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  1. Even in the US, I saw one clip of a shop owner with smashed windows showing some sort of Democrat party membership card. The protests seem to be spoiled tantrums that suggest the protesters are not really that different from Trump indulging in childish rants. What do they hope to accomplish apart from being able to put on their Facebook feeds to impress on their mates that they're "doing something"?
  2. I have to put it down to cultural differences as I can't see it either.
  3. I'd agree on Reagan, it was only really when he left power that you could look back on his achievements, especially on bankrupting the Warsaw Pact, but there were zero doubts that what he was doing was for his country. Same with Thatcher, no-one with a reasonable thought in their head could do anything but look at Thatcher and see her goals for improving the country, how she did them caused lots of families, including mine, unacceptable pain. Quite a bit of the resentment Thatcher got from within the Tory party was because she often put the country before the party, her Single Market speech I quoted in the EU thread was listed as one thing that was repeatedly used by her opponents to wind each other up. I don't want to get into it here but May's actions have been to shore up a Tory party at the cost of the UK, she's essentially de-powered both sides of the EU argument in her party at the cost of quite a lot of industrial and service industry disquiet. Then Trump, just look at his policies, he'll quite happily use his voters as pawns to get what he wants.
  4. Narcissists ahoy! (Telegraph link) The bit that really makes me sit back and look at Trump and May in astonishment is their unchecked narcissism. I think people may get that my views are left-of-centre, so bear that in mind for the next bit: Trump isn't fit to lick the memory of Reagan's urine from the White House toilets. May isn't fit to sit under the gaze of Thatcher in 10 Downing Street. Both Thatcher and Reagan may have had critical flaws and caused more than their share of problems but at least they generally had their country at heart with their decisions, albeit in wildly different ways to what I would have considered reasonable; May proved beyond any doubt this week that she puts the Tory Party a very, very long way before the country and Trump will put himself before Party and country every time.
  5. The German tax laws are already being changed to make bankers feel more welcome, yesterday they removed VAT on hotel rooms used for an hour or less.
  6. Nuttall confirmed on the news as the Stoke-on-Trent Central kipper candidate.
  7. I promised myself I'd give Trump a chance and he blew it with his very first act as President with the executive order providing a regulatory freeze for the Affordable Care Act. That's about as much as the President can do off his own bat, the rest is up to Congress but it does immediately stop all federal agencies expanding or shoring up the ACA before Congress gets to work. Put that beside the Republicans in Congress over the last couple of weeks almost having strokes due to over-excitement at repealing bits of the ACA that Obama couldn't veto. Was that REALLY the most important thing he had to do? Really? Nothing else for his symbolic first action? Not an act of positivity or one of hope that shows that he's not really just a vindictive blowhard who will happily screw over anyone who isn't him or his family? Then the picture of his son-in-law as one of his three primary advisors during that signing of the executive order.
  8. It was the bit about building infrastructure that got me.
  9. I had to moderate one of my own posts today. In my defence and what's just got me a warning from myself is that there was also the option for qualified people reading to generously consider themselves as naive.
  10. I've a bit of time today as I'm off so I've finally had time to put together the official government statistics released by the Tory government on overnight beds. Election day 2010: General & acute hospital beds: 110,568, Learning disability beds: 2465, Mental health beds: 23,515 Election day 2015: General & acute hospital beds: 106,250, Learning disability beds: 1455, Mental health beds: 21,374 1 Oct 2016 picture (last released): General & acute hospital beds: 101,589, Learning disability beds: 1228, Mental health beds: 18,820 How I calculate those statistics using simple maths: The Coalition government cut 4318 General and Acute beds in 5 years (3.91% of the 2010 total), the current Tory government has cut a further 4661 in a mere 19 months (4.39% of the 2015 total). The Coalition government cut 1011 Learning disability beds in 5 years (a shocking 40.99% of the 2010 total), the current Tory government has cut a further 227 in a mere 19 months (15.6% of the 2015 total) The Coalition government cut 2141 Mental health beds in 5 years (9.11% of the 2010 total), the current Tory government has cut a further 2554 in a mere 19 months (11.95% of the 2015 total) Again, these are the official government statistics, vetted and approved for release. They also need to be put into context with the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans for the NHS due to be implemented by 2020/21 to cut £22bn from the NHS where an estimated further 20% of overall beds will be cut; the range I've seen is from 10% cuts to 40% cuts across a region. The LEAST affected parts are the general hospital beds because dealing with emergencies and patients dying on trolleys in corridors will make noise to insulate the NHS slightly. You can see where the government likes its cuts, in the bits that aren't sexy and the media doesn't care much about beyond occasional flash stories: learning disabilities and mental health. So, proof absolute using government figures, and using the most simple of maths to ensure there's no "analysis" or "interpretation", that the government has not just cut beds but made bigger cuts in 19 months in hospital and mental health beds than they did in 5 years in a Coalition. And never forget that those figures are based on stand-still population and needs, the population is aging and requires more beds per 1000 people than ever simply to keep up with that increasing life expectancy. Voted Tory? Hope you're proud. As a post-statement, this is why I still don't trust the Lib Dems. Norman Lamb likes to be considered a mental health and disabilities advocate yet he was the minister in charge of those two areas during the Coalition's biggest cuts in them. Until I hear an apology from the Lib Dems over their collaboration in the devastation of those two areas then they sit in the "untrusted" category showing no shame at all for their actions.
  11. Ahem... and following my post on the EU thread, back to this one. One example, last week a hospital Trust that acts as the major trauma centre for its county had to deploy jumbulances to allow the proper ambulances to get back to answering emergency calls. This is a vastly inappropriate solution, especially in winter, to fixing queueing ambulances but it was genuinely the last resort. The maximum transfer time for patients overnight was 5hrs 36minutes, that's the time it takes to get the patient into A&E itself, never mind getting the patient treated. And that hospital was not allowed to classify itself as "black" status. Also, that hospital region had no temperature pressure, no significant norovirus issues and no other classical winter pressure indicator.
  12. Just one on this in this thread, it really should be on the NHS thread but I'm posting this to show how (I searched for ages for a word or phrase that wouldn't get me banned and left it as this incomplete sentence) those posters are. Last week (statistics formally released this morning) the South of England region, accounting for 1/4 of English hospital trusts, showed 119 Trust-days of serious overcrowding reports accepted by NHS England according to government statistics. That's out of a maximum of 180 days split across the 36 Trusts for the 5 days reported. That means that 2/3 of the time last week hospitals were so over-capacity that they were reporting at least "black" status and it was accepted as meeting those criteria. 39 of those 119 days had Trusts at an even higher status than "black" of "Major Internal Critical Incident" meaning that the hospital could no longer operate with patient safety guaranteed due to over-pressure; this is the point where the hospital essentially shuts its doors to all booked appointments except where they're proven to not interfere with resolving the internal major critical incident. Brighton And Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust reported a "Major Internal Critical Incident" every day last week due to critical and overwhelming pressure on their hospitals. To put that in context, if you watched that Hospital programme on BBC2, at no point during filming did that hospital qualify for "black" status.
  13. I think she's probably heard the old arm bears joke too many times and has taken it literally. It's always the same, we do something in Britain and the Americans have to go one up on us. American swivel eyed nutjobs are a step up on ours.
  14. Just let him know the consequences of annoying rugby league folk:
  15. An interesting comment piece in the Guardian that, although posturing, is far more likely to happen than May's vision of utopia.