Posted by: madkentdragon | September 18, 2014

Why Are Ambulances Queueing at A&E?

This morning on the news I heard about the sad death of a lady waiting in an ambulance queue outside a hospital in Wales and it got me thinking.

Several questions came to mind, and I’ve listed them here with my opinions – you may not agree with my conclusions – but at least I may have got you thinking about the problem.

When I was younger most hospitals had an Accident and Emergency Department, specialised maternity units and geriatric hospitals probably didn’t, but nearly every general hospital had one. They patched you up and then either discharged you, admitted you or sent you on to a bigger hospital with more facilities.

Whichever route you as a patient took, you were patched up; in other words for 90% of all cases you were treated so that your life was no longer in danger, some obviously were too ill or injured and would die no matter what. But – you were treated in a local hospital, and felt safe.

Now the first task is to find a hospital with A&E facilities, and then wait to be allowed in or sit in a chair for hours because the staff will be trying to cope with patients from an area that is many times bigger than the department was designed for.

The staff are overworked and because they are trying to deal with every emergency you can imagine, they can make mistakes – not their fault because they don’t always have the time to deal properly with each case before rushing on to the next.

The excuse the government have come up with for these centralised A&E departments is that they will be centres of excellence – but is that really the reason?

Many hospitals are in debt, see my post on the private finance initiative – http://wp.me/pI5wB-bf – this means that many hospitals have had to cut back on their main reason for existing, caring for sick people because the interest payments are so high that if the lenders were payday lenders they may have been investigated!

This PFI has been in existence in the last few governments, so all parties are to blame for not putting a stop to it – meanwhile the fat cats get richer and the rest of us suffer!

To hide this debacle, some bright spark seems to have come up with closing a large number of A&E departments and calling the ones that remain open “centres of excellence”, thus saving money.

How can a centre of excellence be called that when it can’t cope with the numbers coming through its doors?

It’s not a centre of excellence it is a centralised mistake that needs to be put right now!

It’s time to reopen all A&E departments, employ enough staff to cope and to cut the extortionate interests rates paid from our NHS funds to the private financiers who are lining their pockets at the cost of our health.

Posted by: madkentdragon | August 25, 2014

Who Is Bankrolling Islamic State?

I asked this question on Twitter the other day and got one answer; coincidentally, that evening, whilst watching “The Papers” on BBC News channel, another country came up!

These are the answers I’ve received:

  • Qatar
  • Syria
  • Banks and financial institutes in the captured city of Mosul
  • Ransoms from kidnappings

Qatar, what do we really know about this country – apart from the fact that it somehow won the bid to stage the word cup in 2022. It is an extremely wealthy country with Sharia based laws. It makes me wonder what will happen during the World Cup – will people be safe?

Would it be worth its while to fund this terrorist organisation? I suppose that by employing militants, it would appear to be above suspicion (not me guv!) and it could gain land and more oil wells, making it a bigger rival to Saudi Arabia.

Syria – the discussion I watched claimed that Assad had let them occupy an area containing an oil field and that the oil is sold back to Syria raising funds for its activities. In return Syria gets left alone, the fact that ISIS as it was originally named was spawned among the blood and chaos of this war torn state does add some credence to this. But will IS really leave Assad’s Syria alone?

Mosul was a wealthy town in Iraq and there’s no doubt that much money has been raised from that.

Finally, kidnapping, despite most countries state that they will not pay ransoms most do – with the exception of the US and UK; ransoms are in the millions of pounds/euros/dollars and would certainly go some way to fund them.

Why am I asking this question, compare the IEDs etc. of the Taliban in Afghanistan to the fully fitted organisation that IS has evolved into – so WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?

If the source could be removed, then surely the scales would be more balanced?

Posted by: madkentdragon | July 20, 2014

Why? My Questions on the World Today

I’m starting this “rant” with a disclaimer – I am not pro-war or unnecessary violence, I worked for an ex-service organisation for over 20 years and have seen the results of conflicts on the individuals.

Having said this I’m now going to ask “Why?”

In Ukraine at this terrible crash scene, why haven’t the UN, NATO or Europe gone in and secured the scene?

Why have these rebels been left to trample over the scene and cause untold harm to the site and disrespect to the bodies that were living talking beings only a few hours earlier?

These people are rebels – an occupying force, and should be made to move away from the site – not left to rule it!

Why didn’t Russia send an air disaster investigating team in – apparently they have the best teams in the world?

The world was able to get teams into war torn Syria to find the chemical warfare sites and factories, so why not secure an international disaster scene?

Are they all too scared of Putin who seems to be morphing into Stalin? Why hasn’t Merkel done more – she seems to be “ruling” the EU? Is she still under the thrall of Russia – she was born in East Germany when it was part of the USSR?

Why haven’t the world shouted more? Why are they all so scared of Putin and his thugs?

Why was there not a “No Fly Zone” set up over the area of conflict?

Why can’t the UN/NATO/Europe set up a buffer zone between the two sides?

Finally on this one – why is Putin allowed to tell the Russians so many lies on this via the TV or radio?

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Then we have the Israel/Palestine conflict again!

Israel has a right to protect herself from the constant bombardment by Hamas rockets and missiles, but why have they been so heavy handed?

Why did Hamas refuse the ceasefire offered by Egypt – Israel had agreed to it?

We don’t hear of many casualties in Israel because they have protection by their “Iron Dome”, but the rockets from Hamas are unceasing – why?

Hamas base their rocket launchers and weapons amongst their citizens – why?

Do they have so little regard for their own people, because any country under attack will try to blast the site of a rocket launcher – but civilians end up being killed because they live next door to the site – why?

Is it time for the UN to intervene?

I could go on about Nigeria not sorting out Boko Haram and the missing school girls – but I’ve said enough for now.

BUT, WHY CAN’T THE WORLD LIVE IN PEACE?

Posted by: madkentdragon | June 15, 2014

No Mr Blair, We Are Not Sending Troops To Iraq

I have kept out of the “wars”/”uprisings” etc. in Syria because there are too many factions to judge who is right or wrong, but the destruction and the number of refugees is horrific and that’s without mentioning the civilian deaths.

But these new uprising in Iraq is another matter and I know I’m only a pensioner with her own views, but I can’t keep my mouth shut this time.

So Mr Blair, you say that the illegal (not approved by the UN) invasion into the country and the removal of Saddam Hussein has not caused this – I didn’t like the man and know that he was a corrupt dictator and bully – however you didn’t leave the country any safer when you all decided we’d done enough out there and we had secured the oil.

If we had done enough to justify all the deaths, injuries and ruined lives, why then did the army you trained up to defend Iraq turn and run at the first sign of this ISIS rebellion?

Were all the deaths for nothing, were all the injuries forgotten – you may have done so, but we haven’t – my own sons has PTSD because of the Iraq invasion!

You interfered into a country whose citizens have a completely different mindset to ours – think medieval England, think of the Protestant versus Roman Catholic burnings and uprisings or Spain versus Elizabethan England – that’s the mindset that is entrenched in the Middle East.

Yes, they can use You Tube, but a medieval person would be able to use a modern tool if someone showed him how. That doesn’t make them modern, just helps them recruit disaffected young men who are at a loose end and play violent video games.

If you want someone to go and fight them, go yourself – and take all the politicians who agreed with your weapons of mass destruction scam from last time – don’t waste the young people of this country on a country that neither wants us there or appreciates what we tried to do last time.

You tried to divert attention by saying we had to look out for those coming back from these countries who may try to be terrorists, fair enough we need to protect ourselves, but don’t use that as an excuse to send our troops there – or are they the “hidden weapons of mass destruction”?

No matter what reason you give, the only people in the west who would profit are arms dealers and manufacturers –  or you getting more work as the PEACE AMBASSADOR to the Middle East!

Keep our troops out!

Posted by: madkentdragon | May 23, 2014

I Made A Guess And Voted In The EU Election!

Well, I voted – didn’t have a council election in the borough so it was only the Euro elections – but I am still completely confused!

I searched the net to find out what actually happens in the EU parliament and to find out how many laws passed there actually affect the UK. After all was there ever a “straight banana” law – well no there wasn’t and I found even that confusing.

Some had websites telling me what they had done, some had websites that were obviously started with good intentions but fizzled out after a while and some – obviously the ones who had not been elected but were just full of their promises – which I took with a pinch of salt.

Now who do I vote for? Would it be UKIP – who want independence from the EU – so why are they there? Or one of the other lack-lustre parties? I won’t tell you who I voted for, let’s just say I voted for the party that I thought could do the least damage!

Sad although this is, I really had no other choice because I had very little literature on the candidates – how do I know if Joe Bloggs from Party A will not be one of those who would take advantage of the “sign in and disappear” ploy – or if Freda Smith from Party B will not fall asleep in the middle of the assembly – after all we’ve all seen those pictures!

Why didn’t the individual candidates introduce themselves – of course being from the South East, I knew one – a certain Mr Farage – but who were the others?

How can I vote for party representatives that I don’t know and have previously never heard of – now you know why I voted for the ones I thought could do the least harm!

I’m wondering if that’s why the vote was so low – if the candidates don’t make themselves known, even if it was in a joint party leaflet, it gives you the impression that they don’t care and only want to be elected for the salary!

I’m hoping that I voted the right way – but I don’t know – and yes I do want a referendum on whether we stay in or not!

I could go on about an organisation that can’t balance its own books and costs us a lot of money – but my final thought is this:

If you don’t get the correct information, how can you make an informed decision on the candidates?

Posted by: madkentdragon | May 7, 2014

Nigeria, Oil and Social Media

So finally some action is being taken for the captured Nigerian school girls, it’s only taken three weeks! Why?

Firstly lets look at the captors, the group called Boko Haram are against anything western and are ruled by medieval radical individuals who are frightened of social advance as demonstrated by the west.

It’s not only Christians and school girls that are under threat but also modern thinking muslims – which means that most British muslims could also be targeted. Women are regarded as chattels and definitely should not be educated, they are there for their men, nothing more and nothing less.

They recruit child soldiers and disaffected young men who are unemployed and therefore poor and hungry, once recruited they are systematically radicalised in return for food and a “meaning” in life. Using children as young as twelve is child abuse and ruins the rest of their lives.

I’m not very impressed by the Nigerian President who seems to have tried to sweep the whole problem under the carpet, but 200 school girls have left that carpet looking very lumpy; but he’s got an election to win and a front of economic success to perpetuate to the outside world.

Plus there’s the question of several million dollar’s worth of missing oil money that he’s got to duck! I hope some one confronts him over that as well as forcing his hand over these girls.

Mrs Jonathan wasn’t much help, she was sent in to mollify the missing children’s mothers and ended up getting their spokeswoman arrested and accusing them of inventing the whole thing.

To me this shows that the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has no moral fibre and certainly doesn’t care about the citizens of his country.

The girls crime was to want to learn – a basic human right – and as I’ve said time and time again, Education Sets You Free!

If a man is educated in this medieval based country, he may get a better job; but if a woman gets educated, she will also teach her children. Most women have at least four children who survive the first four years of life and a mother will start to open their minds to what is out there in the big wide world, so two hundred girls deprived of that education and thrust back a few hundred years means eight hundred children that won’t be educated – does that make sense?

Also most of the citizens own mobile phones with often better wi-fi than is available in rural areas here. So they then read lots of news, and to them, amazing new facts finally finding social media!

Now consider this, some of these girl’s mothers can also read and write and use social media, so while the rest of the world shook their heads in sorrow and forgot about it, they took to Facebook and Twitter and campaigned until the rest of the world sat up and decided to take action. Education alerted the world to this horrendous crime – and the world listened and joined in.

Apparently British advisors and special services have been trying to get permission to help find these girls for at least two weeks, but the president demurred until the US, a major importer of Nigerian oil, also offered to help. Now, three weeks after the deed, it’s not the missing girls who have motivated this president – but the fact that they may not be able to sell 40% of their oil to the US – that has motivated the rescue bid!

Finally I know that another eight girls have been stolen, but this begs the question of how many others were abducted before the educated women of Nigeria shone the light of social media on this?

Posted by: madkentdragon | April 24, 2014

European Elections – So who is my MEP?

I can tell the European elections are coming up because Nigel Farage is all over the television, complete with pint (is he sponsored by a brewery?).

So I started thinking about my local MEP and I realised that I didn’t even know who he or she was; I know who my local MP is, and I will admit that she does represent her constituency very well and has been known to ask us our opinion on various matters and even voted against the government on several issues – she is a Conservative and I would vote for her next time.

Before you all shout at me, I voted for her predecessor as well and he was Labour, but until he became a junior minister, he too represented us properly. I vote for the person who does what it says on the tin, not for the all too similar parties.

But I digress, who is my MEP and what has he actually done for the people he represents? I googled it and came up with this web-site http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/your_meps/list-meps-by-region.html and found the one who I think represents me – but his name didn’t ring a bell, nor did his photo – why?

I have never seen a newsletter, a newspaper article or anything about or from this person – so how do I know if he does represents me or my neighbours. Does he actually attend these bright modern buildings to use his vote?

How can I vote if I don’t know if he is the right man for the job – perhaps he thinks that we should remain ignorant of his activities – he may think ignorance is bliss. I’ve got news for you, it’s not – it’s frustrating and we pay enough into the European Union towards his salary for me to want to know is he value for money or a complete waste and I’m leaning towards the latter.

Oh and just as a matter of interest, here’s what they are meant to do…

Your MEPs are your elected representatives in the European Union. Their job is to represent your interests and those of your city or region in Europe. They do this by listening to people with local and national concerns, to interest groups and businesses. Where necessary, they question and lobby the Commission and the Council of Ministers.

Posted by: madkentdragon | April 8, 2014

A Pensioner’s View on Maria Miller

So another MP has been caught fiddling – or forgetting to adjust – their expenses, no surprise there and I just shrugged my shoulders and thought “Not surprised, all snouts in the trough together”

But then I read that she had tried to avoid the inquiry – a bit like a charlatan lawyer tries to get his obviously guilty client a not guilty verdict by twisting the law.

Now that’s definitely a bit fishy as far as I’m concerned – or am I being naïve?

Then came the allegation that the MP’s aides tried to stop a newspaper publishing the allegations by invoking Leveson – now to me that is blackmail, isn’t it?

So  she tried to avoid the Inquiry and  prevent the publication of the allegations, if you’ve got nothing to hide, why is this happening?

I don’t care whether the amount fiddled is thousands or ten bob, the point here is that a Member of Parliament is tried to avoid – well what was she trying to avoid – ah! The TRUTH!

Now MPs are there, elected by us to ensure that laws are made to protect the people, in other words we elect them to serve our nation – us!

Now she’s hiding behind the Prime Minister who seems to have lost the plot! She is allowed to keep her house and the profit she made but anyone who mis-claims benefits could lose theirs if found guilty – that’s if they own one.

So come on Dave, either you’re guilty and lose your house or not – you can’t have it both ways – benefit claimants don’t have the luxury of a second home like Maria Miller – so sort it out.

Posted by: madkentdragon | March 27, 2014

Old – Me? Not on your life!

I have been reading and hearing quite a lot about feminism and ageism recently and it’s beginning to annoy me!

So here goes:

I am 66 years old, retired, overweight and short; I also have one or two medical problems that limit my mobility – but do I feel old – NO! Why should I?

I am me and you are you, I’m sure that although I’m probably classified as an old fart who should sit in the corner and knit for her grandchildren, I don’t and won’t. I see each day as an opportunity to find something out or learn something – sorry if I sound sanctimonious, but don’t write me off as, even with my wrinkles which I consider experience lines, I feel young at heart.

I dress to feel comfortable, certainly won’t wear vertiginous heels – but that doesn’t mean I can’t wear court shoes – haven’t got the figure for fashionable short skirts, but you won’t catch me in tweed (sorry if you like tweed).

I’ll admit to you now that with my weight, if I was 8 foot tall, I could wear fashionable stuff, so I stick to my style and enjoy it. I must say here that those who want to wear clothes who show lots of cleavage and flash the panties or g-string with short skirts and tell me it’s your right, I’ll agree with you – but consider if a man left his flies undone and flashed his pants or nether regions, you would complain, wouldn’t you?

What’s good for the gander is good for the goose – that’s equality, so consider what you look like when you do go out. I can’t dress like that, but I will dress smartly and hold my own in conversation with all age groups, because inside I’m certainly not 66, nearer half that age.

I come from an age in which I had no rights, I couldn’t vote until I was 21 and even then could not sign the forms for my own operation, my then husband had to sign the forms! Now kids can go for an abortion without their parents knowing and yet mine was a life saving operation but I had no rights to sign myself!

So, I have seen Women’s Lib, didn’t burn my bra – they would have been too uncomfortable without a bra! But I have always believed that women and men should be equal, be paid the same and be treated the same. But even now, men in their fifties get treated a lot different to women of the same age. Why? Even the BBC do it!

Women in their fifties have usually finished with the child rearing and want to get on with life and enjoy it – are men frightened of us not being the “little woman”, well I’ve got news for you most of us have never been that.

Most of us have had to work whilst the kids were at school and now we want to get on and make sure we have money to spend and to save for our pensions. We are bright and willing to learn the modern office or other work place and are usually reliable.

So why do you think we are invisible, OK – we aren’t “bright young things” on the outside and probably won’t boost a male bosses ego as much – but we are just as young inside and won’t get pushed in the corner of life – because we have built up a lot of knowledge, empathy and common sense, and we know we can get on with life.

So don’t look at the wrinkles, look underneath at the vibrant woman shining through.

Finally, I got my last promotion when I was 54 and I wouldn’t be knitting for my grandchildren – if I could knit – it would be for my great-grandchildren!

So come on you ladies in your fifties and above, best foot forward and shine.

Posted by: madkentdragon | March 8, 2014

Why Not International Equality Day?

So it’s International Women’s Day, but what does that actually mean? In the so-called enlightened world it’s a case of “Not those feminists again” and in the unenlightened world, who will take notice?

For all the conferences, publicity and pretty pictures of women enjoying life, there are women all over the world living in fear, ignorance and under the thumb of a male dominated society.

After all that, what will change?

For every picture of a drunk female in a mini skirt falling out of a club, there is a woman somewhere who can’t even go outside her front door without permission.

I’m not knocking those who choose to go out and get drunk – it’s their choice and they have the freedom to choose, but it’s not happening everywhere – even in this country.

There are not just ethnic minorities living under the heavy hand of their male relatives, there are also British women who are ruled by fear of fathers or husbands who would rise their fist to them if they dared to suggest a girls’ night out.

Yet this is meant to be a free, educated country, but it is also a country where parents still stop girls furthering their education because it’s a waste of money because they will get married in a few years.

Let’s face it, when political parties have to set targets to get enough women prospective candidates to stand in elections and edicts fly about to get women on to the boards of directors, we are not completely free.

When women apply for a job that has traditionally been in the male domain, they have to be twice as good as the next male candidate to get the post and then work twice as hard, because if she makes a mistake it will because she is a woman. Trust me on this, I was the only female in a male dominated job in the whole of the south of England – and that was only fifteen years ago. However, as the salary wasn’t that good, more women took the posts as men moved on to better paid jobs; the salary was adequate for me to keep myself on.

It’s time that women were on an equal footing to men, despite all the legislation we aren’t there yet – will we ever be? And if we can’t get equality, what chance have those in the male dominated countries got?

 

So stop celebrating “International Women’s Day” and start celebrating “International Equality Day”

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