Posts Tagged ‘Cameron’

@UKLabour what are the politics behind Cameron’s burning desire to go to war?

November 22, 2015

Wonderful! there are generals, who believe that they could clear up ISIS in 21 days, given a ground assault.
All things being equal, they probably could; just as the Israeli’s destroyed the Iraqi forces and the Syrian forces and the Egyptian forces, who had invaded to wipe them out.
However, everything else is not equal.
First, there is no-one in ISIS to surrender and call off further attacks.
Second, the Kurds, who are mooted as being the ones to oversee the peace are being attacked by the Turks.
Third, the Turks, our allies in the region, have been allegedly providing “comfort” to ISIS, in exchange for attacking the Kurds.
Fourth the Russians, who have joined with Turkey in building gas pipelines (economic battle with EU) are also assisting Assad destroy forces opposing him and ISIS.
They might not be happy about US and European having dominance in this region.
Do we attack from the South and hope Turkey will join the Kurds in preventing ISIS escaping North along routes, which have allegedly been open to them?
Do we attack from the North and assume that Turkey will allow us to aid the Kurds?
What about the Kurds? Kurdistan was split up and parcelled out to Turkey, Iraq and Iran, by the Western powers, after WWI, won’t they be expecting a little quid pro quo?
After Blair and Bush’s adventure in Iraq, the main complaint was that there had been no exit strategy, only the dishing out of rebuilding contracts.
Is this what will happen with Cameron’s war?

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@BBCNews What Crisis? this is an open letter to @David_Cameron from Robert Galloway

January 8, 2015

I took this off facebook so I could tweet it.

Robert Galloway

After some persuasion, my full letter. Please link, tweet, send on to politicians and the press. The reality needs to get out……

7th January 2015

Dear Mr Cameron and Mr. Hunt

As someone who works in A&E, I hear with interest that you have said that things in A&E are just busy and we are preforming well and not in a crisis.

I though, would disagree. Maybe it is just your sense of reality, which has made you say this or perhaps a lack of comprehension of the words busy Vs crisis.

Is it not a crisis that up and down the country thousands and thousands of patients are being looked after in corridors because there are no free cubicles for them to be seen in?

Is it not a crisis that many hospitals are declaring major incidents (to just cope with normal winter pressures) and some are having tents built in their car parks?

Is it not a crisis that patients who need discharging from the hospital can’t because social services can’t cope with demand? This means there are no free beds for the patients to go to and so they stay in A&E for hours upon hours.

Is it not a crisis when thousands of patients are having their operations cancelled because there are no beds for them to get into?

Is it not a crisis when every department in the county cannot recruit A&E doctors and nurses because they are emigrating or changing specialty because of the relentless pressure?

Is it not a crisis when everyday A&E staff up and down the country thinks it is a good shift, if we get a cup of tea, no member of staff is in tears and no one dies in the corridor on our watch? (As opposed to deliver the standard and dignity of care we wish)

Or are you saying it is not a crisis because you don’t want to admit the real problem and are a tad embarrassed by your mistakes. Because when you came to power you promised to invest in the NHS and not re-organise it. But actually you lied.

Health and social care are inextricably linked and you stripped money away from social care whilst still finding the money for tax cuts for millionaires. But worse still, instead of trying to modernise and improve the NHS (which it needs) and working to prevent an absolutely predictable crisis, you spent the time and billions of wasted pounds on an ideological drive to increase the role of the private sector into the NHS, which has just put profits before patients.

The reality is that the crisis (yes it is a crisis not just busy) in the NHS, is shown up in the corridors of the A&E departments.

And if you don’t believe me, please join any of the thousand of A&E staff up and down the country whom are all going through the same problems. Then reality might kick in; seeing people in their 90s lying in a corridor as there is no bed to go to, patients who need to go to intensive care staying for hours upon hours in A&E whilst their condition deteriorates, ambulance staff not being able to get to 999 calls as they are waiting to get their current patients into A&E, nurses not having time to care for patients – just provide treatment, and for the consultants on the shop floor trying to create order and safety in a chaotic environment.

We are so lucky to have the training and skills to do the jobs we do – but we just need you to make it possible for us to perform the job we love to appropriate standards.

It may be hard for all of us who work in A&E, but it is nothing compared to what our patients have to endure. But amazingly it is them that keep us going – with humor, good will and not complaining about us despite everything going on, along with a diabetic inducing amount of chocolate being bought for us

Mr Hunt and Cameron – I also want to ask you why you think we are performing well? You say it is because around 85-95% of patients get seen and discharged or admitted with 4 hours. (still the worst figures since we started recording this data.)

But that hides the reality. It is easy to boost this percentage with easy patients with cuts and colds and minor injuries – but what about the care for the patients who are genuinely sick – the ones who need admission. How quickly do they get seen and admitted? That is the figure that should be made available but isn’t. I don’t know what the numbers are, but from recent experience from up and down the country, I doubt that at the moment half of patients who get admitted do so within 4 hours from when they arrive; remember delayed admission leads to worse outcomes. Please start releasing this important figure as it will give a much better barometer for how the NHS is doing.

So Mr Hunt and Mr. Cameron – come down to any A&E and see the crisis/’just busy’ and when you do so, listen to the staff who can explain what needs to be done as opposed to listen to your political advisors.
In A&Es throughout the country, we are buckling under the strain and it is only because of everyone’s hard works and dedication that patient care is being maintained to the extent it is and morale hasn’t yet cracked.

It feels that we in the NHS (from porters, to managers, to nurses, to support staff, to paramedics, to hospitals doctor and GPs) are lions being led by donkeys. We are facing 1930’s public sector cuts driven by politicians with the mentality of world war one generals.

So in summary – please Cameron and Hunt, stop thinking about your political ideology and start thinking about our patients. Remember the NHS was set up after world war two during a period of unprecedented austerity – stop destroying it under the name of austerity.

Rob Galloway             (A&E Consultant)

P.s. it must be quite easy going on question time and the like, debating fellow politicians and public figures who everyone knows have their own agenda. But the shop floor workers in the NHS have only one agenda – our patient care; so the debate may not be so easy with us. I would love to debate with you about the NHS crisis and offer some solutions. Are you up for it?

Juncker is a smoke screen. we’re not getting a referendum

July 4, 2014
Letter sent to Daily express on 28/6/14 (not published)
David Cameron’s recent disappointment over Juncker was, apparently, brought about by Angela Merkel’s manoeuvre’s.
Some of those, whom Cameron had been relying on, may have been offered concessions on the CEB’s bailout conditions.
Other’s may have achieved some other domestically significant political point.
At least Cameron has the satisfaction of knowing that concessions and favours may be both of a “She giveth and She taketh away” nature.
Short lived gains seem a common theme in EU dealings.
In this case, David Cameron has been backed into a corner by UKIP’s success and his subsequent strong posture has made any “peace in our time” deals unlikely to sell to his rebels..
My concern is that the jubilation, of some of his party, over this apparent humiliation and consequent rift with Merkel et al, may merely turn out to be another ruse to postpone an actual Referendum, until much too late.

#occupy. maintain the momentum, by advertising even minor victories.

February 24, 2012

One respondent on Taxtherich (on facebook) mentioned how some workers had changed their management’s decision in favour of their protest.

This caused me to think that there should be some way to keep posting any little local successes, or even larger scale minor successes.

The point being that if people only see protest and a failure to cause change, then Occupy etc. will lose headway, as people turn to thoughts of “eat, drink and be merry….”.

Apathy is what Gov’t’s rely on.

Apathy is why we have a two (three?) party system, with only 25% of the electorate bothering to vote.

We need to give people hope that things can change.

We need to do that before the situation becomes so bad that we face the oppression being meted out to the Greeks.

The tighter the noose placed on the Demos, the more explosive the final revolt against it.

We escaped the worst excesses, because our revolt came in the 1600’s.

The excesses in France lasted longer and, so, grew worse, culminating in “The Terrors”

Russia didn’t do too well, nor did China.

The rise of Hitler, in Post-War Germany, was a consequence of France doing to Germany, what both are now doing to Greece. It is happening now in N. Africa, not because of Islamic fundamentalism but because of external and internal exploitation.

If we wish to create a peaceful world for our children, we must restrain the corruption permeating our political system and those members of the 1%, who are corrupting them.

Protests about the  Tory version of Workfare have caused quite a few firms to withdraw and offer their own fairer conditions. Protests about bonuses to RBS chief have caused him to surrender his bonus, although Cameron has come out swinging at protestors, complaining of an anti-business culture, this has rebounded on him to an extent, because of RBS bonus payments (http://news.sky.com/home/business/article/16175452) .

Keep advertising even the smallest successes; because it’s a certainty that the Media and, through it, The Government will want to play down any increase in Democracy.

NHS data bank: Poor Business Acumen or poor excuse?

December 22, 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8519068/Computerising-NHS-records-to-cost-another-4.7bn.html#.TuBvA36NjGU.facebook

Consider Cameron’s justification for selling data (allegedly anonymised) from this resource to private companies.

I.e. it will earn the country money and reduce taxes.

£4,700 million to earn what?

£4million? £40 million? £400million? The information can only be worth £4,700 million to someone who’s buying the NHS.

Cameron must be lying through his teeth

November 4, 2011

Cameron has said that we will not contribute any more money to the Eurozone.
Cameron has said that we will double our contribution to the IMF fund.
He insists that this extra IMF contribution will not be a backdoor loan to the Eurozone.
Here’s why I think he is lying through his teeth.
(They warned us that he was another Tony Blair).
First, the only way that we could scrape up another £30billion is by borrowing it from the IMF,, which means that we are basically agreeing to underwrite a loan that we can’t afford and pay for the interest that will have to be paid to the countries that are lending us this money, through the IMF.
Secondly it has been reported that the big problem, at the moment, is that these countries (we’re thinking China and possibly the US) don’t want lend us the money. More significantly they don’t want to lend us the money because they have said that it is up to the Eurozone to sort out its mess I.e. the money that we (i.e. Cameron) want to  borrow from China et al, to lend to the IMF is in their view intended to bail out Greece and they don’t think that there is enough collateral in these countries to pay it back.
Cameron is acting like the beggar in the Casino asking for more credit to help his mates syndicate carry on gambling, because “know” that their system is a sure-fire winner and will pay-off. The Casino owner already has the deeds to the house, the car and numerous IOU’s. He is reluctant to give them more credit to try and win back the IOU’s.
Like most gambler’s with a problem, he’ll lie, cheat or steal, before he’ll admit it and cut his losses.

The message from French and German citizens seems to be that they, unlike their leaders, are not in love with the European Dream, nor with the financial mire that it has sucked them into.

September 28, 2011
I wonder if David Cameron is taking note of what’s happening to his two main protagonists in Europe, or is he trying to convince himself that all is well?
Merkel’s coalition party is losing seats one after the other and Sarkozy’s right wing party has lost control of the French Senate, with his Presidency looking to be lost, next year.
The message from French and German citizens seems to be that they, unlike their leaders, are not in love with the European Dream, nor with the financial mire that it has sucked them into.
Mr.Cameron might re-think his position now, before his support, against the wish of the majority of the British Public (this assumption being based on his reluctance to allow a referendum), proves as disastrous for British right wing politicians, as seems about to be the case for the Right Wing politicians in the rest of Europe.
Better that he appears to have deserted his allies than see his entry into the History books as the man who destroyed The British Economy by persisting with this folly.
I assume that, as a Conservative, he reveres Churchill and should, therefore take the lessons of Dunkirk and Dieppe as his guide.

pas nous !

July 29, 2011

Is France  distancing itself from culpability for the Libyan incursion?

In its report on the death of the rebel leader and a possible split in the rebel forces, France 24 news international avoids mention of its own Government’s involvement with phrases such as “United States, Britain and several dozen other nations that have recognized the rebel council as Libya’s legitimate leaders”

In the early days Sarkozy seemed to be pushing Cameron aside to stand next to Obama (albeit on a raised daïs), when announcements were made.

It was certainly made clear that French Jets were doing a lot of shooting up, until there was some blue on blue. As British sources made it clear that their own  fighters were elsewhere, one might believe it was a specific nation’s fighter’s that were involved.

It all looks quite worrying, considering that our future role in Europe seems to be to provide the fighting forces for French Generals and Admirals, directed by a Parliament based in French speaking countries, with French speaking Civil Servants. (Is there really any difference between Belgian and French languages?)

P.M.’s backdoor visitors

July 26, 2011
One fallout from the hacking case, is the news that Murdoch and family members were given backdoor access to Number 10 by Cameron and his predecessors.
When tasked by a member of the Select Committee, Murdoch grinned, declared that it was at David Cameron’s request and suggested it might have been to avoid photographers.
The question was not put as to why our Prime Minister’s might not want the Public to know, via The Media, why they were meeting with this particular Media Mogul and his underlings, in secret.
Number 10 is a Government building, intended for implementing Government policy.
If these visits were official, then they were of public interest.
If these visits were Social, then that is a worry and therefore of public interest.

Murdoch and our Prime Minister’s

July 20, 2011
One fallout from the hacking case, is the news that Murdoch and family members were given backdoor access to Number 10 by Cameron and his predecessors.
When tasked by a member of the Select Committee, Murdoch grinned, declared that it was at David Cameron’s request and suggested it might have been to avoid photographers.
The question was not put as to why our Prime Minister’s might not want the Public to know, via The Media, why they were meeting with this particular Media Mogul and his underlings, in secret.
Number 10 is a Government building, intended for implementing Government policy.
If these visits were official, then they were of public interest.
If these visits were Social, then that is a worry and therefore of public interest.