This Ain’t Just Business, It’s Personal

Last thing yesterday, before I got into bed, I read Sara’s blog.  This morning I woke up realising, that for all my Grannie wisdom, in the past I’d been wrong.

You see, I’d always hoped that the whole sorry Sloven business wasn’t just aimed vindictively at one person.  I’d very seldom come across such actual malice during a lifetime’s experience of working in various branches of public service.

I’d come across plenty of bad practice – sloppy procedures, chaotic administration, hopelessly out of their depth managers, arrogant trend-driven consultants, sheer basic incompetence and plain simple idleness.  All of these were bad enough, but at least they were open to remedy, given the will, the time and the determination.

And of course families caught up in such Kafkaesque nightmares suffered, but they weren’t targetted.  They were a sad, innocent part of a big mess that needed sorting, and at one time many people entered politics, or the public services or local government, in the hope that they could help clear it up.

My Dad was one of them. He wouldn’t even accept a bottle of whisky at Christmas in case it looked like corruption.  Having taken on the job as a young man in the Depression, largely because it offered security,  he faced up to a career of sorting out corporate mess. He never made a song or dance about it.  He went about it quietly and steadfastly, simply because he believed it was the right thing to do.  

As I read Sara’s latest blog, I had to admit that my Dad’s world was dead.

A public service, part of the NHS, could whine about criticism from a bereaved family, and seriously cite this as a reason for not carrying out their own procedures efficiently. It was this that finally forced me to see that the principles my Dad lived by have become things of the past.

Nowadays, like some D list celebrity complaining about her Twitter following, a public body states  (and presumably believes) that social media coverage of a preventable death is somehow unfair to them. 

They choose to home in on a single blogger, one honestly outspoken citizen, as the unacceptable cause of their staff problems and their procedural difficulties.

So I apologise to Sara for ever doubting that the treatment of her family was more than awful indifference, maladministration and incompetence. I finally have to admit that the only rational explanation for the intransigence of the Health Trust in consistently laying their failings at her door is that they seriously believe her to be at fault.  They resent her stubborn unwillingness to be silent in grief, her friends’ determination to meticulously research and record corporate failings, the support of all who campaign and fund raise on her behalf.  All these people must be in the wrong and Sara Ryan is the wicked ringleader who stirs them up!

This isn’t just business, it’s personal.

Welcome to public service in the UK today!



One thought on “This Ain’t Just Business, It’s Personal

  1. By necessity it is personal.

    As it affects us, and our loved ones.

    And we, and they, are the targets.

    But those targeting, are a well-orchestrated, Machiavellian, self-preserving cabal , set up, by a common purpose end justifies means state.

    Morality in society has been replaced by individual gain and self preservation.

    Honesty, by the means to achieve this.

    In the good old days only 20 years ago.

    A tort action against the NHS for damages for Connor’s death would have been admitted, as liability is open an shut legally in tort on the principle of res ipsa loquitur ‘ the thing speaks for itself’.

    He was found dead in a bath on their watch, therefore under this legal principle negligence would have been presumed, and on the facts impossible to rebut.

    The NHS would immediately apologise, and take action in respect to its procedures.

    Instead, as evidenced, it does everything in its power to drag out, ossify, avoid and marginalise.
    Because they can , as we live in a totalitarian, common purpose state.

    We have no control over any of our public services.

    They are not accountable publically nor legally.

    As the law cannot be enforced, as the courts are on message, there is no separation of powers, as all act as a cabal, and the individual is impotent, to bring an action against the state, as the award of legal costs, should he lose, would bankrupt him.

    Insurance will not help as the insurers will only cover actions they are sure of winning .
    So all services know ,they can act with impunity.

    Were once, we could complain of injustice to the press, we now cannot. As they are part of the state and gagged.

    So we are exactly were the state wants us, and has been planning to put us for years.



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