ed: I’ve amended this post. The title originally had ‘ That’s what Socialism is ‘ at the end. I’m not sure that it is appropriate. While I accept that Socialists certainly do care about people, I don’t consider that it is correct to associate the NHS so clearly (tightly) with Socialism. Although – of course – that is exactly the reality.
later ed: It’s yours and mine?
The NHS is so important. It is ours and it’s important. It cares for people when they’re sick and vulnerable.
Do you ever get that feeling that as your write it’s not so much that you’re writing on a tractor as your flicking a doganoo!
Let that be a lesson to you!
Tony Blair, what a child
what a child
what a child
ed: did you notice I called him a child?
What a child, eh?
ed: I suggest that this has no relevance to anything and should be ignored. While this is nonsense, I think that people and politicians etc, should pay attention to all the false-flag BS that’s happened. Politicians particularly should pay attention because its BS and they’re expected to behave as if it’s real shit. That must be awkward – so much BS which politicians have got to pretend is real.
It’s fantastically ‘efficient’ at wasting your time
It’s fantastically ‘efficient’ at distracting you
Don’t you have much better things to do with your life?
ed: Isn’t it just keeping you there inactive – while actually polluting your brain with nonsense – while you could be doing something better or more productive?
Like going for a walk, or meeting people (while you’re going for a walk), tidy up, put the trash out, going to the gym (eh?), going for a walk, go to the pub instead of watching television – please people going to the pub is great, you get to drink alcohol and talk to people. Try it.
Anyway, try taking the fuse out of the plug and see how it goes. You’ll be surprised – your family will talk to each other. You could have a broken fuse so that the television doesn’t work over Christmas. XXX
Now you see it… Now you don’t. The government’s rustled up a party trick for the kids this Christmas. They’re going to make 3.7 million of them disappear.
Britain’s children aren’t going anywhere, of course, particularly those who are growing up poor. But with a legislative sleight of hand, the government plans to quietly give up on the targets to end child poverty enshrined (with cross-party support) in the Child Poverty Act 2010.
And with it, they’re hoping to magic away any mention of child poverty at all. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission will become the Social Mobility Commission. The Child Poverty Act will become the Life Chances Act.
All this is more than a little politically convenient. Apart from a solitary BBC Today programme interview with Iain Duncan Smith last year, which left presenter Evan Davis audibly flabbergasted, not even the Government claims it is on track to meet the child poverty targets.
Indeed, the latest available projections, from the Resolution Foundation, warn child poverty will rise from 2.3m children to 3.3m by 2020 – a figure that will be even higher once the poverty-producing impact of the Summer Budget and the Autumn Statement is totted up.
I suppose there may be a few chimneys left for them to sweep and the poverty will keep them small enough.