From MONDAY 15TH NOVEMBERFollowing the attack on MP David Amess & the car-bomb incident in Liverpool - both classified as ‘Terrorist Incidents’, the government have up-graded the national Threat Level to SEVEREThreat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.LOW means an attack is highly unlikelyMODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likelySUBSTANTIAL means an attack is likelySEVEREmeans an attack is highly likelyCRITICAL means an attack is highly likely in the near future
TheSevernValleyRailwayistobenefitfromagrantof£1,012,900-andoddamount,youmightthink-whichwillcoveritsStaffPayand Running Costs between 01 October 2021 and 31 January 2022 - ahh, that explains it.Thiscomesfromthe“CultureRecoveryFund”-whichmakestheSVRathingofculture,that’snice-andthemoney(theimportantbit)comes fromthe‘CultureRecoveryFundforHeritage’whichthe‘NationalLottery’administers,togetherwiththe‘PartnershipforHistoricEngland’,on behalf of the ‘Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’.And its so nice to know that there are that many QUANGOs providing work for ex-politicians and ex-everything else (probably).Still .. this will “keep everything ‘on track’ .. “ for the moment.
How gratifying to learn that our money is being so well spent.Officialfiguresshowedthattherearenow36managersatNHStrustsandclinicalcommissioninggroupswhoearn£250,000ormore(more than £100,000 over and above the Prime Minister’s salary) compared to 23 in 2020.Those earning at least a quarter of a million pounds has risen by more than 50 per cent in just one year.And they’ve done such a good job .. .. haven’t they ?“More tea, Vicar ?”More than 6,500 tonnes of food was thrown away by NHS trusts over the past year, at a cost to the health service around £1.1 million for the 2020/21 financial year, according to the NHS’s own figures.But it’s really much more than that .. ‘cos .. that’s only what the kitchens throw out (where they’re required to measure things).Six and a half thousand tons does not include food that’s sent to the Wards _ not handed out _ not eaten _ left “on the side of the plate” _ and then thrown out.So .. even more waste that’s being wasted.“Lies .. damned lies .. and statistics”Dr Jenny Harries is the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) .. and ‘bully for her’.SheisunderstoodtohavebeenthesourceofanowcontestedclaimbySajidJavid,theHealthSecretary,thatthereistypicallya17-day lag between patients becoming infected and requiring hospitalisation. Independent experts (and we’re all for Independence) point to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data which suggests an average delay of nine or 10 days.Important difference ? Well, ‘Yes’, since many of the restrictions to our way-of-life are imposed as a result of this data (now being described as “Dodgy Data”).DrHarrieshasalsoclaimedthatomicronwas“probablythemostsignificantthreatwe’vehadsincethestartofthepandemic”..even though others think it’s no worse than a bad cold (even if it is more infectious).ThelatestUKHSAdatashowthatpeopleinfectedwiththevariantwerebetween50%and70%lesslikelytobeadmittedtohospitalthan with ‘delta’.Her interpretation of what facts there are underwrite the Government’s policy.We can only hope (and pray) that someone, somewhere, knows what they’re doing.
SPEED CAMERASTheA449-theKidderminstertoWorcester(M5)dual-carriageway-alreadyreducedfromtwolanesineachdirectiondowntoonefor much of it’s length - has a high number of speed and average speed cameras installed (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED).SinceOctober2021,nearly1,500drivers(1,459-tobeprecise)havebeen‘caught’speedingontheHartlebury/Ombersleysection- which has a 50 mph limit.This follows a large number of crashes - several of which have involved multiple fatalities.HELPFUL HINT: Use your ‘cruise control’ and set your speed to under 50mph.
Beware this ‘scam’ this WinterPolice are warning of an investment scam that has cost more than 300 people around £45,000 each in Worcestershire and Shropshire.'Clonefirm'scamsarewherefraudstersimitategenuinefirmsandofferslightlybetterthanmarketratestoappealtothoselookingforlong term,'safe'waystoinvesttheirmoney.Victimsenduptransferringtheirsavingsdirectlytocriminalgangs,underthefalsebeliefthatthey are sending them to a legitimate investment firm.Often,victimswillnotrealisethatthey’vebeenscammeduntilmonthslater,whentheyfailtoreceivequarterlyreturnsorinvestment reports.WestMerciaPolicehasreportedmorethan300victimshavelostastaggering£6.9millionbetweenDecember2019and December2020,and ActionFraudsaiddatarevealslossesofmorethan£78millionbetweenJanuary-December2020acrosstheUK,with victims losing £45,242 each on average.