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How Many Houses ‘Dave’?

In an interview with ‘call me Dave’ Cameron in The Times recently, Cameron seemed confused over just how many homes he owned! Is it mearly two, including the modest one in London valued at £1million, or is it four…. or? I’ll leave it to you to make your own mind up, or not as the case may be.

” So how many properties do you own? “I own a house in North Kensington which you’ve been to and my house in the constituency in Oxfordshire and that is, as far as I know, all I have.”

A house in Cornwall? “No, that is, Samantha used to have a timeshare in South Devon but she doesn’t any more.” And there isn’t a fourth? “I don’t think so – not that I can think of.” Please don’t say, “Not that I can think of.” “You might be… Samantha owns a field in Scunthorpe but she doesn’t own a house…”

The rest of the interview was punctuated with Cameron’s nagging anxiety about how this exchange was going to make him sound: “I was wondering how that will come across as a soundbite”; “Not that I can think of’ makes me sound… I am really worried about that…”; “I am still thinking about this house thing”; and his parting shot was: “Do not make me sound like a prat for not knowing how many houses I’ve got.”

PRAT!

More Health Privatisation

Here we go again, more privatisation of the NHS on the way. This time it’s the Ambulance service, with plans to put the non emergency sector out to tender. This means for example collecting infirm patients from their homes and taking them to hospital for treatment or to see a specialist.

British AmbulanceThe usual argument is put up of getting value for money. Yes, at least in the first instance, a private company will offer to do the job more cheaply but does this mean value for money? I think not. All drivers and co-drivers currently doing the job are trained ambulance people with experience and a huge fund of knowledge to draw upon from their colleagues in case of a problem. Let’s not forget that a lot of the people requiring this service have complicated medical problems even though they can live at home.

Ambulance drivers and paramedics are an integral part of the NHS, a service which up until recently at least, existed purely for the benefit of society as a whole and not for the benefit of the shareholders of private companies. Privatising (= selling off) this important part of the ambulance service puts at risk the comradeship and shared knowledge of the teams and destroy the sense of purpose and caring that currently exists. Some things you just can’t value in monetary terms.

pc Osama Bin Laden

‘Political correctness’ is changing the character of Britain or more accurately of Britons. Take the latest bit of nonsense. A middle ranking police officer in Cornwall, Ch Supt Colin Terry, dressed up as Osama Bin Laden complete with a face mask that can be bought in any joke shop and went to a small town carnival where he was collecting for charity. He has now been sacked from his temporary EU secondment to Afghanistan where he was helping with setting up police security. Well maybe that is just about understandable. He has also now been reported to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) and likely to face disciplinary action from the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.

For goodness sake, we in Britain have historically poked fun at those who we percieve to be our enemy or those who become pompous or set themselves above the rest of us. It cuts them all down to the size that they truly are.

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