A comment in a recent blog post got me thinking. The conservative party is promoting infighting between each sector of those in public service, and as a result sniping and bickering is readily happening as to ‘who has it worse’. This bickering is allowing the cuts imposed on the public sector to go unnoticed and remain ignored while each group fights with each other.
It’s time to fight back. I implore all those who read this blog to contact me with examples of how the cuts in their sector is harming those who use their sector and how the cuts are reducing the level of service the public are getting. Only by doing this can we show the voting public the harm that these cuts are causing and exposing the falsehoods planted in the media. This invitation goes out to everyone in the public sector, armed forces, emergency services, healthcare, social services, council staff etc.
For the love of whatever deity you pray to, DO NOT contact me via your work email, nor log in to your private email through your...
The recent offence taken by Ed Milliband over the Daily Mail article written about his Father has shown the political elite what I, and many others, have known for some time. That the Daily Mail is a paper that happily distorts whatever it wants. The Daily Mail, among others, have written these types of articles about public servants for years and have suffered no ill effects for any of them.
It is only now that politicians are coming under this vitriolic attack that Mr. Milliband questions the “morality and boundaries” of the media however he has remained silent after every misleading and hateful article written previously written.
While I would not want the Mail to write this type of article about any parent I do hope it shows people how the Mail happily twists small snippets of information to their own end and the slant they put on articles. I also hope that it causes real change to be put into place, although I know that is highly unlikely.
Unfortunately the only way that the paper will change is if people no longer buy their physical paper nor visit their website. If these two things were to happen they would cease to be of any importance whatsoever.
As of a few moments ago that’s how many hits “How can Tom Winsor look at himself in the mirror?“. That’s one blog, started around 2 weeks ago with a post dedicated to one civilian and his ridiculous decision to wear a full ceremonial uniform to a memorial event.
Some have questioned whether it is appropriate to divert attention from National Police Memorial Day and whether this should have been discussed on another day. Unfortunately there was little to no publicity in the media about this important remembrance service. The BBC hid their story within the ‘Wales’ sub-section of the UK news, the Daily Mail hid the story as simply part of HRH Prince Charles day to day activities and a Google search for NPMD brings up a mere two stories in papers.
Police officers up and down the land have shared their horror and revulsion at this man, over 6,000 shares on FB and Twitter. This means that even though media up and down the land have attempted to manipulate public opinion in such a transparent...
Tom Winsor, responsible for reducing the starting wage for the Police to £19,000 pa, while at the same time increasing the entry qualifications; who decided that direct entry to the significant rank of Superintendent was a good idea as well as being able to make Police officers redundant; who increased the age at which Police officers can draw their pension; who decided that Police officers must have mandatory fitness tests, but not give them any time within work to keep their fitness levels to that standard (unlike Fire & Rescue and Ambulance HART), has decided that wearing this uniform to the National Police Memorial Day is appropriate.
Apparently this is the ‘ceremonial uniform’ of the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, which Tom Winsor now is. To me, and to many others, this is the uniform of a Chief Officer of a UK Police Force.
How dare he. How dare he believe he is in any way entitled to wear a uniform in which men and women far braver than he have died in. Men and women who gave their lives in...
Today I read the incredibly sad story of Bella Hellings. Bella was a three month baby who died after suffering a seizure in March.
Unfortunately it took 26 minutes for paramedics to arrive on scene due to a number of wholly preventable issues. The fault of these issues lies squarely at the feet of the trust rather than the individual paramedics.
The first issue is that Bella lived on a new build estate, so new in fact that her address didn’t feature on trust vehicles sat navs. Unfortunately for Bella, as is so very common, the houses all look so very similar so the detail her fraught parents gave as a distinguishing feature wasn’t unusual. What I ask of you the reader is tonight, when it’s dusk, step outside your house. Go to the side of the road and see if you can clearly see your house number? I can pretty much guarantee that it’s not clearly visible. For your own sake please find a much larger house number than the one you have and make sure it can be seen from the road. Yes I know you know where you live, as...
While perusing various media outlets looking for stories that may be of interest I’ve noticed a few wild inaccuracies that I desperately want to correct. Some of these examples aren’t really appropriate to critique each article but as concepts I’m happy to correct as you’ll see further down the page. However if the media can’t report basic things correctly how can we have confidence in their ability to report larger issues well?
If you’re a medical professional, please be kind. I’ve tried to keep things as simple as possible and remove as much medical jargon as I can – this may have led to a little over simplification in places but is necessary.
The first thing I’ve noticed is that some papers think that the terms ‘cardiac arrest’ and ‘heart attack’ are interchangeable. This is blatantly incorrect.
I’m writing today about an article in Saturdays Daily Express, “Health and safety rules have turned into a sick joke”. It’s confusing as it appears that the Stephen Pollard, who wrote the article, isn’t really sure about what he’s writing about nor what he actually wants.
The article starts with a mention to an unrelated case of which I have no knowledge nor expertise so cannot comment with any authority – however to ensure that you can read the entire article I’ve copied it, you also know I haven’t missed anything out.
The article talks about Godfrey Smith, a former Community First Responder who broke the law while responding in a service marked vehicle responding to a call. The marked vehicle is pictured here, in an article published on 11th September in the Metro. You will note that although it has green and yellow retro-reflective ‘battenburg’ markings it possesses neither blue lights and therefore it will also not have a siren. The Daily Express article...
The police are often called upon to protect the most vulnerable of society, the sick, the young and the elderly. So it should be of no suprise to the public that when a care home phoned the police because a they could not control an aggressive male the police arrived and restrained him to protect the residents, themselves and the male.
What makes this particular male different is that he too suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, a disease where depending on the severity can make the patient violent as well as suffer from visual, olfactory and auditory hallucinations.
The article from the Daily Express starts off with an inflammatory headline:
The family here, as upsetting as it is has mistaken the use of handcuffs with arrest. While their use is most common during an arrest they’re also used during stop/search and when sectioning a person under s136 of the Mental Health Act. Unsurprisingly ACPO have a document on the use of handcuffs. Bearing in mind the potential aggression or violence that...