At the End of the Day

I’ve heard David Cameron described as many things, but this one from today’s Guardian took even me by surprise:

‘Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron’

Pay attention: the Prime Minister is now a political development, and so we’re going over live to Toby Ornott-Abeigher in Downing Street in order to see Mr Cameron developing the ability to get out of his limo unassisted. What do you make of it so far Toby?

“Well, yes…I think we can definitely mark the sprightly confidence of his step from the official car there as evidence of a political development in his favour”.

Thanks, but er, what do you think that development might be?

“It’s hard to say at this moment in time, but he’s clearly looking in fine form here”.

From here, lt’s a move to there, and the news that two top HSBC bosses have apologised for “unacceptable” practices at their Swiss private bank. The more senior of these two bods Flint said he “felt shame” and would “take his share of responsibility” for Swiss private bank failings.

But he wished immediately to dilute his responsibiilty and dump bigtime on his employees.When asked by MPs who was most responsible for the problems in HSBC’s Swiss private bank, Flint said: “The individuals most accountable for the data theft and the behaviour that was unacceptable to our standards were the management in Switzerland….most culpable were the relationship managers [in the Swiss private bank].”

On the contemporary Planet Earth, even the most risible disloyalty passes for ‘taking responsibility’. As George Washington didn’t say, “I cannot tell a lie: a big boy chopped down the tree and then ran away”. Greater cowardice hath no man than he lay down his employees for his life.

And finally, let us return to that bastion of Truth…a commodity as seen through the prism of Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail. Attempting to suggest an unparalleled run on NHS services, his organ ran this absurd ‘evidence’ yesterday:

‘New figures published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal NHS hospitals in England dealt with 15.5 million admissions in 2013-14. That figure equates to 42,400 patients being admitted each day – 870 more on average than the previous year.’

Or expressed another way, 0.05%: five patients in every thousand.

I’m not waving a flag for Jeremy *unt here, Merely hitting Dacre over the head with his salute-seeking flagpole,

Sleep tight: see you all tomorrow.

10 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. Oh dear, John, is it my arithmetic or yours which has gone haywire? I make 0.05% to be 5 out of 10,000, but 870 as a percentage of 42,400 I get to be 2% Not a lot of people know that. I do enjoy reading your blog, though.


  2. I know you have disowned your first Savile piece, John, but I’m actually starting to wonder whether there wasn’t some truth in it. It was interesting to hear the nurse at Stoke Mandeville on Today this morning saying she’d had no hint Savile was up to no good, and she still refused to accept it. She seemed a genuinely nice and honest person. Could be she is in denial, of course.
    What was then interesting was that Justin Webb couldn’t comprehend that she might be “denying” the allegations – pathetic from a top journalist to take such a line but that’s the state of the MSM. This was then followed by a simpering lawyer “representing” some of the victims (and raking in more per hour than most people earn in a day, no doubt).
    I’m starting to wonder if some or all of the Savile scandal isn’t made up.


  3. This maybe is why Crash 2 has been a little late in arriving…
    ‘Ex-Plunge Protection Team Whistleblower: “Governments Control Markets; There Is No Price Discovery Anymore”‘
    Dr. Pippa Malmgren – a former member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets – it is not conspiracy theory, it is conspiracy fact: “there’s no price discovery anymore by the market… governments impose prices on the market.”


  4. Re: ‘ . . That figure equates to 42,400 patients being admitted each day – 870 more on average than the previous year. Or expressed another way, 0.05%: five patients in every thousand . . ‘

    No. I read this as meaning that 870 is the increase in the daily rate bringing it up 42,400. So the % increase = 870/(42,400 – 870) = 2.1 i.e. 2 more patients for every 100 admitted last year . .

    I can’t figure out where 0.05 % comes from.


  5. With regards to the remarks about Jimmy Savile being devishly vilified for no good reason, and people being in denial, one can go to the Late Doctor Shipmans surgery to hear how some of his ex patients thought of him as a ‘saint’ and couldn’t believe it…and he may well have been, but his other side was cold blooded serial killer!

    People knew about Saville years ago, kept quiet! He became untouchable as have otherCELEBRITY paedophiles.. ‘The Killers’ front man got off with henious crimes against babies for a long time,even though he was reported to police, as was Gary Glitter. Let’s not pretend it never happened. It did – It does – it will ..And do we have a count of children abused in many ways by the catholic church who were called fantasists,liars and evil sinners?

    The NHS AND SOCIAL WORK should never have been ‘integrated’ the money was removed from the NHS and given to SW who increased managers above NHS staff. They now run the NHS. didn’t see it comming? NHS staff did ! and the next move is: charities taking over services, making policies to suit their agenda. BIG profits,tax free for the fat cats- low and no pay for the ‘workers’


  6. Miss B,
    I think Brandon Flowers might be asking you for a retraction sometime soon. As for Ian Watkins, late of Lostprophets, of course…
    And Gary Glitter – babies? “Let’s not pretend it never happened.” Really? Never knew that.


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