Andrew Allison

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In NHS on May 25, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Sorry for the lack of blogging in the past two weeks. I have been busy – of course – and now I am looking forward to four days off work. I also have a new girlfriend and quite naturally that has diverted me away from the computer screen!

Something has caught my eye in the news today though. I have been out collecting signatures for the Conservative ‘NHYes’ campaign. I have spoken to members of the public who are simply amazed at the cut backs all around the country. But this story is truly shocking.

Penny Campbell – a journalist – died at the age of 41 years. She developed septicaemia after a minor operation to treat haemorrhoids and died less than a week later. That is tragic enough, however eight doctors failed to diagnose the septicaemia. I have talked to many people in recent months who are frightened to go in to hospital for minor operations, even though it will give them a much better quality of life. Stories such as this make us panic more, even over the most minor of operations. My Dad caught MRSA after a prostate operation three years ago. His quality of life is better now than it was, but he did go through agony, when he should not have done.

There are no quick fixes for the NHS, and we are certainly better off with it than without it, however I cannot be the only one who thinks there is something dreadfully wrong.

Sana Ali Comments

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Well, I have been unavailable to blog for the last two days, but I have been noticing what is happening in the comments section on Sana Ali. When I wrote that post I did not expect it to be a speculation forum on Islam, was it an honour killing or not, and the treatment of Muslim women. I wrote it to highlight a tragic event. A young life cut short. I will not put on comment moderation, however it would be good to remember a person has been murdered and stop throwing around punches at each other.

Sana Ali

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2007 at 7:10 pm

This is the picture of Sana Ali. She was just seventeen years old and expecting her first child. Sana was repeatedly stabbed in her home in Bury, Greater Manchester two days ago. Her sister-in-law found her body in a pool of blood. What motivates someone to do something like? It beats all of us, but the police have released pictures today to help with the case. To read the latest developments click here.

Photo: Sky News

This is funny

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2007 at 4:35 pm

I got this one from Guthrum. You’ll laugh.

News from Iceland

In elections, Iceland on May 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm

I wasn’t aware there had been a general election in Iceland, and with the wall-to-wall coverage from Portugal and Tony Blair announcing his resignation, you could be forgiven for thinking nothing else has been happening in the news.

Well, there was an election in Iceland and it has been a cliffhanger. According to this report from Reuters, the pro-business government coalition has fought off the environmentalists, but by a majority of one.

May has so far been a good month for those of us on the right.

A Prime Minister with guts

In cricket, John Howard, Zimbabwe on May 13, 2007 at 10:36 am

No, I’m not talking about Tony Blair, or his imminent successor. I’m talking about the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard. He has intervened and banned Australian cricketers from touring Zimbabwe in September as this would be a propaganda coup to this grubby dictator.

Contrast John Howard with Tony Blair.
Mr Blair refused to do the same for English cricketers. He said the taxpayer could not pay any fine levied by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Considering the fine would have been around £2 million, and when you think of the money the government wastes each year, two million quid is a drop in the ocean. Robert Mugabe is a grubby and brutal dictator. He does – as John Howard says – behave like the gestapo towards his political opponents. Playing cricket in Zimbabwe legitimises the Mugabe regime. All we need now is for the ICC top-brass to accept this and suspend Zimbabwe from cricket’s top-flight.

Read an article from ‘The Age’ here.

Farewell Two Jags

In Hull, labour, Prescott on May 12, 2007 at 6:27 pm

A pollster stops you in the street and asks, “Who, in the past ten years, has done more for this country: The Queen or John Prescott?” I think I know your reply. If anyone can think of a single achievement of good old ‘two jags’ then please tell me. And the shame if it all is that he costs more than Her Majesty.

Click here and you can watch him outside the East Hull Labour HQ on Holderness Road. Notice how he never mentions anything he has done. Well if you can’t think of anything John, I can’t be bothered to do the research.

Macavity wasn’t there

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2007 at 11:18 am

Do you remember Gordon Brown on television on May 4? Do you remember him trying to spin out the Labour losses? Of course you don’t, as Macavity was at home watching the results on his television. This video, put together by 18DoughtyStreet in March, shows Gordon for what he is. When he does become Prime Minister, do you think his old habits will die hard? Do you think he will continue to blame his own failings on those around him? Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Going down with Gordon Brown

In Brown on May 12, 2007 at 11:04 am

This lighthearted peice appears on Conservative Home. Lighthearted it may be, but it gets the point accross what a Brown government will be like.

Madeleine McCann

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Unless you have not read a newspaper, checked a news website, watched television news, or heard the radio news, you will have heard about Madeleine McCann. The image of this little girl has been printed and broadcast all over the world. Naturally, I like everyone else hope for the safe return of Maddie to her parents. I am not a parent and cannot really imagine what they are going through. There are, however, some points on this story I wish to make.

The media are obsessed with this story. All the news channels have their reporters there on the scene and perhaps I am being cynical, but it always seems to be a female reporter, just to add – perhaps – the female/motherly angle. Although I welcome any positive news, any new development in the case, there hardly ever seems to be any. The news station anchor will go live to their reporter, who , most of the time informs us that there hasn’t been any new developments. Instead they will show endless pictures of Maddie’s parents going off to church each day. They will show their tears and sorrow. This is manipulation. I know the parents are distraught. Which parent wouldn’t be? Do we have to see this endlessly, 24 hours a day? The media are constantly badgering the police for information. The police will give out any new developments – if they can and if it will not hamper the case – as and when the need arises.

Isn’t this the way it should be reported on the news bulletins?

Portuguese police are continuing to search for the abductors of the little girl, Madeleine McCann. The police in a news conference said they have no new leads, however they are continuing to question three British people and are looking for two other suspects. Meanwhile, Madeleine’s parents attended Mass today at the local church, where prayers were said for her safe return.

This is all that needs to be said. Nothing more. Instead, as I said earlier, we are fed a diet of non-news and images of a distraught mother and father. When Sky News, for example, go live to Portugal, if there aren’t any new developments, I simply switch off. The time I will watch, is when Maddie is safely in the arms of her parents. Now that will be a good news story and something the whole world will want to see. However, if there aren’t any new developments in – say – the next week, we all know the news channels will be off somewhere else, taking advantage of grief and pain elsewhere in the world.

Finally, and perhaps even more controversial, isn’t this a lesson that you should look after your children more carefully? Yes the McCanns went to check on them at regular intervals, but this isn’t really good enough. With children as young as this, you should be there or have someone you know and trust there, to look after them. If one good thing does come out of this sad case, perhaps it is that other parents will not make the same mistake as the McCanns.