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STOP! Paying for MPs to get Pissed – let’s spend it on the#NHS

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Nothing insenses me more than when a group of experts are bullied into agreeing to something which they know is wrong by a government desparate to make good on a shoddy election promise – on paper rather than practice.

And so today we have a strike by junior doctors who are worried that the terms and conditions they thought they had signed up to when they started their careers – is being ripped up and replaced with a new contract which, in its heart, is about doing more with less, for less.

Having squeezed all the juice from the apple – Mr Hunt and David Cameron are now attempting to squeeze juice from the remaining pips! And it is an utter disgrace.

I have used the NHS alot lately and so understand that it is climbersome, slow and at its best when dealing with life or death emergencies. The rest of us – form an orderly and long queue please.

So, I am all for new ideas and reforms. But they must be sensible and reasoned and funded properly.

Watch Jeremy Hunt squirm as he listens to letters from junior doctors
Watch Jeremy Hunt squirm as he listens to letters from junior doctors

 

This is NOT what we are getting from Jeremy Hunt. His proposals are designed to spread what is currently done over 5 days over 7. Let me tell you – the NHS in some parts is struggling with 5 days – never mind 7.  WE MUST NOT make Doctors pay the price of over funded and bad management of NHS boards.

I am not saying I don’t disagree with the Conservative aspiration of a fully functioning 7 day health system. It is inevitable.

However, where I am very angry with Jermey Hunt is that he is trying to impose this new way of working – without fully resourcing the other bits required to make the new term and conditions feasible and the aspiration achievable.

On the Andrew Marr show on Sunday 7th February Mr Hunt refused to say that Doctors were not responsible for the 11,000 deaths which are supposedly down to the “weekend effect”.

This made me so angry and the reason is – because it is a total LIE. 11,000 people are NOT dying because everyone packs up at 5pm on a Friday evening in the NHS. In fact, it would appear that Wednesay stands accused of being statistically the worst day to be in hospital. Do we avoid getting hit by a Larry on Wednesay the?

The truth is – you find trends in any data which may not accurately reflect the situation – certainly not to allow you to then base a concrete finding upon eg: if we look at those who died on Wednesay – you might find a majortiy white, male, under 6ft, with blonde hair and green eyes. However if you fit that description- and get hit by a car – you are not MORE likely to survive because it’s Tuesday! It will depend on a variety of other factors directly relating to that incident.

But Jeremy Hunt and the Government are trying to skew the statistics to create fear and get the public on their side. That is shameful and unforgivable.

When I think about how much MPs earn and the fact that as well as everything else the tax payer funds them for – just remember – at any point – MPs are getting pissed in the House Of Commons bar – or some other little function and you are subsiding it or paying wholly for it.

Instead of paying for MPs to get pissed – why isn’t that money used to get more Doctors, Nurses and other NHS specialists?

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Former Cop Nigel Boulton discusses Child Protection & Abuse

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Former detective Nigel Boulton is the original designer of the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH), and now supporting MASH delivery and safeguarding improvements around the UK.

Nigel spoke to Jason McCrossan on his Monday Matters radio show on 106.9 SFM (www.sfmradio.com) about how MASH is used to share information across agencies and identify children and vulnerable adults who are at risk from Female genital mutilation, extremism, radicalisation just to name a few.

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Tareena Shakil fled to the war-torn Syria in October 2014.

Jason spoke to Nigel on the day that 26 year old Tareena Shakil was found guilty of taking her toddler son to Syria to join terror group ISIS.  Tareena had fled to the war-torn region in October 2014 after telling her family she was going on holiday to Turkey.  She was found guilty of being a member of ISIS and encouraging acts of terror, becoming the first British woman to be convicted after return from the terror heartland.

More about MASH information can be found at his website: http://www.nibconsulting.co.uk/mash/

 

 

“Electoral corruption” – did the Tories lie about spending?

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Channel 4 News journalist Michael Crick in Rochester & Strood

Oh dear – has the Tory party been “creative” with their accounting?  Maybe they asked Google to fill out their expenses?

Channel 4 news journalist Michael Crick obtained hundreds of Conservative party receipts which where accumulated during local by-elections – but do not appear to have been officially registered, as is required by law, to ensure political parties do not spend more than a legal limit which is set at £100,000.

The phrase “electoral corruption” is used in Michael Crick’s investigation into undeclared party expenditure and the police may have to be called in to investigate!

You would think that after Conservative leader David Cameron appointed Sir Eric Pickles as his anti-corruption tsar to “stamp out corruption and restore public confidence” in politicians, the Tory party would be a bit more careful about how they do their own accounting?

As Michael Crick said in his investigation- did the Conservative Party show “contempt for the law”?

Bigotry Reinforced at the BBC

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Local BBC Radio station Three Counties Radio which serves Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire has confirmed that presenter Ian Lee will no longer present the breakfast show on their station.

It follows a recent heated interview  with Libby Powell, a lawyer representing Christian Concern, who believe that certain religious interpretations of the bible are more important than laws and equality.

Libby had consented to speak to Ian about an employment tribunal which is being sponsored by Christian Concern  – in defence of a prison gardener called Barry Trayhorn who got into trouble after lecturing prisoners on sin – including homosexuality.

Barry had acted unofficially as a chaplain to prisoners however, when a prisoner complained about one of his sermon – it was discovered that Barry shouldn’t have been conducting sermons in the first place.  Mr Trayhorn then claimed stress and finally resigned days before the disciplinary hearing in November at the prison. He has now launched an employment tribunal against the prison saying he was forced out – supported by Christian Concern.

It is important to point out that all prisons are places which try and espouse a zero tolerance on bullying and discrimination – including remarks that would imply that a sexual preference for the same sex is wrong.  It doesn’t matter what your religious belief is – if you want to work with prisoners and in a prison environment – you better understand their policies on discrimination in the work place.

And then came the interview.  Ian asked Ms Powell straight out “do you support bigotry?” and then read a passage from the Corinthians 6:9-11 of the bible “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God..”

Ms Powell suggested that the passage wasn’t bigoted because it was gods word and written in the bible.  Ian dug in and said that that both the opinions that Mr Trayhorn expressed and that Ms Powell defended them meant they were both bigoted.

Ian has since apologised for the interview on air saying “Last week I interviewed the Revd Barry Trayhorn and solicitor Barry Powell about their understanding of biblical teaching on homosexuality.  I want to make it clear that I apologise for any offence that may have been caused over the way I conducted the interviews”.

One is left wondering how these spineless wonders in BBC management slide into their suits without their webbed feet getting caught.  I think Ian was strong in his interview style – but why not.  Why should we favour bigots – she is a solicitor for god’s sake. She can’t defend herself? SO why go on a radio show?  Maybe she thought it would be all cuddles and smiles – at her indirect homophobia and bigotry.

Good on you Ian, you done the profession proud. I just wonder how many other presenters would have had his balls?  I’ll let you ponder that one.

 

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The BBC went ahead and sacked him anyway.  He received lots of support from various corners including from chat show host Matthew Wright and broadcaster Emma Kennedy.

@iainlee with you all the way! #notobigotry
Matthew Wright (@Matthew_Wright)

I’m proud of @iainlee for calling out a homophobe and appalled at BBC Three Counties Radio for lacking the balls to support him.
Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy)

Loving the Twitter support for Iain Lee this morning.
Greg Scott (@GregScottTV)

The BBC treatment of @IainLee is a disgrace. If I had said what he did and stood up to bigotry @LBC would have praised me, not sacked me.
Iain Dale (@IainDale)