Favourite headline of the week: NHS staff offered snack box or a ‘commemorative badge’ for Covid efforts. No. It is not April Fool’s Day. In a memo ostensibly about “restructuring” (and we all know what that means), Kent and Medway CCG recently polled its staff, many of whom face redundancy, on how their efforts during…

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“Unprecedented” and “seismic” were phrases commonly used to describe the events around the relatively recent Parliamentary and Brexit shenanigans. Remember them? Suggest we’ll all have to re-calibrate our analogies after this little lot. How are you coping? Scary isn’t it? Do you find yourself wishing you could tune into the radio or telly for a…

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So what do you reckon? Will Matt “’Apless” Hancock be, at this moment, begging for mercy as he gets a damn good thrashing from Dominic Cummings? It’s not entirely implausible. Comms people know the value of key messages and keeping their people on song. Consequently, we live in a world in which just about every…

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All history, it is said, is the history of unintended consequences. One of the most commonly quoted episodes is the case of the China’s Four Pests Campaign. As part of Mao’s Great Leap Forward, he ordered all sparrows be killed because they were eating all the grain. Actually what these “public animals of capitalism” ate…

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Terrorism comes in many formsBad news, it’s said, travels fast. Although manifestly not fast enough in some instances. Being a resident of Streatham, police helicopters and sirens are about as newsworthy as rain in Manchester. It’s an oddly comforting urban white noise.Sitting in the garden last Sunday however, there were noticeably more helicopters buzzing around.…

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I’m in trouble for my negativity. In a world which only wants radiators, apparently, I’m a drain. Eeyore. Bit of a rainy day. Which, I maintain, is a bit harsh (and let’s just put aside for the moment the exquisite irony of your upbeat nearest and dearest telling you just how negative you are.) In mitigation,…

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Rejoice in this election and Prince Andrew-free zone.Instead, I have to pass on a snippet of conversation that might amuse and delight you as much as it did me. My 16 month old nephew came over from France where he lives with English mum and French dad.He attends a nursery and, this being France, is already…

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It’s around 54 sleeps till Christmas. Which makes it around 41 sleeps until Election Day. And, from the minute the December election seemed to be a certainty, the parties have been squaring up over who is the real guardian of the NHS.   Taking away for a minute the fact that there will never be…

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