Sunday, March 27

Easter, the Tories and Hospitals


May you know the promise of new life in Jesus Christ that comes from his glorious resurrection from the dead.

Changing tack completely, I've been thinking recently about one of the Tories campaign posters I've seen around which sports the slogan

"I mean, how hard is it to keep a hospital clean?"

Something troubled me about this slogan but I couldn't quite put my finger on it until a couple of days ago. I realised it's reminiscent of Hague/Duncan-Smith's (I forget which is which) "Common Sense Revolution" - A campaign of soundbites and policies that seemed like they made sense ... until you actually switched your brain on for 30 seconds.

How hard is it to keep a hospital clean? Well, actually it's very hard! Hospitals are big places full of lots of ill people with lots of germs. Large numbers of Staff and visitors will come in each day bringing in their own germs and dirt. This makes for an extremely daunting task for hospital cleaners - a job that can't be the most pleasant in the world and thus motivation must be hard to come by. This seems to be a classic case of employment snobbishness - the tendency to look down on certain manual (and menial) jobs and minimise them. Ok, so perhaps cleaning is not the most skilled labour of all, but it's hard work nonetheless and the tone of this advert seems to indicate that the Tories don't think much of the people who do these jobs - a very unpleasant job for very little financial reward and little job satisfaction.

However, this is not to let New Labour off the hook in any way, shape or form. The constant drive to meet targets leads to corners being cut and it seems hospital cleanliness - a massively important aspect of healthcare - has been forgotten ... with fatal consequences! The Tory poster is an attack on New Labour undoubtedly, but it appears that Hospital cleaning staff are being caught in the crossfire ... If I was a hospital cleaner, I would be highly offended by such a poster. Perhaps a better slogan would be something like "Dirty Hospitals - Labour cut another corner" and lay the blame firmly at the feet of the Government.

Anyway, enough politics for Easter Day. Maybe they should contract the guys who cleaned up after Jesus. Clean, tidy, and the linen all neatly folded up in the corner ...

Please excuse my flippancy!

Sunday, March 20

A little foretaste of heaven ...

Six days of holiday, a video projector, a Playstation 2 (which is also capable of playing DVDs) and me ... As a certain person once said "I'm going to go and play video games for several hours."

Oh boy, is this going to be good or what?

Just don't expect any substantial Blog posts for a while ... Mwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Monday, March 14

At last ...

Finally ... after months of persistent hair-tearing, my all new website is online and accessible around the whole wide world. Check it out in all it's majesty here. Try not to get too excited, but I hope you find it fun and informative ...

Nothing can stop me now ... apart from a huge earthquake ... or a thunderbolt from heaven ... in fact, I guess there are quite a few things that could stop me, but I'm quite chuffed at the moment.

Tuesday, March 8

An Idea for Channel 4

Apologies for not posting much recently and, at risk of sounding a bit like Simon, I've been very busy recently, what with a Talk to prepare for church, 2 weekends away to organise and attending a conference of Evangelicals in the North West ...

Anyway, I've noticed the significant proliferation of "Top 100 ... " programmes on Channel 4 recently; Top 100 Soap Moments, Top 100 Cartoons, Top 100 Tearjerkers, Top 100 Banned TV adverts, Top 100 Fluffy bunnies in a non-speaking role in an Oscar nominated Film. Eventually they will have done virtually every kind of Countdown (Top 100 Episodes of TV Word quiz Countdown) and when they reach that point and before Jimmy Carr becomes completely out of work, they can have the final, the cherry on the top of the icing ...


The programme would feature the best of "Top 100" Countdown programmes, celebrating a remarkable institution, something that is quickly becoming the answer to Saturday and Sunday evening scheduling nightmares ... They last for 4 hours, and fulfil the obsessive needs to fill our screens with celebrities spouting opinions that we could care less about.


By the way, those of you who don't believe in the providence of God then chew on this ... The West Wing Complete Series 5 comes out on DVD the day before my birthday. All together now ... Oh happy day! Oh happy day ...