The organisation is active in its field, and they hope to attract someone who has a ‘workmanlike’ attitude. Their preference is to offer the position to a retired nurse, ‘fireman’, ‘tax man’, ‘policeman’, or ‘housewife’ - someone with good people skills.
Our ‘waitress’ was most efficient and the food excellent, but we were disappointed by the ‘man-made’ flowers on the table. Fresh daffodils would have been so much nicer.
The occasion was agreeable but I was disconcerted by a little man sitting at the next table, who took rather too much interest in our conversation, and copious notes on a clip board. I rather suspect anytime soon, I will receive a letter from the ‘thought police’ for using the words which I have noted ‘thus’, which are apparently no longer acceptable or ‘politically correct’!
The banning of such words and phrases is being driven, it is suggested, by left wing lecturers and academics. They are indoctrinating students in many of our universities, by brain washing them into becoming intolerant, narrow minded and manipulative. Who, we should ask, are these people who are taking issue with what we can and cannot say?
Young people should appreciate that life is not a bed of roses, they must learn about ‘life’, which includes experiencing how to lose, cope with disappointment and failure, and even learning to accept other people’s views, which they may not feel comfortable with.
To condone and accept that these academics have a right to ban such terms is dangerous. Who are they to tell anyone what is acceptable or not? We should stand our ground, and continue to use words and phrases which are part of our heritage and which our ‘forefathers’ (another banned word) have used for centuries.
These people are ridiculous and young people should be made aware that to ‘obey’ this rhetoric, makes them look ridiculous too.
The difficulties facing the NHS continue to be headline news. Having recently consulted widely with nurses, ambulance staff and doctors, from as far afield as Nottingham, Manchester and Sussex, it is quite clear that the main cause of the problem is down to the unacceptable escalation in numbers of patients churning through the system, particularly in A & E.
The UK is full to capacity, we should not be accepting new arrivals until the NHS, housing, policing and schools can efficiently cope with the numbers here already.
The chronic lack of social care facilities makes it impossible for elderly patients to be discharged from acute hospitals beds, and causes huge problems and delays.
And the vast number of vomiting intoxicated imbeciles being mopped up from city streets, night after night, by hard pressed paramedics and delivered to A & E should not be tolerated. Ambulance crews should be dealing with real emergencies, not the results of self-inflicted over indulgence.
The tide must be turned; this epidemic of drink and drugs is not only disgusting behaviour, but wholly unacceptable. We are now viewed by every other civilized country as a nation of out of control drunks. Not exactly an image to be proud of.
Pru Leith raises the matter of Permitted Agricultural Development, introduced to make easier the process to turn redundant farm buildings into housing. She was recently refused permission to turn a small barn into a cottage for the widow of her tenant farmer. The reason for refusal? It is in a farmyard and tractors might be audible or visible. What do councils not understand about ‘permitted’ and ‘agriculture’? You couldn’t make it up.