The fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI18) is ON

Following the completion of contract negotiations with a London venue, we’re delighted to announce that the fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI18) will be held in London over July 20-22, the long weekend after the weekend in which the World Cup final will be played. The venue is of a similar quality to the one where ICMI16 was held, a venue which received universal praise from conference attendees. Following the experience with Birmingham City FC, we shall be keeping the venue confidential, revealing it to ticket holders only, shortly before the event.

Many of the people who’ve paid £22.00 deposits towards their ICMI18 tickets were at ICMI16, and they tell us that as well as enjoying the talks, much of the pleasure they derived from the conference related to socialising with like-minded people over the three days, especially in the evenings.

Paul Elam will be the keynote speaker, with a talk titled, ‘The Men’s Movement – Past, present, and future’. The speaker list is here.

We shall be having dinners on the first two evenings, details of menus and ticket prices will be emailed to ticket holders a month before the event. During the first dinner we’ll be presenting Paul Elam with our Churchill award.

We’ve set ticket prices at the same level as they were at ICMI16:

  • £225.00 (Early Bird ticket, available to order until 24:00 on 31 December, whether or not you’ve already paid a £22.00 deposit)
  • £265.00 (Full price ticket, payable with one payment, or, if you prefer, three consecutive interest-free monthly stage payments. You’ll have to make the first stage payment no later than 24:00 on 31 January.)

You can book your tickets here. You can save the cost of your ticket by taking advantage of a generous offer from a leading portrait photographer who has taken official photographs of many well-known people. Details here.

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Tickets will not be available to order after 24:00 on 31 March.

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The fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI18) will be held in London

Followers of this blog will be aware that following the publication of a scurrilous online attack on J4MB by the football blogger Daniel Storey, Birmingham City FC terminated the contract to host ICMI18 without prior discussion, and without having the right to do so under the contract terms. The club’s explanation for the decision was that I had misrepresented J4MB and the event, both blatant lies. And they failed to engage with a considerable volume of material I sent about the party, men’s and boys’ issues, and previous ICMIs.

Has this discouraged us from holding a conference next year? Of course not. It has only strengthened our resolve to hold it, and make it the best conference in the series so far.

We’ve been in contract negotiations with a London venue of a similar quality to the venue where ICMI16 was held. That venue received universal praise from conference attendees. We expect to announce shortly that the event will definitely be going ahead, 20 – 22 July, after the end of the World Cup.

We are setting ticket prices at the same level as they were at ICMI16:

  • £225.00 (Early Bird ticket, available to order until 24:00 on 31 December, whether or not you’ve already paid a £22.00 deposit)
  • £265.00 (Full price ticket, payable with one payment, or, if you prefer, three consecutive interest-free monthly stage payments. You’ll have to make the first stage payment no later than 24:00 on 31 January.)

Tickets will not be available to order after 24:00 on 31 March.

In the highly unlikely event that the conference doesn’t go ahead, we shall refund your deposit(s) in full.

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Football365 – the Sky connection

Followers of this blog will be aware that our contract with the original venue for ICMI18, St Andrews Stadium – the home of Birmingham City FC – was cancelled by the club on 1 November, with no legal grounds for doing so, and without prior notice.

We received an email from one of the club’s directors just a few hours after the publication of a hit piece by Daniel Storey on the website Football365. The comments stream, at least, is worth catching. The overwhelming majority of the comments are supportive of J4MB and/or critical of the article, and ‘upvotes’ made accordingly.

Our thanks to Ken for pointing out that Football365 is operated by 365 Media Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyUK. He tells me he’s cancelled his subscription to Sky TV, and is encouraging others to do likewise.

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Daniel Storey (Football365) lied about what Mike Buchanan had said on BBC Radio Nottingham

I sense there are now few people checking out Daniel Storey’s recent hit piece, so few people will have seen a comment I posted yesterday on the site:

A number of people have requested that I respond to the claims of Daniel Storey (the writer of this hit piece) about what I reportedly said in a discussion on BBC Radio Nottingham last Monday, 31 October. We’ve just posted on our YouTube channel the full discussion. The relevant section is 4:18 – 5:36. You will note that Storey has added, deleted, and changed words, and excluded altogether the comments made by the interviewer, for context. He has, in short, shown the same low level of journalistic integrity he’s shown in the article in general. This is gutter journalism, with the clear objective of stopping the next International Conference on Men’s Issues being held at St Andrew’s Stadium.

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The Voice of Europe – Episode 165 – This hysteria is different (Daniel Storey’s attack on J4MB on the Football365 website)

Our thanks to Lucian Valsan and Jon Gunnarsson for this. They discuss Daniel Storey’s attack on J4MB between 1:44 – 18:40, after which they turn to Kathy Gyngell’s recent excellent article in the Mail.

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Another misleading statement in Daniel Storey’s Football365 hit piece – support for victims of domestic violence

In comments I’ve left on Daniel Storey’s Football365 hit piece on J4MB, I’ve pointed to inaccuracies and misleading statements in the piece. One I haven’t mentioned so far, but which is worthy of its own blog piece, is this claim made by Storey:

Amongst the points in Buchanan’s detailed manifesto is criticism for the public funding of women’s domestic abuse organisations such as Women’s Aid…

Our 2015 general election manifesto – the document to which Storey refers – is here. Domestic violence is explored over pp.26-30. We are critical of Women’s Aid and other such organizations – with justification – but there is no ‘criticism for the public funding of women’s domestic abuse organisations such as Women’s Aid’. Rather, there is a demand for public funding to support male victims of domestic violence. Proposal #2, on p.30:

Without reducing the support given to female victims of IPV, [JMB emphasis] Local Authorities should make funding available, and other support, to groups supporting male victims of IPV, whether through the provision of helplines, refuge places, or in other appropriate ways that take account of men’s needs in crises such as this. The amount of funding and support should reflect what is known about the proportion of victims of IPV who are men. Funding should include awareness raising initiatives to make men aware of the existence of support services.

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Paul Elam: ‘Birmingham City Football Club breaches contract then lies about it’

Our thanks to Paul Elam of A Voice for Men for this (audio, 4:56). Only one thing for me to add, the images used were the ones relating to the former conference dates of 13-15 July, 2018. Some time ago the dates were changed to 6-8 July, I’ve sent Paul the new images.

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