Archive for March, 2012


28th Feb 2012


Normally I would have walked up Trafalgar Street without a worry. Today – a few breaks were needed to catch my breath. With no chance of an appointment at my GP I decided to use the Queens Road Health Clinic, Brighton and see someone quickly. An hour or so later I had my five minutes of fame – the amount of time the nurse has to hear my story. It would be five minutes if you didn’t keep interrupting me and let me tell you my problem. After a quick physical examination he disappeared- “back in a few minutes”.
He came back with the calming news- an ambulance is on the way. (Start to panic). “We don’t want you collapsing when you are walking up the hill.” (Another chance to panic) Two Paramedics arrive – (more panic). We have to take you to the ambulance in a chair – (more panic). And still I am having problems breathing – until they plugged me into the oxygen. Nice. The Royal Sussex County Hospital Accident and Emergency Department – very busy place, so join the line. As I lay there on the stretcher enjoying the corridor lights in pain and breathless – I thought, all those tests, injections, blood samples, ultrasound, serious but dedicated people marching around (lots of them) and no one has asked for my credit card. My ability to pay America was not an issue. My need for my health problem to be sorted was paramount. First step is lots of antibiotics – which make me initially, feel worse. – Why?


27th Feb 2012

I phoned the Labour Party Head Office today just before 1p.m. I followed the instructions – choice four she said and I waited with great expectations. Hark another message – please call back in an hour. What? Must be a mistake – so I called again; choice four again and the recorded message again. Call back in an hour – are the Labour Party closed for lunch? Maybe losing to a Government that is pushing up unemployment, prices, pensions etc. must build up an appetite. The Conservatives don’t stop for lunch – they have Waitrose send it in. Lib Dems – who cares what they do. EDF and the BNP have only just discovered fire anyway. I emailed Ed about him being out to lunch – let’s see what the response is……
The United States of America – the World Police and our lead Democracy. The beacon guiding our way through the moral maze of our time. During the period of a week or so in Cleveland, Ohio a teenager goes in to school and before breakfast shoots five schoolmates – one dead. In Seattle an eight year old is critically ill after a nine year old shot her accidentally in school. The nine year old appears in court in an orange jumpsuit, the fashion choice of the American penal system. To the country that gave us Coca-Cola, the Ford Mustang, Motown and Dick van Dyke – you are in serious trouble when your children are shooting each other in the school playground.
I was pleased to hear David Cameron talking about Somalia – helping them sort out their problems and find peace; with the usual self interest mentioning fighting terrorism and therefore helping us. And then a few days later, there on the front page of The Observer (I don’t buy the paper – it was in a coffee shop and I wanted to sound intellectual) – oil, the U.K. photos of a nervous William Hague in an armoured personnel carrier and Somalia – so that’s why we are helping. Oil. Zimbabwe can go fly- Democracy being strangled live on the evening news. No oil.
Somalia – oil – we will help you get at it. The modern face of Imperialism is a natural place for Cameron and his people to hunt. We don’t use warships – just BP, brown envelopes and ministerial trips with Prime Ministers signing deals.
And what will the ordinary person get – here in the West, more fuel to power a life we already know is unsustainable. Somalia? – Who cares I have the life I need.
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