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An alternative viewpoint

Comments about what’s going on in political life … … Please note that views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Health Concern or of it’s Councillors or members - but enjoy them - or ignore them (!) It’s your choice.

Local

Wyre Forest and West Midlands

“I am a ‘One in Ten’ .. !” Remember that 1981 hit for UB40 ? Recalling the number 9.6 .. being the percentage of the local workforce claiming unemployment benefit in the West Midlands in the summer of 1981 when the song was released (10%). Nowadays, it’s more likely to be “One in Three” .. least-ways, some three per day .. patients arriving at Worcs. Acute that is, listing ‘Depression’ as the main reason for them attending. That’s the 28th most common reason .. which doesn’t sound a lot .. until it adds up to 1,055 patients in A&E .. and that the cause exceeds those going there with puncture wounds, ‘bad backs’, and even coughs and sore throats. “They don’t write songs like that any more !” ___________ And there’s ‘One in Four’ .. ! Health spending in the County .. down a quarter (one in four) in just six years. 2015-16 - £73 per head of population (under 70) 2021-22 - £57 Which ever way you look at it .. it don’t look good. _________

National

Throughout the UK

“How do you remove a Protester from the M25 ?” No: you don’t put a ‘Big Mac’ on the ground, three feet in front of them .. its not a joke (and neither are their antics). But, just so that you can help, here’s “What To Do”. The powerful adhesive cyanoacrylate found in super glue and similar products doesn’t let go easily. Step One: lather up and wash the area with soap and warm water to soften the glue and break the bond before the glue hardens. Step Two: rub an oily, skin-safe substance (hand lotion, mineral oil, petroleum jelly or vegetable oil) onto the area. Massage the oil into the skin, gently tugging the stuck area off without forcing it. Step Three: use acetone (nail polish remover) but it’s damaging to the skin, making the skin dry, cracked and irritated. Once the super glue lets go, wash the skin with soap and water, then apply a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer. Apply petroleum jelly to any injury, put a bandage on it and let it heal, seeing your doctor if you notice redness, pain or swelling at the site of the injury. Getting a small amount of super glue on the skin isn’t harmful to most people but some are allergic to it, causing a skin reaction called contact dermatitis which shows up a few days after the exposure and looks like a poison ivy rash. If you swallow super glue or get it on your face, don’t take any chances. Super glue in or near your eyes, nose or mouth is a medical emergency. Contact a poison control centre or go to straight to A&E.

International

Throughout the rest of the world

And you think ‘YOU’VE’ had a ‘BAD DAY’ ! On Monday 4th October, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger all “went down” .. and people had a chance to talk to each other. What a change .. Blessed relief. Oh, and Mark Zuckerberg’s shares went down, too. He lost $ 7,000,000,000 in 7 hours. - leaving him with “just” $ 115 bn. ____________ Apparently there’s a statue in the River Nervion which, as we all know, flows through the port city of Bilbao (yes, in northern Spain, that’s right). It shows the face of a girl who “drowns” twice a day as the tides rise over her, in a cycle that continuously repeats itself ! This, according to the Mexican sculptor Ruben Orozco, causes us “.. to reflect on what will happen if we bet on un-sustainable models”. ‘Bihar’ (that’s ‘Tomorrow’ in the Basque language) is part of a campaign by charity ‘BBK Foundation’, run by ‘Kutxabank’ to start a debate around sustainability and climate change. And there was me thinking that the rest of the world had already started such a debate .. perhaps they’re a little late on the scene in northern Spain ? Come on, Greta Thunberg, head for Spain where you can do some good. Described by some who have seen her slowly ‘drown’ as “spectacular .. but scary” .. where’s there a BLM activist when you need one ? __________ Makes you wonder how ‘Bertie’ got away with it ! That’s Edward VII of the United Kingdom, called "Bertie" by his family after "Albert", one of his given names. His genial good humour and confident bonhomie made him a great success with he ladies (and also with those you really couldn’t call ‘ladies’) and he gained a reputation as a playboy. Determined to get some army experience, he attended manoeuvres in Ireland, during which he spent three nights with an actress, Nellie Clifden, who was hidden in the camp by his fellow officers .. this ‘tryst’ being the origin of soldiers saying to each other “I’m ‘Going On Manoeuvres’ tonight .. !” (Nudge-nudge, wink-wink). So we shouldn’t be too critical of America’s latest ‘playboy’ and ‘crash-and-burn’ politician, a once hugely popular and trusted politician - New York governor Andrew Cuomo * - who has announced he would be stepping down so as not to be a "distraction" for the government .. now that he’s got at least 11 women accusing him of “sexual harassment”. Why, that’s even more than Prince Andrew is being pursued by ! Footnote: * and now his brother is being accused of similar behaviour ! What’s that about “ .. things running in families ?”

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