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272 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - How a Government can b... · 3 replies · +1 points

A couple of points, if I may. One is that one of the sticking points in the negotiations is the present system whereby junior doctors get automatic pay rises dependent only on time served; the alternative wanted by the Department is to have the pay rises dependent on continuing training. Unions always want automatic pay rises, and they are always a terrible idea because there is less incentive to improve one's skills. In my humble opinion, this is one issue on which the Department of Health should not budge even if everything else is negotiable.

The second point is that there is more demand on the service than necessary, for completely avoidable reasons. The first reason is the well-known bed-blocking issue, caused entirely by a funding dispute between local councils and the NHS; but the second reason is a little less obvious. And that is - there is STILL far too little attention paid to preventive medicine and early detection of illness, which are most definitely not the same thing. There are many diseases which are easy and cheap to treat in the early stages but hugely expensive and difficult (and often much less effective) to treat later on. Much more screening would solve this problem.

273 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Garvan Walshe: Islamis... · 0 replies · +1 points

Islam has been at war with civilisation since a thousand years before Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab was born. Ask any Spaniard.

And it would be possible to end the threat of expansionist Islam (which is, in truth, the only sort despite all the taqqiya) in half an hour or less. One order given, two keys turned, job done. Permanently.

273 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - The innocent Proctor, ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Exposed, prosecuted, jailed - and on top of all that, sued into oblivion.

273 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - It would be wrong to p... · 0 replies · +1 points

AFAIK we would be completely within our rights according to the Geneva Convention to allow such people in - followed by summary execution. I believe that jihadists come under the category of enemy belligerents out of uniform, who have no rights at all.

Leaving the UK to fight for the enemies of civilisation ought to be a one-way trip. And to hell with its effects on their families - in the case of the parents, for example, if they had brought up their sprogs as British rather than enemy fifth-columnists then the problem would never have arisen.

273 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - It would be wrong to p... · 0 replies · +1 points

Defeating terrorism depends on intelligence. Obviously. But it also depends on being willing to do something effective with the intelligence. Two possible responses that come to mind are:

If someone's name comes up as an associate of an already known terrorist and he isn't a citizen, then deport him. Immediately, and without any of the usual HR nonsense that crops up in such cases.

Any mosque frequented by a known terrorist or rabble-rouser should be closed - permanently. And said edifice should be carefully searched for terrorism-related material. (We might have a somewhat better chance of breaking the link between the general Muslim population and terrorists if the former are seriously inconvenienced by it.)

273 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Why Duncan Smith resig... · 0 replies · +1 points

Which doesn't mean it couldn't be reduced, in some cases yielding other benefits than money. For example, why are we still subsidising Pakistan? After all, a country that can apparently afford nuclear weapons and the delivery systems for them surely doesn't need a handout.

274 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Budget trouble brewing... · 0 replies · +1 points

And the Conservative Party is headed by a necrophiliac bestialist. Your point was?

274 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Budget trouble brewing... · 1 reply · +1 points

Many disabilities leave one able to do a great number of things, while still making them (at least partially) unfit for work. A good example is poorly controlled epilepsy, which for safety reasons drastically limits the choice of suitable jobs. Severely compromised eyesight might be another example.

275 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Hunt is right to take ... · 0 replies · +1 points

There's another thing, other than the no-blame culture, that could profitably be borrowed from the airline industry - albeit with appropriate changes. That is systematisation and the use of checklists.

Time and again, aircraft were lost because a vital part of the routine leading up to some aircraft manoeuvre (taking off, landing and so on) was missed out. Even more so when it was a routine used in an emergency situation. Part of the reason was the "pilot is God" attitude - which certainly applies in surgical and medical procedures - leading to the pilot simply shouting down another crew member expressing concern about a mistake in the process of being made. Sound familiar WRT medicine?

Part of the solution was the use of checklists to ensure that crucial steps are not missed out, or applied in the wrong order. The pilot can still vary the procedure, but he had better have a damn good reason! I think such a step would be rather useful in complicated procedures such as surgical operations.

276 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Mohammed Amin: Why Bar... · 1 reply · +1 points

I think the measure is misconceived too. It doesn't go far enough. What would be appropriate: Something like "Sharia courts and arbritration councils are unlawful. The penalty for taking part in one is immediate loss of British citizenship (where such would not make the person stateless) followed by immediate deportation, or failing that a minimum term of five years in gaol without the possibility of parole".

Sharia is completely inconsistent with any British value one cares to name. It has no legitimate place in Britain, and any citizen advocating it is a traitor.