Thursday, October 7, 2010

#bbcqt live chat 8/10/10

Tonight on Question time David Dimbleby is joined in Birmingham by Baroness Warsi, Charles Clarke(Sorry, had to be done), Susan Kramer, Max Mosley and Rageh Omaar

Join us below from 10:30.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

#BBCQT Live Chat - 30 September 2010

Tonight's panellists are:
Grant Shapps MP for Welwyn Hatfield
Simon Hughes MP for Southwark and Bermonsey, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems
Diane Abbott @DianeforLeader MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
David Starkey Historian and TV presenter
Brian Cox Actor specialising in bad guys (assuming it's that Brian Cox - they did tweet "actor Brian Cox")

Join us from 10.30.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Plaid lend their dodgy dictionary to their Labour coalition partners

Spare a thought for poor Edwina Hart, Health Minister in the Welsh Assembly.

Not only are her coalition partners unhappy with her performance - Wrecsam Plaid noting that:
There is increasing concern across Wales about the inefficiencies and waste within NHS Wales, it's seven Health Boards and their multi billion pound budgets. The concern also extends to a perceived lack of accountability of a dictatorial Minister of Health and an inability to scrutinise and challenge decisions of Health Boards on a local level because there are no elected members on the Health Boards. 
but it seems that she has a bit of a blind spot where unfavourable reports are concerned.

Having stated quite clearly (on 30 March) that
'The McKinsey commission has resulted in a process not a publication and therefore there is no formal document for scrutiny'
and on 15 June
'there is no McKinsey report'
it turns out that not only is there a McKinsey report but it makes a number of criticisms of the way the NHS in Wales has been run. 
Strategies are 'financially unaffordable', lack accountability' and there is 'a lack of capacity to deliver them.'
The report also states that " strategic objectives are too numerous and not prioritised, so none or the wrong ones are implemented."
Oh, and Kirsty Williams, the Leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, has got hold of a copy.  Believe it or not she is not about to let it lie...

Kirsty has written to the First Minister making a complaint that Edwina Hart has broken the Ministerial Code, specifically
It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to the Assembly, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Ministers who knowingly mislead the Assembly will be expected to offer their resignation to the First Minister;
Ministers should be as open as possible with the Assembly and the public, refusing to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest
A direct denial that the report exists would appear to be fairly inaccurate information.  Given that Edwina Hart commissioned the report it seems unlikely that she was unaware of it.  This suggests that she did "knowingly mislead the Assembly".

A slightly odd rule in the Assembly is that the First Minister is responsible for determining whether one of his Ministers broke the code.  I'm sure that Carwyn Jones (or indeed future First Ministers) won't let the fact that it is his Health Minister that is being accused influence his decision at all.  This rule needs to change.  A decision like this should be taken by someone impartial.

BBC Question Time Live Chat 23 September 2010 #bbcqt

It's almost that time of the week when otherwise sane people actually choose to watch politicians and low ranking celebrities argue.

This week it's being recorded in Liverpool, scene of the recent Lib Dem conference..

On the panel this week are:
Vince Cable @vincecable MP for Twickenham, Business Secretary, ballroom dancer extraordinaire, sage of Yoda-like renown and national treasure
Caroline Flint MP for Don Valley
John Redwood@johnredwood MP for Wokingham, Vulcan

Ian Hislop Editor of Private Eye
Mehdi Hasan (@ns_mehdihasan) Senior Editor (Politics) at the New Statesman magazine

Having Ian Hislop and Mehdi Hasan together on the panel should be interesting...

Join us from 10.30pm

Thursday, September 16, 2010

#BBCQT Live Chat - 16 September 2010

Since that slacker Mark has hung up his keyboard I thought I'd give it a go.  Live chat for Question Time, (nearly) all welcome.

It's the Labour leadership contenders this week.  Hmm. The chat will start at 10.30.

Andy Burnham
Diane Abbott
David Miliband (Did they go out of their way to find a profile pic that unflattering?)
Ed Balls
Ed Miliband

Depending on how well tonight goes, this could become a regular feature.

Edit: Ah, Dazmando has beaten me to it. Go to his one instead tonight. I'll start next week.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How superstitions are born

My son has a cold. It's not too bad during the day, but at night he has been waking up coughing. The coughing is caused (delightfully) by gunk building up at the back of his throat. He's got an extra pillow to prop him up a bit, but sometimes it's not enough.

To clear the unpleasantness is simple - sit up for a bit.

On his wall are some pictures he and his brother drew a while back.  He was coughing, so he sat up and looked at them for a bit. The coughing stopped. The cure was obviously...looking at the pictures.

He's going to be a homepath isn't he?