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I suppose we can take small delight that this unelected bureaucrat is British.
Also, to suggest that we end lockdown without vaccinating people in their 20s, 30s, 40s will be a kick in the teeth akin to saying "sorry we stole the last year of your life, but now that granny is safe you can go sod yourself and take your chances". Either lockdowns were for the benefit of all ages or the government needs to apologise for imposing them on people less at risk.
All this does is alienate the younger generations, while locking an ever larger chunk of people's money into a static asset instead of having it moving around in our economy, being useful and creating jobs.
Rishi really needs to think of a way of getting this country unhooked from the idea that rising house prices equal an increasing economy. Our country is built on a bubble and at some point it is going to burst.
But if you support free speech then you need to accept both the right to be heard, and the right to not be listened to. And not being listened to can include someone actively protesting to try and drown out your point.
If you don't like what is being said on the radio or TV then you can turn it off and refuse to listen. That isn't "cancel culture" it is market forces. This legislation would remove that same ability from universities and their consumers, the students.
But then you inadvertently prove my point. You don't give a damn about free speech, if you did you wouldn't be trying to cancel me.
If somebody feels they have something of importance to say the they can find and fund their own platform. They shouldn't be able to force themselves onto somebody else's with government backing.
Freedom of speech doesn't mean the freedom to force your opinion onto others. Made up "cancel culture" or not.
Only in this Councillors mind should we be celebrating that on one side of the street Mrs Smiths nursing care costs £600 but on the other side of the road Mr Jones identical service costs £700 because they both live in different council areas.
This article is nothing more than a plea to not take a little piece of perceived power away from this Councillor. It has next to nothing to do with presenting an argument against pooling resources and adding some much needed and long overdue standardisation into social care. Benefits that will only be fully realised by merging social care with the NHS.
P. S. Using the triggering word 'nationalisation' in this context is crass - local government is the largest funder and commissioner of social care in the country; last time I checked local authorities were a nationalised service so merging one function with another publicly run service (the NHS) is hardly nationalisation.
We have seen in North Korea that if all you do is threaten a country then they double down and become more of a threat. We need to find a grown up solution, and that doesn't include childish sabber rattling.
You try and use the evidence from lockdown to somehow prove that lockdowns weren't necessary.
All you have done is proven that the lockdowns worked in preventing the worst of coronavirus.