February 16, 2015


I was reading this heartbreaking but inspiring article out across the breakfast table this morning.

I had to stop more than once.

Why do people donate to dog charities when children are dying?

January 20, 2015

Union leaps to defence of hospital whistleblower

Who do these managers think they are?

Paramedic Stuart Gardner said he had seen patients being treated in corridors at the Worcester Royal Hospital and said conditions were the worst he had seen in his 26-year experience.

In response he was informed by the chief operating officer of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust that he was "not welcome" on either of its two sites - apparently on the basis that he had upset staff.

So did the Secretary of State for Health say publicly that such victimisation by state officials was unacceptable?

Hell no.

The union Unison took up the case. They and the management have now issued a joint statement:
Unison and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have agreed that the Trust does not have the authority to exclude an individual paramedic from its premises and the paramedic has received an apology for the suggestion that he should be excluded.
In the phrase beloved of state officials who mess up, what are the "lessons to be learned"?
  1. Management thought that picking on an individual was the right thing to do.
  2. They assumed they could get away with it.
  3. The ministers we pay to run the NHS did ... nothing at all. It took a trade union to swing in and put these power-mad state officials in their place.
  4. Managements will keep getting away with this until there are consequences for them personally. Which there is no sign of yet.

January 15, 2015

Another NHS whistleblower attacked

 There's another case of a hospital attacking a whistleblower.
Croydon University Hospital has hired a QC who charges between £4,000 and £5,000 a day to help appeal a tribunal’s verdict that it sacked a senior doctor for whistleblowing.

Figures obtained by the Advertiser show Croydon Health Services, the trust which runs the hospital, has already spent more than £130,000 on legal fees relating to Dr Kevin Beatt’s unfair dismissal claim.
The local MP and council leader want the hospital trust to think again. But why should they? If they lose - again - nothing bad will happen to them.

For sure they'll have less money to spend on patients. That doesn't seem to concern them. They lost at an employment tribunal and they seem determined to use public money to overwhelm the doctor.

Labour and Tory ministers have been overwhelmed by the NHS. Hospital managers take them on with impunity. The politicians wring their hands. The whistleblower is left to twist in the wind. The politicians wring their hands a little longer and then return to praising the NHS.

When will these wimps - supposedly in charge of the NHS - get a grip?

The Francis enquiry should give them an opening. If it doesn't, they'll have to - gulp - do something themselves.

Meanwhile, the NHS remains a fortress, where those in power can repel all attackers. Using our money.

December 24, 2014

Vine: We need to cut the numbers using the NHS

Sarah Vine highlights the increasing numbers using the NHS and says we can't afford to keep treating foreigners for nothing.
The inescapable truth is that hard decisions need to be made about limiting access to the NHS. But for a variety of reasons — expediency, cowardice, sentimentality, fear of being branded xenophobic — no politician has the guts to admit this.

I’m not for one minute suggesting we turn anyone away: doctors have a duty to treat the sick.

But we should make it clear to the rest of the world that, unless you hold British citizenship, you will be expected to pay for any medical attention you have here — GP services as well as emergency care.

This might mean requiring all non-EU citizens to hold private health insurance if they want a visa to come here.

And copying the French by refusing to treat any EU citizen who can’t produce a credit card unless they have a valid European Health Insurance Card, which allows the NHS to claim back the cost of treatment from their member state.
Thus does Sarah Vine contradict herself within a few lines. Under some circumstances we should refuse to treat an EU citizen ... yet we should not turn anyone away.


And with the NHS being free at the point of use (unlike French healthcare), would it be legal to discriminate against non-British EU subjects in that way?

The real challenge the NHS faces in the 21st century, she concludes, is finding a leader with the guts to save it.

Or a commentator who doesn't immediately flinch from the logic of her own suggestions.

December 23, 2014

Field: "Immigration has the power to break up parties"

Frank Field says a number of MPs will run for election making independent pledges of much tougher action on immigration than their parties' line, because "they will want to survive".

And then what? Probably nothing. What have those MPs done about the issue so far?

He said neither Ed Miliband nor David Cameron has done enough to answer public anger about mass immigration. He also praised UKIP for “breaking the power of political correctness” over the issue of immigration, and suggested that both the main parties could break up due to splits over how to respond to mass immigration.


December 19, 2014

Nearly 100 migrant stowaways are being caught a day

The number of times migrants have been caught trying to enter Britain illegally has almost quadrupled over the past three years and reached nearly 3,000 a month.

The Home Office says 11,920 entry attempts were detected at Calais and British ports in the first four months of this year alone – equivalent to almost 100 a day.

Migration experts said that Britain is one of the most "attractive" destinations for migrants in the World and suggested that many more illegal immigrants are likely to have successfully made it into Britain.

Of course

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said:
The sharp rise in the number of clandestines might reflect more effective detection but an increase on this scale is more likely to be due to increased pressure on our borders. Part of that may be due to deteriorating conditions in the Middle East and Africa but there is little doubt that the freedom of our society, the existence of a black market in labour and the presence of relatives and friends add up to making the UK a very attractive destination. The government are seeking to make it more difficult to live in Britain illegally but it will take some time for recent measures to take effect.
In 2011/12 migrants were caught trying to enter Britain a total of 9,632 times, a figure which by last year had almost doubled reaching 19,003. This year the number has risen sharply, and at current rates could exceed more than 35,000 by the end of the year.

Experts said that migrants were attracted by Britain's unregulated labour market, the ability to get free health care on the NHS and relatively generous welfare system.

Once immigrants from African countries have made their way into Europe, they can travel across borders without needing to show passports or identity cards to France. In Calais more than 2,500 migrants, mainly from African countries such as Eritrea, are camped around the town. Many are prepared to risk their lives in an attempt to enter Britain.

The Home Office say they prevented more than 18,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally in the year to April 2014 – a rise of more than 60% on the previous year.

But if the pressure of illegal migration is so strong, there's something wrong with the incentives. The UK is specially attractive. The only way to stem the flow is to make the UK less attractive to immigration.

December 18, 2014

Immigration out of control - surprised?

Fewer than one per cent of immigrants who illegally overstayed in Britain have left the country. 884 immigrants from a pool of 120,545 departed Britain voluntarily after being confronted by a private contractor - or 0.73 per cent of the total - which is hardly surprising.

The report, by John Vine, gives examples of Capita's incompetence. More importantly:
Mr Vine's report disclosed that the original number of foreigners refused permission to extend their stay in Britain - known as the Migration Refusal Pool - was far higher than previously thought.

On top of the original 150,000, a further 223,600 case files were discovered which had not previously been counted in the total.

It is understood the files were discovered in basements and meeting rooms in a government building in Sheffield which had been occupied by the now-defunct UK Border Agency (UKBA).

A Home Office spokesman said the 223,600 files had now been reviewed and whittled down to 89,000, after duplicates and errors were removed.

It means the Migration Refusal Pool is actually about 240,000.
The Home Office is headed by Theresa May, who is supposedly doing such a good job that this charisma free woman is considered a future Tory leader.

Mr Vine said in his final annual report that "I still find too much evidence that the Home Office does not get the basics right".

He also expressed concern about how Theresa May had delayed publication of his reports, sometimes for months at a time.

Theresa May is doing her best to hide the fact that she is presiding over an immigration shambles. This is not a failure of just one political party, it is a failure of the government machine.

December 17, 2014

More ammunition against current immigration policies

Balanced Migration notes (h/t Sue):
Figures [from] the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 11% of tenants new to social housing are foreign nationals. This is a nationwide figure. and an increase on the previous year.

Commenting on the statistics, Frank Field MP and Sir Nicholas Soames MP, Co-Chairmen of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, said:

“The proportion of social housing going to non-British nationals continues to increase. This nationwide figure of one in ten disguises local variations where the impact has been much higher. A stronger priority for social housing should be given to long-standing local residents."
The case against the current immigration policy has always been the high numbers.

It is not a question of taxes paid by immigrants versus welfare benefits paid out. High immigration puts strains on our infrastructure - for instance GPs' surgeries, schools, and - as we see here - social housing.

And while we have borders open to the rest of the EU, forward planning of this infrastructure is impossible. Governments have got their immigration forecasts wildly wrong before. They doubtless will again.

Only UKIP has a robust stance on immigration. OK, it may not be coherent or thought through (what UKIP policy is?), but its general thrust is clear.

In the end this is not a narrow economic policy issue. It is a decision for the people of this country.

Time to proclaim a UKIP energy policy

Since his by-election, Douglas Carswell has been talking like a man liberated, whether it's debating with Lord Heseltine on Daily Politics or setting out the recent history of energy prices.

Carswell is studiously ignoring the recent UKIP shenanigans (of which there's been plenty). UKIP are lucky to have him.

Douglas's essential point on energy prices is that prices of oil and gas haven't been going up (as the Green Blob predicted). On the contrary. Yet the sclerotic brains in our ministries are ignoring this fatal flaw in the logic of their policy to load us with subsidies for renewable energy.

And it's not just the cost of oil and gas that isn't going up. The other big problem with the establishment's policy on energy prices is that global temperatures aren't going up either. There's been no statistically significant rise for more than 18 years.

Expensive energy in the UK would do nothing to affect global temperatures. It would be ineffective. But at present there is no worldwide rise in temperatures anyway.

The established political parties are loading on us extra costs which are wholly unjustifiable. "Green jobs", cries David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions today. But at what cost?

UKIP is the only party which wants to scrap this wholly mistaken policy. But it's not making much of it.

By going into battle on this, UKIP could change the political weather. The party has recently been flatlining in polls. Clearly articulating a simple, sensible energy policy could restart the party's advance.

Scrapping green levies is a policy that would be simpler to advocate - and to defend - than leaving the EU or curbing immigration. All English consumers would feel the benefit in their pockets. We could let the subsidised nations in the UK go their own way on this.

Defy EU energy targets. Germany does. Why not us?

Let's have more prosperity for England.

Time to proclaim a UKIP energy policy.

November 30, 2014

Immigration is enough reason to leave the EU

The Mail today has a batch of stories focusing on immigration - a significant political event in itself.

There's a suggestion that Lynton Crosby intended Cameron's recent speech to be their final word on immigration before the election, so that the Tories could focus on the (incompetently managed) economy.

That's not going to happen. As far as movement of labour is concerned the EU has open borders. Inevitably, people will move to the area where they can make the most money, whether it's in the form of wages or wages plus benefits. It's the take-home pay that matters.

Some area in the EU are much poorer than others. People in the poorer areas will inevitably move to the richer areas. Over a long period the richer areas will inevitably see a 'levelling down', to reduce their attraction to the people in the poorer areas.

One problem for the richer countries is that they are forbidden to discriminate against immigrants as compared with their native population. So the locals will tend to suffer from the levelling down.

If nobody wanted to move across the EU this wouldn't matter too much. But it's forecast that the UK will add a city almost the size of Birmingham to our population every two-and-a-half years for the next 75 years. Teaching children from immigrant families to speak English is costing the taxpayer more than £244m a year in the education budget. Inevitably this holds back education for other children. And it's claimed that around 500,000 immigrants are signing up with GP surgeries every year, which will inevitably lead to longer waits for GP appointments.

Immigration has always been a numbers issue. If you don't want immigration to continue at this rate (and this blog doesn't), the three main political parties can't help you, because membership of the EU means surrendering control of your borders. (Whether our governments are capable of controlling our borders effectively is another question.)

UKIP have had years to develop policies explaining how we should go about leaving the EU, and what should happen after that. But in one speech Owen Paterson has gone far beyond any thinking we have heard from UKIP.

As leader of the Conservative Party he could take them to great things.

Sadly, though, we are far from that.