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BoJo gives some lessons on how not to be a complete unmitigated ass

In Campaigners of note, Housekeeping on April 28, 2010 at 22:04

From the Times:

But the truth about walkabouts and “real” people is that they are (actually) real and so, by definition, random. Yesterday people told Boris about autistic children, illnesses, parking, travel, unemployment and, yes, their anger at immigration. So here are some tips from the Book of BoJo:

• When someone from Poland talks to you, answer back in Polish. “Dzien dobry!” cried Boris at the Pole, who was thrilled.

• When someone hands you a mobile phone, do not throw it (habits of a lifetime, etc) but talk into it. Yesterday it was the owner of the Chitter Chatter phone shop trying to give him a new phone. Of course, Boris rejected it (well, he had to, the BBC was filming ) but only after securing a vote for Ange. (This is an ultra-tight three-way marginal).

• When someone disagrees with you, have a bit of a good-humoured debate, then say: “Well I’m sorry we disagree!” And walk away.

• Have fun. When asked about the Lib Dems, Boris began to splutter: “How can you conceivably trust the Lib Dems! Spineless protoplasmic invertebrate amoebic fibbers — Janus-faced!” (Isn’t that so much better than “bigoted”?) Finally, pretend you don’t know where you are going. As Boris left yesterday, he walked away from his own car. “Boris!” cried everyone as the blond-haired one looked abashed. Personally I think he did it on purpose. Gordon needs a masterclass — now.

What’s the problem in Pontefract?

In Campaigners of note, the conservatives, the labour party on April 25, 2010 at 09:21

Nick Pickles says we don’t know the whole story of the A&E ward, for one thing.

We’ve seen our local MP Yvette Cooper in plenty of photo opportunities at the hospital, but we can’t go on with more of her empty rhetoric.

I have been contacted by several local NHS staff who have raised concerns the public are not being given the full picture and that the A&E services are set to be downgraded soon after the election.

The new hospital does not have any acute care beds, proper access for ambulances or a morgue. Ambulance crews are already under instructions that Pontefract does not accept trauma patients, while nobody seems to know how many beds the new site will have – I have been told it could be as low as 30.

To try and get to the bottom of this, I have also submitted several freedom of information requests to investigate the figures quoted by Yvette claiming 9 out of ten patients will continue to be treated at the hospital.

Staff have tipped me off that this figure has been achieved by not including patients arriving by ambulance and including some out patient treatments.

I find it astonishing that NHS staff have spoken so openly to me about their real concerns that the current A&E provision will be downgraded as soon as the election is out of the way.

On the eve of a general election people in Pontefract deserve answers from their Labour MPs and not just empty rhetoric.

I have previously contacted the NHS trust demanding answers to my concerns over parking charges at the hospital – after more than two weeks, I have still not had a reply.

Nick Pickles is the Conservative PPC for Pontefract, Normanton and Castleford.

Big Brother Watch: Election 2010 Manifesto

In Campaigners of note on April 6, 2010 at 19:55

One of the blogs we have been keeping a close eye on, since it went live, is Big Brother Watch. Far from being staffed by paranoid conspiracy theorists, the lads over there deserve a great deal of respect and recognition for the important work they are doing for liberty in Great Britain.

Their non-partisan manifesto is well worth a read-through, by politicians and pundits alike.

Our manifesto is a list of all the unnecessary laws and overbearing rules that intrude into the lives of British people, and legislative reforms that could restore our freedom to a level befitting the World’s oldest democracy.

Keep watching this space for more from this important group of campaigners for privacy and liberty, in what is quickly becoming the penultimate Nanny State; soon to be second only to China.