Thursday morning thoughts were forced onto the subject of our N.H.S. and in particular G.P. services.
Our practice now takes calls from 8a.m but before you say great it is still a nightmare getting through.
You can sit redialling until you are blue in the face getting the engaged tone repeatedly and when you finally get through all appointments have gone.
I did not ring until 9a.m today and was offered a late morning appointment today but still all was not well.
At my last visit the lovely young female doctor gave me meds and said to come back in a month.
The appointment today was offered with a doctor who leaves me rattled. If I am being kind I will describe him as a dead loss.
So I said to the receptionist I would prefer to see this other doctor.
The tone was brusk to say the least though said through a smiling face. I could tell.
I was told she would have to come out of today's appointments on the computer and go into another screen. Oh boo hoo.
I tried the friendly approach saying aren't computers a pain at times only to be told "Oh No" said in a condescending manner.
I suppose I should have said what I was thinking which was aren't you a pain in the backside but I resisted the temptation.
So we sorted an appointment out with the doctor of my choice and it is for a week next Wednesday!
Still my choice, in a way.
But wait what about the meds which run out today?
More smiling briskness before I was told said doctor is not in until Friday so ring back after 2p.m tomorrow.
Talk about making a mountain out of nothing and antagonising patients.
So the thoughts:-
* I worked at a G.P practice as a receptionist for 18 months in the late 1990's and know G.P's tend to set some rules for receptionists. I also know some admin staff are mean, power-crazed and rude.
* I put in a complaint to our practice manager some years ago when this same receptionist had crossed the line. She had been rude and more to me and patients even discussed how horrible she was. I came home from work to an answerphone message from my doctor to ring the surgery which I did. But this person was adamant she could not disturb him as surgery had started but that she would get him to ring me after 6p.m. Yes you guessed right she did not. So a complaint to the practice manager did the trick.
* I have been with this G.P. practice since the mid 1980s but during that time doctors have come and gone, retired and even died. One receptionist from way back however remains as if sent to challenge us all.
* Receptionists often put you on hold to tie up the phone and get some work done.
* Ours now also ask why you need an appointment and that is recorded. Is that for statistical purposes or what?
* Receptionists have access to at least one other phone line; the number is never disclosed to patients though some may do so to friends and family.
* As computer records are now kept why is there any delay re medication?
* Training courses for G.P. admin staff always stress how you should smile when speaking on the phone as it comes through. It does but callers can tell when staff are smiling through gritted teeth.
* Many G.P. practices are struggling to survive due to the Tory government's treatment of the N.H.S. Junior doctors work at G.P. surgeries on a rotation basis as part of their training.
* Ten years or so ago many junior doctors were considering going into G.P. work once qualified. These days it is a poisoned chalice.
You are at liberty to put in a complaint re your G.P. but you need to be cautious. You can be removed from a G.P. list with little recourse.
If you are older and or have various health issues etc you may find it difficult to get onto a different local doctor's list, especially one that is any good.
Me, I mostly have little to complain about re my G.P. practice.
However one receptionist ruins the experience for many and that is widely accepted for some reason; if a line is crossed again I will ring the practice manager and that option is always open for you.
One other gripe is the doctor who I have no confidence in is actually my named doctor now. I never signed up to this but as the practice grew and staff changes occured it somehow happened.
My big worry is that having paid into the system, now retired and with old-age physical challenges on the cards the N.H.S. G.P. system could worsen or even collapse. Sadly all age groups may have much the same worries and experiences
Morning thoughts 😉
Did you watch any of the Alan Bennett airings last weekend on UK TV?
We caught some including replays.
A couple of things must have implanted on my brain one being Alan Bennett singing They Fuck You Up Your Mum and Dad, from a Philip Larkin verse, to the theme tune of Last of the Summer Wine, which after an unsettled night I woke up singing Tuesday.
The mind is very strange or at least mine is.
Bennett talked in a documentary about various things including Miss Shepherd the real Lady in the Van.
If you have seen the film or read the book you will know that she was from genteel stock but lived a hand to mouth existence.
Turns out she was also a Tory supporter.
But she had her own views on who should lead the country politically and politics did not always come into it.
Tall herself she thought a shorter person did a better job.
So she preferred Harold Wilson Labour to Ted Heath Tory but simply on height - yes size matters to some.
This moved my ponderings onto a former work colleague at the NHS.
This person tried giving me a friendly lecture of sorts in the run up to the 2010 General Election; she was voting Liberal Democrat as Gordon Brown and the Labour Party was ruining this country and she thought I should too.
I asked her what she meant by "ruining the country" and went on to ask her why SHE was bothered after she talked a great deal about our banking system.
It was post the financial crisis and it seemed the mainstream media and election campaigners had sucked her in.
She was adamant.
It was hard not to gloat post election after the Lib Dems agreed to form a coalition government with the Tories.
She had put her faith in Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and he had let her down miserably.
The point is this person lived in social housing, was a single parent, needed income tops from the DWP and had a child claiming Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
EMA was scrapped pretty quickly and this woman felt the pinch pretty sharpish.
She learned the hard way that your vote matters and should never be squandered.
That woman faced a tough future but who was to blame for that - in the end herself?
But it highlights how some ordinary people with plenty to lose and lots to potentially gain vote in weird, wonderful and lunatic ways at times.
We can never take election success for granted.
The best person for the role of British Prime Minister at this time is Jeremy Corbyn leading a Labour government.
Having to convince those who should already know that may still be a sad fact of life.
Op-ed: Just popped on Sky News All Out Politics and #MrsWeakAndWobbly aka Theresa May is giving her first major speech since losing the Tory majority in June 2017.
The speech relates to the publication of the Taylor report on modern working practices.
A few links to that are:
Who is Matthew Taylor?
"Mr Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair and chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, made the comments as his nine month-long review – ordered by Theresa May’s administration –laid out seven principles for “fair and decent work” in Britain and recommended a crack down on “insecure” and “exploitative” conditions."
This link has other info on Taylor.
"Matthew Taylor was doing the rounds at the weekend, talking about the Review of Modern Employment Practices which he is conducting on behalf of the government – more evidence that Mrs May wants to rebrand the Conservatives as a sort of Blue Labour. Taylor, a former parliamentary wannabe who later worked for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, currently heads that temple of high-minded windbaggery, the Royal Society of Arts. The other members of his Review Group are Paul Broadbent, a retired policeman who runs the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; Greg Marsh, an entrepreneur who made his pile hiring out posh flats with an upmarket version of Airbnb; and long-time employment lawyer, Diane Nicol.
This group has been touring Britain talking with people about the changing nature of work. They seem to have homed in on self-employment. This has been growing sharply, up from 3.8m in 2008 to 4.7m in 2016. There are concerns that some better-off people have become self-employed to avoid tax, and that some of those doing low-paid work are being exploited by cost-cutting employers. There is a particular grouse against app-based forms of self-employment such as Uber and Deliveroo, which have greatly improved services to the public while offering opportunities to many who might be unable to get other types of work."
As for employment;
I wonder how much the Tories paid Taylor and his team to undertake this review and if it will be acted on.
Theresa May talked the talk but will she walk the walk?
Who wrote Mrs May's speech today?
It had all the hallmarks of a third party writer.
There was a carefully orchestrated question and answer session following the speech but Robert Peston made waves with his questions re Trade Union involvement dividing Taylor and May, showing obvious divisions which will continue between the Labour Party and the Tories.
Questioning went downhill from that point with a BBC reporter asking if the report would simply be shelved due to the Tory's hung parliament status.
(The report was commissioned when May still led a majority government)
A couple of tough questions and May fell apart. Rambling answers spun and spun again.
Overall her speech was full of spin rather than substance.
And once again she quoted jobless figures that no longer are comparable to previous decades though she did claim the lowest jobless total since 1975.
How jobless figures are collected and who is classed as jobless has changed many times.
While the report had some positive ideas overall it was a mixed bag.
Matthew Taylor is part of old New Labour and times have changed.
Theresa May is clueless.
Try walking a mile in someone else shoes Mrs May; someone scraping a living and just getting by.
Shall I start this one with a few facts? Bear with me while this story becomes clear.
One news story that caught our eye Monday related to Tory councillor Lynden Stowe who has made spurious comments about Jeremy Corbyn's popularity with some younger voters.
This has resulted in an official complaint from a political opponent of Stowe. The Stroud News and Journal reports:
Some of us have been keeping our eyes peeled on social media recently.
Post election trolls are trying to sow seeds of division in Labour Party supporting groups.
But there are plenty of nasty groups out there with some dubious members and postings.
One new Facebook Group that popped up recently was called "Is Jeremy Corbyn a paedophile?"
Many people reported the group to Facebook and that may be why subsequently the name of the group was changed to "Jeremy Corbyn is a Dirty Old Man! But it is still active.
The group may be closed but if you look at its info you can take a peek at its members. Be quick as once this is posted that may change.
That group was started by a Tory and has a fair few Tory councillors in the mix.
Last week we spotted Tory Chris Wilford and called him out. He quickly blocked but too late.
He then tried a damage limitations approach claiming he had been added to that group without his knowledge. However it clearly said he had joined when we looked.
As we looked around last week that group also had one question or maybe more than one for would be members to answer.
That entry system has changed when we looked today.
Perhaps that was after we called Mr Wilford out on Twittr and shared a few images?
Does he have links to that group or are we once again, as he claimed on social media last week when he tried squirming his way out of the spotlight, merely spinning a story?
But when you consider the curious case of Cllr Lynden Stowe and that nasty Facebook group trying to cast aspersions on Mr Corbyn and his campaign in relation to children and younger voters you must surely hear alarm bells ringing?
Opinion: Above is the Labour Party election candidate's campaign leaflet here in Hull West and Hessle, Alan Johnson's former constituency. To be precise it is one side of the leaflet as it is stuck to our front room window and just as I was about to pop outside to grab an image of the other side rain began to fall.
It does not matter though as just using the one side illustrates important points.
The candidate is a local woman called Emma Hardy who was a teacher locally for ten years. The leaflet gives a little information about Emma and highlights what she will aim for if elected Member of Parliament to represent Hull West and Hessle at Westminster.
It is quite clear that if Emma Hardy wins the election on June 8, 2017, she will serve Hull West and Hessle and serve us well.
So fancy a look at a Tory campaign leaflet dropping through Hull West and Hessle letterboxes Saturday?
Take a look below at two images which show both sides of the Tory election campaign leaflet which arrived in Hull West and Hessle Saturday..
Who is the local candidate? Who knows?
To be honest I had no idea whether a Tory was standing here or not.
A quick search online for the purpose's of this post revealed;
Hull West & HessleThat search also appears to reveal that Mackay stood in Hull East in 2015 and 2010 but did not win either time. She was a BRexit campaigner in 2016.
And for the Tory Party the 2017 General Election will be fought on BRexit and personalities.
Presumably Theresa May had a heads up from Donald Trump when she visited Washington recently and they held hands. She also met with press baron Rupert Murdoch when she visited the USA on a separate occasion who will have also offered campaign advice. Then we have David Cameron back out of his self-inflicted absence from politics now that the CPS has announced its findings re allegations of Tory Electoral fraud in 2015. Mrs May has already taken a leaf or two out of Cameron's how to play politics book - get personal. Sir Lynton Crosby awarded a knighthood by David Cameron for services to the Tory party, that is helping them win GE2015, completes the picture.
The Tories are opting to tap into strengths and weaknesses real and or perceived of the two party leaders.
And in some cases it is working.
If you look at the three images shared here and believe the Tories will represent you well you are deluded.
The Labour Party is offering real hope and positive changes that will improve the lives of us all because if the Tories are allowed to continue on their merry way with their wrecking ball we will ALL lose.
It is not rocket science.
Increasing rich poor, old young, well infirm, north south divides will destroy society bit by bit. By the time you realise what is happening it will be too late.
And if Theresa May wins June 8 she and or her party will have five full years. Just think about that and the damage they can and will do
If you have fell for the lie that Jeremy Corbyn is weak open your eyes. He has shown strength of character throughout his parliamentary career. The man is not for sale.
Perhaps that is what they fear?
Tuesday evening Mr and Mrs Theresa May appeared on BBC1's One Show.
Mrs May's GE2017 campaign has been carefully controlled so far.
When she has met real people at work and allowed free questioning she has got more than she bargained for.
Amanda reports this re BBC studios Tuesday;
"I found out that Theresa May and her hubby were appearing on the One Show and since my journey home involves passing the studio where it is filmed I put on a JC4PM t-shirt in the hope of doing some photobombing.
There was no hope of that because the security was way too heavy and only BBC staff were getting anywhere near the studio window that I can normally walk past without incident.
I couldn't help being amused to see BBC staff were being herded past the said window, hovering for a bit then going back - I assume to make it look as if the normal number of people were wandering by.
It's a shame the cameras were inside the studio filming what looks to be a bland and pointless show because the real entertainment was taking place in the streets surrounding the BBC. Lots of protests - "End Austerity", "Refugees are welcome here!"
"Let's make June the end of May!"
"Stop the Cull"
There were some great costumes, bloody good speakers and singers. Everyone was well behaved and in good spirits. None of this will ever appear on the BBC of course which is a shame.
Prize for the most entertaining protestor has to go to an absolutely awesome Boris Johnson impersonator leading a "stop Brexit" demo by singing "Ooh ooh ooh- wanna stay in the EU ooh ooh!..."
He was hilarious!"
If you are eligible to vote and register to do so by 11.59pm May 22, 2017, you can vote June 8, 2017, for the next government of the UK.
Tuesday Jeremy Corbyn along with key players in the Labour Party kicked of Labour's General Election 2017 campaign.
The Tory's unelected leader Theresa May was also out and about but it was a very different game she was playing.
Take a look at the images above from Michael Crick a senior Channel 4 news reporter.
Perhaps Mrs May and her team are opting for a carefully controlled campaign environment for many reasons including;
He has fiercely chased allegations of Tory electoral fraud.
Following the General Election 2015 senior BBC journo Nick Robinson revealed it was a very different scenario at the BBC to Channel 4. The "Mail Online ran a story titled "Cameron threatened to 'close down' the BBC after general election row, claims political editor Nick Robinson"."
Theresa May and her team are dictating events. Tonight she and her husband Philip will appear on the One Show on BBC. Monday BBCDP host Jo Coburn was caught on camera smirking at the thought of Jeremy Corbyn and his wife appearing on that show at a later date.
This week Jeremy Corbyn, Labour politicians and their supporters have been election campaigning.
Unelected Tory Party leader Theresa May has opted for a more limited campaign so far.
Well she is called the "submarine" by some for obvious reasons and also "mummy" by some in her cabinet also for obvious reasons.
The General Election June 8, 2017, is important. Such elections are always important but this one is crucial for many voters and for many reasons. If Theresa May wins and wins big time she will have a free hand to extend so called austerity measures.
The Tory Party has a huge election campaign chest stuffed with money and will outspend the Labour Party.
But that does not guarantee the Tories will win on June 8.
One of the few promises the Tory Party has ever kept is holding an in or out European Union referendum. While the Tory Party is split and having serious rows behind closed doors the truth is that many Tory voters and supporters have a vested interest in the UK leaving the EU.
The Labour Party will respect the EU referendum result and British democracy but ensure we all get the best deal available.
Watch the campaign launch below, make sure you are registered to vote and on June 8 #VoteLabour
Above comments and imges credit http://www.cornwalllive.com/prime-minister-theresa-may-visits-cornwall-ahead-of-general-election/story-30306323-detail/story.html
Op-ed; British state owned media the BBC opted to run a story about a foot-in-mouth gaffe Tuesday lunchtime as its headline feature news report.
The story featured senior Labour politician Diane Abbott.
Ms Abbott's gaffe via LBC came at the end of a long day campaigning admitted BBC reporter Norman Smith who went on to say however it mattered and would feed into the minds of voters.
Well Mr Smith making it the lead story you should know about that!
Diane Abbott says she "misspoke" when she got confused over the cost of Labour's pledge for 10,000 extra police officers for England and Wales.
Wow how very dare she, says this blogger with heavy sarcasm.
#MrsWeakAndWobbly, at this time unelected Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May is playing a tight game with only selected appearances at events with carefully selected audience members.
Still even she managed a gaffe last week.
"Prime Minister Theresa May wants UK to lead world in 'preventing tourism' in embarrassing campaign trail gaffe" reported the Evening Standard.
She was let off lightly with The Sun calling it a slip of the tongue.
A tale then of two very different media approaches that highlight a broad lack of political independence.
If you want to try to get at the bones of this election look further afield including social media and attend events.
One man who helped the Tories win the 2010 General Election and received an honorary knighthood as well as a fat pay out for that work, Sir Lynton Crosby, is carefully controlling #MrsWeakAndWobbly's campaign now.
Theresa May got short shrift doorknocking in Scotland and that visit had its moments of hilarity not least Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson cutting out reporters by interviewing the PM herself for another photo opportunity.
Tuesday take a look at Cornwall live.
Cornwall Live shares a damning report of #MrsWeakAndWobbly's visit to Cornwall Tuesday.
Still with BBC world news making a huge deal out of a gaffe or was that slip of the tongue by Diane Abbott no wonder Theresa May prefers hide and seek!
Just what does Theresa May have to hide?
Op-Ed; Some Jeremy Corbyn and Labour Party supporters have been sharing links and images with a theme 'I like Jeremy Corbyn but' - well it is lesson learned on that score.
The links try to cut through the doubts some voters may have after being all but brainwashed by spin doctors and the right-wing media.
Let's face it what's not to like about current Labour policies?
Some voters remain unsure of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn but why?
He is a veteran politician, has always been on the right side of political history, wants a fair and decent British society that works for all not just a few, he actually CARES, is not for sale and so much more.
But at PMQs Diane Abbott learned the hard way that the Tory government will sink to any depths to win GE2017.
Their well-paid team of spin doctors under the careful watch of Sir Lynton Crosby, a lizard of Oz who has a track record helping right-wing politicians win elections, knows and will use any trick in the book.
This blogger wonders who spent hours trawling social media so that Theresa May could take a pot shot at Diane Abbott over "I Like Jeremy Corbyn But?"
They obviously know the point of the phrase is to win over support but prefer the smug, arrogant sly digs at PMQs once again proving they are style over substance.
Crosby was knighted post GE2015 for services rendered to the Tory Party; the Tory party who like to use and abuse the honours system and rewarded Crosby and failed Chancellor George Osborne not so long ago.
Crosby was part of an election campaign which is still under police investigation for financial irregularities which could result in jail time for some Tory MPs. Of course if Mrs May can convince people to vote Tory June 8 she may be able to reform the electoral system and save their hides.
With selective reporting of PMQs courtesy of their mainstream media friends you will have to watch the who matinee session on catch up for yourself.
Mrs May really does take the electorate for granted assessing us all as fools.
The campaign to encourage flip flop voters to vote tactically to remove the Tories from office is being spearheaded by
Simply repeating your mantra Mrs May "Strong and Stable" over and over again in true Dalek fashion actually highlights the current government is anything but "Stable and Strong."
They are divided on BRexit and more.
The campaign to persuade voters to vote tactically to oust the Tories from power is being overseen by friends of the Conservative Party.
You are being led like lambs to slaughter but remember you can take a horse to water but not make it drink.
WE will vote and it will be #VoteLabour because here's the thing.
I like Jeremy Corbyn and I dislike Theresa May.
Need more convincing?
After watching PMQs Wednesday John Sargent writes:
In the lunchtime TV news following today's PMQs, rather than focusing on the fact that Theresa May either could not or would not answer perfectly reasonable questions from Jeremy Corbyn, why did the report instead feature her bullying, hectoring personal attack on him?
I would have thought it was more newsworthy at this time to hold Mrs May and her government to account for the past six years - the bulletin should have reflected the fact that she had no answers and could not defend her government's actions or the distress and inequality that has been caused as a result of those actions.
Does the BBC really equate refusal to answer, refusal to debate or the aggressive verbal bullying and insulting behaviour she displayed with being a strong leader?
It is my belief that just one of the chief protagonists in this election deserves the title of 'strong leader' and he demonstrates that week in week out regardless of the personal attacks made on him which are repeated by the conservative media.
Today's bulletin was yet another surreptitious attempt to undermine a very powerful, principled man who has all the right values to deliver a fairer and decent society for all of us. If you are concerned about the plight of education, about the crisis in the NHS; if you care about the old, the disabled, the vulnerable; if you are appalled that there are food banks and more children than ever are now living in poverty, then on June 8th help to put things right by voting Labour.
Opinion - a few thoughts on coalitions, political alliances and tactical voting.
There are a lot of shares online Sunday with reference to a piece in the Canary about tactical voting, coalitions and more.
As I said earlier Sunday on social media this is not for me.
Here are a couple of points to consider.
It is just my opinion but think about it:
I am not keen on such alliances but that could be just me. In 2015 the thought of alliances was enough to help the Tories along all the way to election victory.
All I want is a Labour government and this year.
Don't forget numbers around the country will matter as to whether Jeremy Corbyn survives as Labour Party leader if the worst happens Labour do not win the June 8 General Election.
There are no guarantees that coalitions and tactical voting will oust the Tories.
Many of those recommending such alliances are not lifelong Labour voters. I am which is why my opinion is simply #VoteLabour. Tactical voting can backfire in so many ways.
Kerry Mendoza who is lead at the Canary is not necessarily a Labour Party supporter and voter.
"The Canary is generally supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader of the Labour Party, but has also supported Natalie Bennett (former leader of the Green Party) and the Greens' "radical alternative" to the "Tory-lite" policies of "the neoliberal Labour Party ... The Green Party's rise to viability preceded the election of Jeremy Corbyn, the Momentum movement, and the latest swathe of grassroots movements in Britain winning gains against the austerity politics of the Conservatives."Mendoza claims that The Canary's news coverage was not biased, and that it was "a complete coincidence" that the website was created shortly after Corbyn's leadership victory. "We don't have any affiliations with political parties, we don't have any affiliations with political organisations, and we're not actually ostensibly left-wing", she added, calling the site's editorial stance "a counterpoint to conservative media" and "broadly liberal"."
Ultimately it is a business.
"The Canary is a left-wing political blog in the United Kingdom, which editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza says is "here to disrupt the status quo of the UK and international journalism, by creating content that compels audiences to view the world differently"
Some so-called Labour supporters want Caroline Lucas Green Party re-elected but that is meaningless to this blogger.
She could always join the Labour Party. As a political Party we are about winning not helping other parties along at least at this time.
The Liberal Democrats refused point blank to form a coalition government with the Labour Party in 2010 so why would help them along politically in 2017?
Perhaps we all need to "Be careful who is pulling our strings and why."
Divide and rule is still true in 2017 and is often deployed by vaious political parties
Hold firm and simply #VoteLabour
Op-ed; There are a couple of growth industries in the UK right now and the list includes supporting conflict, the weapons industries, pointless polling and costly elections and referendums.
One media source reports "Cabinet office minister Mark Harper estimated that the 2010 election cost the public purse £113,255,271. This was broken down to £28,655,271 for distributing candidates’ mailings and £84.6million for carrying out the vote. This was a spending increase of almost 60per cent compared to the 2005 election."
So much for austerity!
Since 2010 there have been council and by elections, the General Election 2015, the Scottish Independence referendum and the 2016 EU referendum.
Is there any wonder some people are not politically engaged?
Of course disenfranchised voters suits the British Conservative Party. You can bet the Tory faithful will be ready, willing and able to vote.
Political parties are busy raising funds to help their current election campaigns.
The Labour Party could be outspent again as its supporters sometimes have limited funds.
Even if there is nothing in allegations regarding the Tory party in effect stealing the 2015 General Election with overspending make no mistake the Tories have a well-stuffed election chest available.
If you still wonder why Thatcher was determined to hit the unions and any Labour Party support they gave what planet are you on? It was always about weakening the Labour Party and the opposition; removing party donations and ensuring there is no level playing field.
But in 2017 the Lib Dems election funding chest is now also fit to burst.
Just who is financially helping the Lib Dems out and why?
But what will Farron do if voters still vote to leave the EU?
For some this election is all Labour BRexit.
For this voter it is about securing a strong, fairer government that will not leave whole sections of society behind. For this voter that is a Labour government with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister and John McDonnell Chancellor. Do I trust them? Yes I do. I am proud to be supporting Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
Below are a few images, memes and cartoons. Feel free to share.
The Lib Dems, Tories and UKip and possibly the SNP have big money backing them-fat cats will work hard to prevent a Labour government becoming reality. Do you really think they are doing this for your best interests?
We have people power on our side and have it all to win.
Previous Tory fund raising;
Op-ed; Unelected Tory PM Theresa May announced on Monday that a snap General Election would take place June 8 if a majority of MPs agreed.
Some MPs were quick to announce they would not stand in the general election but contrary to some reports that is not unusual and it has not been a peculiar Labour Party phenomenon.
Saturday Tory MP Eric Pickles announced he was stepping down at this election and we thought we would post a reminder of Mr Pickles, a true Tory through and through.
Tory Eric Pickles £500,000 luxury limo spend October 2014
Larger-than-life U.K. Tory politician is an example of a fat-cat in every way. Loathe as we usually are to poke fun at any person for their physical traits, in 2014 Britain it is the norm. As things hot up in the run up to the 2015 General Election the Tory PR machine is throwing its weight behind attacking Labour and its leader Ed Miliband. The attacks are personal and include Ed's appearance but was there ever a bigger figure of fun than Pickles?
His name is the stuff of jokes but then there is his extremely rotund appearance.
News Monday that Pickles, 62, "spent £247,775 on two ministerial cars in 2012, £185,935 in 2013, and £103,091 in the first six months of this year" should shock the electorate to the core.
As a representative and member of the Nasty Party of the U.K., the Tories, Pickles is adept at espousing about austerity and welfare benefit scroungers but once again he is a minister proving to be a big scrounger in every sense of the word.
For 2014 the cost, number crunched by Labour and the Daily Mirror, represents an 11% increase on the previous costs of Pickles' luxury limos.
According to the Mirror, "Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth said: “This looks like seriously wasteful activity. “Mr Pickles should be cutting costs, not driving around in luxury courtesy of the taxpayer.”"
They point out that "Westminster is only two stops on the London underground from Mr Pickles’ Whitehall office in Victoria. A return ticket costs £4.40 - and £536,801 would pay for 122,000 of them. He could buy an annual travelcard for £1,256 - and the money he spent on limos would pay for 427 of those."
Tories trying to defend the use of costly luxury limos have tried to turn the tables on Labour claiming the number of limos used by ministers has reduced from six to two and saying Labour is hypocritical.
No matter what the truth about the figures the Tory led coalition are operating in supposedly tough austere times and they expect the people of Britain to tighten their belts to within an inch of being able to breathe.
Pickles, as Community Minister, told authorities around the U.K. to slash travel spending to save money.
If that does not make him one big fat hypocrite I don't know what does.
Pickles would benefit from leading by example and getting off his butt instead of swanning around in limos paid for by the hard-pressed electorate of the U.K.
No argument justifies his hypocrisy.
If the fact that he is one minister who could never blend into a crowd is part of the problem then he must know what he needs to do, and it is not sit in luxury limos while telling the people of Britain to suck up austerity.
The current wave of spin, propaganda and Labour bashing is more hypocrisy.
Have they never heard of "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" or "look no further than the nearest mirror"?
Part of the campaign is continuing to use UKIP as a threat to Labour when, if needed, the Tories and Ukip will simply unite after the 2015 election as a right-wing Tory or Ukip led government of the U.K.
Currently it is all about putting Labour out of the picture. So tell me again--who are the hypocrites?
NOTE: And in 2017 why the hell would you vote Tory?
Will Sir Eric Pickles be shuffling off to the House of Lords and more money for old rope?
More re Mr Pickles here http://www.tekjournalismuk.com/only-in-the-uk/eric-pickles-belt-tightening-transparency-hypocrisy-and-gagging
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?
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