Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Cojones

Most of the papers today run a story about the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo. But while they all bleat about freedom of expression I couldn't find a single one that has the balls to actually publish a copy of the front cover.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Freedom of speech

The Murders in Paris yesterday have quite rightly been universally condemned as an unacceptable assault on freedom of speech. DZ has been a fan of Charlie Hebdo for some time and has used some of their cartoons here on this blog. He is deeply saddened by the fact that people have been killed simply for expressing their views.

It may be seen as not in the same league but here in the UK the same principle is being tested in relation to a member of the medical profession who has run into trouble for airing his views. I've not actually read anything written by Meirion Thomas but it appears to be distasteful to many. But freedom of speech applies to all, and we're just as entitled to express controversial views as any.

The view has been expressed that the disciplinary action taken against him by his employers is justified as it might be implied that he is “speaking on behalf of his employer”. Bollocks! It's even been stated that we “don't know what's in his contract”. Let's lay that one to rest for a start. He'll have a contract on national terms and conditions, the same as every other consultant in the land. And there, at paragraph 330 of the Terms and Conditions of Service for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, it states; “A practitioner shall be free, without prior consent of the employing authority, to publish books, articles, etc, and to deliver any lecture or speak, whether on matters arising out of his or her hospital service or not.” It doesn't say anything about “representing his employer.” It doesn't say anything about it at article 10 of the human rights act either.

Lets get this straight. This is simply an attempt to create a loophole, to gag people and prevent them from expressing unfashionable views. It's a screen, hidden behind by cowards who want to shut someone up because they don't like the views expressed. It's even been tried by that hive of scum and villainy the GMC who have tried to suggest that bloggers, in what they write, might be considered as representing the views of the profession as a whole. The implication is that this gives them a loophole to fuck us over if we say stuff they don't like.

To be fair to the GMC the penny seems to have dropped on this occasion and they have declined to take action against Mr Thomas for speaking his mind. Good for them. They got it right this time.

The argument that you can't speak in case someone thinks you're doing so on behalf of someone else is totally manufactured, contrived and indefensible. Those who side with management on this occasion are walking a dangerous path. If they are allowed to get away with it on this occasion, then they'll be able to invoke it again against anyone else they please. Allowing Mr Thomas to be gagged allows us all to be gagged.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Gaviiformes Tredinnii

David Tredinnick is the Conservative MP for Bosworth. He is also one of the most raving loons in parliament, far outlooning anything that UKIP can throw up. His first job was as a second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and even then it is clear that his intellectual capacity did not go unnoticed, and he left without even rising to the dizzy heights of lieutenant. After he left the army, much to the relief I expect, of his soldiers, he had a number of jobs, none of which he was able to hold down for very long. I wonder why.

I'm not going to detail the full depths of his ignorance, you can read it all here.

What is stunning is that a man of such profound scientific and medical illiteracy and ignorance has managed to get himself onto both the Science and Technology select committee, and the Health Committee, both committees providing an opportunity for him to do immense harm. He is a prime example of the Dunning Kruger effect and appears virtually ineducable.

What is so utterly disheartening is that the reason he got onto the Science & Technology committee is that, out of 306 conservative MPs he was the only nominee. For fuck's sake Cameron do you not give a shit?

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Savings?

DZ commented recently on the determination of the health secretary to "tackle the soaring cost of hospitals’ use of temporary staff" . It may just be coincidence, but since then DZ has noticed that the offers of agency work he has had have declined markedly.

If it's true that NHS Trusts have decided to save money in this area, what do you suppose are the chances of them now turning their attention to some of the real parasites bleeding the NHS?


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Pareidolia again

You may have seen this picture in the Telegraph today.
The woman who took the picture is convinced of the following
1. This is a picture of an angel
2. The "apparition" is some sort of message, intended specifically for her.
3. The "message" is from her father who died 20 years ago.
4. That it means her sick son will get better over Christmas.
 For fuck's sake missis. It's a fucking cloud!


AKA

I notice in The Times this morning a small feature on free diving. people who see how far down they can go in the water and get to the surface again without any form of breathing apparatus. The world record depth currently stands at a staggering 281metres.

What did strike me in the article was the statement that, apparently these feats are made possible by a special breathing technique, called "apnoea". Wow! who'd have thought it. Doesn't that just mean holding your breath?


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Homophobia

I understand Christopher Monkton has recently been quoted as stating, "Gays have 20,000 sex partners in their 'short, miserable lives" This figure I found a little dubious to say the least, so I decided to do a little simple arithmetic.

If someone, gay, straight or bisexual, were to have a new sexual partner every single day, 365 days of the year, from the age of 16, they would be almost 71 years old by the time they reached partner number 20,000.
Which suggests to me that their life could by no stretch of the imagination be described as short or miserable!