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NHS – Trump doesn’t buy it

Reports circulating this week suggested that President Trump was eyeing up the NHS. Well, at least it wasn’t him eyeing up a female member of the Royal Household. So, on the basis that he really did mean NHS and not BHS, what was it all about? Rather like the State visit itself, the NHS-for-sale story…

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We’re all doomed

There’s been a very consistent theme that’s pervaded the news this week. No, not Brexit. It’s far more serious than that. It’s about the disappearance of many of the things that we hold dear. In short, extinction. There’s a lot of it about to happen. Let’s start with the birds – and possibly more worrying,…

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Once victim, always victim. That’s the law!*

It could almost have been planned. This week, two stories, one fictional, one frighteningly real, plus a road trip to the North, have conspired to set the mind whirring on the subjects of victims, forgiveness and redemption. The fiction, BBC2’s four-parter, The Victim, was quite simply one of the best bits of telly this year –…

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Digitise or disappear?

You can’t go a day without reading or hearing about some new development in ‘digital health’. Just this week we’ve heard how digital technologies can help reduce loneliness in over-50s; that an NHS-funded insomnia app will soon be helping sleep-deprived Londoners get some shut-eye; and that Matt Hancock is awarding £9 million to a host…

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Keeping things in proportion

“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life…”. So said Yoko Ono. “I try very hard to thank my lucky stars and keep it all in proportion and perspective – but it can be tiring having a smiley face all day.” So said the…

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The wrong side of the law?

‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ could easily be the title of another NHS policy publication. Actually the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD). Held every 8 March since around the beginning of the last century, IWD is a truly international event. There are several countries in which it’s treated as a…

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You really couldn’t make it up

I suppose there comes a point when you have to stop saying, “you couldn’t make it up”. But fact, it seems, continues to trump fiction – a phrase I bet they don’t use a lot in the corridors of the White House. Brexit and the NHS both continue to deliver such monumentally stupid situations which,…

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How clean is Green?

In her Times column this week, the pin-sharp Libby Purves writes that “the clean-up industry has never been busier”. She points her pen at the likes of Facebook who she describes as scrabbling for respectability. Charities, she says, attempt to persuade us that they are staffed by angels and not lechers and bullies. Numerous #MeToo…

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