Britain’s wonderful NHS has just had its 70th birthday – will it still be with us to see its 80th?

  There was much flag waving and badges wearing four weeks ago when the National Health Service turned 70, as understandably it was a big opportunity to celebrate, wasn’t it? Some of us though instead had a tear in our eye. That was because we have been around a long while, we have been there since […]

The NHS in meltdown – was it predicted or predictable?

    Even those of us on the outside and ‘not in the know’ could have told you a year ago that the British Health Service after sixty five years was heading for the abyss. It was widely predicted by ‘those in the know’ that A&E was going to be in crisis last year – […]

The demise of a previously proud Nation – “Education, education, education”?

    In Britain, when PM Tony Blair formed his first Labour government in 1997 he set out their top priority as being “Education, education, education”. Whatever one thinks of his three premierships, his insight on that issue was certainly astute, don’t you think? But in his ten years he got well blown off course […]

England’s educational shame – GCSE’s?

Our kids in England have to go to school and unlike many other places in the World, not only are there schools here, but education is free (up to the age of eighteen anyway!). Like all things that come free, education is a facility that is scantily appreciated by many parents, abused, ignored, and disregarded […]