– London critically needs another 300 GPs, with 80 per cent of surgeries in
some areas closed to new patients, says the GLA.
– Railtrack’s state-sponsored successor, ‘Notwork’ Rail, says it will be 2010 before punctuality gets back to 2000 levels. Season tickets will go up by 4 per cent, jobs will go, can can we have another 58 billion quid please?
– The number of complaints against the NHS has reached an all-time high, from 2,660 in 2001/02 to 3,994 in 2002/3, says the health ombudsman.
– Left-wing think-tanks have seen a big fall in company donations (no surprise when they have to shell out 6 billion a year on new regulations).
– Half of the 750 million pounds spent on 50 regional aid projects went to firms that have since closed or are failing to create new jobs, says the FT.
– Government borrowing in May was the highest level since Labour came to power. Meanwhile, high-street sales fell.
– Britons admit to being among the most dishonest people in Europe, says the
Readers Digest. Mind you, the others were probably lying.
– The Inland Revenue chairman told MPs 250,000 families are still waiting for the first tax credits, two months after the policy came into effect.
– UK social security, council housing, NHS and schooling will be available to the 73 million people in countries that are about to join the EU.
– The Audit Commission says many outpatient appointments are cancelled
because staff don’t give enough notice of their intention to take holidays.
– Parents are deserting state schools in record numbers. The number of
independent school kids has gone up from 413,130 in 1999 to 432,687 today.
I’m reminded too that it was a House of Commons committee in 1883 which
pronounced the light bulb as ‘unworthy of the attention of practical or
scientific men’. Nothing changes, indeed.
From: ASI Newsletter