Author Archives: Tony Dawson

Opinion: New law needed to tackle millions wasted on public sector redundancy and rehiring

Those of us who exited the NHS as whistleblowers, given the bum’s rush and no cash, would not be expected to have much sympathy for the small army of re-tread NHS managers who have been ‘made redundant’ and then re-hired, sometimes doing essentially the same job in essentially the same area, having recently received a small fortune for notional ‘redundancy’.

3,950 NHS staff were made redundant between May 2010 and November 2013 and later re-hired, 2,570 of them on a permanent basis and 1,380 on fixed contracts. Last week’s published Department of Health accounts show that the average cost of redundancy …

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Opinion: Iraq War, one year on

Just over ten years ago, I was one dot in a crowd of one million people in London calling for the Labour government of Tony Blair to stop the Iraq war. We all knew that Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator who was much-hated in his own country but we knew equally well that the case for invasion of Iraq (it was never a ‘war’) was a gigantic deceit, cooked up by the Blair and Bush governments for their own purposes. We knew that Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction. We knew that far from being a friend of Al Qaeda and the Islamicists, Saddam was their sworn enemy and near the top of their death list. But these were ‘inconvenient truths’.

As I walked alongside Charles and Sarah Kennedy, Donnachadh McCarthy and Simon Hughes at the front of the Liberal Democrat contingent in the march, I thought to myself: “Wow! This is the biggest gathering of humanity in the UK since the Isle of Wight Pop Festival in 1969:and we haven’t even got Jimmy Hendrix or Joni Mitchell as a ‘draw’ . How can they ignore something as huge as THIS?”

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    Question to the author and supporting commenters: There's lots of talk here about pressure on Israel to accept peace. Do we not need any pressure...
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    Good to see young people down south taking an interest, but it was not a well-informed debate.
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    As to the sticking point of "Israel's right to exist", it depends what you mean by the phrase. If the meaning is restricted to mean...
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    The reason nothing has been done is because all the main parties fear the Israeli lobby and Israel knows that no matter how many Palestinians...
  • User AvatarAndi Ali 29th Jul - 2:33pm
    So its not just independence for Palestine Alistair Carmichael opposes, but that for Scotland too.
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    Sesenco... Maidstone Local Party decided at our recent exec not only to not hold a ballot on whether to replace Clegg but also unanimously to...