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We’re All In (sh)It Together

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This is becoming something of a series. Maybe because of my good fortune in finding reasonably well paid employment, thus being able to get out and about more; maybe because things are getting worse and worse for the less fortunate.

Today, walking into town I met a neighbour. He’s 80 if he’s a day. I’ll never forget when my kids were young, coming from school if we ever met him he always had a pound each for them to buy sweets. He was by no means impoverished, but his story touches- if it doesn’t, you must be dead and nobody told you.

His first comments were my circumstances; how’s things, you alright? When I explained about my good fortune in finding reasonably well paid employment, his face fairly lit up. If ever a man was a socialist without knowing it, he’s the man.

The conversation then continued to his situation, which cannot by any stretch of the imagination be described as good fortune.

He explained his poor eyesight, age related, his deafness, age related and said there were operations he could have to improve, if not correct both.

His choices were, wait ‘til next year and we can do them- or pay £2,500 and have them done tomorrow.

My immediate rhetorical question was “by the same surgeon, in the same hospital using the same equipment?”

You know the answer to that one!

So this man, after a lifetime’s work, consequently a lifetime’s contributions now has a choice of pay again or wait.

We’re all in it together. Especially if you’re in the shit.


Written by Smiling Carcass

21/12/2013 at 10:22 PM

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  1. Bloody disgusting! The man has given most of his life working, thought he’d be looked after in his old age and wham! When he needs anything, and he’s never really asked for anything before, he’s told to wait or to pay.
    The UK shouldn’t be like this, HIS UK shouldn’t be like this and he should be operated on tomorrow without having to pay a penny!
    Send him my best as the oldies are the ones that have seen worse than this and have survived, they are the ones that I admire.


    21/12/2013 at 10:57 PM

    • I am grateful, as always and completely in agreement with your comments, Jay.

      I cannot easily in words express the timbre of the conversation, but much like my dad was, he is old school and accepts his lot as the necessities of (a capitalist) society. Bull poo!

      My understanding of the ideal of the NHS, and I will be happy to be corrected, is that surgeons and doctors were against the nationalisation of the health service, such as it was before Bevan. As a (successful) incentive to be on board, Bevan agreed to allow them to continue in private practice, in their own time using NHS equipment when it was not in use by the NHS.

      Now, if an NHS patient requires treatment, and there is a waiting list, how, in the name of all that is holy, does a surgeon or doctor have free time and NHS equipment become available? It stinks, stinks, stinks and stinks again. It is the one flaw in Bevan’s otherwise excellent plan, though my with my appreciative criticism of this fault I acknowledge that without it, the success of the welfare state may have been delayed, if not thwarted.

      I still believe Bevan should have held out against the elitists and insisted if you do not work for the people, you do not work, end of.

      Impractical, perhaps, unattainable, maybe but right; Oh, yes, in my heart, yes.

      Smiling Carcass

      22/12/2013 at 12:42 AM

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