Friday, May 25, 2007
Something has caught my eye in the news today though. I have been out collecting signatures for the Conservative 'NHYes' campaign. I have spoken to members of the public who are simply amazed at the cut backs all around the country. But this story is truly shocking.
Penny Campbell - a journalist - died at the age of 41 years. She developed septicaemia after a minor operation to treat haemorrhoids and died less than a week later. That is tragic enough, however eight doctors failed to diagnose the septicaemia. I have talked to many people in recent months who are frightened to go in to hospital for minor operations, even though it will give them a much better quality of life. Stories such as this make us panic more, even over the most minor of operations. My Dad caught MRSA after a prostate operation three years ago. His quality of life is better now than it was, but he did go through agony, when he should not have done.
There are no quick fixes for the NHS, and we are certainly better off with it than without it, however I cannot be the only one who thinks there is something dreadfully wrong.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This is the picture of Sana Ali. She was just seventeen years old and expecting her first child. Sana was repeatedly stabbed in her home in Bury, Greater Manchester two days ago. Her sister-in-law found her body in a pool of blood. What motivates someone to do something like? It beats all of us, but the police have released pictures today to help with the case. To read the latest developments click here.
Photo: Sky News
Well, there was an election in Iceland and it has been a cliffhanger. According to this report from Reuters, the pro-business government coalition has fought off the environmentalists, but by a majority of one.
May has so far been a good month for those of us on the right.
Contrast John Howard with Tony Blair.
Mr Blair refused to do the same for English cricketers. He said the taxpayer could not pay any fine levied by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Considering the fine would have been around £2 million, and when you think of the money the government wastes each year, two million quid is a drop in the ocean. Robert Mugabe is a grubby and brutal dictator. He does - as John Howard says - behave like the gestapo towards his political opponents. Playing cricket in Zimbabwe legitimises the Mugabe regime. All we need now is for the ICC top-brass to accept this and suspend Zimbabwe from cricket's top-flight.
Read an article from 'The Age' here.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Click here and you can watch him outside the East Hull Labour HQ on Holderness Road. Notice how he never mentions anything he has done. Well if you can't think of anything John, I can't be bothered to do the research.
Friday, May 11, 2007
The media are obsessed with this story. All the news channels have their reporters there on the scene and perhaps I am being cynical, but it always seems to be a female reporter, just to add - perhaps - the female/motherly angle. Although I welcome any positive news, any new development in the case, there hardly ever seems to be any. The news station anchor will go live to their reporter, who , most of the time informs us that there hasn't been any new developments. Instead they will show endless pictures of Maddie's parents going off to church each day. They will show their tears and sorrow. This is manipulation. I know the parents are distraught. Which parent wouldn't be? Do we have to see this endlessly, 24 hours a day? The media are constantly badgering the police for information. The police will give out any new developments - if they can and if it will not hamper the case - as and when the need arises.
Isn't this the way it should be reported on the news bulletins?
Portuguese police are continuing to search for the abductors of the little girl, Madeleine McCann. The police in a news conference said they have no new leads, however they are continuing to question three British people and are looking for two other suspects. Meanwhile, Madeleine's parents attended Mass today at the local church, where prayers were said for her safe return.
This is all that needs to be said. Nothing more. Instead, as I said earlier, we are fed a diet of non-news and images of a distraught mother and father. When Sky News, for example, go live to Portugal, if there aren't any new developments, I simply switch off. The time I will watch, is when Maddie is safely in the arms of her parents. Now that will be a good news story and something the whole world will want to see. However, if there aren't any new developments in - say - the next week, we all know the news channels will be off somewhere else, taking advantage of grief and pain elsewhere in the world.
Finally, and perhaps even more controversial, isn't this a lesson that you should look after your children more carefully? Yes the McCanns went to check on them at regular intervals, but this isn't really good enough. With children as young as this, you should be there or have someone you know and trust there, to look after them. If one good thing does come out of this sad case, perhaps it is that other parents will not make the same mistake as the McCanns.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Thank you for your response, although reading the e-mail hardly gives me cause for rejoicing.
I asked a specific question and did not receive a reply. Can you please tell me why - on election night, May 3-4 - when news of Conservative gains were pouring in to your studio, did your reporters constantly play down those successes? Why - when your reporters prior to the election would have said that over 900 gains would be fantastic for the Conservative Party - did they decide they were not that amazing after all?
Could you please answer those specific points.
Dear Mr Allison
Thank you for your e-mail.I understand you feel BBC News is biased, with particular reference to the recent local elections.
We are always delighted to receive feedback, both positive and negative, from our viewers. Your comments will be fully registered on a daily log, which is made available to our programme makers and senior management. Feedback of this nature helps us when making decisions about future BBC programmes and services and your comment will play a part in this process.
Thank you once again for contacting the BBC with your comments.
Well that hardly answered my complaint, did it? The e-mail then goes on:
Dear Mr Allison
Thank you for your recent E-mail to the BBC. It is our aim to provide you with the highest standard of service. To help us do this, I am writing to ask you to complete an Internet-based survey which is being conducted by MORI (the independent market research company).
Your response is important. It will enable us to judge how well we handled your most recent E-mail, and to gain a better understanding of any areas of our service in which we may need to improve.
We may use your individual responses as part of staff training and performance management.
The questionnaire is very straightforward to complete and should take no longer than 5-10 minutes. You can log onto it in two ways, depending upon the email system you are using. You can either click onto the following website address, or paste it into your address bar (where you normally type in a website address). You will be guided through the questionnaire automatically once you have logged into it.
Website Address: http://survey.infocorp.co.uk/resources/mor001/bbcinfo/violet.html
Thank you very much for taking the time to assist us.
Head of BBC Information
I did go on to fill in the questionnaire tell them I was completely dissatisfied with the response. I will also contact the BBC again and tell them what I think of their response. I am not one to use expletives on my blog, but I have to say if the BBC think this is answering customer complaints in a full and proper manner, they are talking out of their arse. I will keep you updated on further communications.
What Labour forgets, as it dismisses the Thatcher years, is that if it was not for her, things far from being better, would be a hell of a lot worse. I am proud to be British and I know the people of these islands are special. It is where my heart it. So why are so many of our citizens escaping this country in their droves? Why do I know so many people who cannot face retirement in Britain and are moving to France? Britain is less British now than it was ten years ago. Our freedoms are being constantly eroded. Thousands of new offences on the statute book. The Home Office in an utter mess. Our young people being put in to crippling debt if they want a university education. The NHS in crisis. Nurses qualifying and then being told there isn't a job for them. Junior doctor's revolting in their masses.
This has been a sleazy, corrupt government. They have wasted every mandate they received and things will only get worse under Gordon Brown, not better.
UPDATE: This really is sick making stuff. All the party faithful are singing, 'Things can only get better.' With Gordon Brown replacing him, I hardly think so.
UPDATE: Now they're reaching for the stars! 11.53 and still waiting.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Also - thanks to the UK Daily Pundit - I read about a third night of rioting in France. I clicked on to YahooNews and found a report. If there is a report on the BBC News website is must be very well hidden. I get the feeling that if those of a right-wing persuasion were rioting, the BBC would have the news wallpapered over their news website, but as it is Socialists rioting - and the BBC don't like Sarkozy - their policy decision is to keep quiet about it. Last night I filed an online complaint to the BBC. If you want to follow suit, click here. Although the left-wing bias will never leave the BBC, if they receive constant complaints, perhaps they might tone it down a little. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Counting is still under way in Breckland, Norfolk.
UPDATE: We have gained six new councillors in Breckland. I make it 911 new councillors in total.
The next general election will be three years away as Brown desperately clings on to power. Hopefully a future Conservative government will address this problem and give to England what has been given to Scotland.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Our revolution started in 1979; hopefully they will remember 2007 as their turning point. To all of you who have left-leaning views, please remember this: If it was not for the Thatcher economic reforms, we would not have the same standard of living we do now. Mrs Thatcher was told she wouldn't be able to govern unless she sought the co-operation of the trades' unions. Well, we know the outcome of that one. I just hope M. Sarkozy is as strong as the 'Iron Lady.'
Even when you are Queen, there are still some unfulfilled ambitions, and attending the Kentucky Derby, was one of them. To see her face beaming with excitement was a joy to behold. Well done Ma'am. Watching you go about your work makes me very proud to be British.
There are too many career politicians in parliament today. People who have no real experience of life. Lord Weatherill came from a humble background and above all loved parliament. I wish there were more like him.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Shirley Bowes knew she was going to be defeated in the New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange ward on Sedgefield Borough Council. This ward contains Tony Blair's house and the Trimdon Labour Club that has featured in the three previous general elections. As Mrs Bowes does not live in the ward she was standing in, she could not vote for herself. It's a pity really, as she managed to go down in history as the candidate who polled zero votes. At least I managed 150. Well, 149, if you take my vote out of the equation. Click here for the full story.
On a more personal note, it was strange voting for myself. I took quite a long time looking at the ballot paper before I put the 'X' next to my name. Even though I knew I wasn't going to win, I felt proud of myself for putting my head above the parapet and having a go. I will certainly do the same next year. I have gotten the bug now, and I don't think I will be able to rest until I am elected.
"Now I've done nine jobs in 10 years and I think from my point of view I think it's a good thing to be able to go out to listen, to learn, to discuss, to get back to the grass roots.
"But also from the point of view of an incoming prime minister. I think the new prime minister should have the maximum flexibility. He needs space."
Okay, I think now is time for the translation. What Mr Reid really said was this:
"I don't stand a cat in hell's chance of becoming prime minister, and I hate my Rt Hon 'Friend' with a passion. I would rather swim the Atlantic Ocean than serve in a Brown government."
That sounds better, doesn't it? It is so very important to clear these issues up.
Friday, May 04, 2007
As I was just a paper candidate in the KingsPark ward of Hull City Council, I didn't go to my count, instead concentrating on the East Riding where I knew we could make gains. I managed to get the princely sum of 150 votes. Although that is not very many, I am pleased to say I nearly tripled the Conservative vote from four years ago. You can see what such a low base I am working from, so at least I have a start. The KingsPark ward should be natural Tory territory, however when the new housing estates were being built a few years ago the LibDems rushed in and hijacked the place. The electorate are now fooled in to thinking their LibDem councillors are are a hive of activity and are doing wonderful things for them. Well this next year I have a plan, which naturally I am not going to reveal, however there will be quite a few of us working on it.
Back to the East Riding. There was an electric feeling to the count. The Dale ward which always has had our councillor Rita Hudson topping the poll with two LibDems following, became completely blue. Willerby and Kirk Ella had three LibDem councillors who all lost. Snaith, Airmyn and Rawcliffe had two Labour councillors, who both lost their seats to Conservatives. I know of many gains elsewhere and the net result is the Tories sweeping to power in County Hall. In one night both the Liberal and Labour leaders lost their seats and by some considerable margin.
You simply couldn't take the smile off any of our faces last night and it was a smile and not a smirk. Andrew Percy led a strong campaign to get our victories in Willerby and Kirk Ella, and we worked the ward more strongly than ever. We deserve our success. I am still waiting for all of the figures for the East Riding and I will be interested to see exactly what the percentage turnout was.
On a sadder note, I was disappointed Helen Green was not elected in Cottingham South. She run a fantastic campaign, and no-one could have worked harder than her to get elected. If she had been elected, it would have been the icing on the cake.
I am now looking forward to a rest. I don't want to see another driveway or letterbox for quite some time, although I think after a few days I will miss it.
UPDATE: I have just seen the whole results for the East Riding. At total of 18 Conservative gains, to put us on 47 seats, LibDems 12, Labour 3, Independent 4, Social Democratic Party 1.
A Conservative majority of 27. Click here for the full results.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
The fun is going to start at 10.00pm when the count starts. I think we are going to be in for a long night. The votes in East Yorkshire are going to be close and I think the word 'recount' is something I am going to hear time and time again. I am going to record a video diary and hopefully post some highlights and inform everyone what goes on. It may take me a while to get all of this done, as exhaustion is setting in at the moment, but it will get done.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of good luck. I do appreciate them. It keeps me going!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I have just been reading this article by Boris Johnson on the NHS. Please read it and the comments after it. This is the shambles of the NHS under Labour.
I will be back to normal blogging sometime next week when I get my breath back.