+Government ministers are dabbing their eyes as they introduce a bill to ensure ‘minimum safety standards’ in front line services. Obviously recent stories about people waiting days for an ambulance has got to them. At last, they have realised that starving public services of cash for over a decade has decimated standards of care. Sadly not. The crocodile tear sluices have been opened purely to curb people in front line services taking strike action. There’s no talk of maintaining minimum safety standards at all other times. Anyway, why just pick on some public services and not others? How about a minimum service level for MPs? Today Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has been suspended for five days for breaching the code on lobbying (and read between the lines: for being an objectionable git). If a nurse can be sacked for the offence of striking for better pay, then perhaps MPs should be sacked for putting themselves before their obligations as honourable (sic) members.
+I rejoiced reading this little snippet from the Evening Standard, about Nigel Lawson's retirement from the House of Lords:
The parliamentary record shows Lord Lawson of Blaby, who chaired the Vote Leave campaign during the EU referendum, last spoke in the House in April 2019 when he raised the spectre of “undesirable insurrectionary forces” if parliament refused to accept the result of the Brexit vote. Warning of a “rift” with the public, the veteran politician highlighted the danger of “an ugly situation” developing. Lord Lawson had previously faced claims of hypocrisy after it emerged he was applying for a French residency card.
The last sentence sums up the man. And as a founder of the so-called ‘Global Warming Foundation’ he has done more than most to undermine rational science and of course his Brexteering activities did much to damage the UK economy. But he’s been there before with his boom and bust Chancellorship. Good riddance!