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Patronising Git
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It’s pretty obvious from previous posts that I have lost faith in the so called Labour party in this country.  I’m sure that there are a few sincere backbenchers, but I can’t think of a single member of the cabinet for whom I have the slightest respect.  Hilary Benn is not one of the worst, but he is definitely a patronising git.




At a lecture at St Thomas’s hospital last week he came out with the most inane drivel about climate change.  What annoyed me most about this garbage was his patronising reference to Florence Nightingale, which would have intensely annoyed any nurses in the audience (but of course there would not have been any in the audience, as they are not important enough): ‘If all of us follow the modest yet determined example of Florence Nightingale…’


I don’t think that anyone would dispute that Florence Nightingale was determined.  Where I take issue with this is the downplaying of her achievements, which were not modest.  We could well do with someone of this ilk today, because the NHS is in a thoroughly dilapidated state.  Contrary to what Rt Hon Benn claimed, St Thomas’s is not a great hospital, but rather it is very poor.  I have been there on numerous occasions over the past few years, and  the after a while it became clear that patients (or rather clients as we are now referred to) are an irritation to be treated with disdain, rather than individuals to be treated with respect.  Unless of course one is able to go private, which fortunately I now can.


As for setting up a climate change hotline – now that definitely is modest!