This blog post is one that will rarely be seen on my blog and that is one talks about politics. It’s been a busy period for politics as 5th May sees various elections take place. Whilst some will have council elections to vote in, others will have a chance to elect a mayor and many of the country will be voting for a Police and Crime Commisioner. Not only that there has also been the standoff between Jeremy Hunt and the BMA and something to do with some referendum coming up in June and the presidential candidate contests.
It seems for all the world that for all the government is seemingly doing wrong, apparently in the local elections, Labour could lose several councillors and even control of a few councils. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was quoted as saying that Labour wouldnt lose any council seats….That is something that no party can state. Whilst many councillors of all colours could have done a great job, nothing will stop the local electorate from kicking the councillor out, merely from just being associated with the party in question. Of course there will be councillors who totally deserve the kicking they receive at the ballot box. It will certainly be interesting to see the fall out from the counts over the next few days.
Thursday also sees the election of Police & Crime Commisionners. It is an idea that seems good, giving local accountability but it doesnt always seem to go to plan. Take Kent for example. Ann Barnes stood as an ‘independent’, but it seemed much afterwards that she was surrounded by Lib Dems together with a Lib Dem twitter account announcing her victory as one of theirs. Barnes was elected as something different from the main parties, but in turn her time appeared to be something more akin to an Armando Iannuci comedy. Several PR gaffes and ‘teen crime commisionner’ nightmares just showed the rest of the country how not to run as a P&CC.
So to the EU referendum that many thought would never happen, but here we are. The question has been decided, the IN and OUT campaigns truly running and the debates hitting the mainstream with the odd controversy thrown in. It has been an interesting debate so far which has seen many differing opinions but one of the things that really annoys me is some of the IN campaign. It seems 90% scaremongering and very little in the way of positive campaigning. We have seen things like threats of being out of pocket to the tune of £4300 the OUTGOING US President stating that the UK would be at the back of the queue in trade deals…It’s not for him to say. Then of course the ‘Little Englander’ line being thrown about at those who dare to wish to see the UK leave the EU and the accusations of those wanting to vote leave being tarnished as racist. It is quite pathetic to be honest and it wouldnt be any wonder to see that more people would consider voting out. We are also told that many of the things that have happened, wouldnt have happened if it were not for the EU, that may or may not be the case but is it not possible for a government to introduce such things?
As I write this, the DoH and the BMA look like attempting more talks to resolve the Junior Doctor contract. Change and updating is something that even the BMA stated themselves. The problem is that it hasn’t quite gone to plan. Both sides seem to not want to budge from the discussion. Hopefully both sides will come to an agreement although it seems that elements of the BMA are seeing this as a battle on the NHS in general.
Finally in this little political blog, we have the US Presidential candidate race. If ever the Republican party wanted to avoid having a US president anytime soon, then allowing Donald Trump to have a chance of becoming the Republican candidate. The guy is either deluded and shot away or in fact a secret Democrat plant. Saying that though Hilary is no better. I guess having George W Bush as the US President doesnt seem that bad given all that there is to look forward to.
Well that’s been my more than likely solitary political post on my blog, but do feel free to comment. Till the next post, have fun and be happy.