I Wish We Had A More “Grown Up” Politics
I am 60 years of age and am one of the longest serving members on the Council.
The reason he decided to abuse me was simply that I disagreed with him and all his conservative colleagues about an issue being discussed.
This attitude does not strike me as particularly useful unless you think that politics is really about following instructions from a higher authority, rather than thinking for yourself.
Earlier this week, Tories at Westminster voted against an amendment proposed by the Labour party that the cap of 1% on public sector pay awards be dropped.
Privately, many of the Tory MP’s understand that the justification for keeping this cap in place for yet another year is getting harder and harder.
The Tories could have broken the mould and said, “Actually, it is about the right time to be paying our nurses, firefighters and police a fairer wage, so we will accept the amendment”.
What will actually happen is that the conservatives will adopt the policy in a few weeks (or months) time anyway.
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We carried out some scrutiny today into actions taken by Southern Health NHS Trust, following examples of neglect and inappropriate standards of care which, in some cases, led to the death of patients in their care.