I offer the following as evidence…
A few years back, there was an oil shortage (?) – and as a result, here in Thailand, garages virtually stopped selling regular petrol and switched to “gasahol” – which screws up your engine, if it hasn’t been adapted for it.
In addition, many farmers also switched – to GROWING the crap. And as a result, stopped growing FOOD – which pushed prices of THAT up – AND created shortages and hardship.
But the bad joke was – there WASN’T any oil shortage to begin with. It was a bunch of Wall Street robber-barons messing about, speculating.
So now, Thai garages are moving back to selling PROPER petrol again.
Then there was the pack of hair dye I spotted that said (and I swear I’m not making this up) “Instructions for use – do not swallow” in LARGE LETTERS. So who on earth imagined their hair would miraculously change colour if they DID?
Well actually, this was not all the manufacturer’s fault. You see, ever since a woman successfully sued McDonald’s when she burned her lips on a cup of their Mcoffee, companies have become PARANOID that they could be next if they don’t make their products IDIOT-PROOF.
And since the spin-doctors have now done with personnel departments, renaming them “human resources” – and dustmen, now called “refuse engineers” – they finally arrived at hair dye. Nowhere on the box does the word “dye” appear. Now it is “colour” (actually, color) – which I suppose COULD fool people into thinking it was a NEW product that changes your hair’s colour if you IMBIBE it.
Which brings us to… let’s call them “Supa” (since I can’t afford to get SUED). “Private” (commercial) health-care is nothing new. However in the early ’80s, with right-wing governments decimating government health-care, it became MAINSTREAM.
It began slowly enough. Supa built a few hospitals that were little more than hotels – if you needed a SERIOUS operation, they would take you, in one of their toy ambulances (or an ex-NHS REAL one) to a REAL hospital.
But you’d get preferential treatment, thanks to Supa PAYING for it.
This meant that not only were tax-payers paying Supa – but Supa’s clients were jumping the ever-growing hospital queues in FRONT of them.
And it gave employers a STRANGLEHOLD on their employees – leave us and not only will you lose your company car (which you HAVE to drive, rather than take the nice, easy TRAIN – AND dump your OWN car, since running TWO cars is impossible on OUR pay scale) but you’ll find yourself at the tender mercies of what’s left of the NHS.
Meanwhile, Supa made so much money, they were able to take over an American giant that had been around for DECADES.
And Americans WANT commercial health-care. How daft are THEY? They would rather have a businessman whose LEGAL DUTY is to DENY them as much health-care as he can – than a neutral bureaucrat.
This piece COULD go on forever, but before you start looking up methods of painless suicide (there ARE sites for that on the Interweb) let’s end with – the British voter. When will the population of my Old Country realise the two “main” parties have elections SEWN UP? There hasn’t been a break in power for one or other of them for OVER NINETY YEARS (okay, WW2 saw a coalition of all parties – but Tory leader Churchill effectively RAN it).
Greed, cronyism, stupidity, short-sightedness and ignorance RULE.
And now a song…