Dear Mr Brown, I am sure that even you are now fully aware of the predicament that you and your government are in. Yet we still have the horrifying prospect of two more years to wait before your government departs.
This however does not preclude you personally ‘falling on your sword’ in the meantime which would be the only sensible and honourable thing to do.
Especially as all of your colleagues are calling for your blood as we speak!
Every person on the street, whoever they may be, all feel the same as I do and as I write please bear in mind this is very typical of everyone’s attitude towards you and your government.
It is invidious again to remind you of the disaster of the last ten years but unfortunately I have no option. Unfortunately shortage of space prevents proper full commentary, but just a few reminders are:
First of all of course, Iraq and Afghanistan were, at the time and even more so now, one of the worst decisions that a British Government has ever taken and imposed on our citizens and regrettably lost the lives of so many young men and women. We know initially this may have been your ‘running mate’ Tony Blair trying to ‘suck up’ to Mr Bush and trying to look like a statesman with the Americans but where is he now?.
I hear that the debacle in both these far off countries has cost us £12bn to date. I pose the question – How much could our sorry country in its present sorry economic climate do with twelve billion pounds today?!
To add insult to injury, one of your ministers is trying to justify the great job we are doing in Afghanistan by making us aware of how much more freedom the female population of that country now has, compared to before and how young girls can now attend proper schools.
How dare he imply that 111 British servicemen to date should have to lose their lives in order for children in another country, (that 90 per cent of the UK population could not point to on a map), can now go to a school!!
If we are so keen in trying to assist far flung countries with their problems, why haven’t we done something far nearer home in Zimbabwe, a country with a despot like Mr Mugabe, that both yourself and Mr Blair seemed to have ignored or treated with kid gloves.
I won’t dwell on crime but as we know it has considerably increased over the past ten years with the ineffectual new regulations such as ASBOs that you have brought in.
The fact that the prisons are full and we are not building more is just a joke! The poor policeman’s job is not improved and your home secretarys meanness with their two and a half percent pay increase, backdated pay only reduces the morale below its present state.
The National Health Service, despite the billions you have thrown at it, is in such a sorry state and the morale of the doctors and nurses is at an all time low. We seem to be building hospitals on an enormous scale which then swallow up more National Health money and yet are more poorly run and homes to all kinds of deadly diseases.
I won’t drum on about the deepening recession that we are now being swallowed up in. The greedy banks may be to blame but who should have initially taken control of the banks?.. Our former Chancellor – YOU, who also sold our gold reserves at knock down prices.
This is another fine mess you have got us into and yet every time the price of fuel goes up, your government is coining in millions to waste on far off countries and you are telling us to ensure that we save food in our fridges whilst you are enjoying an eight course luncheon in Japan.
The ordinary family will soon be unable to sustain any kind of comfortable existence under your draconian tax regimes.
From a purely personal point of view your whole demeanour and appearance has no statesmanship attraction whatsoever. Your persona as the Prime Minister makes even John Major look like a Winston Churchill. What foreign leaders think of you in your uncomfortable demeanour, I can’t begin to imagine – Overall Mr Brown you are a total embarrassment to us all.
On top of that the Glasgow by-election has spelt it out finally that it’s all over for your party. That is why there is this weekend’s move to oust you by your fellow MPs in a desperate attempt to save a sinking ship. Too late I’m afraid; so do the country, Europe , your fellow MPs and most of all US a favour and please go now to save us all from any further discomfort and your colleagues and the country any further loss of credibility. Then take a long holiday in Suffolk and join some rural accountancy practice!
A R Fitzpatrick,
Parents’ feelings of paramount importance
Dear Editor, At Birmingham Children’s Hospital we are constantly striving to create the best possible healing environment for children and that also involves looking after their families and offering them the best accommodation.
Our decision to close Edward House (Post, 28 and 29 July) was taken with those long-term interests in mind. We could not close our eyes to current inadequacies. We are very grateful to Edward’s Trust for their many years of service to parents, but the case for replacing our existing parents’ accommodation block with a larger, better-quality facility, provided free of charge to the hospital, resident parents and the taxpayer at large was overwhelming.
Despite all the efforts of Edward’s Trust we continue to have a waiting-list of parents in need of accommodation, and we find that unacceptable. Parents of patients referred for specialist care from all over the country sometimes have to pay for their own hotel accommodation, and we cannot stand by and let that continue. The new building provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) will be superior both in size (60 family rooms with up to four beds in each) and in having communal facilities available to all parents, whether or not they are residents. Parents of sick children need a place of safety, security and occasional escape from the clinical environment and the new house will provide that in abundance.
We reject the view that the new house will be more impersonal or uncaring. We already have a robust and fully professional counselling service available to parents. We never forget that parents’ feelings are of paramount importance, indeed our stated purpose involves ‘Caring for Children, Young People and their Families’. So we rebuff utterly any suggestion that we would engage in any project which brought about or threatened a reduction in the quality of care for parents or children. Our staff should be spending their time supporting parents, not ringing round to find accommodation outside the hospital. Our money should be spent treating sick children, not contributing to the costs of parents’ accommodation – particularly when there is charity prepared to do that.
Chief Commercial Development Officer,
Birmingham Children’s Hospital.