Saturday, March 25, 2006

More money for NHS please

The National Health Service is, I should imagine, the envy of the world, even with all its apparent problems. The latest round of bad publicity surrounding the NHS stems from Chancellor Browns Budget of last week which made no reference to the Service at all.

Provisions for our much needed Health service had been provided for in a previous Budget review, allegedly. Therefore I can only conclude from its failure to get a mention this time around means all is well within the NHS and is obviously in a perfect state of health.

But alas no, Hospital Trusts are still laying-off employees in order to balance the books and meet the financial targets imposed upon them. If this is the case then we must provide more money to maintain and improve on what I regard as a first rate service. Sure there might be issues with outdated facilities and some forms of wastage but each time the service takes another kicking it is not the buildings that feel it, it is the staff. Without the dedication the NHS employees give to the service I doubt we would still have a NHS to talk about.


Isn’t it ironic that Hospitals, Schools and the likes are given budgets and guidelines to meet yet the Government themselves when struggling for money for General Election Campaigns can exceed spending limits: dodge declaring money borrowed not only to us the electorate but to its own financial bodies: and then call for talks and enquiries to look into State Funding. [but not for all Political Parties because the major parties would not want us financing the BNP or any other party that is not ‘main’ stream] How long before Political Parties start looking at the National Lottery money for financial support?

The old system of donations to Political Parties worked fine, the matter of Loans would’ve to had they been transparent.

As for the Lottery?, finance the NHS from the Lottery as was first muted before it was launched. I seem to recall some MPs being horror-struck at the thought of funding the NHS from the Lottery purse.: It’s a Manifesto winner for me if any Party is reading this drivel.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Welcome home

Congratulations to Mr. Kember upon his ‘release’, [along with two of his Canadian colleagues, unfortunately minus one other] I really am pleased this apparent nice old man will be reunited with his family.

However, no matter how noble he felt his reasons for being in Iraq may have been, I think he should take a little more time to comprehend what "great to be free" really means to him.

[Didn’t the US and UK enter Iraq with noble intentions and a strong ‘Christian’ belief that they were doing what was right for the people of Iraq?]

Thankfully it would appear no one was injured in the Military intervention of his release; the SAS and Army Personnel, whom we send over there, have families who also must live on a knife edge every day.

Mr. Kember may I suggest the next time you want a trip abroad try Majorca.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Jesus Christ!
The peoples of this World really are mad. It comes to something when someone is faced with the Death Penalty just for converting from one Religion to another. It’s a good job Muhammad Ali [boxer] and Cat Stevens [singer/songwriter], whom I both admired for the entertainment they gave me in my youth, did not face the same fate.

I think I will become a Christian; shit no, a Muslim; no wait, a Mormon; nope, hold on, I have changed my mind again…

Hey, I live my life without having to thank God for it, in sickness and in health, and I consider myself pretty merciful and of relatively good morals and values when compared to any religion, therefore I will continue with the one I already have: Oh, I don’t have one – shoot me down for being without belief. If anything paying homage to the Sun, Moon, Wind, Rain etc makes so much more sense since these are the things we cannot live without; and One will not strike me down or call for my head if I prefer one over the other , would I make a good Pagan?

I am pretty ignorant when it comes to the World's Religions but even I know this cannot be right -

Afghanistan says court to decide fate of convert - link

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

A trusting face

Once in a while I thought I should lighten things up a little with a tale about how we all get things wrong from time to time.

A number of years ago, in my late teens I was asked to play in a Football match [That’s Soccer] for the department I was in at work: It was in a knock out competition against other departments from work..

I said I would love to play but needed a lift home afterwards as I did not have my own car in those days. The team captain said he would arrange a lift for me if I turned up the next day after work with my boots.

That evening as we went onto the pitch I asked the Captain who my lift was going to be. He pointed to one of the opposition and said he lived in the same town as me and he was OK to give me a lift.

We played the match and won. After showering and changing I followed my lift out of the clubhouse and walked to his car. He lifted the boot [Trunk] and threw his sports bag into it; I did like wise and then got into the passenger seat. He drove us to the local pub where it was customary to meet after a match. I asked what he was drinking and bought us both a pint of beer. After a while we got to talking about the match and I asked him what part of town he was from. He confessed he was not from my town at all. I realised at that point that I had got the wrong guy as my real lift entered the pub.

Needless to say it cost me another visit to the bar.

The moral of this story is: never allow strangers, no matter how friendly, into your car, they may not be from your side of town.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Basic Instinct 2

Is the Labour party looking over its shoulder or is it too busy still ducking bullets and slinging mud back in the other direction?

Get back to basics; we put you there so represent us, not people who just need a title to go with their money.

I am watching this with much interest; perhaps Gordon Brown and John Prescott should also take note:-

Campaign for a new workers’ party [link]

Gutter “I've listened, and I've learned.”

Tony Blair, following the last general election.

…really Tony?

Well you haven’t listened hard enough – remember money is not the only thing you have on Loan: more importantly you have my vote and the vote of countless others only temporarily.

Observer -
Academy backer named as new Blair 'secret loan' source