New Agenda on Sunday. A round up of New Agenda and much much more
|"we are striking as a last resort, to try to stop a terrible scenario unfolding."|
Good morning everyone.
After many months of negotiations, the Junior Doctors will be on strike next Tuesday. Ignoring all the hype, disinformation and smear about the reasons for the strike as pushed out by Jeremy Hunt and certain parts of the media, particularly the Sun (who else?), I believe that they have valid arguments and are justified in taking action. It is regrettable that it has come to this point. However, when governments choose to take on what they consider to be the softest targets in industrial disputes, doctors, nurses, police and others, it is inevitable that sooner or later the targets will say enough is enough. The government will still seek to undermine the validity of the workers arguments, as witnessed by the “sexed up” letter from the head of the NHS. No one should be in any doubt about how members of this Government, particularly Hunt, Duncan-Smith or Osborne will cheat, coerce and lie in order to achieve their objectives. Pressuring people in positions of influence, civil servants, intelligence chief's and even a head of the NHS, to embellish and exaggerate their reports or letters in order to meet the position adopted by Minister is not new. Junior doctors are not just fighting for patient safety & better training, but for the values and soul of the NHS. That's why I support them.
You may have noticed that over the last few days, Camelot and the usual sections of the media, have been hyping up the “record National Lottery jackpot” following a number of, “Roll over” weeks. The prize of £66 million was finally shared between “2 lucky winners” each receiving £33,035,323. The winning ticket and a share of the money, did not come to our house. This is the first National Lottery ticket I have purchased since they changed the rules and made the odds against winning, 1 in 45 million instead of 1 in 14 million. I suppose it was the vision of popping down to Poole and ordering that Sunseeker Manhattan 53 I have had an eye on for some time. In future I shall scrub the National Lottery, and stay with “Euro Millions” on Friday's.
This headline caught my eye from the Independent. “Snow forecast as Britain braces for icy blast and temperatures plunge below freezing. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are being warned of the risk of frost and ice on roads” These doom laden headlines keep appearing in the media, but all we seem to get is wind, loads of rain and mild temperatures. Somebody somewhere seems to have the wrong piece of seaweed for their predictions/forecasts (or are they just guessing.).Italians have a wonderfully refreshing philosophy on life. When working in Italy some years ago, in response to some question I asked, a great friend replied “Hey, Giovanni. If you want to know about the weather, look out of the window”.
Have a nice week.