Fraud, Errors and Bribes Costing the NHS Billions

'Healthcare' - what it boils down to.

‘Healthcare’ – what it boils down to.

Or rather, the taxpayer. Today’s post from Frank Davis is about the situation in the USA, where millions and billions of dollars are being paid in bonuses to doctors and on programmes telling Americans how to eat and on other “support” efforts to modify behaviour.

He contrasts this against the Ebola outbreak and how the Bridgestone Corporation in Liberia responded:

“The rubber plantation has 8,000 workers with 71,000 dependents. It is an hour north-east of Monrovia, surrounded by Ebola outbreaks. The virus arrived on the plantation in March. Knowing that the UN and the Liberian government were not going to save them, the managers sat around a rubber tree and googled “Ebola” and learned on the run instead. They turned shipping containers into isolation units, trucks into ambulances, and chemical cleaning suits into “haz-mat” gear. They trained cleaners, and teachers, they blocked visitors, and over the next five months dealt with 71 infections, but by early October were clear of the virus. There were only 17 survivors (the same 70% mortality rate as elsewhere). But without good management, there could have been so many more deaths.”

I wondered how wasteful with our money our own ‘authorities’ in the UK are.

In 2012, the Institute of Economic Affairs claimed that £12 billion of taxpayers’ money was handed to 27,000 charities including those campaigning for issues with “no widespread support” such as foreign aid and temperance.

Of course, the primary purpose of the fake ‘charity’ is to ‘astroturf’ to give a legitimacy to planned government policies largely concerned with health (i.e. nanying/bullying), environmentalism (i.e. more legislation and taxes) and ‘human rights’ (i.e. cultural subversion and an excuse for removing the rights of everyone who is not a Protected One).

On purely health-related matters, the money wasted is obscene and everyone is on the fiddle. I don’t mean every single person is crooked, but doctors, chemists, pharma companies – everyone.

Bent pharmacists:

“Taxpayers are being charged up to 40 times the usual cost for common over-the-counter products being prescribed by NHS doctors, The Telegraph can disclose.

The NHS is currently paying up to £89.50 for cod-liver oil capsules — identical versions of which can be bought on the high street for about £3.50. Taxpayers are also being hit with inflated costs for vitamin E, evening primrose oil and other over-the-counter products.

Despite being freely available without prescription, the products are all regularly prescribed by GPs and NHS doctors — a situation which now appears to be being exploited for commercial gain. The prescription pricing scandal has emerged in the past two years because of a loophole in the rules which allows chemists to select “suitable” products from drug companies and bill the taxpayer.

The disclosures will add to fears that the system is not being properly policed. Last month, The Telegraph revealed that drug companies were colluding with pharmacists to overcharge the NHS millions of pounds for a group of drugs called “specials”.

The prices of more than 20,000 drugs could have been artificially inflated, with backhanders paid to chemists who agreed to sell them. Representatives of some pharmaceutical companies agreed to invoice chemists for drugs at up to double their actual cost.”

From Better Data:

“The current evidence shows that for most patients, all drugs from this class [statins] are equally safe and effective, so doctors are usually advised to use the cheapest. The analysis examined how much money was spent in each area on the more expensive drugs. It looks at the entire prescriptions dataset (37 million rows of data), and therefore represents results from facts, not models. If the research had been conducted a year ago, over £200m could have been saved, looking forward the team expect to identify similar potential savings.

This is part of a wider issue of spending on proprietary drugs in cases where good and far cheaper generic equivalents exist. Previous research has estimated that these wider patterns cost the NHS over £1 billion pounds a year in excess spend*.

The cost of an individual prescription item can vary from as little as 81p for a generic, to over £20 for drugs still under licence to the pharmaceutical companies that develop.”

There is the cost of plain fraud (the upfront variety):

“The former head of NHS Counter Fraud Services has warned in a report that fraud is costing the NHS £5bn a year, with a further £2bn lost to financial errors.

The amount lost to fraud alone could pay for nearly 250,000 nurses, according to the report. It is the focus of an investigation by the Panorama programme, which is due to be broadcast tonight on BBC One at 8.30pm.

Jim Gee, co-author of the Portsmouth University study, was director of NHS Counter Fraud Services for eight years until 2006.

The £7bn estimate is based on a comparison with global figures, which suggest average losses to fraud and error of around 7% of healthcare budgets. It is 20 times higher than the figure recorded in the government’s annual fraud indicator report.”

Back in the USA,

“The pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $3bn (£1.9bn) after admitting bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of unsuitable antidepressants to children. Glaxo is also expected to admit failing to report safety problems with the diabetes drug Avandia in a district court in Boston on Thursday.

The company encouraged sales reps in the US to mis-sell three drugs to doctors and lavished hospitality and kickbacks on those who agreed to write extra prescriptions, including trips to resorts in Bermuda, Jamaica and California.”

The WHO are notoriously crooked and incompetent; a giant fake charity whose Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, has been continuing to sideline Ebola to attend an anti-smoking conference in Moscow. Like the national governments and their fake charities, the WHO clearly exists to act in exactly the same way: astroturfing for the World Government, to bully people over climate change and with their tobacco and obesity “epidemics” and who have also criminally boosted the profits of the pharmaceutical companies.

If only ‘healthcare’ truly was about health and care and not money and social engineering.

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Voters Abandoning Failed Old Parties and Scots Right to Reject ‘Independence’

Perhaps voters are finally wising up to the cruel deception that accompanies mainstream politics. Even the most die-hard supporter can only suffer so many broken ‘promises’.

The two and a half main parties have all, in the past, promised a referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the EU – while in opposition, of course. Cameron’s latest ‘promise’ to hold one in 2017 doesn’t amount to anything as his previous ‘cast-iron guarantee’ resulted in a three-line whip ordering his MPs to vote against it.

And they always ensure us that the NHS “will be safe in their hands”. If that were the case and as we have had consecutive Labour and Tory Prime Ministers since its foundation, why is it in such a state? The truth is that the NHS is not safe in the mainstream parties’ butterfingers.

And it isn’t even just “bigots” who are concerned about uncontrolled immigration.

As a result, Douglas Carswell romped home in yesterday’s Clacton by-election to become UKIP’s first elected MP by attracting just short of 60% of the votes thus increasing his share of the vote by 7% compared to when he stood in the constituency for the ‘Conservatives’ in 2010. The full result (with changes from the 2010 General Election):

Douglas Carswell (UKIP) 21,113 (59.75%)
Giles Watling (C) 8,709 (24.64%, -28.38%)
Tim Young (Lab) 3,957 (11.20%, -13.84%)
Chris Southall (Green) 688 (1.95%, +0.71%)
Andy Graham (LD) 483 (1.37%, -11.57%)
Bruce Sizer (Ind) 205 (0.58%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 127 (0.36%)
Charlotte Rose (Ind) 56 (0.16%)

UKIP majority: 12,404 (35.10%)

Turnout: 35,338 (51.13%, -13.05%)

Nick Clegg, especially, appears to have ensured that the Lib Dems will be fortunate to be the fifth most popular party, taking just 1.37% of votes, down from nearly 13% in 2010.

And UKIP came within a whisker of winning the other by-election in the Labour heartland of Heywood and Middleton, losing out by just 617 votes.

Liz McInnes (Lab) 11,633 (40.86%, +0.75%)
John Bickley (UKIP) 11,016 (38.69%, +36.06%)
Iain Gartside (C) 3,496 (12.28%, -14.88%)
Anthony Smith (LD) 1,457 (5.12%, -17.59%)
Abi Jackson (Green) 870 (3.06%)

Lab majority: 617 (2.17%)

Turnout: 28,472 (35.96%, -21.57%)

With such a low turnout, all it would have taken for a double whammy against the Establishment was for a few of the many thousands of (potential) voters who feel disenfranchised to have given UKIP a chance.

But at least it means that Labour, along with the Tories, are now running scared of UKIP and with the unpopular Ed Miliband as leader and a shadow cabinet comprised of many proven failures, the presumption that they would romp to victory next year doesn’t look so certain now.

I mentioned Scottish ‘independence’ as well because due to the extra tax-raising powers the Scottish ‘Government’ has been handed as a ‘reward’ for Scotland staying in the Union, they are introducing a replacement for Stamp Duty and slapping on 10 per cent of the purchase price between £250,001 and £1 million and 12 per cent on anything paid above that.

We also read,

The LBTT [Land and Buildings Transaction Tax] was the most high-profile part of the 2015/16 Budget, which Mr Swinney unveiled yesterday, as it is the first tax set by a Scottish Finance Minister in more than three centuries.

Ominously for better-off Scots, he indicated its “progressive” structure would be the template for future taxes set by the Scottish Parliament, which is on course to get significant extra powers.

This is why I wrote in a previous post, As New Poll Puts ‘Yes’ Camp Ahead, Do Scots Know What is at Stake?

“Scotland could be rich, like Norway and Switzerland, but I’m sure we would end up like an impoverished Soviet satellite state. I think it’s the wrong time and definitely the wrong people who will be ‘leading’ us.”

Even with limited powers they already seem intent on driving out the big earners, who only have to move as far as England to escape from them.

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Is Bill Gates One of the World’s Most Destructive Do-gooders?

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The World is run by unelected “do-gooders”.

Chris Snowdon has posted a piece on Velvet Glove, Iron Fist,

Stanton Glantz has been pushing a study of nicotine exposure in the homes of e-cigarette users as a justification for banning e-cigarettes in ‘public’ places.

And the ‘study’ naturally employs the fake ‘science’ we’re all used to. Of course, the ‘evil’ of electronic cigarettes is that people using them look like they are smoking and this is enough to trigger an irrational reaction in the anti-smoking lobby who must try to find the smallest of ‘links’ between exposure to ‘secondhand vaping’ and health.

In the comments, JohnB quoted from a 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal,

At a news briefing the two billionaires donned green T-shirts reading “Say no to forced smoking” in Chinese. The Microsoft founder won a burst of applause by slowly reciting the slogan, repeating the words after Mr. Li, who is chief executive of the Chinese online search company.

The eugenicist Bill Gates would be better condemning China’s forced abortions and sterilisations where women are kidnapped by the state, even in the ninth month of pregnancy, and their babies murdered – and other evils, like the killing-to-order for body parts and Christians abducted and beaten for attending ‘unauthorised’ churches.

But Gates seems to hate humanity – not just smokers. He has even admitted that his vaccination programme in Africa will reduce population growth, which is his reason for also funding ‘family planning’ in Africa. He also supports Monsanto and the GMO industry, the failings and expense of which have been a contributory factor in the suicides of quarter of a million Indian farmers who were suckered into the con. Gates is the reason I switched from Windows to the free, open source Linux PC operating system.

The author of this article states,

…Bill Gates might be one of the world’s most destructive do-gooders.

The clues are:

Unfortunately, some of the chosen projects appear to clash with the Foundation’s underlying goals, such as its partnership with the biotech giant Monsanto. Besides questionable partnerships, the foundation and Gates himself also have personal investments in some of the projects they fund.

There is the issue of “philanthropic leverage,” or “the idea that you can use a little money to access a lot of money,” stating that this is exactly what the Gates Foundation is doing2:

Gates’ leveraged philanthropy model is a public-private partnership to improve the world, partly through targeted research support but principally through public advocacy and tax-free lobbying to influence government policy. The goal of these policies is often to explicitly support profitability for corporate investors, whose enterprises are seen by the Gates Foundation as advancing human good. However, maximum corporate profit and public good often clash when its projects are implemented.

Conflicts of Interest Rampant in Gates’ Charitable Work…

The featured article also highlights the many obvious conflicts of interest plaguing the Gates Foundation and its founder. As already mentioned, the Gates Foundation has partnered with Monsanto—a company that seeks to replace sustainable agricultural practices with its own patented genetically engineered seeds, which must be re-purchased each planting season.

The global agricultural “charity” work performed by these two is far from charitable; rather the end result will be a monopoly of the food supply and entire nations, as they effectively strip poor nations of their food sovereignty.

And of course, with his ‘interest’ in vaccines…

Another partner is GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)—the same company that just plead guilty in the largest health fraud case in US history. Through their partnership with the Gates Foundation, GSK “centrally controls enormous world funds for purchase, pricing, and delivery of vaccines for world public health,” the featured article states3.

Furthermore,

[T]he Foundation owns a profit-generating portfolio of stocks which would seem to work against the Foundation’s declared missions, such as the Latin American Coca-Cola FEMSA distributorship and five multinational oil giants operating in Nigeria,” the featured article reveals4. “These corporate investments, now moved to a blind trust whose trustees are Bill and Melinda Gates, are collaterally supported by the Foundation’s tax-free lobbying and advocacy activities.

The Gates Foundation website states,

OUR JOB IS TO GET RESULTS. WE KNOW THAT OUR RESULTS DEPEND ON THE QUALITY OF OUR PARTNERSHIPS.

They’re not kidding. It’s their expected ‘results’ which worry me.

Anyway, the article continues with The “Hidden” Media Influence of the Gates Foundation…

The Foundation also funds large media organizations like ABC and The Guardian, thereby influencing the health related stories that end up seeing the light of day. According to an article published last year in the Seattle Times5:

“To garner attention for the issues it cares about, the foundation has invested millions in training programs for journalists. It funds research on the most effective ways to craft media messages. Gates-backed think tanks turn out media fact sheets and newspaper opinion pieces. Magazines and scientific journals get Gates money to publish research and articles. Experts coached in Gates-funded programs write columns that appear in media outlets from The New York Times to The Huffington Post, while digital portals blur the line between journalism and spin.”

The efforts are part of what the foundation calls “advocacy and policy.” Over the past decade, Gates has devoted $1 billion to these programs, which now account for about a tenth of the giant philanthropy’s $3 billion-a-year spending.

“Training programmes” are now a common method of placing stooges into the mainstream media and other influential positions, for example, Common Purpose has a range of ‘Leadership Development Courses’ so they can infiltrate organisations and spread their Marxist ideas.

In a similar vein, Forum for the Future offers a Masters course in “Leadership for Sustainable Development”,

Highly regarded by employers, it has a 90% employment rate.

The ‘news’ is made by those who have been “trained” by ‘charities’ and tax-dodging trusts with vested interests in reshaping how the World works.

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Stoptober and Sober October

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I should have lived here and avoided Coronation Street…

Frank Davis has informed his readers that Stoptober (stopping smoking) has a new companion…

Another October, another Pat Nurse Octabber:

But Stoptober now has an ugly sister, Sober October.

Millions of people do have a serious drink problem in this country. My own family has suffered more than its fair share, including death – including almost my own death at least three times before finally being successfully detoxed getting on for seventeen years ago.

I’m sure MacMillan does an admirable job. It’s probably one of the few charities that genuinely deserves the name, but what does giving up drinking for a month have to do with them?

It won’t influence the problem drinkers at all – the ones at added risk from the cancers associated with excessive alcohol consumption. They’re probably too busy drinking to even hear about it.

Maybe if the initiative had come from Drinkaware – a ‘charity’ funded by the booze industry and supermarkets to encourage ‘responsible’ drinking. I’m sure they really want you to buy less booze. I’m almost certain that the shops can’t help constantly offering loss-leaders on cases of 24 bottles of beer. It’s just an addiction they have.

Can you imagine the Drinkaware ‘charity’ inviting you to stop buying their product for a month? So why MacMillan? It looks like another gimmick. It rhymes and it will rake in some money.

This handy (not) guide in The Telegraph on How to survive Stoptober and Sober October basically advises the participant to eat more, go the the gym and watch DVDs, although vaping is allowed, according to the writer. Most of my films are oldies, with actors like Humphrey Bogart, so they are filled from start to finish with smoking and drinking.

Alcoholism is a dreadful disease and Sober October will appeal only to those for whom drinking is not a major problem anyway. This seems too flippant to me. Just another play-along activity for ‘adults’ to get excited about. More infantilising. More marshalling the public. More money collected, albeit probably for a good cause for a change, which our huge tax burden should be covering.

When I lived in England, I tried for years to get help from the NHS for my alcohol dependency and received the most minimal of treatment. It took for me to move back in with my parents in Glasgow and to finally have a GP who cared and who got me a place at the detox centre which was full of admirably dedicated staff.

Recently, I had a look at the place on Google ‘street view’ and saw a sign at the entrance warning that the entire hospital is now a no-smoking zone. As we were expected to arrive in the morning, take lunch there and after a further wait finally get our detox medication, I imagine that the intake numbers will have dropped like a stone with a blanket smoking ban.

The cynic in me (you may have noticed him before!) says that it is another way the NHS is saving money. For another example, it gave up on proper hygiene many years ago.

As for seriously tackling the UK’s alcohol problem, I have never been able to think of a suitable solution myself. Television programmes, like soap operas soaked in alcohol, certainly don’t help. As I have also said before and I hate to admit it, but it’s true – I bought that first bottle of whisky for home consumption in the Autumn of 1987 due to being a big fan of Coronation Street at the time and inspired by Mike Baldwin coming home from an exasperating day at work and being comforted by his ‘Scotch’. It sounded like just the ticket to cheer myself up in the tiny bedsit I had inhabited for the previous two-and-a-half years. I had no inkling it would lead to a decade of dependency starting just a few months later.

During those ten years I found it almost impossible not to drink for one day never mind a whole month, although I did manage it twice. I thought I was cured and had a drink to be sociable and that was me back on it again for another few years.

Alcoholism is a disease particularly associated with more northerly climes. Had global warming actually not stopped in 1998, the situation might have been slightly better by now!

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Of Evolution and Global Government

Republican Presidential candidate Jon Hunstman

A tweet from Republican Presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman

I have been prompted to write about the march to global government by comments under a post on Anna Raccoon’s blog. Her post was basically about how the ‘caring’ social services, NHS, their solicitors, et al can come together and miss the very basic, simple and easily achievable objectives required, but totally fail to see them.

One commentator wrote about how the social workers he knows “all are totally convinced they know what’s best for their cases and are dismissive about family concerns” and that they are left wing and believe in manmade climate change.

This led to another comment saying, that “there is more evidence to support it [global warming] than there is for evolution or plate tectonics”.

Yet another comment includes this,

“…evolution is something humanity has been employing on domestic animals and pets for thousands of years,…” which is where I come in!

The breeding of dogs, for example, to produce larger, smaller, friendlier, etc. varieties always results in a LOSS of genetic information – the opposite of what is needed for the ‘Theory’ of Evolution to work. It’s a Theory for which there is no real evidence.

As Richard Dawkins has admitted (not intending to be humorous), “Evolution has been observed. It’s just that it hasn’t been observed while it’s happening.”

He means the *Theory* of course, but the word “evolution” is unfortunately interchangeable to mean either the Theory or the observable change in organisms by genetic mutations, hence the confusion. Like he lumps all ‘religions’ together to imply that ‘religion’ per se causes people to plant bombs and it foments bigotry, etc. I don’t remember him admitting that atheist evolutionist leaders ordered the deaths of 100 million people in the past century.

But evolution theory greatly helps with the Godless socialist global government being set up. As Lenin said, “Our programme necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.”

Nowadays it goes even further – the spiritual hole must be replaced – with atheism (admitted by certain evolutionists to be a religion) and worship of the creation rather than the Creator, hence the rise in environmentalism. We know that global temperatures haven’t risen in some sixteen years. It’s clear that the ‘climate change’ charade is to make global laws and impose global taxation and by definition that’s us with global government.

The globalisation of the political system has been going on in many different ways, such as:

“The Codex Alimentarius Commission, established by FAO and WHO in 1963 develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade. The Commission also promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.”

This was used by the EU to limit availability of many over-the-counter natural remedies and vitamins. Brock Chisholm, a eugenicist and internationalist, was the first Director General of the World Health Organisation.

This notion that nation-states are the cause of war is now a modern orthodoxy, routinely trotted out as a justification for the EU into which European states are to be dissolved, after being ‘bought through guile’, and bound by treaties of cooperation such as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Chisholm was also an advocate of world government, saying:

“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.”

He seems to have been perfectly happy to tear up more or less everything. He regarded man’s worst enemy as man himself.

So of course ‘climate change’ may be happening as it always has occurred – naturally – or man may have a limited contribution, but what the Greenies don’t seem to know is that while we lose our industry in the West, the Far East gains it and these countries have scant regard for the environment and they are not regulated like the West is.

Also, to bring the goods to the West, “15 of the world’s biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world’s 760m cars.” (as of 2009)

Even if greenhouse gases were a problem, environmental regulations are making it worse. But then, the Commies don’t care because they only want to ‘save the planet’ from capitalism and freedom.

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A Message for Alex Salmond

(For “company” sing “SNP”.)

I’m part of the Union for the time being. The end credits are in German to remind us that we are still part of that other Union – one which most people really don’t want to be in, but we never get a referendum.

So, now we can all relax north of the border. Everything will be just fine, like all the ‘No’ literature said. Pensions are safe [like they could be any lower]. Schools are safe [indoctrination is safe]. The pound is safe [snigger]. The NHS is safe [raucous laughter].

Together, we can once again make a quarter of the globe pink. Actually, the UK Government has been helping to make the whole world pink.

When I say I’m “part of the Union” it’s because there was no choice this time. A perpetually socialist Scotland, currently led by a chubby tinpot dictator who routinely ignores the wishes of the people, wants ruled from Brussels and seems to have a bigger fetish for unlimited immigration than Blair meant there was no choice.

Not that the UK run by traitors and dictated to by the EU and UN is anything to get excited about either, but it gives us the chance to defeat the tyranny together. Maybe, in the future, when the World is a safer place (e.g. when the European Union and Council of Europe have collapsed under the weight of their own legislation, deceit and fraud) Scottish people, myself included, might find that the time is right for the constituent parts of the UK to become truly independent, but to keep a Union alive by way of a ‘special relationship’.

Long before that happens, I may be departing the UK. Plans are being drawn for various options for MY future and one of those is to leave the double tyranny of Salmond’s Scotland and the LibLabCon’s UK to move overseas.

If so many Scots want to be nannied to death by socialist governments, why don’t they start interviewing the various contenders for a Scottish monarch: members of the House of Stuart, like the Duchess of Alba? At least that way, we might get benevolent kings and queens who actually care, like a real nanny, unlike the Marxist-Leninist ‘nanny’ whose ‘care’ and ‘concern’ are only Trojan horses to fill our lives with control and fear.

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Scottish ‘Independence’ or The EU Knighted Kingdom?

Modified Union Flag without the blue of ScotlandUnless you have spent the past couple of years in Fingal’s Cave, you will know that today could herald the beginning of the end of over 300 years of this United Kingdom and make Alex Salmond an unlikely modern-day William Wallace. For a short time.

Or we will remain as the full United Kingdom (less most of Ireland, which left nearly a century ago). The leaders of the LibLabCon Party have all been in Scotland recently to campaign for a ‘No’ vote. Suddenly they care about us. Or do they?

Personally, I believe that devolution was intended to produce a total break-up of the UK to weaken this (once) beacon of hope anchored just offshore from a continent which has produced quite a few individuals who were determined to control as much of it as possible through warfare.

It’s different this time only in that the empire-builders are using their brains rather than their (armed forces’) brawn. They have used schools and ‘entertainment’ to dumb down the past couple of generations; mass immigration to dilute patriotism and to divide and conquer; their friends in the media to instill fear into acceptance and appreciation of the EU.

I more-or-less got to the nub of the issue (in my view) in my previous post:

Scotland is a very rich country, but ‘independence’ would leave us (more) impoverished under the yoke of incompetent and compromised politicians and weighed down by the EU ball and chain.

‘Independence’, as I have argued all along, is direct rule from Brussels cutting out the Westminster middlemen. Between the EU and the SNP in particular, I can envisage Scotland becoming the model police state for the World.

So can Leg-iron, who is writing a dystopic novel,

Since I decided on Scotland for Panoptica, the story is flying.

What does ‘independence’ mean when we are largely ruled by outsiders, politically, and much of what is inside Scotland is owned by people outside Scotland.

For example, Scotland is famous for alcohol. Production and over-consumption. But few of ‘our’ major companies appear to be Scottish-owned. Of about eight alcoholic drinks/companies I explored, all were owned by non-Scots, from island malts to ‘our’ two biggest brewers. Scottish Power is owned by the Spanish. The Bank of Scotland is owned by Lloyds as is Scottish Widows. Scotland’s three top-selling ‘newspapers’ are owned by the Sun and Mirror. Every major town centre comprises roughly the same shops owned by transnational corporations. And so on. Much of our land is foreign-owned:

HALF of Scotland is owned by just 500 people, few of whom are actually Scots.

Dick Puddlecote wrote about a Telegraph piece by Chris Snowdon: Whose child is it anyway? about a school in Yorkshire where packed lunches have been banned and concerning the head teacher’s use of the term “our children”,

She uses the term to imply ownership by her institution, perhaps even by the nation.

Here in Scotland, “Our children and grandchildren” is a popular phrase right now.

The ‘No’ camp says that “Our children and grandchildren will be better off if we stay in the Union”.

The ‘Yes’ camp insists that “Our children’s and grandchildren’s future will be more secure when we are free to make our own choices”, etc., etc.

So, these are ‘Scotland’s children’. The SNP ‘government’ is rolling out GIRFEC (Getting it right for every child), which means that every Scottish child will have a “Named Person” as a state nanny throughout their entire childhood; the person depends at what stage in life the child is at, but they will be free to share personal information about the child with other ‘agencies’ without approval from the parents.

Clearly, up here, “our children” and all future children are considered property of the state.

This is happening with or without indepretendence.

Anna Raccoon sheds some interesting light on what could happen if we really do get indepretendence. She starts off whimsically,

For a start, ‘freed from Westminster rule’ – you’ll get 59 belligerent Westminster MPs dumped back on you – and you’ll have to feed and house them. They’re a fiendishly expensive hobby, used to lavish expenses, and some of them have proved none too honest; we shan’t be contributing to their board and keep any longer – personally, we’ll be glad to see the back of them.

She then agrees with me and quite a number of ‘Yes’ men and women,

I don’t quite understand how ‘independence’ and ‘freed from Westminster rule’ equates with your desire to join the EU and live under the yoke of Brussels.

The former Commission President, Jacques Delors, predicted in July 1988 that within ten years 80% of economic legislation, and perhaps also fiscal and social legislation, would be of EC/EU origin.

At present it’s about 50%. So you’ll only be half free…but if that’s what you want, you’re welcome.

She also mentions that the UK skipped out of the Schengen agreement, but Scotland won’t be able to,

…but when Gretna Green is chock full of returning Syrian jihadists terrorising the neighbourhood, waiting to thump some Weeggie lorry driver over the head in order to have a chance of getting over the border into the UK – and you pull into a newly ‘independent Scottish’ petrol station near the border at midnight and find the pavement covered in sleeping figures in djellabas hidden under a mountain of old rags…wha’d’you mean it won’t happen?

Free movement in Europe and all that, my wee Jock pal, the only reason we concentrate our efforts on the English channel is because that is currently the favoured place of illegal entry – once the word gets out in Bamako that you can ‘just stroll into the UK’ from those beautiful heather covered mountains up in Scotland, and there is nothing stopping you travelling to Scotland…

Salmond wants lots and lots of immigration, which makes you wonder what he thinks is so wrong with Scotland being full of Scots. Sounds like he doesn’t actually like his fellow countrymen and women and their “children and grandchildren” very much.

Or is he another globalist puppet like Cameron, Blair et al intent on delivering global governance? Does the sun rise in the east every morning?

I believe he is a traitor, just like all recent UK Prime Ministers and many of their ministers and civil servants.

Leg-iron made an interesting point that now is maybe not the right time for Scottish independence, but maybe in the fairly near future. I’m sure we’ll have another chance if what the globalists want is a disunited kingdom, like the Irish had a second chance to vote for the Lisbon Treaty after voting the ‘wrong’ way the first time.

But what of a ‘No’ vote. What’s to become of this EU Knighted Kingdom, already weakened through decades of subversion, job-destroying legislation and policies designed to deliberately plunge us deeply into debt?

Unless UKIP can get into government and do what they have promised, the UK is guaranteed to go the same way as a perpetually socialist Scotland, governed out of Brussels and Geneva and signatories to every dodgy ‘legally-binding’  international environmental agreement, further destroying our industry and power supplies and every ‘human rights’ manifesto, further robbing us of basic freedoms to accommodate the whims of the latest Chosen Group.

As far as I can see, with the world a more dangerous place than I can remember, even at the height of the Cold War, the UK is becoming ever more divided, debt-ridden, demoralised and ripe for a take-over.

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As New Poll Puts ‘Yes’ Camp Ahead, Do Scots Know What is at Stake?

Alex Salmond leading pollsI haven’t written very much at all about the Scottish ‘independence’ referendum, because, like Frank Davis, I assumed that the ‘No’ votes would overwhelm the ‘Yes’, but…

Shock Poll: ‘Yes’ Camp Takes Lead in Scottish Independence Referendum.

After the undecideds have been removed from the equation, the YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, gives the yes campaign a lead of 51 percent to 49.

A ‘Yes’ vote would be just as planned. To break up the UK would be a serious victory for the global strategists in these times of coercing every country to abide by the same rules. Of course, at Westminster, they’ve been generally complying anyway, but with UKIP’s rise there’s at least the hope now that the damage can be reversed.

Not for an ‘independent’ Scotland, though. We have a very rich country here which could easily thrive with ‘normal’ people running things, but socialists (globalist puppets) would always be in charge and they subjugate and impoverish people.

We already know that the SNP ignores us (overturning wind farm planning permission refusals; ignoring their consultation on same-sex ‘marriage’) and wants to control us tightly, like the ‘named person’ for every child and the 50p per unit minimum price of alcohol.

They are also the ultimate watermelons: they propose that Scotland will be 100% powered by renewables by 2020. I’m sure they will participate fully in Agenda 21, if the decision to allow a eugenicist conference in the Scottish Parliament is anything to go by,

The radical group [Optimum Population Trust - now known as Population Matters] is urging First Minister Alex Salmond to launch a Government campaign to curb family size, using the slogan “two’s plenty”.

OPT is calling for Scotland’s population to be cut by a quarter.

I believe that they are likely to give in to such ideas – even a one-child policy. We know that Salmond would like half the World to live here, hence anyone from the EU, apart from England, Wales and N. Ireland, can already study here free. Scotland would soon become unrecognisable. Limiting family size would help his plans for mass immigration – indeed, it would be necessary to bring in younger people from abroad to do the work to pay the taxes to support the retired.

Scotland doesn’t have the same quality of dissenting voices as England does. I expect with indepretendence we would be up to our necks with socialism from alternate SNP and Labour governments obeying every command from the leftist EU, Council of Europe, UN agencies, climate change conferences, etc.

Scotland could be rich, like Norway and Switzerland, but I’m sure we would end up like an impoverished Soviet satellite state. I think it’s the wrong time and definitely the wrong people who will be ‘leading’ us.

The Darien scheme and much more recently, New Labour’s ‘Scottish Mafia’, show that we just haven’t had sufficiently intelligent people involved in politics in Scotland for centuries. If that ever changes and genuine independence is on offer then – and only then – would it be worth considering.

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Shared Information: What’s Its Real Purpose?

Police want greater access to our medical records (and ‘other information’), as discovered by JuliaM. The Guardian reports,

Police want new and expanded rights to access medical records and other confidential data without an individual’s consent, a senior police chief has told the Guardian. Sir Peter Fahy, the Greater Manchester chief constable, said the extra access to sensitive data was needed to help police cope with growing numbers of vulnerable people.

Citing the usual care-and-concern-for-the-citizen line we have come to rely on as the excuse to trample over our rights.

Even the British Medical Association is against it as it breaches confidentiality and trust. As Julia writes,

…you know you’re on the wrong path when the BMA are saying ‘Woah there! That’s a bit too strong!’, don’t you?

If the ‘system’ was trustworthy, it might be a good idea, but unscrupulous officers could do a lot of damage with such information.

If someone is mentally ill, it is easier to pin a crime on them if the police are under pressure and the real perpetrator cannot be found?

That’s what happened to Barry George, who was found guilty of the murder of Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando.

But even before the case got to court there were concerns that the police, under immense pressure to catch Miss Dando’s killer, had been so desperate to secure a conviction that they had fallen into the trap of making the facts fit into their hypothesis, rather than forming a hypothesis based on the facts.

Whereas, previously:

He was immediately ruled out as a suspect, because police were certain the killer was a professional hitman hired by a jealous former boyfriend or gangster with a grudge against Crimewatch.

More recently, of course, it has been suggested that she was about to blow the lid off a BBC paedophile ring.

Mr George spent eight years in prison before finally being released for wrongful conviction. He was refused compensation ‘for not being innocent enough’!

I am also reminded of ‘social misfit’ Stefan Kiszko, who was jailed for sixteen years for a crime he could not have committed and sadly died the year after his release.

There have been calls for the past few years to make climate change ‘denial’ a mental illness.

In the future, anything could be reclassified as a mental disorder and people locked away, as happened in the Soviet Union to political dissidents. Access to medical records and ‘other information’ will only aid in that process of political persecution, which is almost certain to happen the way things are going.

Knowledge is power, so why do they really want to know our medical history? Why does the Government really want every one of our telephone calls recorded and emails and visited website URLs stored? Why has the Scottish Government really initiated the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill which means that all Scottish children are given a “named person” as a sort of State guardian and information can be shared?

I have to shake my head at these privacy laws (the ones designed for us, not them). I have to abide by privacy legislation as a retailer and am obliged to have a company policy on it.

Obsession with privacy has become so ridiculous that people who work for the government are scared to tell you anything.

For example, until recently, a friend used to go to the same church as I used to, where half of the members work for the NHS. After the service, people congregate for up to three-quarters of an hour (or more) chatting over tea and biscuits (I’m sure that’s the main reason a fair proportion attend).

My friend asked a fellow church member, who is a physiotherapist, about how another church member was getting on. She replied that privacy laws meant that she wasn’t allowed to discuss the matter. A friendlier response, even if it had been a refusal to give details, might have been more appropriate.

Maybe we’ll have to start issuing freedom of information requests to our friends!

Even crazier was when the same friend went to the surgery so he could collect a patient friend to drive her home. He asked at reception if she was out of the doctor’s yet, to be told, “I’m not allowed to give you that information”.

Yet they want to know all about our lifestyles, so they can nanny us. A few years ago I decided to refuse to cooperate.

Maybe it’s not only to nanny us (shepherd us in the direction in which they want us to go). When you register at a new practice and they ask if you smoke and drink and if so, how much, maybe it’s to deny us treatment in the future, because it is clear that the money is not there to sustain the NHS, even in its current state of disrepair, for much longer.

Today, Frank Davis has a post about a department of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, “If You Don’t Quit, We Won’t Operate?

Similar reports have been around for a few years now, yet in 1999, Gordon Brown as Chancellor of the Exchequer decided,

SMOKERS WILL start contributing directly to their own healthcare through an NHS tobacco tax….

Smokers are surely legally entitled to treatment or they have been defrauded?

As an aside, Breitbart took up the Scotsman’s story and added,

Despite the best endeavours of the anti smoking lobby, what is little known is that the only objective research done into the lifetime costs of treating smokers compared to other lifestyles was completed in 2008 by the Dutch Health Ministry.

The results calculated by actuaries found the lifetime cost from the age of twenty was the following:

Healthy: €281,000

Obese: €250,000

Smokers: €220,000

Yes, smokes (sic) are 22 percent cheaper to treat throughout their lifetime, mainly from premature mortality.

That’s not to mention the extra huge savings in pensions and care home costs for all the smokers who allegedly croak from a “smoking-related illness”.

But as is perfectly clear, the anti-smoking agenda has nothing to do with health, just as I am sure that the data-sharing schemes are not for our benefit.

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Salmond vs Darling: the Debate on Scottish ‘Independence’

Two dangerous politicians and a Ponsonby at this week's debate

Two dangerous politicians and a Ponsonby at this week’s ‘independence’ debate on Scottish Television.

Subrosa alerted me to the STV debate the other day between these leaders of the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns of the Scottish ‘Independence’ referendum which is taking place in six weeks’ time.

Approaching a decade since I bought a television licence, I couldn’t watch it live, but I managed to listen to it today online while working. I’m delighted I wasn’t sat in front of the telly for two hours, including adverts, because we didn’t learn much, if anything.

Subrosa reckons that, from the twenty minutes she watched, Alex Salmond’s performance was flat, while,

Alistair Darling appeared to be his usual self –  just managing to stay slightly above the ‘boring’ threshold.

I don’t know about that. The whole programme seemed designed to tell us next to nothing thanks to the chairman, Bernard Ponsonby’s, questioning, the audience’s participation and the two protagonists obsessed with the same narrow range of topics with both repeatedly refusing to answer simple questions.

I wouldn’t trust either of them to run a secondhand clothing stall at a jumble sale never mind a country.

I took notes, but very little was noteworthy. Alex Salmond said that if Scots voted for independence there would be the “certainty of democracy”. Considering that in his crusade to carpet Scotland with giant wind turbines, his regime has overruled local councils many times, reversing their decisions to deny more wind farms. And nearly two-thirds of respondents to his fake consultation on same-sex ‘marriage’ said, ‘No thanks’, but he’s decided it’s going ahead anyway. In fact the SNP had broadcast their intent before the consultation was even issued.

This is Alex Salmond’s idea of ‘democracy’.

One of Alistair Darling’s ‘concerns’ was about Scotland’s ageing population and our ability to pay a decent pension (he knows what that’s like having been the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer), but as Salmond said, a properly managed Scotland with more opportunities would persuade the 37,000 young Scots who leave annually to stay here. Encouraging Scots to have more children is required and it is well known that Salmond wants boatloads of immigrants arriving on our shores, so it needn’t be a permanent issue.

Not that I believe for a nanosecond that he and his comrades are anything like the sort of people we need to manage the country.

Apparently, Scotland has a larger proportion of pensioners than the rest of the UK, presumably because older English people sell their homes and buy something similar in a nice area up here for half the price and so release a large amount of money to help them enjoy their retirement.

I would have said that Salmond had the upper hand had it not been for a certain question asked by Darling over and over and also by some members of the audience – about Scotland’s currency should we be denied the use of the pound sterling.

Salmond insisted that he had Plans B, C, D and E, but no amount of pressure seemed to get answers to what these were. He blethered away continuously that the pound would be best for Scotland and the rest of the UK.

If you ask me, all he had to say was that most countries in the World, many much smaller than Scotland, have their own currencies. Next question, please!

His constant evasion was embarrassing and Darling was like a dog with the juiciest bone he had ever seen and couldn’t let go. In fact almost the entire time he had to question Salmond himself was devoted to what our currency would be. To no avail, but in wasting so much time when there are so many other questions that need answers to he made Salmond look totally clueless.

Salmond had his moment of firing the same unanswered question too, even comparing it to Paxman’s famous interrogation of Michael Howard. “Did you threaten to overrule him?

He continually asked Darling if he agreed with David Cameron that Scotland could be a successful independent country like other small European countries. He skated around the issue like Torvill and Dean. Politicians expect us to listen to them for two hours and cannot give a straight answer to a straightforward question.

They really do behave appallingly, yet they have great power over us, insisting that we behave and even think exactly according to their twisted worldview. They steal nearly half of our money in taxes and have already thieved a great many freedoms from us and they have the gall to whine away about ‘democracy’ all the time, as if a cross on a ballot paper is going to make a whit of difference, unless maybe a party like UKIP gets more votes than all the other parties combined.

At one point, Mr Ponsonby asks if the sovereignty of the people is a fiction.

Alistair Darling,

Of course I believe in the sovereignty of the people.

Says he who was a big part in the New Labour social re-engineering experiment, which meant almost ignoring completely the will and best interests of the people of the United Kingdom. According to Wikipedia,

Darling was one of only three people to have served in the Cabinet continuously from Labour’s victory in 1997 until its defeat in 2010 (the others being Gordon Brown and Jack Straw).

In his closing statement, Salmond had three points to make.

Number 1 was that the party we vote most for north of the border will always end up in government. At least half the time since he has been voting, he concluded, we did not end up with a government that Scots wanted (in other words, Tory governments).

Number 2 was that a prosperous economy would produce a just society. He didn’t explain how our windmill-powered future and (even more) extortionate prices for electricity would help facilitate this. Or what constitutes a ‘just society’.

Number 3 was that Scots will always be best at running Scotland.

Now that is pithy. Considering (like the Scottish Executive/Parliament) we are bound to have consecutive Labour and SNP governments running ruining Scotland. Salmond has proven himself to be somewhat of a dictator with a fixation for anything environmental and politically correct and Labour’s “Scottish Mafia” made a complete hash of trying to run the UK.

Which is a real shame because Scotland really is very well-endowed with mineral wealth, fisheries, forestry, agricultural land, financial services and large tourist numbers, but I’m afraid that with both Salmond and Darling pledging allegiance to Brussels and their parties and governments having a history of subverting and destroying their country and obliterating freedoms, neither an ‘independent’ Scotland run from Brussels/Geneva nor an EU/UN-controlled United Kingdom appeals to me.

What will I do with my vote?

Vote for the lesser of two evils? Sorry, but I wised up to that silly game years ago and anyway, I don’t know which qualifies for the title. I may not vote in this sham. It only encourages them.

I’ll leave the last words to Paul Simon and some lyrics from “Mrs Robinson”:

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon.
Going to the candidates’ debate.
Laugh about it, shout about it,
When you’ve got to choose.
Every way you look at this you lose.

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