Op-ed; With 47 days left on the clock ticking down to the General Election 2017 now may be a good time to consider the NHS, its future and your health.
Having worked for the NHS for around 13 years ahead of retirement this blogger has seen the good, the bad and the ugly side of the NHS and that includes from its users.
But when we fall ill the NHS is there for us ALL; it provides our care often under extreme circumstances and never forget that NHS staff face a seemingly continuous merry-go-round of changes which sometimes reset the clock again and again.
In fact we used to say work here long enough and you see every change come around again.
What a waste of money and how demoralising for staff!
However we are now into new uncharted Tory territory.
Take a look at the letter shown below;
So on April Fool's Day 2017 a part of the NHS was handed over to Tory fat cat Richard Branson.
A man who already makes money out of previously nationalised services such as British Rail.
Tory PM Theresa May and her health Minister Jeremy Hunt have been working hard to undermine the NHS. Using tried and tested Tory tactics it is game on.
With privatisation end game NHS the aim. Vague claims of money pouring into the NHS, real reports of restricted pay for staff, morale hitting rock bottom and the wait for some services extended beyond what is acceptable the Tories are working hard to destroy the NHS before dismantling it.
Tory PM Thatcher sold off water, electricity, gas and some social housing.
That is one reason we have increased homelessness and sky high bills for utilities.
Mrs May and Mr Hunt take the general public for fools.
And they are raking it along the way.
Just how many more reasons do you need to #VoteLabour?
Should Richard Branson's company have access to your health records and your care?
Op-ed; Monday unelected PM Theresa May announced plans to hold a snap general election June 8 and Wednesday a majority of MPs voted their agreement.
So they were at the starting gate and now they are off.
But it seems Mrs May if she is running at all is running scared.
Her team have already flatly refused to participate in televised election debates.
She launched her campaign behind closed doors with a careful selection of the Tory faithful who resembled rent-a-crowd or even cardboard cut-outs.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn chose the full monty though he kept his clothes on.
He launched his campaign on the streets of Croyden and then at an event where the media where allowed a Q and A.
Mr Corbyn will take his campaign to the people.
Theresa May will take her campaign to carefully selected audiences and hope that sections of the media that are right-wing supporting will do the rest.
Channel 4s veteran journalist Michael Crick was enjoying some fun at Mrs May's expense on Twitter Friday morning.
She was at a factory as part of her election campaign but workers presumably forced to gather and listen were barred from questioning.
What does that woman have to hide!
There are many possible reasons for Mrs May's apparent touch of shyness not least the ongoing case of Tory election fraud whichdates back to 2015.
But with so many chickens coming home to roost is it Chicken May who's goose will get cooked.
Note a reminder of #toryelectionfraud
Op-ed; We are just a few days into General Election mode and a few things are already clear.
Theresa May will not tour the country in quite the way some would expect. Instead she will appear at carefully stage managed events where her massively overstaffed spin team will make sure she gets an easy ride and the mainstream media will help her along.
She has refused to take part in televised political debates. David Cameron initially refused in 2010 but finally made limited performances. But his spin team were allowed in the spin rooms and got first spot on TV screens post debate.
If the TV debates go ahead without Mrs May this must not be allowed to happen again.
As a sitting PM Mrs May has it all to lose in TV debates but you do need to bear in mind she has no mandate as she was not elected by her party members to lead the Tories nor the country to be Prime Minister.
Theresa May is many things including a liar.
Within a short time of denying the Scottish people an independence referendum, stating now is not the time, and saying she would not call a general election before 2020 she did just that.
On Monday she said she was calling a snap general election to be held June 8.
The timescale is short.
Other parties could have refused to play ball and let Mrs May stew but instead the majority agreed to a general election and why wouldn't they?
This Tory government is crippling communities around the country and needs removing.
Mrs May also claims to be a Christian regularly attending church services but that means nothing. As someone raised in the Christian faith this blogger as a child would watch the backstabbing and nasty comments which often followed a church service; some members of the congregation seemed to think being a good Christian was simply about attending church services missing the message of Christ entirely.
So why did May call an election?
There could be many reasons including;
The Tories always manage to hold their divisions close to their chests. They know loose lips sink ships and that showing a united front to the electorate works. That may be phoney and hypocritical but the Tory government is morally bankrupt so what do they care?
In 2010 the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition government pushed through the fixed term parliament act. The act means that no Prime Minister can force through an election on a whim. There would be no early election.
It was no longer every four years either but FIVE.
But when it suits the Tory Party this week they rush through a general election.
MPs of course have a final say but it highlights how the Conservatives use democracy and the political process to suit.
With council elections in May political parties will struggle to campaign with limited funds.
The uber wealthy Tory Party with their fat-cat establishment friends will have no such financial worries.
Memes and cartoons are overused these days but the one below picked up on Facebook for me says it all
I will just add #VoteLabour for a fairer country with a government that works for us all not just the few.
All things Corbyn
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