Saturday, 29 November 2008

Who is running this country?

Of the two above pick the one who resides in 10 Downing Street.
The recent arrest of the Conservative spokesperson on Immigration begs the question, 'would it have happened in a free country where the opposition can speak out against the government?'
If Gordon says he had no advance knowledge of this, why did the Police inform Boris J and David Cameron?
And the Home Secretary also claims a lack of knowledge. Perhaps the police trust the opposition more than the government?

Friday, 21 November 2008

Health and Safety

I confess to being an ex health and safety officer, but I was appalled to see a comment in today's Times that an 'Expert' says that we should put notices on our beaches that digging tunnels in the sand is dangerous. Without having a go at the parents of the poor lad (age 16) that died, surely parents have a responsibilty to look after their offspring?

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Trains and journey times

Time is approaching when I have to make a trip to Manchester, to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. Normally the journey is a doddle, 2 hours to London (60 miles), 1 hour in London, 2hour 15mins to Manchester.

Not so on the Sunday I have to travel. 2hrs 10mins to London, followed by 5hrs and 4 changes to get to Manchester. (plus the obligatory 1 hour in London). Why is it that Sunday travellers have to face these delays, they are still paying for their tickets?

I understand the need for improvements for the West Coast main line, but why is there only one route to the North west?

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

National Health Service.

Having had some 'up close and personal' experiences of one of the 'Failing' NHS trusts in the west of the county, I can say, with some authority, that even a 'Failing' trust is good, staffed with caring people who, even though they are vastly underpaid, are a credit to the trust they work for.

Locally we are also well served, but it does make a mockery of the 'performance' targets and figures that so riddle our society today. How many people are paid to 'tot' up the figures, and more importantly, would it not be good to publish how much public money is spent on the whole system of 'Performance Figures and Targets'? (perhaps in percentage terms of the organisation's budget.)

Friday, 7 November 2008


Disturbing piece in the Times the other day. Apparently because of the recession no one wants to buy all the stuff we recycle. So it has to go into 'Storage' until the economy sorts itself. (first choice sites of this government are said to be old military airports!