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Accident & Existentialism – A&E

Ruralshire General Hospital A&E looks like one of those US Federal prisons we should (but don’t) have in England. More money has been spent on huge secure electronic doors to the treatment areas, swipe card access control systems and high-resolution CCTV than on medical equipment.

Three of us stand in front of 3 inches of armoured glass at A&E in all our gear, radios blasting, while dozens of tired sad-looking prospective patients look on. A bored gum-chewing receptionist is having a protracted telephone conversation. We have to wait for at least four minutes until she exhausts the phone conversation and will deign to look up and meet my gaze. Read more of this post

The truth behind falling crime figures.

I follow the Police Inspector Blog written by an active Police Inspector under the pseudonym of Inspector Gadget. A name chosen, I suspect, with a mixture of irony and self deprecation, which nevertheless provides an insight into what is really happening to policing ‘on the beat‘. Inspector Gadget often talks about ‘The Swamp Estate on the edge of Ruraltown‘ and his latest offering The truth behind falling crime figures is yet another indictment against politicised policing. The fictional British Crime statistics (BCS) introduced a methodology for massaging the crime figures for political purposes; which when coupled with sentencing procedures, effectively throws offenders back on the street. But wait – we live in an age of ‘super heroes‘ – we now have  newly appointed Police and Crime Commissioners able to take the necessary initiatives needed to tackle crime.  This, presumably, regardless of the fact that the need to support the policeman on the beat and ensure the security of public citizens, must inevitably lead to an increase in recorded crime (Oh! I forgot. We use the BCS). Read more of this post

Shame on you – Shame on me.

I was in a shop the other day when a young woman came into the shop carrying on a conversation on her mobile telephone. I can’t bring myself describe her as a young lady, the term “As common as muck” springs to mind. A remark that my mum would have used, not only to pour scorn on the woman, but to distance herself from such ‘common behaviour’. My mum knew what poverty really was and when she would say that “We would end up in the workhouse”, I believe that the use of this remark was also an allusion to her own life and its use always conveyed the sense of shame she would feel should such a thing happen to us. Of course we aren’t talking about the penury, squalor and misery that philanthropist William Rathbone was talking about when he said in 1850: Read more of this post

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