5 Years or Life? In the UK It’s Hard to Tell the Difference

JusticeSo what happens to a person in the UK found guilty of a heinous attack and attempted murder, and then sentenced to life in prison? ‘Our justice system’s a joke’ – Fury as Richard Austin could be free in five years after stabbing ex-wife.

Because the UK is too “civilized” to actually send people to jail for a long time.

He repeatedly stabbed his ex-wife, then called the cops and waited for them.

Austin was ordered to serve a minimum of just five years at Birmingham Crown Court for what police branded a ‘dangerous and callous attack’, but he could be released after that period.

So he’ll be free in 5 years. She’ll still be dealing with the results of the “life changing” attack, and won’t be able to defend herself from him. Allow the serfs of the UK government to defend themselves? Don’t be ridiculous. You must depend on the state for everything, even those things it cannot supply.

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UK to Mandate That Phones/Dishwashers/etc. Be Too Expensive for the Average Person

At least some folks in the government would like to take those decisions away from you. Phones and washing machines must be made to last, MPs say as Government launches inquiry into ‘Tsunami’ of e-waste.

People don’t throw their phones away every year because they don’t work. They want the newest iPhone or whatever.

The Labour MP told The Telegraph: “30 years ago, things were built to last, I had a dishwasher I gave to my sister that was 30 years old. Why is it that dishwashers that are built today break after 10 years?

If dealing with waste it too expensive, then increase the fees for the waste. Tell people, and they will plan accordingly. Of course that doesn’t give the .gov complete control over everything you buy.

That 30-year-old dishwasher, didn’t have 17 settings, or a 4-hour-delay (like mine does), probably didn’t do a very good job of cleaning dishes, oh, and it wouldn’t have met the “we have to use less energy” mandates. In other words, no one would want it today, even if the government would let you sell it.

So you want things that contain electronics (like a modern dishwasher) to last 30 years? Better spec military-grade components, and even then, they will need a lot of repair.

Would I like things to last longer? Sure. But consider the case of the circular saw.

You can run down to your favorite Big-box store and buy a circular saw for less than 50 bucks. Or, you can elect to purchase a German-engineered marvel from Festool for just shy of $600. (If I get all the options I want, it would be closer to $1000.) Both saws are available, and a lot of choices in between those extremes. Do you think the .gov should mandate the features in the $600 saw? Would you buy a circular saw for $600? (I do woodworking, and I haven’t purchased one, because money is definitely an object, and that just isn’t in my budget.)

Politicians have proved, time and again, that they aren’t very good engineers. They should stop pretending that they are.

Illegal Firearm Factory in the UK

When they outlawed alcohol, criminals went into the alcohol business. Same with drugs. What do you think happens when you outlaw guns? FN 1922 Pistol Copies Produced in Illegal Gun Factory in Sussex, UK.

It sounds like these guys were making high-quality weapons, and they only got caught because they were careless.

Pictures released by the UK Crown Prosecution Service show the handguns produced in an illicit workshop shut down in a well-publicized raid on an industrial unit in Hailsham Sussex to be copies of the Browning FN 1922 7.65 (.32 ACP) self-loading pistol. This is quite an unusual choice and appears to be the result of the group having access to an original as a guide to copy. The FN 1922 was a longer barreled 8 round version of the FN 1910.

But don’t worry. I’m sure that this is the ONLY machine shop in all of the UK that was engaged in such nefarious activities.</sarcasm>

Pistols and chocolates. Belgium makes some fine items. And apparently these guys were making fine copies.

UK Forensic Lab Hit With Ransomware

And they do computer forensic work. Or they did before they got sidelined. Police suspend work with major forensics firm after cyber-attack.

And once again, they are not saying what flavor of ransomware.

Police have halted all work with the UK’s largest private forensics provider after a ransomware attack, in the latest crisis to hit the forensics sector.

Eurofins, which carries out DNA analysis, toxicology, ballistics and computer forensics work, detected a breach of its system on 2 June. It has emerged that police have suspended all work with the company, thought to amount to more than 50% of outsourced case work.

It’s obviously slowing down police work, but it is also disrupting trials.

The company processes more than 70,000 cases each year, including murders and terrorism offences. Other private providers do not have the capacity to take on all this extra casework, which could mean significant delays in forensic testing and court cases.

Encryption is alteration of data, of a fairly obvious nature. So has any of the data been altered in less-obvious ways?

They Thought Health Care Was Free

Only “government approved” care is free. The rest costs, or is rationed in other ways that weren’t immediately apparent. NHS price list sparks outrage as patients charged up to £8,000 for operations.

One Pound Sterling, is about $1.25 at today’s rate.

In response to the criticisms, Mel Pickup, chief executive of the Trust, said: “The Trust does not charge NHS patients for NHS funded procedures. Not all healthcare services are funded by the NHS.

So in other words, if you have a problem with NHS payment schedules, you should take them up with NHS. Which is the .gov, and that means you might not get too far.

Welcome to the Real World™

Does a .gov Agency Have an Incentive to Change?

It would seem the answer to that question is, “Not always.” Exclusive: NHS England ‘buried’ concerns over child cancer services.

NHS England covered up serious problems with paediatric cancer care in London – which had seen children dying in “terrible agony” – and has “buried” attempts to overhaul the services, an HSJ investigation has established.

The study was complete in 2015. It was only just published. In 2016 there are emails talking about a “supposed cover-up,” and warnings that it could blow up in their faces. Worries that there are powerful people involved were also expressed. In short, health care in the UK is in the hands of politicians.

Because protecting turf might come at the expense of children’s lives, but how do you expect politics to work? (Or not work.) After all, parents can’t research “which hospital is best for my child” because they have no choice. They go where the government tells them to go for care.

What Happens When No One Wants to Work in Health Care?

Great plans to have universal health care, require people to actually provide health care. NHS forced to prioritise staff wellbeing to tackle escalating crisis.

70 or more years of government control of health care in England, and things are not going great. There are 100,000 vacancies, shortages of both doctors and nurses.

Problems such as bullying and poor work-life balance are not new to the NHS. But “the sheer scale of the current workforce shortage is making organisations think more creatively about how to keep staff happy and motivated”, adds Bailey.

They are trying for more flexible work hours, and doing some small stuff. (The lack of yoga classes are probably not the issue, but maybe they will help with stress.) But unpaid overtime, stress-related illness, working under “unrealistic” time pressures, and more are the real problems.

Those issues from staff were highlighted in a survey from February of this year. NHS England survey reveals ‘alarming downturn’ in staff wellbeing

Other key findings include:

  • A majority (51%) are thinking about leaving their current role and 21% want to quit the NHS altogether.
  • More than three-quarters (78%) feel under unrealistic time pressures some or all of the time.
  • Nearly six in 10 (58%) say they do unpaid overtime every week, though that number is falling.
  • Nearly 28% have suffered back pain in the last year as a direct result of their work, up two percentage points since 2017.
  • Fewer than three in 10 (28.6%) feel their trust takes positive action to improve staff health and wellbeing.

And those 100,000 vacancies have real consequences for care. Record numbers of NHS cancer patients face ‘agonising wait’ to see specialist. “Waiting” in cancer treatment can be a death-sentence, depending on the type of cancer.

In April alone nearly 20,000 people missed the 14-day target to meet with an oncologist

Can’t you just wait for the Socialists to take over medicine in this country?