Now, where was NDDH in that table? They were 125th, i.e. bottom, with just 270 last minute cancellations. Of course, even one last minute cancellation is one too many, but sometimes they are unavoidable. So this is the logic of today’s NHS: take services from a hospital that seems just about able to cope and pass them to hospitals that can’t!
Oh, I know it’s actually all about money, but it still doesn’t make sense. All it achieves is to pass the cost of health care from the State to the individual, which is all very well if the individual can afford it, but a bloody death sentence if they can’t.
Nasty Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has now weighed in where, perhaps, were he more angelic he would fear to tread. Plainly not angelic, he is quoted as saying:
“[I do not believe that the UK] should be returning to the Dickensian world where the needs of industry and commerce take precedence over the education of children. I doubt that the Cornish tourist industry will be best pleased by the assertion that tourism in Cornwall is dependent on truanting children for its survival”.
From Nasty Nick’s biography in Wikipedia, it looks as though he has no children. Perhaps he should shut up until he has some and can then understand the upset of parents unable to take their children on holiday.
You might also like to see what Mr Philip Milton has to say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/eu-debate-some-more-facts-why-leave-campaign-should-philip-milton. Mr Milton had hoped that David Cameron would have come back from Europe with a sensible deal that addressed the concerns that many in Britain, Cameron included, had with the EU. He feels, as do many of us, that the deal Cameron achieved did not meet Cameron’s own aspirations, and so should have been refused.
Since I have had no response to my suggestion that Remainders might like to tell me of a link to an argument in their favour, I tried to find one. This one is not bad https://theconversation.com/why-is-the-academic-consensus-on-the-cost-of-brexit-being-ignored-59540
However, as the author admits, there is inevitably going to be uncertainty in economic projections, and projections as to what will happen if we leave the EU are more uncertain than most.
If the Remainders would like to suggest links to arguments in their favour, I will add them next week.
Actually, perhaps the most sensible thing I have heard this week comes from Mervyn King, the previous governor of the Bank of England. He says that both sides have exaggerated the importance of the in/put vote. Whichever side wins, he says, will make little difference to most of us, and there are more important and critical issues facing us than whether or not to stay in this little club. See https://www.facebook.com/euroscepticvideos/videos/1716286458630538/.
or here (USA) https://www.amazon.com/Time-Tunnel-West-Leight…/…/B01FZKRSXQ
The paperback links (USA) http://www.amazon.com/Time-Tunnel-West-Leighto…/…/1533114560
If you buy the Journal this week (out on Thursday 26th May), you should, all being well, find that I am writing a column there. The column is, in fact, a cut-down version of this blog. Since I gave up the column a few months ago, many people have asked what happened to it, and many of those have been unable to access this blog, so I thought it worth starting the column again, albeit in a curtailed version.