Articles by: Martin Bailey

Health & Environment

Conservatives must take sides on the NHS

Conservatives must take sides on the NHS

In November 2007 my grandmother died a protracted, agonising, unnecessary death on ward 11 of Mid Staffs Hospital. My mother, appalled by the ‘Care’ that she received, placed an ad in the local paper appealing for anyone else who had suffered there. Her phone did not stop ringing for 3 […]

by × May 25, 2016 ×

Constitution

Before the 1998 Human Rights Act Britain  was a tyrannical hell hole…

Before the 1998 Human Rights Act Britain
was a tyrannical hell hole…

Do you remember the British police state of 1998? Do you remember churches, mosques and synagogues being boarded up? Do you remember the closed, juryless courts arbitrarily condemning people to death by hanging? Do you remember Angela’s Ashes tossed onto towering bonfires? Do you remember policemen beating teenagers for listening […]

by × May 24, 2016 ×

Liberty

The Lego Movie: A libertarian fairytale

The Lego Movie: A libertarian fairytale

I don’t often get interested in American politics and the current freak show on offer has done little to change that; but one story did catch my attention recently. Ron Johnson, a republican senator from Wisconsin, was paid a visit by Lord Business of ‘The Lego Movie’ fame in a […]

by × May 15, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

Andy Burnham is the man of a thousand faces

Andy Burnham is the man of a thousand faces

On Wednesday Andy Burnham stood up in the commons and delivered what the Mirror described as a, “Passionate and visceral,” speech in response to the Hillsborough inquest verdict. He decried the way a public body had sought to defend itself rather than the people it was intended to serve. He […]

by × May 2, 2016 ×

Leftwatch, News

Give the BMA enough rope… will the latest  strikes see the Junior Doctors lose support?

Give the BMA enough rope… will the latest
strikes see the Junior Doctors lose support?

Another week, another doctor’s strike. Once again the country is held to ransom by the chosen few, once again millions of lives are endangered and once again the public is blindly behind them, with the odd heretical voice drowned out in a febrile clamour of righteous indignation. But listen carefully […]

by × April 24, 2016 ×

Health

The school of hard knocks:
Now public health zealots want to ban rugby

You would have thought that doctors would have grown tired of preaching to us about public health dangers. Not a chance. After tobacco, alcohol, sugar, sweeteners, microwaves, cholesterol, dairy, trans-fats, fruit juice, sunlight, lack of sunlight, processed meat, video games, TV, baby slings and bottled water, now the medical profession […]

by × March 30, 2016 ×

Capitalism

The impotence of the middle-class Left

The impotence of the middle-class Left

How many times has someone described themselves to you as an ‘Anti-Capitalist’? Whether on a Facebook profile or after 3 drinks at a party, some people love nothing more than to label themselves with this pseudo-rebellious moniker (ironically they tend to be the same people who use phrases like, “I […]

by × March 27, 2016 ×

Taxation

Such Sweet Sorrow: How can a Conservative  propose a Sugar Tax?

Such Sweet Sorrow: How can a Conservative
propose a Sugar Tax?

As a child growing up in the 1980s there were only two sounds that would make my heart ache with a giddy sense of pure joy ;  the theme tune of ‘He Man and the Masters of the Universe’, and my mother uttering the words, “You can get a 10p […]

by × February 27, 2016 ×

Welfare

A pound of flesh: Charity, welfare  and involuntary taxation

A pound of flesh: Charity, welfare
and involuntary taxation

So it’s your 29th birthday and life is good. After working your way up through your twenties your career is finally going places, you earned that big promotion last month and can finally start looking at German cars with poor fuel economy. You’ve got a nice flat in a nice […]

by × February 18, 2016 ×

Transport

Tube drivers will go the way of the Dodo

I heard a story once about a teacher who was left off the timetable. He still drew a salary and still turned up for work but didn’t actually have any classes to teach. The Deputy Head who was supposed to allot him classes simply forgot about him. It was back […]

by × January 31, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

“We stuffed their mouths with gold” –  Strikers prevent progress, again

“We stuffed their mouths with gold” –
Strikers prevent progress, again

In a last ditch attempt to avert any more strike action and to get Junior doctors to accept the government’s new deal the Conservatives have enlisted military scientists to re-animate the corpse of Mother Theresa and installed her as the new Health Secretary in place of a weary Jeremy Hunt. […]

by × January 30, 2016 ×

Europe

Whatever happened to left wing Euroscepticism?

Until 1983 the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU was official Labour Party policy. It was Labour who offered the official opposition to our entry into the common market, with the social democrat Labour Leader Hugh Gaitskell warning it would be, “The end of a thousand years of […]

by × January 27, 2016 ×