20,Million big ones of rate payers money and they have to busk. Funny thing is for 20 Million not seen a lot of them around salford. Do they really exist or was it a labour ploy to stick all that money on to the residents community charge bills?
Only the most cold-hearted of cynics could expess disdain for the many extraordinary achievments made in Britain throughout history. Those who have struggled for freedom and justice have shaped a country safe and civilised, without fear of oppression, tyranny, death or disease in which nearly everyone is represented and enfranchised.
The human right to good health and protection from, and provision for, injury and sickness, are all enshrined in the National Health Service. It is an entity admired the world over, and one that many now could not imagine living without.
So to see a British politician roaming the USA, frequenting the most biased, unreasonable and willfully ignorant news outlets in existence, spouting misinformed drivel to screeching hate puffed lummoxes like Glenn Beck about the imaginary horrors of ’socialized’ health care is almost obscene.
Watching Daniel Hannan speaking as a supposed representative for Britain on Fox News, bleating about how our country has been rendered feral and crippled by the NHS is enough to raise a sudden, unexpected swell of patriotism normally reserved for the success of a British icon on the global stage or spectacular sporting defeats.
Unfortunately, his eloquence alone is enough to elevate Hannan to the position of grand visiting statesman in the miopic yellowed eyes of Fox and friends. That he only speaks half-truths, lies, and distortions, while grossly misrepresenting 99% of the population of Britain is not enough to stop the increasingly rabid American right-wing to beg him to ‘run for congress!’ or ‘run for Prime Minister!’ or ‘for God’s sake, run for something!’
Plenty of others have dissected Hannan’s arguments, showing them up as nothing more than empty, pompous, unfounded criticisms. Even those who have savaged the NHS in the past for bloatedness or bureaucracy have sprung to its defense, recognising that Britain would be far worse off without it and that accusations of ‘evil and Orwellian’ practices are simply too ridiculous to bear.
As Stephen Fry quite rightly said, “Even the most right wing British politician wouldn’t think of dismantling our health service.”
We are fortunate enough to enjoy a system of healthcare large and noble enough to bring good health to an entire population. These aspects of nationality, while not exclusive to Britain, are enough to make anyone proud of being British, however rarely you feel the pangs of national loyalty, however little you identify with Union Jack brandishing patriots.
It is one of the largest, most respected, and most valued of British institutions that, doubtless counts towards many people’s choice to live here rather than skip off to somewhere else where the sun actually shines once in a while. That it does all it does for free (or, at least, for very little) is nothing short of incredible.
Many have sent the resounding message that, actually, despite what Hannan says, we love the NHS, thank you very much.
Let’s make this clear. Daniel Hannan doesn’t speak for us. He does not represent the views and opinions of his own party, let alone the vast majority of British people. He is a publicity seeking, vacuous egotist eager only for another million YouTube hits and the friendship of American right-wing TV presenters. Hannan is the epitome of the soundbite culture of politics so derided by his own boss, David Cameron.
He is wilfully playing into the hands of the misinformed American right who, let’s remember, are actually, seriously, opposing the provision of healthcare to society’s most vulnerable.
As David Cameron reprimands Alan Duncan for speaking out of turn about MPs’ expenses, why has he failed to rein Hannan in for embarrassing the Conservatives, angering the British public and misleading US voters?
But a British politician trailblazing across the USA painting Britain as some third-world nation riddled with disease and ‘death panels’? That’s enough to make anyone feel a pang of bruised British pride.
To paraphrase a million screamsheet readers: If Hannan loves American private healthcare so much, why doesn’t he go live there?
Could this be the future for local politics? are people sick and tired of the same old stuff thats pumped put. Perhaps this is the time for change, maybe there will be some shocks in 2010.
Tories and Lib Dems suffer in latest council by-elections
Tories and Liberal Democrats suffered at the hands of independent and minor party candidates in the latest council by-elections.
The Green Party’s Nick Harvey scored a landslide victory against Conservatives at Hertford, Scarborough Borough, North Yorkshire.
This is the party’s second gain from Tories in three weeks after last month’s triumph at Brighton and Hove.
Independents took two seats off Lib Dems.
Sandra Turner won a second Scarborough contest at Streonshalh and Pam Johns won at Holsworthy, Torridge District, Devon.
In the only full party political fight Tories narrowly held off a Labour challenge at marginal Gaywood Chase, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough.
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough – Gaywood Chase: C 202, Lab 194, Lib Dem 167, BNP 90, Green 52. (May 2007 – Two seats C 541, 474, Lab 443, 398, Ukip 192). C hold. Swing 3.2% C to Lab.
Scarborough Borough – Hertford: Green 894, C 356, Ind 94. (May 2007 – Two seats C 732, 709, Lib Dem 591, Green 508, BNP 212).
Green gain from C. Swing 25.2% C to Green.
Scarborough Borough – Streonshalh: Ind 246, Lib Dem 95, C 80, Lab 74, Ind 48. (May 2007 – Two seats Lib Dem 659, No description 466, C 275).
Ind gain from Lib Dem.
Torridge District – Holsworthy: Ind 537, Lib Dem 471 . (May 2007 – Two seats Lib Dem 710, Ind 558, Ind 384, C 348, 278, Ind 236). Ind gain from Lib Dem.
One more call from a resident last night over anti social behavior. I have been to a few Pact meetings over the past month, and the police say we are looking into what sort of policing you want.In reality it’s rubbish we still do not have the man power to cope. Four calls no response not good enough. Looks like Monday going to be a busy day.
Some of that investment is starting to flow, and i am greedy for more, we need good housing stock in the best conditions, these people pay top dollar on the rent stakes. I need to talk with residents over the coming months to see if they are happy or have concerns, I am meeting with some early next week to see if i can get some feedback.
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Individuals on incapacity benefit should do more exercise to help them get back into work, the health secretary has said.
Andy Burnham said that millions of pounds could be saved if just one per cent of those on benefits were to become more active and find employment.
At present more than 2.5 million people are on incapacity benefit at a cost of £12bn a year.
More than a third of claimants cite mental health problems or muscular or skeletal disorders.
The government says both conditions respond well to exercise, which therefore could lead to significant savings in public spending.
Burnham said Britain must move from being “relegation candidates to play-off contenders” in international levels of physical activity.
“Promoting active lifestyles is the simple answer to many of the big challenges facing our country today,” he added.
“It can save us money and ease the burden on public services. The NHS has the green light to be bold and creative to help people to be fitter and more healthy.
“In England, if we can get just one per cent of people on incapacity benefit back into the workplace through active lifestyles, this would save the Exchequer £36m and industry £31m – that’s a combined cost to the economy of £67m a year.”
The comments came as part of a wider bid to encourage individuals to take up healthy activities such as swimming and cycling.
In addition, doctors are to provide ‘prescriptions’ for free swimming and gym sessions to inactive patients.
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