Sunday, 23 August 2009

Compassion or Insult - can the two be defined?

The release of the Lockerbie bomber, Megrahi, has caused embarrassment, outrage and crtiticism in different degrees from various ministers and officials around the world.
The director of the FBI has told the Scottish Justice Secretary he was 'outraged' at Megrahi's release and says it 's made a mockery of the law and given comfort to terrorists.The Scottish First Minister says it was a 'grave error of judgment' which has damaged the reputation of Scotland.
And Downing Street releases the full text of a letter sent by Gordon Brown to Colonel Gaddafi wishing him a happy Ramadan and addressing him as "Dear Muammar".

Granted, the letter asked Gaddafi to 'act with sensitivity' over Megrahi's homecoming and said that a high-profile return would cause further unnecessary pain for the families of the Lockerbie victims and it would also undermine Libya's growing international reputation", but I (cynically?) think the intent was more sinister than this and therefore very worrying.
"Muammar" seems to have ignored all sensitivities (would the man understand the meaning, anyway?) and given Megrahi a hero's welcome and Gordon Brown has yet to explain his meeting with Gaddafi where they discussed the release.

But where does compassion begin and end and where does the act of releasing a convicted criminal become an insult to the public, the victims of the crime and all concerned? Last week Ronnie Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds - this is our legal system. like it or not. Megrahi has been released on compassionate grounds - he too is an ill man.

Does the difference in our opinions lie in the crime itself, the amount of people involved, our own opinion of seriousness of the crime or what ? Is it the length of time in prison that matters or whether we think the person is not going to do any harm to anyone anymore ?
I do not believe that this can be the proper way to be just - and I do agree with those that say it sends out the wrong signal to others...be they mass murderers, terrorists, bombers, train robbers or petty thieves.

Is there an answer ?

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Dear Kevin Barron, MP - again.....

Dear Mr Barron and anyone concerned with democracy....

I have forwarded to you an open letter sent by Mr Don Buxton (with his permission) in response to the appalling attitude of one of your "colleagues" Mr Iain St John. Perhaps you may have seen this letter, of Mr St John's but it is unlikely as you do not use email, despite your super, up to the minute equipment.

However, let's not go over old ground again.

The reason for this mail is to bring to your attention the utter contempt that many of those connected to RMBC show to their constituents. I am sure that you already know this but a small reminder never goes amiss, I believe.
Perhaps, like Mr St John, you may also wonder why you have been sent this "nonsense" as he describes it. Well, just to reiterate that if any cllr/or MP classes the views of the public whom they represent as nonsense, just because their views differ from the "elite" then we are in a very sorry position. From past experience and correspondence with you, I imagine that you will ignore this mail and class the contents as having nothing to do with you. If you do, then fair enough - it proves the points made in the letter that confirm that the growing network of the deeply concerned electorate are well founded.

Mr Buxton's letter describes the reservations and doubts that he has about the "integrity of the Elected Members and Officers of RMBC and the way that they try to spin, weave, deceive and ignore and isolate Rotherham communities."
He thanks his MP, John Healey and other MPs in our national Government for at least providing the tools to check, challenge, scrutinise and hold to account these "fools" that try to govern us. Through FOI efforts the citizens of Rotherham are now much wiser as to the cost of various seemingly unnecessary and expensive "ventures" at the tax payers expense. That Mr St John has the audacity to attempt to patronise the people who expose these situations and label some of them as "the jack boot mob" is little short of an absolute insult.

It would be pointless of me to expect any sort of response from you on the reasoning behind your colleagues attitude, I am sure.

I would like to be able to sign a letter to my MP as Mr Buxton has done ("I remain, Sir, your loyal constituent") However, I am unable to do so.

I remain, therefore, just another one of your constituents.

Yours sincerely,
Brenda Abou El Ola

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

GPs earn £300,000 a year

In 2004, this incompetent Government introduced a new GP's contract which increased the pay of the doctors but also took away a lot of the services, like weekend working, and evening surgeries. The ususal mismanagement in the civil service in their financial administration showed another waste of tax payers money.
Now it's been reported that the situation may be even worse than we thought. Some family doctors are now earning £300,000 or more. Am not sure if any Maltby GP's earn anywhere near this amount - I guess if they did they might be living somewhere different to Maltby - but it seems a bit excessive considering the hours they work for their local patients.

I do not begrudge anyone in the NHS their hard earned pay. I know that especially in hospitals, doctors (usually junior ones) work ridiculous numbers of hours which is both immoral and dangerous. But wouldn't it be better to have the old system of your own GP comes to visit you "out of hours" and gets his extra pay that way, rather than having visits from locums who often travel miles to see a patient that they have never met before and no none of thir medical history?Most private sector workers across Britain are facing longer hours and smaller salaries so should GP's be different?

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Could this be the best Kevin Barron quote yet ?

The Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, has made quite a few "gaffes" over the last number of months. Of course I am sure he would not call then gaffes himself, but it doesn't take much to wonder if the man is losing it/has lost it completely.

There was the issue of emails - even though Kevin supports taking care of the environment, (he says) he doesn't send emails and prefers to use trees by the thousands for his correspondence.
Then there was issue of him telling one of his consituents that he was not going to talk politics with them (strange for an MP)
Then we had his expenses issue - the fancy printer and office furniture and the new camera he needed for his trip to New Zealand..... etc

But this has to be the best one yet.

As many readers of this blog know, Maltby is in the process if s truggle to stop the Secondary School becoming an Academy. Much discussion has gone on - usually without the invited MP's, Cllrs, Governors and ministers who don't turn up at meetings. However, the stuggle will continue, to make sure our children get the best education possible - regardless of financial incentives to and from private businesses.

So what does Mr Barron have to say to this? In public debate regarding government policy regarding academies, Kevin said " I would not believe Government papers".

Well, neither would most of us Kevin, and as you have confirmed it yourself I wonder why you are still acting as my MP? Am I to believe anything at all about anything you say ? Oh, no....no don't go there. I don't want you bothering your herad about "politics" again.