I ASK him WHEN and to what end? On Wednesday 26 Feb, 2014 at the meeting of Full Council he scornfully told the Conservatives to stop attacking the attendance record of Kiely and take account of the attendance record of one of their own members, namely Cllr Herd, who had attended only once during the current council year compared to Kiely’s 2 as if that was somehow a mitigation. Two wrongs do not make a right. Cllr Kent and his Labour colleagues appear to delight in giving the people of South Ockendon a reverse two fingers victory salute. To add a further insult, despite Labour support, Kiely voted against the Labour motion to set the budget.
WHILST the daily parade of the sick and disabled, as ordered by the Department of Work and Pensions, continues to report to designated ATOS assessment centres our current Member of Parliament, Ms Jackie Doyle-Price and the Labour Party parliamentary candidate, Ms Polly Billington appear to have little, if any, interest or concern regarding the fear and distress caused to vulnerable members of the community.
RAY related a story that has gone round in my mind since. He called one of his female patients to tell her how concerned he was that despite her multiple serious problems, she had not asked for her prescription or come for a review for almost two years. His receptionists and nurses had phoned her, written to her and texted her.
THERE are a number of problems with this process. Starting with water, each well uses up to 29 million litres of it. Across all the fracking fields this can lead to series problems in areas already facing droughts, like our own. This water is also pumped with chemicals and sand, rendering it mostly useless. In cases throughout the world we’ve seen water dumped in holes in the ground and into rivers. In Australia a river has been filmed visibly bubbling at the surface.
I’M going to have to wait till April to see Thurrock’s Marmite warrior. And it meant I missed out on my most selfish parent of the year award. We went to the bazaar, and pleasant it was (I got a photo of my babies with Father Christmas.) It weren’t the same though, I wanted to dress up and have an epic night out with my husband. Instead I sat at home drinking a bottle of Buck’s Fizz with a raffle ticket stuck to the side.
Selections marked with a (*) are considered “all women shortlists” and only female panel members will be eligible for selection”. Thus there will be no male candidates allowed for selection in Chadwell St. Mary. The figures shown in brackets are a breakdown, by gender, of the current incumbent Labour Party Councillors. So it will be seen there are eight male and nine female and the overall number of Thurrock Labour Councillors is 13 males and 11 females. Even allowing for “positive discrimination” I do not rate the balance to be sufficient grounds for excluding male candidates in 2014.
IT IS that time of year, again, when I come out of hibernation, so to speak. Each one seems to come round more quickly than the last. I’m sure that only months ago I was manhandled out of my box. And that’s another thing. Even though I’m the centre of attention, you’d think they’d treat me with a little bit of respect, I mean, I am one of the family. But no, they plonk my base on the floor, and then shove my parts together. How uncivilized!
NO-ONE should be expected to live with damp and mould, there are thousands of different moulds that are quite harmless to the human body but there are also moulds in the home that can cause life changing affects both Neurologically and physically to the body and in some cases death.
DOES your heart bleed for these “poorly” paid MPs struggling on a current salary of £66.396p.a plus expenses who need an increase of 11% [£7,600] to survive? Their current salary is already more than double [2.25] than that of the average full-time worker. Or, like me, are you sickened by MPs wringing their hands in anguish proclaiming the increase is being “forced” upon them and they, “reluctantly”, are obliged to accept it.
BUT often the elderly go to A&E without the GP’s knowledge of there being a problem. How can a GP care for a person without the person presenting to their GP?! We have had the alternative of routine elderly checks come and go, at the behest of the NHS, who deemed them to be unhelpful. Are GPs now expected to just go and visit every elderly patient in case they have a problem? For a GP to do 4 home visits, he or she would have to sacrifice a whole session, which means 15 less appointments on average. The details remain unclear for now.
I STRUGGLED to write this, my inspirational well of nonsense had run dry. I asked two friends to give me a nudge. One told me to write a rant about boy racers. Right… I’m a thirty four year old married mother of two, who incidentally, doesn’t drive. What do I know about boy racers?
NOW, I’m no style icon, but I am often complimented on my outfits. Sometimes, the focus is on a particular piece of clothing or it might be a particular colour that I’m wearing. Of course I’m pleased that my effort to look good has been acknowledged.
However, I began to realise that certain items of clothing were without fail drawing attention more than others. When I gathered these items together, I found, to my surprise, that they were purchased from the supermarket.
Please can we thank Councillor Sue Gray (Labour) of Belhus Ward , for all her hard work and commitment for helping our son get back into mainstream school after a year of home schooling. She was the only politician to fight our corner and write various letters to people and attend appeals.
WE welcome Stanford novelist, Helen Harrod, to our happy group of YourThurrock bloggers. The female orgasm? Oh don’t be ridiculous, people will talk. How about ageing gracefully? Give over. I’m thirty four, not dead. Except, time is running away from me. I realise this as I heat up my total body waxing kit for another […]
OH DEAR, Oh dear. According to the Mirror, The NHS is being robbed by GP’s who are collecting money for unregistered patients! This was mentioned in a comment on my last blog. To be more precise, four GPs have been charged for cheating. And the remaining 33,000 GP’s? Let’s see!
I’M a real fan of sharing knowledge, and of being able to openly ask others for their views, input or even expertise. It figures then that I’m also a fan of forums, and often take part in specialist groups looking to do just that. A little while ago, whilst reading through a number of blog posts, I stumbled across a new forum post, posing the following question:
THROUGHOUT the planning process Barrett’s have engaged with local residents, R.A.I.D. and the Stanford Forum, I cannot remember the number of meetings I have had with them, even up until last week they were still willing to listen meeting with the Forum and individual local residents and whilst we did not get everything the local residents wanted they did make some concessions. They have been prepared to engage and that is to be applauded.
I GREW up in the 1970s when we were a lot less cognisant of how racist some of our language was and therefore, occasionally and usually in anger, some of those comments may slip out against my better judgement and totally in opposition to my feelings on the matter and the subject of immigration can sometimes bring those deeply buried snippets of language to the surface. That said, the same is true of anyone in the UK – racist thoughts, no matter how abhorrent to our conscious minds, lurk in our subconscious mind as a kind of cultural genetic inheritance or race memory. We are not alone in this respect as every country has its own version of this affliction and it can take very little to activate our hidden prejudices.
THE number of times GP’s have to chase patients, for their routine chronic disease management, is beyond measure. These are people who have had a condition for several years and know that they need to have certain checks done annually. The rude reaction GP’s get from some such patients is disheartening. Rudeness and ingratitude aside, every time such people fail to attend, they are preventing another patient from getting an appointment.
MOVING, but also amusing, personal tributes were made by Diana’s younger sister Pam Adams from whom we heard about a side of Diana very few of us would have expected as they capered about in bikinis in foreign lands and Wendy Armstrong, a close friend, recalled their time together as teachers.
CLLR Hale was a very special lady and Thurrock has lost a great advocate and representative. My heart goes out to her family but I hope they will be, in some small way, consoled by the fact that Diana Hale will never be forgotten by those whose lives were touched by her presence if even for a just moment. I know I won’t forget her.
Mr Perrin’s blog. A Word in Your Ear Is hate a crime? “I ask the question because I attended a public meeting, organised by the Police Commissioner for Essex, and an item on the agenda was titled “Hate Crime”. I thought it was a worthy sentiment and was the reason I was at the meeting […]
A 27 year old man came to see me with chest pain. His pain was not related to activity; it was made worse by a deep breath; He had no cough or shortness of breath; he was tender when his chest was compressed and worse when he raised his arms. It was obvious his chest pain was musculoskeletal and not cardiac. His condition was explained to him and he was advised to obtain pain killers from the chemist. He went on his way happy and reassured.
TAKE a look at the photograph that accompanies the article and you may recognise the faces of women who are councillors as a result of “positive” discrimination, that is to say women only candidates are allowed to be considered for selection, a process which also applied to the selection of Polly Billington as the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Thurrock. These women, plus others like them, claim they are specifically championing the cause of “equality for women” whilst at the same time, I presume, they support equal rights for all.