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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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NHS – get some perspective

You know your country’s in trouble the minute the plane carrying Orla Guerin touches down. Guerin is the excellent BBC reporter who seems to turn up anywhere in the world that’s suffering from some catastrophe or other. She and fellow Hibernian, Fergal Keane have both made a living out of describing human misery in their…

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Taming a Tigger

Matt Hancock could have been forgiven for feeling some little trepidation about his interview with Roy Lilley this week. While taking some comfort that he wasn’t facing a live bruising from Paxman or Andrew Neil, the Healthchat audience would be made up of highly informed health professionals; people who were less interested in the politics…

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Does Bono have a point?

The organisers of the World Economic Forum might just be feeling a bit narked. But, being inscrutably Swiss, you’d probably be hard pushed to tell. Domestic matters have taken precedence over the annual capitalist fest, and a number of the Forum’s political heavyweights were no-shows. President Macron was busy hosing down France’s Gilets Jaunes. Our…

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What a carry on

I don’t suppose Mrs May has had either the desire or opportunity to watch much telly this week. At a purely human level, it’s hard not to feel at least a little sympathy for someone caught up trying to sort out a mess left her by someone else. Yes, she volunteered for it. But watching…

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A case of acute overexposure

For those of us who live and breathe health and social care, it’s been quite a week. The much anticipated NHS Long Term Plan was published on Monday. There were few surprises – most of the juicy bits having been leaked to cheer us all up during the Brexit drought period, otherwise known as Christmas.…

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Dog’s blog: how many sleeps till the 10 year plan?

The Christmas tree went up in the office this week. Twinkly lights and lots of different shiny things that never fail to amuse. I think everyone’s just about got over the somewhat unfortunate incident last year. Let’s just say, it was a tree and I’m a dog and well…what did they expect? Anyway, there’s barely…

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Dog’s blog: army barmy?

News comes this week that Matt Hancock thinks the NHS could learn a thing or two about management from McDonald’s. One assumes that Ronald McDonald won’t be asked for any lessons in the infection control department given the concurrent revelation that their ordering touch screens are covered in human faeces. That’d breed a culture, yes,…

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