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Nadine Dorries
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Posted Wednesday, 21 March 2007 at 19:13

All the way through Gordon Browns statement I kept thinking, “What about the NHS”? It was the massive great big fat stonking elephant sat in the chamber.

 

He mentioned the NHS once. This was so that it couldn’t be said that he made no reference to the NHS.

 

“We need to defend our borders” said Gordon Brown, yes we do, but we also need to stop people dying in our hospital wards too. Has he seen the figures relating to the number of deaths from MRSA and Cdiff?

 

“For the tenth year duty will be frozen on spirits”. So that’s the distilleries in Scotland taken care off then, but the poor beer and wine producers are hit, yet again.

 

When David Cameron stood up to respond he looked positively jubilant, he knew he was about to nail Gordon Brown. He almost galloped through his response as though he wanted to get to the end because he knew he had got him, the clunking fist had played right into his hands.

 

Just listened to George Osborne address the 1922 committee. I remember George giving his first ever major interview when he had just been made shadow chief secretary to the treasury. He handled the interview like he was reading a bed time story to one of his little ones. It has been a pleasure, and will remain so, to watch George grow  into the statesman I am sure one day he will become. There is something very ‘ordinary’ about him. He may come from a privileged background and gone to a posh school, but you really wouldn’t know it because he has a natural empathy with people, you can have a laugh with him – and my daughters think he is great – which is something because they are very harsh in their teenage ‘ all politicians are boring’ judgment.

 

Anyway, budget, it was neutral. Ironically, we have always said that public spending should be slightly less than growth; it seems that Gordon may have been listening. George’s message at the ’22 was very much that Gordon is moving onto our agenda, only in some areas though; we have never proposed that spending on education should be chopped in half, but Gordon did today.

 

It is expected that Gordon will move into No 10 on June 25th. Maybe then he will notice that we have an NHS and that he had better do something about it fast. My prediction is that the first thing he will do as the new PM without a mandate will be to sack Patricia Hewitt.

 

We can but hope…

 

Got to dash… I haven’t seen a single news bulletin or anything yet, no idea what is going on out there!

 
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Thursday, 22 March 2007
In this life you have to be either very rich or very poor, if your in between you pay. NHS nurses are moving to Australia,junior doctors without jobs, I wonder where it will end. I know a fully qualified district nurse, spent years training. She can only work part time as deficets dictate her hours. She bravely took on a mortgage a while ago,has seen interest rate start to climb. She works the rest of the week on a farm to make ends meet.She has a choice to stay or move abroad. She stays,she is passionate about her patients,many of them elderly or with terminal illness, she cares. She hopes to see the NHS recover one day. Listened to another lady MP on the radio this morning. She has to live in a secured compound as many of her fellow politicians have been murdered. She says she lives each day as if it's her last, focusses the mind, that. She is from Iraq. Like you, Nadine, two women who believe in what they do and are prepared to make great sacrifices for it. I take my hat off to you all.
 
 
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Thursday, 22 March 2007
I'm not wholly certain what sacrifices MP's make, and the number of people trying to become one at every by-election suggests to me at least, it’s not Hell. But I’m curious as to your position on the NHS. You see, I’m a real conservative, I believe when the state does something, it will usually do it badly, slowly and in a costly manner. Also, I don’t believe in Nationalisation. So I get why, through taxation and the Judaeo-Christian tradition, I’m expected to pay for someone who had a broken leg or needs a hip replacement, but I don’t see why you think the state should provide the service as well as pay for it? For example, if the state decided to give disabled people cars under a mobility scheme, it would surely pay Ford or some other car company to make the cars. What it would never do (I hope) is get a bunch of civil servants to set up a car factory and start making cars (as we tried that with British Leyland, and that was a disaster). So why are we stuck with a British Leyland style health service? Really I am baffled, can you explain?
 
 
James said:
Responded: Thursday, 22 March 2007
Gordy Brown didn't turn out very green. Maybe climate change isn't our fault, but can we really afford to take the chance and stand back and do nothing? Why, if we are to be taxed on pollution,landfill or road use, is that revenue not put back into improving public transport, or at least into a national network of school transport, safe enough to encourage parents to abandon the 'school run' which accounts for 20% of morning rush hour traffic. If 1 bus equals 50 cars on school run, reducing them means I could get to work on less congested and polluted roads, but I suppose that's too sensible to be considered.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Spot on Stuart!
 
 
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
QUOTE: Maybe climate change isn't our fault, but can we really afford to take the chance and stand back and do nothing? This is a really interesting comment. The contributor seems to be moving towards the stance that additional human generated CO2 is not a causal factor in climate change, (I agree). He then says, just in case it is, we’d best do something. So it seems the green hysteria has now pushed otherwise sensible people to a position where, despite the weakness in a case (i.e. CO2 and climate change), we’d best act to deal with all possible theoretical risks even assuming we could do anything about it. The thinking on the school bus has a way to go, but here’s an idea. Popular schools are over subscribed, so in order to be considered, parents must agree their kids get the bus, and they could have some kind of card system that the driver stamps, to ensure compliance. If the kid comes to school by means other than the bus more than 1 day a week, then he’s in breach of the admittance contract and is expelled. It’s a way of ensuring compliance and it’s a specific proposal rather than just vague ideas about putting more money in public transport (because that always works out well) what do you think?
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Stuart, I don't like to force anyone to do anything. What I do like though is the American school yellow bus system. It is the norm for the majority of American school kids to get on the bus, and normal for the bus to stop at the end of each kids drive.Because it is accepted practice for all kids to jump on the bus, and because it is a well organised, safe, and a national 'brand', everyone uses it. So what I think is that maybe the UK should develop it's own national standard for public school travel which would eliminate the parents school run - take lots of cars of the streets, and be much more fun for the kids too - oh and of course, save the planet as well!
 
 
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Nadine, thank you for responding, in one regard you are of course right, the state is far too fond of compulsion currently, without me adding to it ! Thank you for the reality check.
 
 
angela said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Great Nadine, another supporter for the yellow bus. Perhaps you would consider signing my No.10 petition cos I need all the support I can get. You may recognise the name as someone you helped recently. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Endtheschoolrun
 
 
James said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Stuart you should be commenting on Nadine's words and not those of a simpleton as myself. I suggested the school bus merely as a selfish gesture. I pass 3 schools on my route to work and the most dangerous is the primary school. Cars are dangerously parked amongst resident's vehicles and on the zig-zag markings. The school is sandwiched between two newsagents with customers and delivery vehicles all josling for position. It is on a rat run, and in 'control' is the lollipop lady, old enough to be getting her card from the Queen.I would suggest a yellow bus network run by a responsible private operator,not by the state and not deregulated as in Manchester where 40 private operators vie for custom.Climate change will be addressed by the politicians one way or anotherand the revenues should be ringfenced for the benefit of us all. School buses would be one visible way.
 
 
 
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