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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

It’s a particularly ill wind that doesn’t blow someone some good .. or so the chap who was due to appear in Worcester County Court before Recorder Richard Atkins QC might have thought .. everyone in place, jury sworn in .. when down from the Lord Chancellor’s office (or somewhere equally exalted) comes instruction that trials expected to last over three days should not start (as yet). So, with the Recorder’s best advice ringing in their ears (“Wash your hands .. and stay safe”) .. the Jury traipse off to where-ever-land with the intention of deliberating in August .. or when-ever. Of course, the accused might equally well be held ‘on remand’ until then ! That’s the problem with winds .. they don’t always blow predictably.

National

Throughout the UK

We just couldn’t let the ‘headline’ of an article on a national daily commenting upon the shadow cabinet re-shuffle by “that man of the people” - Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB QC - and the disappearance of fellow-lawyer Richard Burgon as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. Never in the same league for gaffes as the Shadow Home Secretary, he nevertheless distinguished himself by being a kindly and polite person in private, and converting into his ultra-left persona when in the house (a very “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” - like transformation) in which he would rant about his hostility to “the private sector”, regardless of the topic for discussion. And that headline ? Farewell Richard Burgon, a titan among Jeremy Corbyn's political dwarves _____________________ Apparently “something smells”, north of the border .. in fact, “it stinks” ! Worse .. “it absolutely stinks !” That’s according to (yet) another lawyer-laddie .. and it’s the evidence being presented in the Alec Salmond (attempted)rape/assault/indecency/anything- else-you-care-to-name case .. which might cause a lawyer to say that his client has been “a bad boy” .. in his defence !! “A bad boy !” “A bad boy” is the best thing that can be said about his client ? Some might rather be found “guilty as charged” than have that said about them .. and can you imagine the wit and repartee that might come Salmond’s way was he to have become a long-term prison visitor at Bahlinnie ? Said advocate-chappie must be an ardent Monty Python fan .. remember Eric Idle’s ‘baroque’n’roll’ musical ? .. “He’s not the Messiah .. he’s a very, very naughty boy !” And now .. he’s out ! Freed (by the Scottish Justice system) with, as it were, a “single bound” ! But .. will he be content to let things rest there, we wonder ? Could it be that he was right ? Was it all a ‘grand conspiracy’ ? And who, one wonders, doesn’t one, might be behind it all ? “Look out there, hon’, the Wee Eck’s comin’ fur thee .. (or ‘Mad Alex’ as Trump called him !)

International

Throughout the rest of the world

The beauty of COVID-19 is how shiny clean everybody is looking since the panic set in. In New York City this week the stores had completely sold out of hand sanitizer, Hi-Lex, alcohol, antibacterial wipes, every kind of cleaner .. but when you got on the subway at rush hour and stood within six inches of four different people, they smelled nice, like a doctor’s office. Like Londoners, they try not to talk .. or even exhale. They avoid eye contact lest the virus be spread visually. Some people wear face masks, which are useful for preventing them from picking their noses once they’ve touched a deadly railing. If someone on the train coughs, everyone disembarks at the next stop and wipes their face and waits for the next train. As an extra precaution they might swig a little mouthwash .. or maybe vodka. Eighty-proof vodka is a proven sanitizer. The incidence of COVID-19 among bums at the Union Gospel Mission is extremely low. Gin does not work as well so ad. agency execs are surely at risk ? As for Corona beer .. ..

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