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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

So WMAS (West Midlands Ambulance Service) lose the non-emergency patient contract to private company E-Zec (which sounds suspiciously like an attempt to make the word sound like Executive -  which is a management level you hire and fire at will). Let us hope that patients who have been serviced by staff at our Stourport Road, Bromsgrove and Worcester depots receive advanced levels of service and that staff - judged as “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission - get to keep their jobs and (frozen) pensions. So that there’s complete transparency about things, can we introduce you to_   Paul Derek Swann Born 1972   Director since 2000 I.D. 907244372   (and who no longer runs Kar Kall (Taxis) Ltd)   Andrew Wickenden Born 1974 Director since 2006 I.D. 911326168 Wayne Spedding ‘Operations Director’ who, with their other ‘Senior Management Team’ can be found at http://www.e-zec.co.uk/about-us/senior-management-team/

National

We acknowledge that, as we age, we continue to develop and understand things now seen in a different light to that which illuminated our thoughts when we were young and callow. Our MPs are entitled to re-appraise situations and events - and their response to them. But when you have huffed and pontificated about what is the ‘right and proper’ way of doing things .. and then do the same ‘objectionable thing’ yourself .. and not just once, but repeatedly .. well .. So when we consider the recent career of arch career-changer Dr. Sarah Wollaston, the honourable member for Totnes (and who followed Dr. Taylor onto the Select Health Committee) .. elected a Tory .. defected to become a ‘Change UK’ party member (February) .. defected to become a Lib-Dem party member (August) .. (still time to defect to become a Labour party member before Oct 31st) .. Obviously a different strain of politician to that lady “who was not for turning” ! And all this from someone who, in 2011, supported the 10-Minute-Rule Bill that any colleague who ‘crossed the floor’ “.. should trigger an automatic by-election so that their constituents can have the final say of who represents them.” !!!

International

Throughout the rest of the world

Should we not learn from history and not repeat the mistakes of the past .. or was Henry Ford right ? Watching the ridiculous behaviour of the Taoiseach, the ‘lovely Leo’ Varadkar and his foreign minister, Simon Coveney, you’d think that they were trying, like wilful children, to destroy relations with an ancient and friendly neighbour - and their biggest trading partner, by far .. now Henry Ford would have not seen any sense in that ! Whatever faults the British may have, like the Irish, we understand independence and freedom. Varadkar and Coveney are both members of Fine Gael, a party that has its roots in the fight 100 years ago to secure independence and freedom for Ireland. Yet now here they are trying to block the UK’s path to its own independence and freedom from being subsumed into the increasingly Federal State called the European Union. Might not ‘the boys’ have something to say about Ireland surrendering its sovereignty and ultimate autonomy to ‘foreign’ bureaucrats in countries just the other side of Britain. I thought there was “no surrender” ? Surely what’s ‘Good enough for Ireland’ is ‘Good for Britain’ ? Is cinnte go bhfuil an méid atá sách maith d’Éirinn go maith do Bhaile Átha Cliath ? Anyway, we recommend that ‘the lovely Leo’, et al, research the complete Henry Ford quotation (and it’s implications for the interpretation of Irish history and the contemporary stance of the Emerald Isle) .. "History is more or less bunk. It's tradition .. we don't want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today."  (Chicago Tribune, 1916).

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