All entries for Wednesday 13 September 2006

September 13, 2006

One for Private Eye?

Just heard on Radio 5Live:

Mark Lawrenson: According to our friends from Scotland, there’s no way Celtic can win tonight…
Alan Green: Oh…Oh…OH!!! HE’S PUT IT PAST VAN DER SAR!!!

Factoids:
  1. Van Der Sar is the Man United goalie.
  2. Lawrenson needs to find some more reliable friends.

Ho ho ho – brillant!!!

Eddie Izzard is to play a villain in the new series of 24.

That is all.

EDIT: Sorry, that’s not all. Apparently the 400th episode of The Simpsons will be a 24 special, featuring Jack and Chloe’s voices and a real-time plot.


NHS closures will 'improve care'

Today’s Guardian reports that the NHS is planning to “reconfigure” a number of health services in the UK in order to make further cost savings. A&E Departments and Maternity wards are likely to be worst hit.

David Nicholson, the man leading the reforms told the newspaper:

[changes] will be aimed at redesigning the NHS to improve care by concentrating key services in fewer hospitals

When will the NHS realise that in many cases, fewer hospitals means anything but “improved care”? In rural hospitals, many find that treatment is simply unavailable because they cannot travel to the ‘nearest’ hospital department, which thanks to these kind of NHS reforms will be further away than ever before.

Fewer departments might mean ‘cheaper’ care, but I have no idea how it will be ‘improved’ care.


About bleeding time

It’s more than a little bit late, but Lord Falconer is due to call Guantanamo Bay ‘a shocking affront to the principles of democracy’ in a speech tomorrow.

Perhaps it’s important to note the speech is being made in Sydney – well away from pesky British journalists – and comes at a time when the U.S. is starting to give a little ground on the detention of suspected terrorists.

But it’s a sad indictment of New Labour that it’s taken four years for someone in the British cabinet to express their disgust for Guantanamo so openly. Previously the Attorney General has called the site “unacceptable” while Tony Blair has only called it “an anomaly” – which is perhaps the greatest indication that he may be a poodle to Bush.


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