Op-ed: On April 29, 2015, days ahead of the UK General Election we wrote "Desperate David Cameron has announced yet another election promise. This time the Tories are promising to put into law a ban on various increases within 100 days of coming to office."
And on that score he was true to his word.
Our report was titled "Cameron unfunded tax lock promise" and it seems we were spot on.
Saturday the mainstream media are reporting Ameet Gill, an aide who ran Cameron's Downing Street events planning, has called the tax-lock promise "probably the dumbest economic policy ever."
In April 2015 the Labour Party, with Ed Miliband as its leader, described that promise as a "last-minute" gimmick" adding it would make tackling the deficit more difficult.
But the Tories were always going to fulfil election promises to fat friends and the poor and vulnerable were always going to be financially hit.
In late April the FT said Cameron would announce "a law banning any rise in income tax, VAT or national insurance in the next parliament, in a highly unusual move that would severely restrict the Treasury’s room to manoeuvre if he won a second term."
But the 2015 Tory manifesto was always a work of fiction.
Many voters take a political manifesto as a series of pledges or promises when in reality some politicians use it as ideas, possible plans or simply a way to say anything to win votes.
What is always telling is what becomes reality following an election win, what is conveniently forgotten and what is overturned.
BRexit is Cameron's legacy.
In 2015 he vowed to step down but stay in offce until the next scheduled election planned for 2020. He promised the electorate a referendum on EU membership and kept his word on that score.
But when a majority voted for BRexit he chickened out, again, and ran. First he quit as Prime Minister before resigning his Witney seat.
So some promises met others broken.
The country now has an unelected PM Theresa May. She has a new cabinet. A year after a general election the country is being governed by a group of people who are fairly clueless on BRexit and who are considering unknown changes.
We are weeks away from Philip Hammond's first budget as Tory Chancellor. That Autumn Statement to Parliament is scheduled for November 23, 2016.
Manifestos may be flawed but they provide an idea of the direction a government may go.
We the people have no idea what Ms May's manifesto is.
On November 23, 2016, we may get some idea of what Ms May and her government plan for us all.
Watch out for smoke and mirrors though plus spin and hyperbole as the Tories try to protect "them that has" at the expense of the rest of us.
You do not have to be a mother or a father to recognise the pain the death of a child must bring. You simply need to be a human being.
But when a child dies in tragic circumstances the loss must be huge.
And it is a loss to the community and society as a whole.
Just think about the domino effect. Families torn apart with grief, health issues that may follow, young friends and siblings mourning at a young age and the loss to us all of a future adult.
Becky Ramsay's son drowned in 2011. For the last five years Becky has been fighting to get water safety on the national curriculum and ensure positive changes are made to prevent future unnecessary deaths.
One week ago she launched a new petition. It is not the first such petition but this time it could, no it MUST, be successful. The petition says:
The petition needs 100,000 signatures to be considered by the government. The timescale has been reduced from one year to just 26 weeks.
So time is short and your help is vital. Please sign and share the petition. Show your support in any way that you can.
Becky's campaigning may be about to pay off.
According to one man on Twitter "Initiative to get a lesson on water safety on the National Curriculum currently being considered by Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools."
But it is too early to be complacent.
Help make this petition reach 100,000 signatures and more.
Dawn's story by Becky Ramsay.
Op-ed: As predicted early Tuesday Zac Goldsmith Tory MP quit following his government's decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow.
Goldsmith is expected to stand in the by-election his resignation triggered but as an Independent.
He is gambling that the constituents will stick with him but we the people are a funny lot.
The Richmond Park seat was Lib Dem territory from 1997 until 2010 and they may be able to power grab. An afffluent region of the country it could be a three way fight between the Lib Dems, the Tories and Mr Goldsmith but the Conservative Party will step out of the frame.
Tuesday the Evening Standard reported "The Conservative Party will not fight the by-election triggered by its former MP Zac Goldsmith after he quit in protest over plans to expand Heathrow. Mr Goldsmith resigned from the party on Tuesday after he branded the decision to approve a third runway “catastrophic”. He said he will stand as an independent candidate when the by-election is contested on a date expected to be in December."
Those angry at the Tory party's Heathrow decision may however rain on Goldsmith's parade.
His resignation may appear to show he has remained true to his word to quit if a third runway is approved but it is a half-ass affair. If he wins as an independent the Tory door will remain open for a return at a later date. He will still be a member of the House of Commons willing and able to support the unelected PM Theresa May and her government on other issues.
A third runway at Heathrow is approved but its construction could still be Tory pie in the sky.
Locally people are split on the expansion of Heathrow.
Some believe it it will boost the economy and create jobs; others will have their homes bulldozed while some believe the effect on noise and air pollution should make the project a non-starter.
Post-BRexit, the vote and not our exit which is still some way off, the Tories were always going to revisit the third runway issue.
The government can now use BRexit as an excuse and former elected PM David Cameron's election promises on NO third runway count for nothing. We now have unelected PM Theresa May running the government show.
People who live in the area directly affected by a third runway at Heathrow, facing the demolition of their homes, have been promised generous compensation with an extra 25% over property valutions; generous in the opinion of the government that is.
"The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, praises the approved expansion of Heathrow airport on Tuesday. Grayling says the move shows that, following the Brexit referendum, the UK remains open for business, adding that the committee thought long and hard about the decision before settled on a third runway at Heathrow. He adds that Heathrow’s third runway is best for the whole country and offers another step ‘that works for everyone’ but the Heathrow expansion decision condemned by senior Tories" reports the Guardian.
The Tories are in disarray. They still try for a united public image but scratch the surface and Houston we have a problem.
Boris Johnson has said the third runway is undeliverable.
Me, I am with Dr Ben White. In our Twitter image above he questions Goldsmith's social integrity when he has supported a range of savage cuts to services, budgets and incomes of the poor and vulnerable but quits over plans for a third runway.
Will the third runway ever be built? If so when and at what cost?
More - Tuesday-Zac Goldsmith quits
Op-ed: After an extended period of government dithering a third runway at Heathrow has been approved.
Unelected PM Theresa May and her unelected shadow cabinet finally gave the runway a seal of approval disregarding the plight of local residents.
Heathrow already breaks legal limits for pollution and risks the health of Londoners. In July 2015 the Guardian reported:
The UK government’s Airports Commission has recommended that a new runway at Heathrow should go ahead, but only with a legally binding commitment to control air and noise pollution.
Allegations that Heathrow breaks EU pollution rules are already disputed but perhaps our unelected government will not care either way?
Ms May insists BRexit means BRexit and although that is sheer meaningless drivel one thing is clear-she and her ministers will happily ditch legislation to suit.
The only real issues for the Tory government is the single market and issues affecting the economy or heaven forbid hitting their fat friends.
One casualty of Tuesday's third runway decision should be Zac Goldsmith.
Would be London Mayor and Tory MP Zac Goldsmith vowed he would resign over a third runway at Heathrow.
Goldsmith represents the affluent Richmond Park constituency. If he is true to his word his resignation will trigger a by-election. It is a traditionally safe Tory seat unless locals opt for a protest vote.
Minutes ago he tweeted "Following the Government's catastrophic Heathrow announcement, I will be meeting my constituents later today before making a statement."
Minutes later "@Martha_Gill Exclusive: @ZacGoldsmith resigns" was posted with the image below:
David Cameron branded gutless
Heathrow expansion would not break European pollution law, study finds
Tory revolt over Heathrow third runway as 60 MPs oppose plans and warn of ‘catastrophe’ for party
Opinion: What do you dread most about a necessary visit to the GP assuming you have some concerns? Is it the tussle to get an appointment, what you may have to bare for the GP, physical or mental, or could it be the receptionist?
Tuesday BBC News reports on a patient survey "Receptionists quizzing patients about why they need to see their GP could be putting some sick people off visiting their surgery, a survey suggests. Of almost 2,000 adults questioned for Cancer Research UK, four in 10 said they disliked having to discuss their ills with office staff in order to get an appointment. Many were worried about making a fuss."
Then there are those receptionists who are confrontational, talk down to you, gossip, ignore you as you queue and more.
But having worked as one of those dreaded GP receptionists for around 18 months at the end of the 20th Century there is as always two sides to any story.
I was lucky to work at a small family affair type of pratice in a middle-class area of the city. That meant the practice was relatively small, staff knew patients often personally and patients had the means to address their health issues. We still had problems but the poverty of the patients was not one.
But more importantly we had a GP who was an old school doctor.
He made time for all and surgeries regularly over ran. If patients rang late in the day the receptionists were able to pass the caller over to the doctor who spoke to them personally. He would then issue a prescription, arrange a visit, or ask we make an appointment either for the next day or to see him immediately.
Ultimately in all practices the GPs or their practice manager decide how they function.
There are rules and guidelines in place but the rest is up for grabs.
My GPs is a busy inner city practice.
Like most NHS GP practices these days it has a range of problems. The continual shifting of goalposts in the NHS is costly and ignores that old adage if it is not broke why fix it. But sadly in 2016 the NHS is broke and government mismanagement is partly to blame.
GP receptionists are just people with their own personalities and problems but workers should leave those at home and get on with the job. Some receptionists are dragons, or like queen bees, or power-crazed and some almost seem to enjoy making people squirm but that's life.
Even in 2016 it tends to be a female orientated job.
However we should never forget as patients we are not there to be abused.
When one GP receptionist overstepped the mark once too often I rang the practice and asked to speak to the manager. Having worked for the NHS I was loathe to complain as I understand the stress staff are under at times but I knew they needed to act. Other patients were having similar experiences.
For me that was all it took.
GP practices are often very busy these days and staff overworked and stressed but patients may be literally worried sick and need a reassuring environment not a tussle with a stony-faced receptionist.
The GP or practice manager may decide how the system works but people are just people and there is usually at least one bad apple.
I experienced one bully receptionist at the GP practice where I worked and at my own practice.
Don't let anyone stop you getting the healthcare you need and when you need it.
Op-ed: Data is often gathered about us all and for a variety of reasons. A person's ethnic origin is recorded by the NHS when using their services and has been for sometime.
Some data collection helps the government and local authorities provide the right services regionally but there is always the risk it will be used for the wrong reasons.
At the Tory party conference this week Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced the government would force companies to reveal the number of foreign workers employed. Days later that plan has been abandoned.
Sunday after days of angry response "The Government has U-turned on controversial plans to force companies to draw up lists of their foreign-born employees."
Theresa May may be like Mrs Thatcher is many respects but it looks like she is for turning as U Turn number 1 clocks up.
The "list" announcement at the Tory Party conference was ill-thought out but was it just one of those conference carrots aimed at attracting new members and voters? Was it all about looking tough on immigration following Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's honest and welcoming approach to migrants one-week earlier?
But here's the thing.
Quietly and under the radar changes are already underway.
Take a look at the image above.
Seems the Department of Education are suddenly demanding more information on pupils, specifically regarding pupils country of birth and origin.
As we have already said there can be many reasons for collecting such data but why the sudden change?
People will draw their own conclusions.
Post BRexit and with the unelected PM Theresa May running the UK show "times they are a changing" and not for the better.
Who is Amber Rudd?
Amber Rudd facing calls to clarify involvement in tax havens