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"How do you see the story from Gosport Hospital today?" - Brent Hargreaves.

Pretty much the same as every other scandal (and they are legion) that has affected the NHS. I do not understand why its worship is close to being a national religion in this country. Every year there is at least one huge scandal, and sometimes several (google NHS scandal 2018; NHS scandal 2017; NHS scandal 2016 etc ad infinitum and you'll see what I mean).

The NHS at its best is wonderful; but at its worst it's truly dreadful. IMO it is in need of a massive shake-up. It may well need the extra money the PM has just promised it, but I see no point in handing over extra money without first implementing root-and-branch reform. Hand the money over without reform, and I think I can guarantee that the NHS high-ups will be back, banging on the door, and clamouring for yet another massive cash injection in pretty much short order. It's what they do.

Jun 20, 2018 at 7:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

I thought that these days No Trumps is a more fashionable contract than Spades...

Jun 20, 2018 at 7:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

RR I forgot to add that I am particularly sensitive to this issue having suffered second hand the prejudice that my adopted nordamerican daughter (and to a lesser extent my mixed race granddaughter) were subject to. The advantages that white persons have is so blindingly obvious that I find it difficult to believe that you question it..

Jun 20, 2018 at 5:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

Folks in this forum are usually pretty forthright about the issues of the day. How do you see the story from Gosport Hospital today?

Jun 20, 2018 at 5:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hargreaves

RR. I am pleased that you feel there is no white privilege, but let's see: how many chancellors and vice-chancellors of universities can you name?, how many peers of the realm?, how many captains of industry? Or looking from the other direction how many white victims in Grenfell Tower? How many comments recently in this esteemed company supporting a white man who deliberately tried to influence or disrupt court proceedings? or how many attacks upon a non-white mayor of London?
Finally, as a white male living and working in the West, I feel that, all my life, I have benefited from white privilege. One of the times I felt this most was when I emigrated to Canada in the early 1970s. Upon landing, I and my white family were enthusiastically greeted and shepherded through immigration, whereas I noted that every single non-white family was sent into an interview room.

Jun 20, 2018 at 5:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

Sorry, Minty, but, while it may be obvious to you, it is not at all obvious to me; I walk around and see white folks doing what white folks do, nothing of which prevents me or any “person of colour” from doing the same – I see no “white privilege.” I do, however, see many cases where being a “person of colour” does have its advantages (i.e. “privilege”), not least the several occasions where jobs have been advertised with the codicil, “Not open for white people” (or similar) – even the your much-loved BBC has put ads like that out. This does not look like “white privilege” to me; quite the reverse, I would have thought. Anyhoo… on that basis, as in all scientific endeavour, examples would be appreciated to support your claim.

Jun 20, 2018 at 4:33 PM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

RR. You wish me to waste my time demonstrating the obvious to you? Most privilege is not now by design but by inheritance and situation.

Jun 20, 2018 at 3:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

Pubs could run dry of beer and fizzy drinks as Britain is hit by the worst shortage of carbon dioxide in decades

Snigger :)

Jun 20, 2018 at 3:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Rhoda K. Thank you for noticing!

Jun 20, 2018 at 2:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

'In Spades'? Really?

Jun 20, 2018 at 2:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterRhoda Klapp

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