Ed Miliband v Ken Clarke – who won?

 

Prime Minister’s Questions (‘PMQs’) this week , Wednesday 12:00 – 12:30, demonstrated perfectly all the points that I have ever made (in meBook)  about the inherent pointlessness of party politicians.

Ed Miliband, himself a wonderful example of how dangerous AV can be (tee hee, hoho and 😉 ), made a skin crawling exhibition of himself when he accused the Justice Minister of saying that “some rapes are not as serious as others”.

What Clarke had actually said, was that the law recognises different classes of serious crime (including rape), which it has incidentally for decades, and that these distinctions are there to be used by judges when applying an appropriate sentence to the crime. 

This comment made by Ken Clarke, the Justice Minister, (married to the same woman for over 40 years) was misconstrued in an emotional radio talk-in show encounter with a rape victim. He simply used language which was open to misunderstanding because of its technical nature. However, given the emotionally charged situation, it was always going to be difficult to have a coherent discussion; at worse, Ken Clarke might be accused of not choosing his words carefully enough. 

But, oh boy, did Miliband show himself up to be the bandwagon burk of the day! There he was, all serious, quiet and controlled with a deeper voice than usual, calmly asking for Clarke’s head “by the end of the day”. Ed Miliband is a disaster for the Labour Party and all party politicians are a disaster for ‘we the people’; ‘we’ are simply not that important anymore, if indeed we ever were, and we are certainly not heard by Westminster Village. 

Miliband used all his allowed 6 questions on this storm in a teacup. Bah Poo & piffle – time for the end of party politics I say, and so, it seems, do the 60% of the population who actually bothered to vote in the May 2010 inconclusive election.

PMQs has become a farce, a reality show watched by saddos like me and Andrew Neil (except he gets paid to watch it ). The questions are never answered by the ‘ohoho so clever’ Prime Minister and waste valuable time that could be used for the benefit of the people. Time for a change methinks …

NHS reforms – makes me want to weep!

 

The NHS “reforms” proposed by the new Tory government are not reforms, they are simply a politically expedient way to remove future responsibility from central government by putting private companies in charge. The same principle applies to the schools system started by that self-obsessed idiot Blair and continued by ‘gormless’ Gove and ‘Couldn’t care a less’ Cameron.

All we hear from Cameron is how necessary the reforms are – but never ever any detail. Andrew Lansley’s gone a bit quiet though …

The key reform that you have NOT heard is that “The NHS will cease to be an organisation with a management structure.” Think about that for a minute – then think again. No mention of such radical reforms was made in the manifesto of either the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats at the last general election. This means that the NHS, as you knew it, just disappears.

Here are some reforms I think should be made and they don’t require any expensive re-organisation at all.

  • Firstly – show some grit and cancel ALL the damn PFI schemes started under Thatcher and continued by Blair & Brown – just do it in the name of future generations of British people who are going to be totally screwed for years to come. The saving? At least £50 billion! … and where’s my 10%? (for further details of the PFI disaster – see the section on Alex Salmond below…)
  • Put Senior Nursing Staff back in charge of hospitals and ward sisters in charge of cleaning of their own wards! Remove all private cleaners and private contracts from hospitals.
  • For years drug companies have been funding skiing trips and other expensive bribes for GPs who take their drugs – just stop it! GPs should simply select drugs from a “NICE” list of approved drugs – that’s it. Re-organisation & £2bn saved – I’ll take my 10% fee now please!
  • Doctors who cannot speak English should be removed from service forthwith.! I have had to see two of them over the last few months, about an eye problem, and I was left feeling completely un-served by their inability to hold a detailed conversation. They knew how to fill out the forms alright, but as to advice etc. it just left me fuming! Both were east European and were woefully short of the the mark.
  • Nurses should live up to their name and nurse (verb) rather than oversee medication rotas – perhaps this is a bit strong BUT it is more right than wrong! Put the care back into nursing.
  • I’m sure that any businessperson of 20 years experience in starting & running their own company could propose billions of savings after a matter of a few weeks investigation. You don’t need one of the big 5 accountancy firms to tell you how to do it with fees mounting to millions!
  • Its the bureaucracy that really is inefficient and largely useless. Just get that same chap(ess)  just above to research make some changes – another billion saved! If you remove the NHS management function – who will have the power to investigate and remove duff doctors?
  • The NHS is the flower of British political development – don’t mess with the NHS mate – or we will all come and getcha!

I am right – you probably agree too – so why the bloody hell can’t our politicians do just that?

Most of my suggested reforms would be supported by most of the public but they require political will to be achieved. There’s the the problem – our politicians are gutless, clueless and lost in a funny little world of their own.

To quote Alex Salmond recently, and whilst I completely disagree with him on his desire to split Scotland off from the UK, his analysis on the NHS is spot on!

“Don’t let these three parties destroy your NHS”.

It will not be “National” anymore – the reforms mean a locally run postcode lottery.

It will not be a “Service” – private company profitablility will supercede service – that’s the nature of the beast!

A recent BBC investigation of PFIs (Private Finance Initiatives) found that the 11bn investment made so far will cost us 66bn over 20 years, and that does not include the £600 to change a lightbulb scenario!
(Derek Ruskin says: “600% return to private business – not bad eh? Do you remember voting for that when you voted Blair in? Neither do I!”)

99% of the Royal College of Nursing are against NHS reforms

95% of GPs are against the reforms

Started by new labour forming ‘Foundation’ Hospitals 2003 following on from Thatchers “reforms”.

Scotland has it right – SNHS has gone back to original ethos of the NHS. Alex Salmond for President of Great Britain – hurrah!

An interesting history of the NHS and the “improvements” made by our dear leaders over the years is here – its not a pretty website but the facts are thought provoking.

Religion in Education – No Thanks …

 

Supreme Court of Wisconsin “There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state, as religion. Let it once enter into our civil affairs, our government soon would be destroyed. Let it once enter our common schools, they would be destroyed. Those who made our Constitution saw this, and used the most apt and comprehensive language in it to prevent such a catastrophe.” (March 18, 1890)

So, we knew it then – why, oh why, can we not learn from our mistakes? Where is the central repository of accrued wisdom to be used when our leaders need guidance? Perhaps we need to have some basic but required education for our politicians (I sow the germ of an idea … – OK own up now, who has NOT read Plato’s Republic yet – eh? eh?).

Religion has absolutely no place in our schools simply because it is a matter of faith / belief and therefore should simply be left to individuals, once they are over 18, and therefore legally old enough to decide for themselves.

Religious schools are by definition divisive – each of the three Abrahamic religions says quite clearly, each in its own manual, that “You shall have no other god but me”. Well, they can’t all be right can they …? Until that point is answered I demand the right to cease all government funding of blind, stupid, archaic, ridiculous faith based organisations based on the rantings of long dead ignorant power mad wizened old men.

Faith schools were not really a big problem, for Britain, while fluffy C.of.E schools were all that there were (OK the Roman Catholic ones were hotbeds of erm … well, ahem hotbeds …), but things have changed. We now have our government funding alien and dangerously backward-looking 7th century Arab culture which is demanding to be “respected” and our politically correct party politicians cannot seem to act to stop this dangerous nonsense.

By all means tolerate them BUT why on earth respect them? We know better! We grew out of tribal warfare around a thousand years ago but seem to forget that it takes time to others to grow up too. OK – it has only been 80 years since our women gained the right to vote but we have to maintain those societal principles and demand that those who immigrate here follow them.

I openly criticise this government’s blind financial support for Islam, and all religions for that matter, because they should damn well know better – read history – understand the lessons for Pete’s sake. The lessons I refer to are encapsulated in paragraph 1 above and in the obvious case our own monarch inventing a religion, (I speak of course of Henry VIII), just because it suited the leadership of the day. Things haven’t changed much – have they Charles?

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Clegg’s proposed House of Lords reforms …

 
Nick Clegg after the AV results were published
... just after the AV results were published

Nick Clegg is a huge disappointment to me, and to many people who were looking for a new political direction in the dying days of the Brown government; his academic writings and philosphical background were like a warm fire to me 15 months ago – but oh how times have changed!

OK then – what’s he done to upset me?

  • He actually wanted PR, not AV, as a parliamentary electoral system yet he “forced” a referendum on AV as part of the “coalition agreement”. The last time we had a referendum, back in 1975, it was about joining the EEC (NB: this was not the pile of poo we now have called the “EU”!). So, he should either have stuck to his principles and used his temporarily powerful position to get something useful done for the people. Referenda don’t come round very often and he completely screwed up on this one.
  • He is now proposing to rename the House of Lords as “Senate”, a word that belongs to a republic not to the primitive Monarchical jobby that we currently have and incidentally he does not want either.
  • However, the very worst of his proposed reforms is to increase religious voices in the new “Senate” instead of taking the opportunity to remove them all together, which as an atheist is what he really wants to do. So, as well as the priviliged nonsense from the Anglican ‘Lords Spiritual’ he proposes to add Muslim, Roman Catholic and Jewish voices into the reviewing legislature. Sunni or Shi-ite? Orthodox or liberal Jews and what about the Scientologists, after all they get tax breaks too! (Yup, I know it sounds bonkers but alas it is true).Clegg has clearly sold up any principles he held dear to the Westminster power / money game and looks desperately miserable as a result.

Chris Huhne seems to have been caught lying to the police about a driving issue, Vince the Cable has blotted his copybook, by telling us the truth about the BSkyB takeover, so where next for the Liberal Democrats?

Nick has to go back to his liberal principles and try to get just one of his genuinely held views out there.

Are you listening Nick? Because I, and many others “agree with you” still, but for how much longer ..?

The pointless referendum

 

Today some 50% of the British public will put a tick in a box to ‘change politics forever’. Poppycock, this referendum was party politically motivated, irrelevant to the British people and as such will be supported by the British people in drove(let)s. Pah BOOO & piffle

If PR were an option then perhaps it might have been a useful exercise – but let’s see this exercise for what it was – “a miserable little compromise”  to quote Clegg.

AV is a useful system for voting for a chairperson, president or group leader but its use and relevance for electing a parliament is nigh on useless, if not damaging.

Another £120m of your quids down the loo! (Estimates vary between £80m – £250m)

Beatification season – is Mugabe to be the next Catholic saint?

 

I listened with sad incredulity this morning to the BBC Radio 4 program “Sunday”. At one point in the program there was a half hearted attempt to expose the current & previous Popes as the cynically self centered supporters of paedophile priests they undoubtedly are.

The program even invited Colm O’Gorman  in to support the side of the abused thousands, as he himself had been abused by a Catholic Priest, however, the two Catholic supporters in the studio attempted to explain away this unforgivable behaviour as an example of the previous pope’s humanity!  We all make mistakes if we are human don’t we  – ah bless! The program presenter then calmly moved on as if the words of Colm O’Gorman meant nothing. Ed Stourton – words fail me!

Colm had of course exposed the entire cover up process, for those who had ears to listen, for the puerile, inexplicable evil that the Roman Catholic Church continues to propagate.

The Roman Catholic church is simply the most successful political power base that the world has ever seen. Peter Mandelson and Alistair Campbell as the “dark lords” of british politics, intent on making that deluded burk Blair look good, were mere amateurs in comparison.

To me the only miracle I would like to see is the arrest of the current pope for the crime of covering decades of priestly paedophilia, for it is he who as “Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” was in charge of the cover up. The newly beatified pope was his boss as he did that job! That 2nd miracle that the faithful are waiting for will magically appear within six months as some other hapless nun (one such ‘story’ has already been published but is now discredited) somewhere was cured of inoperable cancer after a smile from Pope Paul the pompous.

It would be difficult to make this all up – sadly I have not had to – yet still the crowds gathered in Rome to adore this tragic, sad and misguided little man; can nobody do anything? What will it take to bring this edifice of evil down.

It is simple to explain the Pope’s actions – “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Until very recently they both thought they are “obviously above civil law” – privately, of course, they still think they are, but have had to make a few minor nods to secular legal systems by paying over a few million pounds and dollars in compensation.

As to how to explain the behaviour of the worlds politicians and the gathering worshipping crowds as they support this facile organisation – I am at a loss; sad days indeed for humanity.

The icing on the cake for me was to read that one of the 22 “World Leaders” attending the Vatican’s celebrations was non other than that bastion of Roman Catholic love, peace, Christianity and tolerance – Robert Mugabe. I suspect the real reason for his visit was for his wife to do some proper shopping …

 

It would be difficult to make this up too, but unfortunately I have not had to …

One is left completely speechless.

The death of BBCs ‘Have your say’

 
BBC – Have Your Say debate What are you giving up for Lent?
17-Feb-2010 11:05
COMMENT:
HYS just died – so I am being forced to give it up!

This is BBC going through what I hope is just a bad phase of PC, techno driven stupidity.

BBC3 is rubbish save some dosh & bin it.

We the people have not forgiven you for allowing yourselves to be run over by the Gilligan affair. He was right – you were so wrong not to fight for truth and shame Blair & his dreadful regime!

Please listen to me & those who are criticising this – you are just plain wrong!

We love what was the BBC!

BBC Have Your Say – Should there be more religion on tv?

 
BBC – Have Your Say debate Should there be more religion on tv?
Wednesday, 10 February, 2010, 14:38
A question, if I may, to the BBC ..?

Your current Charter calls for 110 hours of religious programming – why then are you increasing funding to provide 168 hours this year?

Could it be that the top brass are all Catholic or Anglican?

Shurely not!

On a more serious note … I suspect that you are in breach of your own guidleines by broadcasting any religious content at all.

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What next for Afghanistan?

 
BBC – Have Your Say debate What next for Afghanistan?
SENT: 01-Nov-2009 10:33
COMMENT:
Support the education of girls in the cities – that is all we can do – and then wait for the 3 generations it will take to move out of the 9th century.

Read “Three cups of tea” and weep at the failure, self interest and hubris of politicians everywhere …

Perhaps we can start now the fight we should be fighting – the Wahabism of Saudi! Saudi funded the Madrassas that spread Islamism to Afg & Pkn.

Let us please re-discover the wisdom of the European enlightenment – the “Age of Reason”.
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