The first faint whiff of impeding damnation is present in the workplace as people begin to realise that the Coalition Government’s crocodile of unemployment is hungry for more victims.

The Government is so fixated on reducing the national debt that it doesn’t seem to mind impoverishing half the population in the process.

It’s the perfect excuse for Cameron and Co. to carry on Mad Maggie’s legacy under the auspices of bringing the economy back onto an even keel.

No pain, no gain grunts chancellor George Osborne as he shafts the nation into fiscal submission.

 

It’s entertaining to see GPs suddenly realise that being given the power to decide how and where money is spent on health care in the UK is tempered by the fact that the buck stops with them.

Yes, boys and girls, you get the honey pot but you also get the sticky hands from holding it – and all that sticks is not sweet.

The days of palming off tough decisions on primary care trusts are coming to an end as trusts wind down in anticipation of the transfer of power to GP consortia in 2013.

It will, for the first time, see GPs collective head firmly above the parapet as primary budget holders. Break out the tin helmets and flak jackets.

 

Tony Blair’s gesture of donating the advance of his forthcoming memoirs to a veteran’s hospital has been a spectacular PR disaster.

 The ex-PM has somehow managed stumble out the ensuing wreckage with his image in even more tatters than before.

Just imagine the carnage he could wreck with outgoing BP chief executive Tony Hayward if they both found themselves employed as modern day grandees on some executive board.

It seems the higher up the greasy pole you climb, the more you are allowed to spectacularly fail and then be rewarded for it.

 

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Afghanistan with news that the war-torn country may be sitting on 1.8 billion barrels of oil.

A preliminary survey by Afghan and ‘international’ geologists have discovered what looks like a potential oilfield in the northern provinces.

It follows an announcement by US geologists last summer that Afghanistan had probable mineral resources of $1 trillion.

One small step for Afghanistan, one giant step for the American economy.

 

If you’re going to resign do it in style like trolley dolly Steven Slater.

The long serving flight attendant snapped after a passenger refused to apologise for dropping a bag on his head then swore at him.

The irate flight attendant went on the intercom saying: “To the passenger who called me a motherf****r, f*** you. I’ve been in this business 28 years. And that’s it, I’m done.’

Steven then grabbed a beer, tore off his work tie and activated an emergency slide before heading for solid ground at JFK airport, New York.

Bravo, my man. The skies will be emptier without you.

 

Newspapers pride themselves on producing tight literal copy but even they get it wrong somethimes:

‘Marijuana issue sent to a joint committee’

 ‘Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say.’

 ’Clinton wins budget; more lies ahead.’

 ‘Some 40% of female gas station employees on Metro are women’

‘The Low-Self Esteem Group will meet Thursday from 7.00-8.00pm. Please use the back door.’

‘Free Yorkshire Terrier. 8 years old. unpleasant little dog’

‘Nice parachute never opened used once slightly stained.’

‘Free: farm kittens. ready to eat’

‘For sale: Lee Majors (6 million dollar man)$50.’

 

It was poignant to see the magnificent new version of Sherlock Holmes on TV features a modern day Dr Holmes who, like his forerunner, is a veteran of the Afghan conflict.

Sad we’ve learned nothing in the intervening century

 

The Taliban should take a leaf out of the book of irate millionaire Houshang Jafari convicted of trying to down a helicopter by throwing a bag of chicken bones at the rotor blades after it blew dirt on his car.

 

The general public seems blissfully unaware that the Conservative, sorry, Coalition Government is privatising the National Health Service.

Health minister Andrew Lansley has agreed to the abolition of primary care trusts in favour of handing the financial reins to GP consortia by 2013. This train has already left the station.

I’m sure most people aren’t aware that GPs aren’t NHS employees but privately-run businesses that trusts pay to treat local people.

It would be naive to think that clinicians can’t be as self-serving and devisive as anyone else , especially when the Government has said that GPs who perform well will be financially rewarded.

So, we are giving these private businesses billions of pounds of public money to, no doubt, employ other private sector companies at the cost of thousands of NHS jobs and further line their pockets.

I’m not blinkered enough to see that there isn’t huge duplication and wastage in primary care trusts and their top heavy management structures but at least they were impartial and could impose performance targets on GP practices.

Margaret Thatcher must be putting on her glad rags and shaking out the blue rinse bottle at the prospect of David Cameron and Co. finishing off her handiwork. I can feel a 1980s revival coming

 

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

Adolf Hitler

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