BEHIND YOUR BACK: help for soldier not mothers, no money for junior doctors but tons for Virgin, Mogherini & the Iran deal, & Corbyn’s grubby nuclear deal with the TUC

It’s been a busy day on a global level, and even busier for me here. While the American and Iranian élites have been dealing with the straightforward business of trying to hide how much they loathe each other, I by contrast have been wrestling with the complex intricacies of vacuum cleaners, tacky doors made of mdf, and 24-hour timer clocks.
As so often, tonight’s survey of what went on while you were sleeping off Sunday lunch (or sliding about in the snow on your way to Sunday lunch) is largely down to the sharp eyes and ears of Sloggers. Rather than tip my hat in myriad directions on this occasion, therefore, I’m going to thank everyone while retaining their anonymity, and get on with it.

The first topic – although ostensibly about Gulf War Syndrome – is really one for the WASPI workers – and perhaps even more for their critics within the Establishment.
WASPI is a brilliantly run but underfunded and understaffed pressure group trying to persuade this fine Government of ours to withdraw from The Great Welch, and pay out to women pensioners what they persistently promised them year in year out every year from the Queen’s coronation until one mealy-mouthed White Paper in 1994 – a State pension at the age of 60.

While listening to the British Legion’s PR lady this morning (on various news channels) I was struck by two things. First, the propensity of every British government in history to try and deny its moral responsibilities to those in the armed services exposed to its murderous experimentation with dangerous weapons; and second, the legal promise it makes to all ranks that it will – and I quote – ‘ensure that no armed services personnel suffering the after-effects of war shall go without help’.

I don’t want what follows to be misinterpreted, but I do wish to state here and now that such is a preposterous promise. While I am opposed to all resort to war, that does not mean I lack respect for those who do their duty in war. But for the ‘regulars’, we need to get real: they signed up and were paid for a lifestyle within which other people using real ammunition might well to try and kill them was not so much a risk as written into the contract in very large print.

Of course every soldier, airman or sailor told that turning his back in nuclear tests and charging into chemical-weapon zones without proven protection was entirely safe should be the recipient of grovelling apologies, endless medical care and tons of money.
But my point here is a comparative one: the legally binding promise made to armed services staff to offer help with all the after effects of war is not only a crazy hostage to fortune….it does not sit well alongside the denial of a State Pension at sixty to women born in the 1950s.

The logic of the Government’s position is this: if you knowingly get paid for taking the risk of being killed in a pointless war, you deserve more care, attention and money than women paid nothing to bear the labour of childbirth….who then try – against all the populist media attempts to make their task well nigh impossible – to bring their progeny up as decent mem;bers of society….and then survive under an austerity régime for which they are blameless
The DWP’s position (in the light of the MoD’s) is utter tosh. Perhaps David Cameron should issue this line as his new slogan: ‘Make war, not good citizens’.

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As the Junior Doctors’ strike rumbles on, news emerges of Virgin Care’s victory is securing the lucrative contract to run Sheppey and Sittingbourne hospitals.
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust thus loses its rights. It is one of the biggest providers of NHS community healthcare in the country with sites in Kent, London and East Sussex. I am unaware of any major Inquiries or cockups that might suggest this reallocation is necessary: however, I can tell you that the shortlist was dominated by NHS Trusts… but Sir Branson Pickle won the day.

This brings the total of former tax evader and ad agency bad-debter Richard ‘Toff’ Branson’s NHS contracts to a staggering 330. One of the first contracts Virgin won was for Surrey community health services….spookily enough, the constituency inherited by Jeremy Rhymeenge-Slange from his ‘distant’ cousin Baroness Frunt-Bottomley. She just happens to be the chief Lords spokesman for the private health sector.

But what you might not know is that Health Secretary Jezzer Seeyunex-Chooseday has been telling yet more whoppers in his bid to screw the 5000 hours per week Junior slaves doctors into the ground on the issue of weekend working. Jeremy ‘misunderstood’ weekend work research findings suggesting that proportionately more patients died in hospital from strokes at the weekend….his unpleasant imputation being one of ‘neglect’ due to already knackered juniors not working Saturdays and Sundays as well in order to keep them sharp and refreshed to face Mondays.

In fact, the authors of the research have intervened to explain that Mr Shunt had ‘overlooked’ the statistically much higher likelihood of of stroke victims getting to hospitals on the weekend anyway. Shurely shomething to do with reduced Ambulance availability during weekdays?

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Pretty much everyone is celebrating the Iran-US deal that was finally ratified today.
But I wonder how many people noticed who stepped out onto the podium alongside Iran’s foreign minister for the big press confernence jamboree?
Why, it was none other than our young Italian friend Federica Mogherini.

Contrary to the impression given, Moggie is not employed by NATO: her salary is paid by the European Commission….in return for which she is busy building the case for an EU Standing Army.
If ever there was a security gaffe in revealing where her real loyalties lie, this was it. But then, the word is that Signora Mogherini’s ambitions for high-profile power cannot be overestimated.
Anyway – hurrah: Tehran is now free to release billions of barrels of oil onto a world market not exactly gagging for more barrels of oil.

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Jeremy Corbyn thinks we should keep Trident, but put Standard Fireworks Tuppenny bangers in the warheads on board all those submarines we have under the oceans of the World. His logic about the madness of nuclear weapons is hard to fault, but his reasoning on this one makes no sense at all.

The only sensible option with Trident – a joke defence system from a bygone age – is to scrap it completely, and give Britain fast-action capability via better planes and smaller weapons. But that would require investments in skilled staff, research, ground troops, equipment, and all the other things Camerlot sees as spawn of the Devil.

Corbyn’s daft ‘middle course’ on the issue is militarily stupid but – even worse – yet more evidence of just how much he is the captive of a confused, corrupt, split and splenetic Labour Party. Behind your back, he is doing deals. Behind his back, the Labour fatties stand ready as ever to do him down.

But what you might not appreciate is that Jeremy’s judgement in favour of keeping the submarines but ditching the warheads is part of grubby pressure placed on him by the TUC….whose sole concern (as ever) in this debate about whether to imolate the planet is….yup, saving unionised jobs.

Even pottier than this, however, was the reaction of one young Tory Sky News found to comment on this new Corbynista nuclear policy. He looked as if shaving was a challenge he had yet to master, but the string of jingoistic codswallop he came out with suggested that he might nevertheless have a bright future in the Conservative Party. From a standing start in Jezzer-bashing with ‘profound security risk’, the lad went through the litany of terrorist support, naive peacenik, handing over our sovereignty, pleasing Mr Putin, and then the ultimate weapon, “having a Prime Minister not prepared to use nuclear weapons”.

For once, the Sky anchor showed commendable skill in asking whether the willingness of any politician anywhere to launch nuclear weapons might not be cast-iron evidence of insanity.
“Well,” said Toryclone, “that’s as maybe, but um agh deterrent Soviet Union blah blah peace camps jolly well serve them right but that’s something for the voter to decide about woffle piffle Party line”.

Later in the same bulletin, former Conservative Minister Nick Herbert was interviewed as part and parcel of his role as the head of Tories for a Reformed EU which we are of course going to get because David Cameron is very much on the case. Such an outcome is, he said:

“….very much the view of most people – including the public”.

It was the high point of my day.

26 thoughts on “BEHIND YOUR BACK: help for soldier not mothers, no money for junior doctors but tons for Virgin, Mogherini & the Iran deal, & Corbyn’s grubby nuclear deal with the TUC

  1. The reality is, I’m afraid, that anyone wanting to get involved in Britain’s modern armed forces would have to be either mentally ill, immature or gullible to begin with. The last war that we fought that was even vaguely in Britain’s national interest was probably the Falklands. Not surprisingly when the propaganda and immaturity wear off, these servicemen realise they have been thoroughly duped and therefore struggle to cope.
    While I have no doubt many people in the forces are brave and capable, the only way of halting this constant series of wars we are fighting on behalf of other nations and the banks is to withdraw our support from events like Remembrance Sunday, which allow the government to pretend it is acting patriotically.

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  2. You touched a raw nerve on two principles for me Mr Ward, I need a sedative to calm down…

    Think junior doctors incomes are appalling for the number of years training, all the debt etc. whereas a politcian, no training gets a mint. Who deserves the money? Who do you think needs contracts forced upon them and you can add in their self employed status removed, so they work for the state and not every lucrative deal going. Don’t like it then get lost!

    Then we come to the little old EU, in or out? Now TBH in or out does not matter, IN OR OUT BOTH SIDES NOW OR GET RID OF BOTH SHOULD DEMAND AS A MINIMUM A PROPER SET OF BOOKS AUDITED ANNUALLY.

    FAILURE TO DO SO RESULTS IN NO MORE PAYMENTS UNTIL WE GET SAID AUDITED BOOKS. That point is the con, echr and all the rest, even the euro is a load of rubbish. This issue is never raised in any argument by the ins or the out and it is NOT EVEN ON THE REFORM AGENDA!

    Once you get that truth the EU / EZ ceases to be so corrupt and until then in or out it will still be as corrupt getting worse.

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  3. Well, let’s be optimistic. The oil price is playing out the same way as 1981-1986, when it reached $10 a barrel. the Labour party have discovered Corbyn to replace Foot. History repeats itself. Next up, a substantial £ devaluation, and a long overdue bull market!

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  4. Corbyn’s daft ‘middle course’ on the issue is militarily stupid but – even worse – yet more evidence of just how much he is the captive of a confused, corrupt, split and splenetic Labour Party. Behind your back, he is doing deals.

    Has it crossed anybody eles’s mind that a nice representative of a US based arms manufacturer might have whispered in Corbyn’s ear, suggesting that if he didn’t like Trident, he might get Jimmy Savilled. Mr Corbyn responds that he isn’t interested in that kind of thing. Oh, comes the response, that won’t stop us publishing the salacious details. Even the BBC are using our expertly manufactured fakes.

    Mark Deacon

    The European Union, like its ugly Godmother, America, it gets to tell others what they should do – irrespective of the fact that it is what the EU or the US would never do themselves. Don’t go calling it hypocrisy: it’s the ugly reality of a system that is beyond responsibility. Democratic or otherwise.

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  5. I suppose nice Mr C could always mount the ubiquitous Abbot on his (nuclear free) trident – that would frighten the horses and I’ll warrant the horses of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse……

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  6. You are of course right JW, Trident is completely useless in the current geopolitical arena. The idea of a UK independent ‘nuclear deterrent’ was flawed from the start, as no HM Government could press the button without US permission. I remember hearing, (no doubt in jest), that Polaris was really nothing to do with the Cold War, but was to threaten the French. (Yes Minister perhaps?). De Gaulle’s withdrawal from NATO might actually have allowed French autonomy in foreign policy, but the UK has been a puppet (and agent) of the US since 1945. The idea of an independent nuclear deterrent was a vain attempt by the British Establishment retain some influence after the devastation of WWII. I have read, (I think in Stephen Dorril’s excellent book MI6), that the UK even faked its early H bomb tests as the British were so bankrupted after the war that they could not afford the expensive engineering effort required to produce a working fusion device. The deception was aimed at the U.S. rather than the Soviets and it seems that the CIA was not fooled.

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  7. Soldiers have long been the expendable young males of a country. Those who return from military service are routinely ignored or treated to substandard treatment in return for risking their lives and suffering physical and mental deficits as a result. They are expected to feel privileged to have sacrificed time and well-being to serve their Monarch and Country, while being honoured with a red paper poppy and a military parade each November 11th. Nothing has changed in that regard, except some window-dressing to allow women into the armed forces in the name of “equality” and “feminism”.
    Feminism, while preaching equality, has actually accelerated the expendability of males, by making it easier to push them out of their roles as fathers and heads of households while keeping them enslaved to maintenance payments to ex-wives and for children they may or may not be allowed to visit. Some men, realizing their true status, are refusing to engage in their assigned role, and joining in the MGTOW movement. Meeting the resistance of men to engage with women in marriage, feminists demand that men “man up” and put their necks in the traditional marriage harness, make babies as their wives demand, and take on the burdens of wage slavery in often dangerous jobs in order to support wife and children, even though they are now portrayed as dangerous Neanderthal buffoons and denied respect by those they are expected to support. Women have long assisted their government in campaigns to shame young men into sacrificing their lives and liberties for the “good of the nation”
    and to protect the women of the nation from predation by foreign armies, as evidenced by the white feather campaign during WW1.
    Now it is the turn of women seeking their pensions to realize that their government does not regard promises made to them as sacrosanct. They will be told that their sacrifice is appreciated by the government, and they will be expected to share with men the feeling of pride at having had the opportunity to make life sacrifices for their society. Equality is wonderful, no?

    See Spetsnaz, The Disposable Male

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  8. Canexpat
    The early UK “hydrogen” bomb tests were probably boosted fission bombs wherein there is some fusion, but they are not “two stage” fusion bombs. The recent North Korean test was probably the same.
    That does not mean they are of no military consequence. In fact they provide more bang per buck and pound weight than pure fission bombs, so the MSM sneering about the North Korean test is entirely misplaced.
    So, not actually fake, just not “full strength bitter”!

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  9. I seem to remember that the Chief Boffin at the time was William Penney; if he got fusion ‘arise, Sir William’ if it was just a bigger fission test, then an OBE will do nicely. Better than a banker’s bonus?

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  10. Chenovyl should have been an example of why it is devastatingly useless, a weapon that is going to blow back in your face on the wind and rain is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Over 300 farms in Cumbria and Wales out of food chain for years . Tragedy is , it won’t go back in its box.

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  11. My colleague was an officer in the army. We will call hime Major Error. He went off to war in the gulf as a medical man and was given a cocktail of drugs to ward off the nerve agents Hussain didn’t have. Within a year of returning he was I’ll with weird symptoms like pernicious anaemia ( rare in a man in his thirties) .Any way last I heard he’s virtually unrecognisable ,looking about 100 . So far no comeback

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  12. @mickc
    Thanks for the info. I was hazy on the details of the UK tests.

    @Lampitt
    I was in the Western Highlands with a few close friends as the Chernobyl cloud dumped strontium 90 flavoured rain all over us. We had no access to news and did not know of the tragedy until our return south. One of my companions on the trip died young of agressive small-cell lung cancer and yet had no risk factors. To this day I wonder if he was one of the thousands of victims of the Chernobyl fire.

    The long-term consequences of Fukushima could be even more devastating. I suspect the extent of that disaster is being kept from us. In Canada, many of our winter vegetables are imported from California. I often wonder how much risk I am exposing my sprogs to by feeding them California-grown green vegetables, but unfortunately there is very little choice.

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  13. Corbyn supports the legal case by British lawyers against British soldiers who have been ‘accused’ of mistreating prisoners in battle – in return for substantial ‘damages’. This is just another angle on Human Rights and needs stopping. Soldiers go to war to kill and maim – or else they die.
    Submarines without Trident? The man’s a fruitcake.
    This is the crazy world we live in folks.

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  14. Or to quote Spike of Goon Show fame we site cardboard repliiicas in the channel.
    Or load Trident with fruit cakes, that’ll frighten them.

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  15. Well if we had just looked at what fundamental reality does with fusion, we might have realised it was not such a good idea to use it on our own door step. That & the fact that the very heavy elements we are fiddling with are only created in neutron stars, you know, just think super nova. Add to that fusion is only a miner co-process always associated with fusion, like the sun. Now that would be a good one for the adenoidal “Health & Safety” bunch.

    Maybe we are doing the right thing to balance a relativistic universe, by trying to rid it of a bunch of self serving, greedy, less than bright life forms… I include myself in this assessment too.

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  16. @BG

    I’m confused did you mean fission in your first sentence?

    @Ricoh

    Outrageous isn’t it? The dastardly Corbyn supports the Rule of Law, how dare he? ‘Our’ boys are the ‘Good Guys’ and should be given free rein to abuse Johnny Foreigner. Interesting. You believe that the Japanese treatment of British POWs in WWII was justified then? The Geneva Convention is just a piece of paper that is not relevant if it restricts the actions of the ‘Good Guys’ TM.

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  17. Some times the naivety of JC leaves me open jawed at his lack of political sense. He is making good ground with the case not to renew Trident then he makes a stupid statement like build the subs and not arm them, not convert them into hunter killers , just not arm them but keep them as nuclear boats . He just hands the Daily Mail and Cameron a club to beat him.

    The labour party should be doing so much better, but I was watching Question time and their spokesmen was challenged about the steel plant closures and Chinese dumping of steel , by the Tory guy , and she had no answer to his question what would you do about it. When surly the answer is import tariffs, via the EU, which would have French , German support.

    I was also in North Wales that wet weekend when the Chernobyl cloud was washed into the hill sides and our so called government neglected to inform us or to even tell us to at least stay in doors. Without the Chernobyl firemen who stood on the roof of the reactor building brushing back the radioactive debris into the building it would have been way worse. They tragically were all dead within a few days, but they saved countless European and Russian lives, real hero’s to a man.

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  18. “I was also in North Wales that wet weekend when the Chernobyl cloud was washed into the hill sides and our so called government neglected to inform us or to even tell us to at least stay in doors. ”

    Wasn’t that 1986?

    A frightening number from my Welsh village north of the Caerneddau have died of cancer in recent years. My sis in law’s brother went young, several others died early. my Mum had cancer but I think that was from the shift work she used to do in the Bryn y Neuadd hospital which German researchers now say ruins your metabolism – the key to obesity they are realizing is sugar/blood sugar/metabolism. I am thinking of writing an app to help people reduce sugar/wheat intake.

    I knew a gamekeeper on the Gorddinog estate outside my village. He told me they used a Geiger counter on Welsh lamb and yes it was contaminated – but what is chilling is they looked at the date of the slaughter and noticed it was BEFORE the actual Cherbnobyl incident! So it must have been radioactive rain from Sellafield.

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  19. Yep, completely cocked-up there Canexpat. You are correct, & for top marks the next instance of “fission” should also be fusion. Just adding confission to the confusion. Thanks for putting me straight.

    Just a bit of Am-Dram John, think it slipped into method acting by mistake. Diaphragm now oscillating gently. Ta.

    @RouterAl. Looks like JC has stupidly tried a compromise where none exists, but there hasn’t been any mentioned of what will happen to the old war heads, has there? Lets face it, the UK really isn’t likely to use this stuff unless leaned on to do so, by their psychotic poodle handlers?

    I have multiple experiences of, & a total lack of confidence in, those employed within the nuclear power industry. I’m sure there are people of integrity in there, Terence Price for example. You have to realise it’s the sort of place that minor cock-ups aren’t really minor. Accountants & there habits can & I’m sure have been the cause of fatalities way beyond the perimeter fence.

    Most depressing day of the year the media would have us believe… maybe it’s infecting the Zeitgeist too.

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  20. “& for top marks the next instance of “fission” should also be fusion.” … Yes, wrong way around AGAIN!… I’m going back to bed…

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  21. @Jeremy re gamekeeper ,likewise I knew a trawleman who fished the Irish Sea . Fish were contaminated years before Chenovyl.

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  22. @ Canexpat

    No, I wasn’t referring to Japanese POW camps. I know about the Geneva Convention, but this story is very different.

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