians support whistleblowers!

See Other Indiegogo Crowdfunded projects:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/whistleblowing-poet-needs-to-keep-alive/x/8151164