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Monday, 10 May 2021

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE - THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS

 THE QUESTIONS OF SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE


1 - The Government should throw down the gauntlet to the SNP by setting out the costs and ramifications of independence. Here are a few examples...


2 - How much is the share of the National Debt for Scotland ?


3 - What is the amount of income from the Westminster Government in subsidies would Scotland lose ?


4 - What is the cost of Defence for Scotland ?


5 - If Scotland joined the EU, what are the problems of border controls ?


6 - How dangerous would Scotland be to the security of England ?


7 - Who owns the railways and trains linking England and Scotland ?


8 - How would independence impact on Inward Investment ?


9 - Would Scotland be able to afford subsidies to attract Inward Investment ?


10 - What might be the impact on Employment ?


11 - Since Scotland already has a devolved Parliament, what extra benefits would Scotland gain from a Independence ?


12 - How many jobs would be lost in removal of British Military bases ?


13 - At present NHS and Education is not performing to high standards. What is the cost of rectifying these functions ?


14 - Would a Scottish currency be strong in the International Finance Markets ?


15 - Would Scottish Credit Rating allow borrowings at a low interest rate ?


16 - Who owns the Oil Pipelines, Oil Rigs and Oil Revenues ?


17 - What share of Oil Revenues would Scotland be entitled to ?


ADVICE


STOP EMPHASIS ON LEGALITIES OF SCOTTISH VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE AND CONFRONT THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE WITH THE REALITIES OF SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE.


THEY MAY BE IN FOR A BIG SURPRISE !




Sunday, 25 April 2021

THE NHS - THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE HOPELESS

 RADICAL CHANGE IS NEEDED FOR THE SUPPLY AND TRAINING OF NEW DOCTORS AND NURSES FOR THE FUTURE NHS


Britain needs more Home Grown Doctors and Nurses for the future

The present system needs radical changes and I present some radical ideas about solving the recruitment problems.


THE CHANGES


Stage One MD Degree

Two Years A level courses become Stage One of the MD Degree.

Students study the basics of Biology, Key illnesses, Pharmacy, Anatomy.

The demand for three A level grades to enter Medical School is dropped. In place are Phycological testing and Emotional Testing. Henley Business School are experts in these fields and should be consulted.


Stage 2 MD Degree

Existing Centres of Excellence Medical Schools should wherever possible be enlarged. Virtual lectures extended.

Year 2 concentrates of Causes and Remedies of illnesses. Early signs and Spread of Infections.


Stage 3 MD Degree

One Year spent in a General Practice surgery helping the Doctor by observation and routine tasks such as injections, blood tests, dressings.


Stage 4 MD Degree

One Year spent in a Hospital under supervisions.

Assisting with basic medical duties such as – Monitoring Patients, Drips, Supply of medication under supervision.

Emphasis on Medical Specialisms selected by the Student Doctor.

Practical Examination on General Practice and Hospital Practice.


COMMENTS


Reduce the number of years for MD Degree and Nursing Degree

Reduce emphasis on Exam grades at A Level

Reduce the costs to the Students

Speed up supply of Doctors and Nurses

Nurses Degree reduces to A Levels + 2 years training in hospitals.

THE NHS – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HOPELESS


Some of the problems


There is no doubt that since the beginning of the Global Covid 19 Pandemic - The staff of the NHS have performed admirably in every respect amidst enormous pressures almost to breaking point.

I slalute every one of them. However, do not let their brilliant efforts hide the fact that in many instances the NHSas an Organisation including Hospitals, Doctors Surgeries, IT systems, Procurement, Logisitics, Administration, Recruitment and Training is…..Bad if not Hopeless. Too many Executives eaerning 6 figure salaries and generous pensions without performing to justify their incomes. Too many high paid Civil Servants that do not understand the workings of Healthcare. Too lack of emphasisi on Preventative Care instead of costly and time consuming Remedial Care. ( My Paper 2016 – Strategy for the NHS. )


Let us start with A & E or Minor Injuries. Today, my Wife fell in the garden. Shee gashed her leg badly. A neighbour who is a a Healthcare worker advised that she should go to the Minor Injuries Clinic at the local Hospital.

When my Wife arrived at  the Minor Injuries clinic, she was told that she could not enter because it was by appointment only.

She should have rung 111. After objecting to this because her leg was bleeding, the Receptionist let her in.

She informed my wife that she would have to wait 4.5 hours before she could be seen by a Nurse or Doctor.

The Reseptionist tells people without an appointment tha tthey have to make a 90 minutes round trip to A & E at Stole Mandeville Hospital or a 60 minutes round trip to a hospital neart Slough.

Such is the Ethos of Patient Care today at Wycombe Hospital.

If it is shortage of Staff - reread Part One of my article.


Now. Take a look at what is going on in our Surgeries.

I visitred ny Doctor recenetly and the Docto asked me to make an appointment to have a Blood Test and a routine B12 injection.

I asked the Receptionist if she would book me an appointment.

No she said. We have a new system. You must book an appointment on our website. OK I said.

When I logged into the website I was asked a number of non relevant  questions. No where could I book an appointment or a B12 injection. I completed an enquiry form.

The next day I received a telephone call from the Surgery.

The Receptonist said – We have a new system. We will book your next blood test on the date of your birthday. I said That is in November. My Doctor want a blood test soon.

The Receptionist said – Perhaps your Doctor has not caughtup yet with the new system. 

This is Bonkers !!


These are just two simple examples of poor Customer Patient Service.


Now, add the Millions of lost hours for dealing with Cancer, Hip Replacements, Knee Replacements, Heart Conditions and so on.

Waiting times in some cases 2 years .

Why is this ? The NHS answer – We have been coping with the Pandemic.

I say – What happened to your crisis contingency Strategy ?

The NHS Management had spent many hours on Planning for Emergencies. Why didi they not plan on a Worse Situation Solution to a Normal Emergency Solution.

Whtat would have happened if there was a Nuclear Bomb on London ? What if the Black Death returned to London and Manchester. I say it was lack of planning because the truth is – The NHS were totally unprepared – Lives were lost because of the NHS and The Government.


Now, if you try to telephone your local surgerg you may be holding on for, in my case for 25 minutes and the give up. Why ca't surgeries use Facetime, Microsoft Team and other Video links for Doctors to speak direct to a Patient ?


Another weakness in my view is – Recepionists who try to Triage you when you telephone.

They are not mefical practitioners. If a Patrient feels they are ill – the Receptionist should accept that the Patient feels ill.


What is the cure for the Problems facing the NHS ? My answer lies in the Supply and Training of Home grown Doctors and Nurses as I have outlines above.


WILL ANYONE LISTEN ?  NO - I DOUBT IT. THE GOVERNMENT WILL PREFER TO LISTEN TO HIGH PAID SPECIAL ADVISERS or lauch another review which will take 3 more years to report.

WE NEED ACTION NOW !


A RELOOK OF MY 2015 ARTICLE ABOUT THE NHS STRATEGY


THE FUTURE STRATEGY FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM - FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE

2016 - 2021


Creating a Healthy Lifestyle and Providing Universal Healthcare - The Challenge for the New Government 2015


The Post WW2 Concept of a National Healthcare Service From the Cradle to the Grave

was one of the greatest new Concepts ever in the World of Healthcare. Britain can stand proud for establishing this brave new service and the Labour Party can also feel proud for putting the Concept into practice.

Over the decades of my lifetime this Concept of Universal Healthcare free at the point of need has been continually eroded by Conservative Governments and Labour Governments.

The NHS has become a political football as the parties vie for Public support.


In 2015, let us be clear about certain facts -



The NHS is not free from the cradle to the grave and it is not entirely free at the point of need

Most people pay for Dental treatment.

Most people pay Prescription charges except in Scotland and Wales.

Many people are forced to pay for Private Hospital care and Private operations because the NHS waiting times are so long.

There has been too little priority given to Preventative Medicine within the NHS mandate forcing people to pay for services in the Private Sector - we do not have the Budget 

Care for the elderly within the NHS is totally inadequate and care within the Communities is very poor with low benchmarks for qualifications for Community funded care. So, most people in need lose out.

Most Elderly care is provided by the Private Sector at enormous cost to the individual- £30,000 - £50,000 per annum. The recent cap at £70,000 by the Government is still excessive.  This is a National Disgrace. The various Post War Governments are at fault because they should have made better provision in National Insurance Deductions and other Insurance Schemes to cover the cost of Elderly Life Care. Most people are not Actuarial Minded People. They have relied - at their downfall - on the Government to protect and look after their wellbeing in Old Age. We must be able to calculate a better more sustainable Cost / Benefit Scheme for the future.

A typical NHS Trust gives this advice to those seeking care support - Most people have to fund all or part of their own care and support. Local authorities have a duty to assess everyone's care and support needs. For the Middle Classes this means - you are on your own to find the money somehow ! Tough. So much for the original ethos of the NHS.

We need a new Healthcare Insurance System - in addition to National Insurance - whereby people can top up their funds to support Private Healthcare in the future - if needs be. This should be a State Scheme in addition to BUPA and other schemes.



I do not blame the Consultants, Doctors or Nurses  I do blame the  Politicians and the Professional Medical Bodies. WHY ?  Rather than continue the Blame Game - here are some practical solutions -


The solutions will have to incorporate money of course -


 Why not have Quantitative Easing ((QE) for the National Health Service ? The Bank of England poured some £400 Billions into the Banking Sector.

 Or, why not launch Healthcare Bonds which people can invest in - such as a 5% 5 year Bond.

The key problem originates far deeper in the structure of recruitment and training in the NHS. For, example - we know that most hospitals have to recruit Agency Workers to fill their gaps in staffing - most of the time at great expense to the NHS. 

The Royal College of Nursing has estimated that the NHS will spend some £ 1 Billion in 2015 on Agency Nurses

A recent Report by the Public Accounts Committee found that the NHS spent £2.6 Billion on casual Consultants in 2014 a rise of 25% compared with 2012 / 2013.  Shocking !

It pays to be  Temp and on the Agency Books if you want to earn more money.

We need a new approach to the Training of Medical staff and revision of  the reward structure vis a vis NHS personnel and Agency personnel. 


Firstly, it is ludicrous that many University Hospitals demand three A Grades for entry into their Medical Doctor Degree Programmes. This cannot be that a student with fire and dedication in his or her heart to serve but only has three B Grades would not make a good doctor. No, it is because the Teaching Hospital will say that they do not have sufficient teaching staff and facilities.

This vicious circle cannot continue into the future.


In future, to qualify as a GP with a MD Degree, the training course should be revised as follows -

The Second Year of A Levels would become Y1 of the MD course. The student would have to study 3 approved Medical subjects such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry. There would be 4 more years at a Medical School followed by 1 Year as an Intern shadowing a GP at a local surgery. The Intern could deal with minor ailments to release the GP to deal with the more serious cases and emergencies. This would help to speed up the Medical Training Programme for future Doctors. There is no doubt that there has been major advances in the use of Diagnostic Tools which should aid future Doctors whilst dealing with patients. There are too many holidays in the University Academic year. Students should be assigned to Doctor's surgeries to gain practical experience for part of the summer recess.

Also, future advances in Medicines and Medical Drugs should help to reduce referrals to hospitals and A and E Departments. There should be a radical reappraisal of the Cost/Profit/Pricing Ratios for drugs produced by the large Pharmaceutical Companies. Research and Development costs must be continued to be recognised with tax breaks but the aim should be to reduce the overall cost to the NHS Budget.


The role of the Hospital Carer should be enhanced in the supportive role to the Nursing Staff. The role can be upgraded and also in some instances act as a bridge towards a Nursing Qualification.

Most Carers are compassionate, dedicated, loyal, hard working people - just the right personal qualities for possible future Nursing Practice. For example -


A new.Certificate in Hospital Care might be developed. On completion by the Hospital Carer He or She would become a Certified Hospital Carer with an increase in remuneration and the holder of the Certificate would have entry into a State Nursing Course to become a Qualified Nurse. No need for GCSE examinations except the Candidate must speak fluent English Language,.


The Hospital Carer Training course ( One Year Part -Time ) would include -

On the job hospital experience

Online learning

Some weekend Seminars

End of year examination

Subjects - Basic Foundation Nursing / Patient Care Skills

Part funded by the State

This might help in the recruitment of Carers and Nurses. A much cheaper source than Agency Workers.


There are other supportive roles that could be explored to ease the burden on the NHS staff and facilities.

These might include if available without any detriment to their existing worthwhile commitments -


Saint John's Ambulance - Staff and Assets

British Red Cross - Staff

The Royal Army Medical Core - Staff and Assets

The Voluntary Workers Sources

We need a linked up comprehensive Service which is highly responsive to patient demand

The recent overload on NHS Ambulance Services cannot be sustained into the future. Why not co-op Ambulances from some of the above facilities if available ?



However,the emphasis must be on Preventative Medicines and Cures through Healthy Pursuits - such as reducing Obesity , Drug Abuse, Smoking and Alcohol problems.

Creating a Healthy Lifestyle should be the Strategic Objective of the NHS and the Government..

There are many excellent 50 Plus Sports and Leisure Clubs scattered across the United Kingdom who are providing the facilities  - without any Government financial aid -  for the 50 - 90 generations to remain physically active and to enjoy a regular social life.  These 50 Plus Clubs should be encouraged to expand throughout the Country. There should be a closer linkage between these Clubs and the Healthcare Profession to encourage a Healthy Lifestyle. This will help to drive down the cost burden on the NHS. I suggest that the Government should use the examples of the 50 Plus Clubs in Publicity Campaigns to encourage active participation in sporting and social activities for the Older Generations.

Wycombe 50 Plus Club in High Wycombe Buckinghamshire would be an excellent Case Study. It is a flourishing example of how older people can enjoy life to the full and how their positive frame of mind can overcome illness and traumas. Not only do members remain fit but many participate and serve the Community as unpaid Volunteers - including the local NHS Hospitals and Fund Raising Organisations.



In the Technological  Age of Computer Programmes, Centralised Television Broadcasting, Lecture Broadcasts to thousands of viewers, Practical Workshops outside of Hospitals - it should be possible to train many more Medical Staff as a result of Remote Learning Methods - Webcoms - Internet Conferencing. Knowledge Exchange Programmes, Multi - Screen Communications and Portable Devices.  We need more Doctors , Nurses and Support Staff.

Wow is me ! You will hear them say - We have done it our way for over 200 years .Yes you have - and look at the mess we are in.


The current trend to demand a 3 year University Degree for Nursing is also short sighted. We need more British Trained Nurses.

We should count the second year for A Levels as Year 1 towards a Degree. Hence a Student Nurse will only study 2 years at University for  Degree if he or she wishes.

However, a person can still practice Nursing after 2 years. The difference will be that a varied pay structure.for Senior Nurses classification and Junior Nurse classification

.

We need to build on extra Training facilities at certain locations for the Practical Work which is required. This will involve more Capital Expenditure for the NHS. This can be funded either by QE, Healthcare Bonds or Borrowing over a longer period of time.


Finally, an increase in National Insurance might be required.

The problem with the Pension / Healthcare Plan since WW2 has been - it has been under funded.

Government should be open and tell the Public the actual reasoning behind Pensions and  Healthcare Funding in the future. Be honest and be realistic. We cannot have Healthcare on the cheap particularly with the Elderly accounting for a greater share of the population in the Upper Quartile of the UK population.


Living longer and Healthier is a trend that we need to celebrate. But we citizens must pay a proper amount of taxes to make the NHS affordable in the future. It is our collective failure to contribute the right level of funds for decades that has caused the shortage of funds to sustain a full free Healthcare service.  


In the future I would like to see Elderly Care provided by the National Health Service. Yes, let us put into practice  -

Healthcare from the Cradle to the Grave. This is a humane and honourable Objective for the NHS to observe.  Life itself is worth paying for - and everyone in Society must play their part. I fear that some people are more interested in Wealth than Health. If an individual  holds a British Passport - he or she must pay British Taxes. If a Company makes Profits in the United Kingdom, they must pay British Taxes. No ifs or buts !

Please refer to my article - The Greed Society 2015 to see how extra funds can be raised to help finance the NHS of the future.


Government must always remember that the ordinary Citizens of the United Kingdom did not cause the Financial Crisis. They have suffered enough.


In 2014 A and E Departments  suffered their worse overloaded year. It is not the fault of the Medical Profession.


My Radical Suggestions for the NHS must include the involvement of the General Practitioners.

I suggest that Doctors should still work a 5 day week but that the week should be be re-defined as follows - A Rotational 5 Days. For example - Monday to Friday, Tuesday to Saturday, Wednesday to Sunday This will mean that there will be  Doctors on duty every day of the week. 

At present if a Patient in need telephones the Surgery Emergency Telephone number. an Automated Voice tells them to telephone 111 for help.  111 then asks a lot of questions and invariably refers the Patient to Accidents and Minor Injuries Clinic at the local hospital.

No wonder A and E Departments and MINOR INJURY Clinics are overrun at the weekends.


Currently A and E Departments have a 4 hour waiting time target. I would hope that transferring some of the burden to the Surgeries in the future would mean that the waiting time target could be reduced to 2 hours maximum. with an attempt to lower this still further over time.


Minor Injuries should be re-classified so that they can be referred by the 111 Service to Local Surgeries and not to the over loaded A and E Departments.


 Practice Nurses should also be part of this 5 day Rotational Plan


Finally, there is the question of Private Healthcare. If people can afford to pay for Healthcare, then it is their right to do so - provided the Private Sector does not drain the NHS of Doctors and Nurses. It is a delicate balance that must be retained. In a way the Private Sector saves the NHS money and resources. In view of the importance of Healthcare to everyone rich and not so rich, the Government should cap charges in the Private Sector.By doing this, it might be feasible for the NHS to use beds in the Private Sector if necessary and available at the same level of cost as it would cost within the NHS. I can see nothing wrong with this Policy. There will be cries of - You are Privatising the NHS. 

This is rubbish. It is just facing up to practical reality. There is a place for Public and Private Healthcare In Britain Today


Conclusion - It is not just a question of funding for the NHS as we look into the future. It is a question of Strategic Direction across the whole range of Medical Services,

Policies should start with Vision which in turn translate into Strategic Programmes. I have provided some Vision - now what about some definitive Policies and Strategic Programmes from the new Government which will be elected in May 2015. My advice to the New Government  - Be Creative, Innovative and provide the Country with a flourishing new style National Health Service and stop playing Political football.


The Romans got it right many centuries ago. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano -  A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body. This was their philosophy and approach to Health

 Preventative Medicine was the key to Health.  Can we learn from the Romans today ? I wonder.

NHS DOCTORS MUST NOT WORK ALSO IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHEN THERE IS A LARGE WAITING LIST FOR NHS OPERATIONS.

SIMILARLY, NHS NURSES SHOULD NOT WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED IN THE NHS.

BY TRAINING MORE UK NURSES, THE NHS WILL REDUCE DEPENDENCY OF COSTLY AGENCY NURSES.

EXTERNAL CONSULTANTS WHO ADVISE COMPUTER SYSTEMS THAT DO NOT WORK, SHOULD RETUREN THEIR FEES TO THE NHS.

THE NHS NEEDS TO RECRUIT MORE HIGHLY TRAINED IT STAFF WHO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO IMPROVE IT SYSTEMS AND MAKE THEM MORE COST EFFECTIVE..


Will the Establishment have the vision to strengthen the NHS from Bottom to Top as well as from Top to Bottom.?

in the past Reform of the NHS has tended to concentrate on the Organsisational Structure 

TOP TO BOTTOM. IN FUTURE I SUGGEST REVIEWS SHOUOD START AT THE BOTTOM AND WORK UPWARDS. IF THE GROUND STRUCTURE IS WEAK, THE BUILDING WILL FALL DOWN.


Let us wait and see. 

2021 - 2031 will be make or break years for the NHS. 

My Hope is that Britain will once again have a " From the Cradle to the Grave" free NHS properly funded by the Taxpayers.

PS - I am not a Politician, Celebrity, Millionaire, Healthworker, Footballer - I am purely 

MR RAYMOND ORDINARY BRITAIN.








Friday, 20 November 2020

HISTORICAL LAD GRAB 1066 - 1866

 “ HISTORICAL LAND GRAB “ - TIME TO GET RADICAL FOR THE 21St CENTURY AND FUTURE GENERATIONS


Do you ever wonder how so many aristocratic and Royal Families

Inherited thousands of acres of prime farming lands in England which are today worth £Millions ?

I refer to the Norman Knights who came with William Duke of Normandy in 1066, The Lords of Manors in the Middle Ages and The Kings and Queens of England since 1066.

The same question could apply to Scotland. How could the Duchess of Argyle get to own more than 50% of the land in Scotland ?

In away, the answer is simple although in reality complex.

The simple answer is ....They were all part of the Ruling Classes and they did what they wanted. They were greedy for Power and they did not “ Give a damn “ about the Peasants.

Today in 2020 these Lords, Ladies and Ancestors of THE GREAT LAND GRABS of the past generations still dominate the distribution of land in Britain.

The rest of the Population own a house with some land or no land if you live in a flat in a high rise building.

There is a massive shortage of land for cost affordable land to build houses at a reasonable price.

So here are two solutions....


Government Action Priorities -


A - Nationalise some of the large estates which were stolen from the people of Britain.

B - Build  Dozens of new villages with lovely designed cottages at low prices.


How to Implement the Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026.


1 - Establish a National Building Corporation to contract the New Villages.


2 - No VAT on building materials for the new NBC.


3 - Construct new rail, bus and road links to Industrial Estates - similar to Milton Keynes.


4 - National Building Corporationto be a NFP - Not for Profit Company.


5 - Funding by QE -Quantitative Easing or increase the Money supply by printing money. Monetary Policy has been a failure and has restricted growth.


6-Construct ECO VILLAGES on portions of National Trust lands.

Landscape with lawns, flower beds, Community Building, Children’s play facilities.


7 - All constructions must include Energy saving devices and to prevent negative impact of Climate change.


8 - Prioritise Cottages and Houses and not High Rise Apartment Blocks


For decades TheUK has failed to solve theHousing Crisis.

Time to get Radical.


RAYMOND WILLIAMS MA MPhil MBA DIPM




















Monday, 31 August 2020

THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION - A NATIONAL TREASURE

 The Commonwealth War Graves Commission


The CWGC is one of Britain’s finest organisations. They look after thousands of graves of our War Hero’s in many locations. The graves today are kept in a beautiful state with flowers, lawns and well kept headstones.

Hannover War Cemetery Germany, containing the graves of over 2,000 Bomber Command airmen is a fine example of a well kept Cemetery today, maintained by German Volunteers. We offer our thanks.

Our family like so many other families across the world have lost a loved one serving in Bomber Command in WW2. Out father was a crew member of a Lancaster Bomber in WW2.

We salute and praise the thousands of people who serve and maintain the high standards of the CWGC to this day.

It is no surprise that in the chaos and aftermath of a War, when the CWGC has had to deal with the mutilated bodies from the Somme or Flanders Fields or RAF Bombers that crashed in many parts of Germany, it was only natural that the CWGC made mistakes.

We cannot blame the CWGC for these mistakes. What we can blame them for is when they will not rectify some of the more complex mistakes where evidence proves them wrong. To be fair, the CWGC do not make many mistakes but it is fact, that today, many families are still searching for the truth. It is inspirational that after so many people care. The British Legion and many other organisations backed by our wonderful Queen and The Royal Family day each November - “ We will remember them. “

Lancaster Bomber W4276 EM-L from 207 Squadron Spilsby was lost over Ronnenberg Germany after a raid on Hannover on the 18 October 1943.

For 73 years until 2016, the families did not know what had happened.

Then by A TWIST OF FATE, a very compassionate German, Dirk Hartmann contacted the family of the Flight Engineer Sergeant Arthur Hadyn Davies with the news that he had researched the loss and he had evidence to confirm what had happened to the crew of EM-L.

From 2017 to 2020 the sons of Sergeant Davies contacted the CWGC with a mass of evidence and many emails, to prove that in the case of W4275, the RAF / CWGC had made some mistakes.

At last in August 2020, the CWGC replied with a final verdict. The status quo would remain. They rejected all the evidence which Ray and Jeff Williams, sons of the Flight Engineer had presented supported by Ronnenberg Historians, Expert German Researchers, Witnesses to the crash, German Police Reports, Rare Luftwaffe Reports and RAF Official Reports that confirmed where the bodies of EM-L were buried and the coffins which were supplied by a German Coffin maker.

It was a shattering and upsetting decision.

In spite of all this conclusive evidence, the CWGC replied with a series of rebuttals which Ray and Jeff Williams were able to point out their mistakes.

Unfortunately, the CWGC had closed their minds to any explanation. No, this case is closed.

Breakthrough !  In February 2021 the Williams Family received a Letter from Weetbergen Cemetery. It said that no RAF airmen had been buries at Weetbergen in 1943. 

This demolished completely the conclusion made by the CWGC, AHB, JCCC.

The Head of Air Hiastorical Branch has agreed to reopen the Case and we expect a decision in May 2021.

In spite of this previous setback, now our fight for justice goes...........






























 







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Monday, 17 August 2020

EXAMS FIASCO

 THE EXAM GRADES FIASCO


I will simply say this.....


The Grades should be based on Teachers Predicted grades. Trust the Teachers.

However, these students have had the added stress of COVID 19 Pandemic.


I say, upgrade the estimates by one grade.








THE EXAM GRADES FIASCO


I will simply say this.....


The Grades should be based on Teachers Predicted grades. Trust the Teachers.

However, these students have had the added stress of COVID 19 Pandemic.


I say, upgrade the estimates by one grade.


That will be fairer in these unusual times.


No more computer grades.



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That will be fairer in these unusual times.


No more computer grades.




Friday, 31 July 2020

INTERNATIONAL BOMBER COMMAND CENTRE LINCOLN - SOS

The IBCC Memorial at Lincoln is in honour of 58,000 young men who lost their lives in WW2 serving in Bomber ommand.
Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic they have lost 90% of their revenue in he past few months.

THEY MUST SURVIVE FOR POSTERITY.

Please contact Sue Taylor AT the IBCC Lincoln and donate as much as you can.
Search IBCC Lincoln for more information.
THANK YOU.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

THE WRONGS OF THE PAST

THE WRONGS OF THE PAST - WHERE DOES IT END ?

The unlawful killing of a black American man has rightly created an outrage across the World. I am one of them. For me and millions of British people, Black lives have always mattered. I decry Racialism in any form.
However, I am not sure of the sense of the demands to rewrite history and correct the wrongs of the Past or to make the people of a today to pay for the wrongs of their Ancestors. Why do I have reservations ?

The demand to make current innocent generations pay for the wrongs that occurred towards black people mainly in the 18th and 19th Centuries - particularly the eras of Colonisations and Slavery is full of of blinkered prejudice. Th demands from some people to erase the facts of History particularly in relation to the Black Slavery period is a very dangerous cry.
It concentrates on one period of time. If Society today is going to put right the wrongs of thePast, where do you start and where does it end ?
Consider some of these wrongs of the Past....

The Normans from France under the leadership of William Duke of Normandy invaded England in 1066. As a result, he stole the lands of the Anglo-Saxons.
These lands were divided amongst his Knights. Today, there are families in 2020 living on these lands in grand houses. They are the ancestors of the Norman invasion. Earlier ,the Normans had Serfs who had to pay 10% of their farm produce to the Head of the Manor.
Question - Should Society today right these wrongs ? Should these Manorial lands be returned to the State today ? Should we right these wrongs.
Rewriting History had many problems. Perhaps it is Racialism to only concentrate on the Black slaves of the 19th Century.”

What about the Roman invasion ? They killed indigenous Britons, stole their lands and stole their treasures. Should we ask Italy to pay Britain reparations?

Now, there are many more examples of the problems of rewriting History.
King Henry VIII killed many innocent people. He destroyed the Monestries.
Should the Crown today pay reparations to descendants of these Monestries ?

I could go on an on. The problem I am illustrating is that the Past is the Past.
Innocent British citizens today should not be castigated for the injustices of the Past.
More recently, I have had contact with a number of German people. As we know,i n World War 2 the Nazis murdered 6,000,000 Jews. The Germans of today are wonderful people althought there is still a small minority who remain prejudised and racialist. The past wrongs of Germany are now History.
Should modern day Germany be allowed to erase these episodes from the History books ?
Of course not.
We learn from History, good or bad so that we can remain alert and prevent theses wrongs in the future reoccurring. Is this not sensible ?

The guiding light must be Learn from History. Do not pretend events did not occur or erase facts because you do not like them..Today.
The Rule of Law must prevail. if not, we have anarchy and perhaps Civil War,
People cannot take matters into their own hands.

So, be careful when you hear cries to rewrite History, delete parts you may not like and a section of Society misleads you into thinking that Britain is a RacialistCountry. It is not. A small section might be but it covers a small  section of Society.
We cannot ignore the fact that a small section of Society is plain Evil !
Do not brand the rest of us as Evil.

Beware the call to rewrite History and destroy the evidence of wrongdoings.
If we do not resist the clamour to pull down statues, erase the memories of Colonialists and the facts we are in danger of removing the very foundations of our Past, the good and the bad. This is History.

Henry Ford once said “ History is all bunk.”
Like millions of people today, I believe he was wrong.

History is a guiding light to our future. We learn from mistakes.