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Freedom of conscience in medicine

The United Kingdom, along with most Western countries, has a long and distinguished record of allowing conscientious objection in wartime, the First World War being the most notable example. War is almost always a national emergency. Yet if governments can allow conscientious objection even in times of national emergency, why …

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Waking up dead

A few years ago my Aunt went into hospital with an infection. She came out dead. The day before she died she was apparently quite well. She was sitting up in bed doing the crossword. Everyone expected her to be out in a few days. My guess is if we …

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The Globe at the Weekend #Podcast- Episode 15

This is the Globe at the weekend podcast featuring Ted Yarbrough and Isaac Anderson for 9 February 2018. The podcast summarised Jacob Rees-Mogg and the rise of ‘Moggmentum’, Bias in the Civil Service, The NHS Winter Crisis and ideas for NHS Reform, and concluded with a discussion on Knife Crime …

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The Government’s Organ Conscription plan

Before I begin to discuss this topic I would like to emphasise that I am NOT against organ donation in ANY form, as a matter of fact I encourage it greatly. But let me explain why I will be opting out of this new Government scheme the first chance I …

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Hammond’s chance

Assuming he is not replaced, UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is shortly to present his Budget, outlining spending and taxation plans.  This will be the first time we have the budget in the Autumn. There has been conflicting talk of loosening the reins and then of tax rises. First, let us  be …

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Why I’m Voting Conservative

As a young person whose political allegiances lie with the Conservatives I have received a lot of abuse. The most common accusations and comments I’ve received are usually along the lines of calling me rich and selfish. Personal insults have also been thrown, however, in my eyes these do not …

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The NHS is not free and reform is needed

The NHS in Britain was formed in 1948 by a Labour Government with Clement Attlee as Prime Minister but the driver of this great institution as it was to become was the Welsh MP, Aneurin Bevan. Prior to 1948 Britons had to pay for health services. So, if you could …

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NHS Heresy, Part 3

The latest depressing news about Britain’s slide down the healthcare outcome rankings will only lead to more uncritical NHS-worship instead of the frank, rational and dispassionate conversation we need to have about end-of-life care for the ageing, failing National Health Service The Times’ Tim Shipman reports some awkward facts in the …

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NHS Heresy, Part 2

It takes real courage to speak out against the Cult of the NHS, particularly for people on the political left who are expected to be the biggest cheerleaders of all From a brave commenter at Left Foot Forward, reacting to the same piece of sentimentalist NHS idolatry which prompted my …

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The NHS is a 3rd world quality consumer service

It is amazing how so many people treat the NHS as if it is some religion to be worshiped, rather than the 3rd world quality consumer service that it is. They fail to realise that other developed countries also have health services, and nearly all of them do it better. …

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NHS Heresy, Part 1

Our Blessed NHS (genuflect) is no longer a sustainable model for delivering top quality healthcare to the British people The Telegraph’s Jeremy Warner says the unsayable: In a tax-funded health care system, the normal, self-limiting rules of supply and demand don’t apply. Where the service is perceived to be essentially “free”, …

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EU and Elephants

Don’t worry, this isn’t about circuses or zoos.  Though, before I move on, and given just as something that ‘tickled’ me. I came across a lovely Polish saying, on Twitter.  Not my circus, not my monkeys – so not my problem. Anyway, back to the European Union and Elephants.  Or …

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