The Politics and People of Wrath .. 

Did you know there was a general election soon?

You may have guessed as the tv is full of various politicians kissing babies, meeting with pensioners, promising that they will look after the NHS and our pension funds. 

It’s all lies, false promises that they can’t or won’t deliver. 

But you know that already. 

It looks like there will be no clear majority and another coalition,  possibly an extension of the current conservator / liberal coalition or a Labour win with a possible coalition with the SNP so they have the seats to get their policies in place.    

Even the conservatives may have to collude with the SNP as the liberals are quite frankly fucked after they sold out to the Tories for the current coalition and will probably lose their seats so a second coalition is unviable. 

It’s an interesting situation,  the Labour  and Conservative Parties both trying to argue against and court the SNP.    Wee Nicola arguing against them, pushing her case for more power to the Scottish Parliament but knowing that more SNP seats in Westminster and a coalition with either Labour or the Conservatives will give her the extra bargaining power to get more powers including taxation devoted to the Scottish Parliament. 

Here’s the thing …  

We live in a so called democracy?  

But do you trust any of these fuckers ..  Sorry professional liars. 

Our democracy is a choice between a poke in the eye or a kick in the balls. 

Where no matter how you use your vote it gets lost in party politics where the person you voted for dare not go against the party whips. 

You’re individual vote is so diluted that It’s utterly pointless.  

We need to remove party politics and professional politicians who have never lived or worked in the real world and have government by the people for the people where we use our unique passport or NI numbers and the Internet to vote on the major issues and let the policians be administrators for the will of the people dealing with the smaller issues in support of the main issues. 

Big rocks first, small rocks later etc.  

With the courting of the SNP by the labour/ Conservative party I’m reminded of the last lines of John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes Of Wrath where the family leader and matriarch Ma Joad puts the struggle and politics of the time in perspective. 

[last lines]
Ma Joad: Rich fellas come up an’ they die, an’ their kids ain’t no good an’ they die out. But we keep a’comin’. We’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out; they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever, Pa, ’cause we’re the people.


Something’s never change. 


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That Ma Joad quote above could equally apply to the situation with Rangers over the past few years as they’ve have all sorts of charlatans come and go including David Murray, Craig Whyte, Charles Green,  Mike Ashley and now the convicted tax fraudster David Cunningham King. 


I have many friends who are Rangers fans,  it’s became boring winding them up about the fiasco that their club has become.  Some of my friends can’t actually discuss football because it hurts too much. 


I get that,  I’d feel the same.   


The problem is and the difference with the Ma Joad situation is that were Ma accepted that her family’s poverty and struggle was inevitable.   My friendly Rangers fans have a deluded superiority complex and believe that they should be at the top table and because they’re not it’s everyone else’s fault. 


That’s what happens when you expect perceived sugar daddies to own your club and you expect them to bankroll you instead of living within your means. 


Nothing changed there either. 



Meanwhile the famous Glasgow Celtic go onto another league title …   It’s getting boring now!   🙂








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Scotland’s Sickest City? — #NHS

My daughter Laura was working nightshift at her hospital Saturday night and last night.

Last night, Sunday, I had dinner ready for her before she left, but she wasn’t in the best of moods, so I asked why.

The reason was that the night before and last night of the 20 nursing staff that cover her ward, 6 were on holiday and 7 are on long term sick, siting reasons of stress.

That leaves 7 to cover her ward of 60 people over a 24 hour period on 12 hour shifts.

She wasn’t happy at the situation and as she hadn’t had a break or anything to eat the night before.

Now that my friends, whether you are a nurse or a patient is just unacceptable.

To further exacerbate the issue, the nursing sister who controls the staffing levels and can bring in agency staff to supply short term demand chose not to.

Not providing correct levels of patient care just isn’t acceptable on any basis.

But 7 people off ill with stress from 20 is far too high a statistic,  verging on abuse of their employment terms and  wonder how rife this is throughout the NHS.

I’m intending to raise a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request to get the necessary details.  While I was researching this I found that all NHS FOI requests are logged and disclosed to the public.

See the link below, lots of interesting reading there, for example which Dentists have made the most money from the NHS .. always open to abuse.

http://www.nhsnss.org/pages/corporate/disclosure_log.php

Or how about the following, showing the Pharmacies which dispensed the most NHS prescriptions in the past year.

http://www.nhsnss.org/uploads/foi_docs/Number_of_Prescription_Items.pdf

I’m going to do a little further analysis of this data by postcode and we really will see Scotland’s sickest city.