Archive | January 2018

Thoughts on a ‘very stable genius’

Since the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and the excerpts published by it by the Guardian, there is now little doubt that the President of the United States is a very, seriously maladjusted man. The Guardian headline puts it very neatly ‘Paranoia, fear of germs, burgers in bed and extra TVs: Trumps habits revealed.’ But the book itself makes it frighteningly clear that this is a man to be feared. He has his finger on an appalling nuclear trigger.

Bob @huntthesnark has given us all the chance to laugh at the man with his Gilbert and Sullivan lyric and I’m putting it up now because we need to be able to laugh.

I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius.
I have a mighty button and no problems with my penius.
I have no time for television, golf or social media
Since my brain is way way better than the best encyclopedia.

I’m cutting tax, I’ll build a wall, I’ll take away their medicare
You can trust me ‘cos I’m orange and I have the most amazing hair.
So with my total ignorance of matters heterogeneous
I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius!

Compared to other leaders, my behavior’s quite unusual
My twisted tweets and pissed-on sheets have managed to amuse you all
I have to drink two-handed ’cause my fingers are the teeniest
I need a sippy-cup with the inscription “Stable Genius.”

Written by Bob @huntthesnark 

But laughter will not save us if he decides to declare war on North Korea. What is needed if it can be legally and safely done, would be for this dangerous president to be impeached and as quickly as possible. Bandy Lee who is a world authority in psychiatry says ‘paranoia and feelings of inadequacy make powerful weapons very tempting to use.’  She says ‘to make a diagnosis one needs all the relevant information… but to assess dangerousness, one only needs enough information to raise alarms, it is about the situation and not the person’ and goes on to say ‘it does not take a mental health professional to see that a person of Trumps impairments, in the office of Presidency, is a danger to us all’.

I am extremely glad that the threat of demonstrations against him, should he visit this country, has persuaded him to change his mind about the visit to London to  which he was invited by Mrs May and which was to take place next month. It shows that the threat of a massive demonstration still has power. And we should all be paying great attention to this presidency and protesting against the man and his actions whenever and wherever we can.

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This entry was posted on January 12, 2018. 4 Comments

Our NHS is very near its final destruction.

Our NHS is very near its final destruction and yet there are still far too many people who simply do not know it and/or if they hear about it would prefer not to but to go on believing the government’s propaganda. So I’m devoting this blog to a few very necessary facts about our NHS and the government’s planned and deliberate destruction of it.

Mark Britnell chairman of KPMG global health, made it perfectly clear in 2010 what was going to happen when he gave a speech at a healthcare industry conference in the USA, in which he said that

IN FUTURE, THE NHS WILL BE A STATE INSURANCE PROVIDER NOT A STATE DELIVERER,”

And that “THE NHS WILL BE SHOWN NO MERCY AND THE BEST TIME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS WILL BE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.”

He couldn’t have put it more clearly, although the big boys at KPMG tried to make light of it and claimed that he hadn’t said any such thing when the The Observer let the cat out of the bag.

Since then, there has been a steady drip feed of government propaganda, implying that the users of the NHS were getting everything for free. People like the Brexit leader Daniel Hannan went even further. He was scathing about the value of the NHS and said “The NHS is a relic and a 60 year mistake I wouldn’t wish on anyone.” 

So let’s knock this insulting idea that the NHS is a freebie which we don’t deserve right smack on the head. From its outset our National Health Service was carefully costed. A special tax called ‘National Insurance Contributions’ was set up and began as soon as the NHS was created. We all paid that tax if we were in work and continued to do so from 1948 all through our working lives, accepting it as a sensible way to fund this great organisation so that we could use it whenever we needed to without the fear of not being able to pay for it which had been a powerful deterrent to a very large number of people before the NHS came in. Far too many doctors in those old heartless days insisted in their guinea or half guinea before they would even look at the patient. That is the truth about a) why it was needed and b) how we paid for it. Don’t let this government tell you that we are parasites getting treatment for free. That simply isn’t true.

What Mark Britnell said on the other hand has been proved true. We are now having to accept that costly private health provision has been allowed in secretly and by the back door and people like Richard Branson have already bought great chunks of our NHS or at least the profitable parts of it. That’s another fact. And here’s another one. Virgin Care Services have paid no corporation tax on their profits from the 400 NHS contracts he now holds. The turnover from these contracts is £200 million.

We also have to accept that the Tory Ministers of Health have been steadily running the NHS down, closing beds, maternity wards and A&E departments and sacking nurses and doctors. The result of all this destruction are now plainly obvious in the crises hitting our hospitals. These are not the result of too many people asking for help or health service departments not being properly organised, both of which excuses are heavily touted in propaganda statements, but are the direct and inevitable result of all those deliberate government cuts.

The thinking behind the governments activities is simple and simplistic.  1) Run the national health service down, 2) point out how inefficient it is and claim that it isn’t working, 3) announce that because it failing it will have to be privatized, 4) sell it off cheaply to your mega rich friends so that they can make a profit out of it.

Those of us who know what’s going on, and there are many of us both in and out of the NHS, have been struggling to keep the public truthfully informed, by demonstrations, letters and protests of every kind, like the demonstrators in these pictures.

It will take another general election like the one in 1945, to put things right. Are you with us?

If you are, you might like to join the ‘Save our NHS rally’ on Saturday the 3rd of February. It will start at 12 noon and the assembly point is Gower Street Central, London, WC16.

 

 

This entry was posted on January 10, 2018. 5 Comments

The latest news about book 27 ‘Everybody’s Somebody’ and book 30.

 

 

Two bits of news about book 27 (cover picture alongside) and it’s sequel Citizen Armies, which is book 30.

Endeavour Ink sent me a message this morning to tell me that Everybody’s Somebody will be on a special offer of £0.99 for the next four days. The link is:  http://amzn.eu/1gIGJYA So if you haven’t read it yet and want to, maybe this is the time to snap up a bargain.

They’ve also put up an excellent review of it which I’ve copied here.

Reviews can make or break a new book, so I’m always very grateful for a good one. Thank you Laurenae.

For those of you who have been asking if there is a sequel and saying they’re looking forward to it, if there is, the answer is yes there is and it’s now over half written and should be completed in the next fifteen weeks. I have called it ‘Citizen Armies’ because it covers the period in WW2 and the Blitz of London when citizen armies were formed and ends in 1945 when those self-same citizen armies ushered in the only bloodless revolution there has ever been, as far as I know. They didn’t look much like an army as you can see from my picture, but an army they undoubtedly were. Respec’!

 

This entry was posted on January 3, 2018. 1 Comment