September 15th, 2011

Original “Pilgrim” Forced Back To Front Line Services Work

St George’s Hospital in Tooting is under new management and it seems that they have begun to clear out the rot. Jane Pilgrim, the “nurse” who was paid a full-time salary not to nurse, but to work full-time campaigning against the government, has been taken off her full-time duties for Unison and returned to the job we pay her to do – looking after patients:

From: Jane Pilgrim
Sent: 15 September 2011 ██:██
To: ███████████████████████
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: on-call

I will not see Emails today until 4PM AS I am clinical.

Urgent calls

Have a Good Day



Fittingly this small but not insignificant victory comes during the week of TUC conference. Guido hears our old friend Jane was none to happy about the move. Jane can go back to work safe in the knowledge her precedent has possibly ruined her movement’s subsidised fun and games at taxpayers’ expense. Her case has directly lead to the issue of taxpayer funded union officials, or “Pilgrims” as they have come to be known, shooting up the agenda. Guido hears from the more switched on ministers that the days of unproductive Pilgrims are numbered. The government is reviewing the £86 million loophole that pays for the union’s organisational infrastructure, allowing them to save the money raised by member subscriptions for more important things. Like keeping the Labour Party solvent…

You can read the whole saga here. We’re celebrating that this blog has helped to increase public sector productivity…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Well done Guido!!!! :-)


    • 5
      Dazza says:

      I concur! Well done.


      • 19
        Anonymous says:

        I don’t think its that simple; without any change in law she will be doing the same as before.


        • 37
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          What about the 370,000 households where no family member has ever worked since the age of 16yrs. What are the socialist liberals doing about these people? They spoke out this week about unacceptable levels of unemployment so why not start by explaining why they let this situation arise and why the number rose from 170,000 to 370,000 under Liebour. Doing something about this is likely to save the UK taxpayer far more money than getting rid of the 50p tax rate. Come on Cable, you gob off about squeezing middle to pay more tax what are you doing about welfare lifers??????? Clegg claims we won’t notice an increase in some of our taxes- he might not because he is a millionaire and we paid for his second house and the official country house he shares with Hague. Clegg does not even like the British culture and prefers the German Nazi to this. So instead of keep scrounging from us, why does he not clear off to Germany or Spain??

          Guido, about time you told us where Clegg’s kids go to school. Is it the Oratory or the local sceptic pit?? I want to know if he sends his children to a faith school when he is an atheist or agnostic at best. Someone must know.


      • 34
        Blah says:

        Well, I guess after the Huhne failure you *could* call this a victory… I guess the bar’s been lowered a bit.


      • 120
        Pickled Wizard says:



    • 22
      I don't beleieve it says:

      Are you the house janitor or something? Do you have a home to go to? What kind of a sad loser are you? For chrissakes why do you waste your life hanging around to post first on this blog? Do you have to pee into a bottle at the side of you pc in order to achieve this? Jeez – sad sad sad.


    • 35
      Anonymous says:

      but woulld you want her looking after you she’s probably not done any work for so long she’s more of a liability


    • 41
      AC1 says:

      harried past participle, past tense of har·ry (Verb)
      1. Persistently carry out attacks on.
      2. Persistently harass


    • 50
      Crikey says:

      I am sure that with Jane and others wanting to preserve services so much she will be delighted to get back to her tax payer funded job of actually nursing. Real hands on stuff at last Jane, eh?


    • 56
      Pam says:

      I feel sorry for the patients.


    • 57
      AC1 says:

      Guido’s not a “faith no more” fan…


    • 62
      Anonymous says:

      Would you please not stop commenting? It is extremely annoying. Go outside, the sun does not burn.


    • 75
      Guido doesn't care about Billy says:

      Suck, guzzle


    • 84
      Peter Grimes says:

      God help the patients though!


    • 103
      Anonymous says:

      I will not see Emails today until 4PM AS I am clinically depressed that I know have to work for a living like everyone else…………… Boo Hoooooo…..


    • 114
      Nurse...hmmmmmm says:

      Marion Ritchie, Unison Northern Ireland.
      Send her an email if you would please, Guido….


    • 131
      Harriets Rabbit says:

      Nice one Guido!!!

      An eight man patrol where moving north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi insurgent, badly injured and unconscious

      On the opposite side of the road was a British soldier in a similar but less serious state. The soldier was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both men, the platoon commander asked the injured soldier what had happened.

      The soldier reported, “I was moving north along the MSR here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent. We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road.

      I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable, lowlife scum bag who got what he deserved, and he yelled back that Gordon Brown is a fat, good-for-nothing, left wing half-blind Jock, and Lord Mandelson is a cross-dressing idiot.

      So I said that Osama Bin Laden dresses and acts like a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian.

      He retaliated by yelling, “Oh yeah? Well, so does Harriet Harman!”

      “And, there we were, in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when the bus hit us.”


    • 221
      Great Granddad says:

      Yes. Another Well Done to the de facto parliamentary opposition – Mr. Guido Fawkes!
      Long may he prosper.


    • 223
      No2IT says:

      If our Nurse Pilgrim has spent so long doing union paperwork and is now being unleashed back onto the wards, I hope that she will have done some refresher training before she is allowed to carry out duties unsupervised. This is good practice. My daughter, an experienced police officer, is returning to work after maternity leave, and is going through some very detailed training to bring her back up to speed on even basic things such as arrest procedures, prisoner handling and safe driving. What persuades me that the NHS devotes similar resource to people returning to front line duties…………… ?


    • 224
      IED Dector man says:

      Yep, great news.
      Pilgrim, get on your horse and back to work.


  2. 2
    les says:

    The thought of her actually “nursing” makes me feel sick!


    • 32
      Poor Bloody Taxpayer says:

      My thoughts exactly. I would hate to find that boot-faced harridan by my bedside.


    • 47
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      I would not want her coming after me with an enema syringe!


    • 76
      Guido doesn't care about Billy says:

      Nure Pilgrim = Kathy Bates (Misery).


    • 106
      Anonymous says:

      What about that ex chief constable who is currently head of ACPO and kitting himself out in his own uniform with made up cap badge ? Who is paying his wages? He is not working for any Police force in the Country and ACPO are a private organisation. That makes him a pilgrim as well !


      • 115
        Spice 'n' nice Girl says:

        Gweedo’s paymasters won’t like that comment at all!

        Girl Power!


      • 192
        G Chawsa says:

        Ah! That’s ‘The Fiddler’s Tale’ from A Pilgrim’s Progress I think.


      • 201
        The Cabinet Secretary says:

        ACPO is financed by the taxpayer like all the other police organisations.


        • 226
          Anonymous says:

          I know they receive tax payer money , thats the whole point , they shouldnt as they are a private organisation . The head of ACPO is being paid out of the public purse for being a full time pilgrim. He is not employed by any police force in the country. ACPO should pay his wages themselves.


      • 219
        Anonymous says:

        I find that really embarassing, especially as he is always putting his” two
        pennoth” in, in the media !


  3. 3
    Senator Bloodn' Gore, says:

    Not so certain this will improve productivity, she may be a good union troublemaker who is to say that she can nurse? The two would seem to be diametrically opposed. Why not just get rid of them all?


  4. 4
    Tuscan Tony says:

    “Clinical”? Postal, surely.


  5. 6
    Lomax says:

    Excellent – well done!


  6. 7
    Nolo servile capistrum says:

    Pity the poor patients who end up with her looking after them. Congrats to Guido however.


  7. 8
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    someone posted on thread below that Derek Draper will be a labour conference and might be getting involved with Labour Part again.


    • 48
      AC1 says:

      please Derek D Raper The Rapist.


    • 96
      Gordon Brown says:

      He attending me as my personal therapist and clownsellor.

      I need all the help I can get.


      • 139
        Prisoner Fletch says:

        Better still why don’t you just NAFF OFF & take all of your ZanuLieLabor Shirt Lifters & nancy boys with you. Go make your own very large daisey chain inside the padded cell you have been given, there you can play all day favorite game, a large one up the a*se, commando style.


  8. 10
    the last quango in paris says:

    Well done Guido!

    Mind you if I saw her out of practice hands coming of me i’d likely have a heart attact – will have to remove my blue rosette before i’m admitted!


  9. 11
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Productivity is the amount of work done by each worker. Even with the lamentably low productivity in the public sector – adding a lazy belligerent bitch like Pilgrim is not going to increase productivity of the workforce as a whole.


  10. 12
    Ha hah! says:

    Guido, you’re my bloody hero.


  11. 12
    Albert Hall says:

    That’ll teach the silly woman to open mouth before engaging brain. Nice one Guido.


  12. 14
    Dave buggered up my health bill says:

    Very well done Guido!!


  13. 16
    Honest Taxpayer says:

    there should be NOT ONE tax payer funded trade union official



  14. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    “Nurse! Nurse! I’ve done another one. Nurse! Nur…oh…not you! The real nurse…I’m frightened.”


  15. 18
    Honest Taxpayer says:

    Just look at her face FFS


  16. 21
    Nostradamus says:

    I give it a fortnight at most before she gets herself signed off on the long term sick with one of those illnesses that is so prevalent amongst public sector, like “stress” or “seasonal affective disorder,” and goes back to troughing off the taxpayer for doing absolutely nothing.


    • 67
      Ah! Monika says:

      SAD but true


    • 107
      A stupid social Worker says:

      Correct, going back to work has many issues associated with it and people need support. Its not as easy as you think.


      • 151
        Windy Miller says:

        So the horrible fuck will go back to ‘real’ work – then go ‘sick’ – then get long term ‘sick’ – then get ‘paid off’ – then get yooyun ‘consulting’ post – then get back the ‘elf service – then fuck US all up again.

        And when LieBore is back in power – very soon now if CMD doesn’t f*ing well do something meaningful soon, we’re back where we started.

        I’m miserable and depressed.

        Pass the Derek Draper, – short for Double Doubles!


  17. 23
    Jac says:

    What is the Cooalition doing about banning tax funded trate union officials ?

    There should be outlawed


  18. 24
    ffs says:

    “old friend Jane was none to happy about”

    “old friend Jane was none too happy about”


  19. 27
    David R says:

    Interesting that she sees the “Urgent” part of her job as contacting unison?


  20. 28
    john in cheshire says:

    I trust that she gets her backlog of bedpans to handle. The we can debate which stinks most.


    • 65
      Ah! Monika says:

      Nurses, Bedpans? Not a Stepping Hill. Just dodgy saline drips


      • 127
        Jethro The Ironian says:

        “Nurses, Bedpans?”
        We’re Graduates now, you know: mini-doctors. We don’t do stuff like that! We’re here to sit at the Nurses’ Station ignoring bells and red lights, occasionally, just occasionally, letting Patients know who’s in charge by snarling at them for wanting a bed-pan or getting food, drink, or medicine. If it’s night-duty we’re on, we’ll make it as horrible for them as it is for us: why should they have the lights dimmed or off? Why shouldn’t we sit at the Nurses’ Station all night loudly talking, on our Mobiles, playing Computer Games? We’re ‘Nursing 2000′ people, King’s Fund.


        • 231
          SarumSea says:

          Oh dear, hit it right on the head. My memsahib, a 1960s trained SRN thinks so, even more than I do. What about the union modernisation (Liebore support)fund? Time that was closed down too


  21. 33
    Report this! says:

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  22. 38
    Victoria Sponge :Φ) says:

    Nice one Guido!


  23. 39
    Anonymous says:

    only just discovered this site, but love it. love the way it makes me go grrrrr. bring them down one by one


  24. 40
    Polly t says:

    This makes my vagina itchy


  25. 43
    Jimmy says:

    Perhaps you could suggest a law which prevents unions from making any donation other than from a designated political fund approved periodically by the members.


  26. 46
    MrAngry61 says:

    Good news – also for Pilgrim herself, who will lose whatever nursing skills that she still has without practice.

    The sooner that ALL Pilgrims are returned to full time work the better – with millions unemployed, there must be similarly qualified staff who just want to work.


    • 51
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Labour mps do cause a slight problem with that theory.


      • 174
        MrAngry61 says:

        How so? Labour MPs are paid to do whatever they do for their constituents. Pilgrims are paid NOT to do whatever they used to do for the public – they now serve the unions.


  27. 59
    BillyBob... says:

    Why is it that nurses these days are morbidly obese and/or pigs in knickers ??


  28. 60
    George Osborne says:

    I feel her pain. Nurse Pilgrim can give me a bed bath any time.


  29. 62
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido Fawkes was overheard referring to Diane Abbott as:

    “An un****able lard arse”.


  30. 64
    Pain Pilgrim says:

    That’s not fair! I am assigned to wipe Brown’s arsehole now!


  31. 68
    Gordon says:

    Nurse I need the potty.


  32. 70
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Nice one Guido.

    I feel very strongly about this subject, there are a lot of votes in making these people work instead of shirk.


  33. 72
    Voice of reason says:

    As I understand matters, nurses have to do a minimum stint on the wards every year to keep their registration valid.

    She might just be doing her annual “keep your hand in” (!) effort. :-(


  34. 73
    Anonymous says:

    What about lifting the stone on our local authorities? They’ve got way above themselves in the services they think they should provide. Stick to repairing the roads and emptying the bins etc FFS, and we might get a better service in these areas. Socialism is a mental disease resulting in jobsworths and busybodies interfering in other peoples lives to everybody’s detriment.


    • 147
      Log Cabin Nutter says:

      What really, really pisses me of is that these wankers whose wages we pay, have somehow finangled their situation so as to be able to FINE us for lines they themselves choose to draw in the sand. Not only themselves but also the contractors whom they corruptly employ – no doubt after the appropriate palms have been crossed with silver – and who get so cocky at being so in thick with their employer they add insult to injury by their high handed treatment of us punters.

      This week in Wellington (Yea OK I’m in New Zealand but we have identical situations in this regard) some contractor employed to collect rubbish by the local council left the following message for a householder who put a few more bottles that he deemed acceptable in a recycling bin: “to many bottles dick”

      I’d ‘av punched his f*ckin’ lights out. But perhaps that would have sent the wrong signals.


  35. 77
    joescotus says:

    another filthy workshy socialist cuunnnt gets to revisit reallty


  36. 86
    Ah! Monika says:


    Nurse Pilgrim has been lost in hospital corridors for 4 hours.


  37. 89
    Voice of Reason says:

    What really gets me is the way the union bosses on well over £100,000 pa state with glee that the public sector strikes will be the biggest yet. They get a perverse pleasure out of their power to screw up the country while remaining happily well paid themselves.


  38. 91
    fartinatrance says:

    Now that we have made a start getting HMG to stop paying for union reps when can we expect them to stop paying for ‘Diversity’ reps and just treat everyone as equals


  39. 93
    Union City Boues says:

    Don’t celebrate too soon. It is unlikely the Tories will retain power (though God help us all) and when LieBore scrape back in they will, of course, restore all Pilgrims as it helps the cause.


    • 109
      say what you see says:

      Well, you have a clear choice then. Either revolution now or later.

      The former is preferable, less bloodshed too.


      • 208
        Rufus T. Firefly says:

        No, lets have a proper revolution And when successful follow the lead of nice Comrade Lenin and put all enemies of the people ( Socialist, Pilgrims, trade union leaders et al ) up against the wall and shoot the bloody lot of them.


  40. 104
    Jimmy says:

    By “new management” presumably you mean this chap?


  41. 108
    EU says:

    Attention! Attention!

    Anyone looking dark ‘n’ dodgy is not to be stopped and questioned. It will constitute an infringement of their human rights.

    All white people will have to pay a fine of £100 every time the Security Services, to whom they pay taxes, stop any non-white person.

    Polly Toynbee and Johann agree with the EU.

    Attention! Attention!


  42. 110
    Koba says:

    I suppose that she has been out of practice so long that she is only competent to clean out bed pans now.


    • 128
      The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - or YOUR NHS! Modern! Efficient! Timely! blah blah blah says:

      . . . was not fit

      to shovel shit

      from one hole to another . . .


  43. 111
    Peter Phain says:

    I am so happy that there is a possible loss of life in my manor. I can get my PermaTanned(tm) face on the news again.

    Phew, after the Cons did so well at the general election I thought my career was in tatters.


    • 130
      TONY BENN'S WILL says:


      i r a


      COULD BE ANYONE ” I don’t know where it came from ” says Peter

      Who’s name was on the cheque or did it come in a carrier bag full of cash
      Why didn’t you go to the police and say someone is trying to bribe me ?
      Oh so many questions,I must check how much I pay the BBC, Oh yes £145.00 and I think that includes journalism,which involves asking questions.
      A man prepared to accept money from anyone,that must be a man of principal then


  44. 116
    David Rose says:

    “And so that night I became a pimp. I listened through the door to Enrique’s
    ass being ripped open — the guy was big and aggressive”


  45. 117
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tonight I will be a little potty.


  46. 124
    Peter Thomas says:

    Good result, Guido re Pilgrims. More power to your elbow. Well done!


  47. 126
    Well done Guido!! says:

    Congratulations Guido – you are a Star in an otherwise insipid, mendacious, and dreary firmament!

    Lots more work to do though!


  48. 132
    BrownDoff says:

    Nice one Guido. Whilst working in the NHS, I came across many of these “staff-side” pond scum. The only denominators for them were fat and fuckin useless. You can’t even sack ‘em unless they actually kill someone, and then only just…


  49. 133
    Lord Flashman says:

    “the job we pay her to do” Guido, when did you register in the UK for Tax? Perhaps you have moved in at Dale Farm? In which case any chance of getting my drive done?

    Frankly never heard of the woman but then again neither have I heard of any of the special advisors who are also paid for by UK Tax Payers to campaign for the Government. I wonder who costs us more?


  50. 134
    Flashman says:

    After all those years of keeping the red flag flying there, Nurse Pilgrim will probably be out of touch with clinical practice.

    Methinks the new management should insist that she [and others like her] engage with an onerous trudge through the Jungle of Retraining – at an entry level remuneration rate until requal’ed naturally.


  51. 135
    Ewanme says:

    This is for Billy Bowden . Thanks for all the words , darlin x .

    Love ya .

    E xxx .


    • 140
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Thanks, Ewaname. Insanity is no bar to posting on here. Keep them coming :)


  52. 136
    Greychatter says:

    If the government have the guts to stop all “Union Pilgrims” being subsidized by the Taxpayer and bring in legislation to ensure that any Union strike ballot is legal if more than 50% of the membership vote, Democracy could be better balanced.
    But with millstone of the Lib/Dems round the Tories neck who knows what the future of Britain’s younger generations will be.


    • 145
      Ted says:

      The Liberal millstone is their because the useless Tories decided to pick as their leader an incompetent Etonian tosser named David Cameron. Despite having the worst Labour Government ever with a leader who was mentally ill he managed to blow an open goal General Election. So now we have this cobbled together half arsed mess. Cameron is really just a modern day Ted Heath and as he gets older and piles on the pounds they are even beginning to look similar. Just like Heath Cameron is perfectly willing to sell out and betray his country showing just what a slimy chiselling little crook he truly is.


      • 155
        MrAngry61 says:

        He certainly seems prepared to compromise every ‘Tory principle’ that he ever professed to hold.


      • 234
        Flashman says:

        You’ve nailed it. Cameron really is Heath reincarnated in all his puffy-faced grey porridge imperfection.

        What is it with these wet Etonians?


    • 162
      Ah! Monika says:

      Thatcher would not have allowed this lot into The Cabinet Room, even to empty the waste paper buckets.

      Wets!! They’re bloody soaking


  53. 137
    Pilgrim Father says:

    Worabaht t’union modernisation fund, lad?


  54. 138
    Pilgrim Father says:

    Eee lad. Dunt fergit t’union modernisation fund!


    • 143
      nell says:

      union modernisation fund?

      Don’t you mean “bobcrow’s 5star, live-it-up, champagne socialist fund”?!!

      Or to put it another way ‘how to live the life of riley on members subs whilst your union members are on strike and struggling to find money for food and a roof over their heads’!


  55. 141
    nell says:

    £86milion?! How many pilgrims is that exactly? and is that only in the NHS?

    Does that mean there are even more £millions and more pilgrims in other public sectors like health and local government? I suspect it does.

    All I can say is Well Done Guido but Keep Going. There’s a lot more work to do yet to get rid of all of gordon’s nonjobs!!!


  56. 144
    Bobby Mugabe says:

    Good work Guido. We have Pilgrims at the QUANGO I work for.
    I was orchestrating a plot to undermine our Prospect union representitives who fuck about at the taxpayers expense.

    My plot was stopped in it’s tracks when our closure was announced by the coalition.


  57. 146
    Primrose Hill Marxist says:

    From: J G Brown
    Sent: 11 May 2010
    To: ███████████████████████
    Subject: Out of Office AutoReply

    I will not be seen from today AS I am clinical

    Urgent calls
    (mobile might not be functional)

    Have a Gord Day



  58. 148
    The Chairman of BBC (Dis)Trust says:

    Since I was annointed in April as the new chairman, I have been extremely busy gorging myself 24/7 on the licence payers supplied money teat for my large renumeration package plus tax free expenses, ooops sorry I mean the peasants have freely given generious donations of course, they have no choice. I will ensure during my tenure @ the BBC we will carry on with our full left wing biased objectives, as defined by our inhouse publications Guardian, Observer & Indey plus others.


  59. 156
    YorkshireLad says:

    Just imagine it…having to WORK for living. What a bummer!


  60. 158
    Anonymous says:

    Watching QT.

    Public Sector workers still believe in the myth that they contribute to the UK economy. Their wages (and the tax they pay) has been taken out from the economy already by tax on the private sector.

    I also have no memory of the public sector creating a fuss and threating strikes when Gordon Brown wrecked private sector pensions.


  61. 163
    Liebour's Reign of Terror, 1997-2010 says:

    Over a million public sector ‘jobs’ were invented under the B£iar/Brown tyranny. All those outreach co-ordinators are absolutely essential.


  62. 164
    joescotus says:

    settled down watch question time (dont shout at me,i know!) dumbarse dimbbers intoduces sec. of state ni ,sien fein bint, dianne abbo…telly off ..goodnight!


  63. 166
    Ah! Monika says:

    Angela Eagle ….what is she for?


  64. 173
    Lobster Throttler says:

    How is that abbot bitch allowed to stand on her head and talk through her arse, what a fucking thick bitch, and why is her autocue on the ceiling?


  65. 177
    Bogeyman says:

    Look at her email. “I will not see Emails today until 4PM AS I am clinical.”

    Just about says it all. Not a thing about tiresome stuff like duty and patients. Just “I am clinical”.

    Can you imagine Florence Nightingale saying she cannot deal with anyone because she is going clinical today? Makes me fucking sick, I tell you.

    Union lackey she may be, but her stroppy attitude and ice-cold management jargon rubs off on other nurses. Which is why many of them are just as bad (though not all as ugly).


    • 232
      SarumSea says:

      Just because she says she is clinical doesn’t mean she is working on a ward. Perhaps she is having her plumbing checked by a colleague.


  66. 184
    BBC says:

    If the Euro fails and Germany and France have two different currencies a resurgence in nationalism will mean war between these two counties within years!

    You either support further integration and the Euro or your a fucking NAZI okay!


    • 185
      Herman van Rompuy says:

      Of course, because between 1945 & 1973 France & Germany were at each other’s throats constantly. If it weren’t for the European Union and the Euro we’d of had world war 3 and we’d all be dead as dodos and reeking of radiation.

      Hail the new generation!


    • 188
      HandyPara says:

      It’s Sieg Heil from me, then!


    • 189
      Yippe! The Euro's dead, long live common sense says:


    • 190
      Yippe! The Euro's dead, long live common sense says:


    • 199
      The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

      Lets hope we finally kill them fucking German twats off once and for all.


      • 233
        SarumSea says:

        You might say that, but my dad was killed by ‘em in 1945, but I’d still rather have a beer with a German than any other European plonker. So there!


    • 203
      They don't like it up 'em Capt Mainwaring,Sir !! says:

      But…neither of them can afford it

      Incidentally do the German actually HAVE an army ? Cos’ they don’t seem to do much fighting anywhere so I may have overlooked them ……..although I seem to remember they had rather smart uniforms and shiny jackboots in WW2 so much more suited for swaggering than our own “roughly clad” boys !!


    • 212
      Rufus T. Firefly says:

      Oh goody, we have’nt kicked the s**t out of the Frogs and the Krauts for a long time.


  67. 193
    albacore says:

    “Guido hears from the more switched on ministers that the days of unproductive Pilgrims’ are numbered.”
    Switched on? You can still switch on your old analogue television but all you’ll get is noise; and the miracle of digital TV is a wonder to behold.
    Never mind all that pouring of taxpayers’ money down union drains, these Pilgrims are scarce clinical resources that the NHS can ill afford to squander.
    Presumably, with oratorical skills enough to whip up the brothers, they’re even capable of basic communication with the patients, too.


  68. 194
    50 Calibre says:

    Those in authority who allowed this situation to develop and flourish should be rooted out and summarily dismissed for gross misconduct.

    It probably won’t happen because government is basically gutless, but it should.


  69. 209
    Paul says:

    Is this for real ?

    Mrs is a nurse. AFAIK you cannot just ‘go back’ to nursing.

    If you have been doing something else for long enough, you have to do refresher courses – not unreasonably, if ratface has been ‘working’ for the Unions for five years or whatever her clinical skills are likely to be substandard.


  70. 211
    Terrible But True says:

    Pity any poor sod who this ‘health professional’ gets to practice her trade upon, so ‘lessons can be learned’ that will be ‘resolved’ by further ‘training’ in ‘not ignoring folk who are parched or lying in their own poo’.


    • 215
      Terrible But True says:

      ps: Not sure the ‘training’ panacea is working anymore, especially for the guys up the food chain who think that solves all. As Mr. Hari’s employers.


  71. 216
    HappyUK says:

    I’ve gone out with quite a lot of nurses in my time.

    My observation has been some do nursing because it is their true vocation in life, and it shows. Others do it for the money.


  72. 217
    Sir Ian Paisley says:

    Dont stop here get the also public funded Association of Chief Police Officers back doing what we pay them for.


  73. 222
    PW says:

    Guido – out of interest, why do you always redact the time on e-mails?


  74. 225
    Pilgrim's Progress says:

    I’ll be back. You think you can keep a good Yoonion member down?

    King Balls and Prince Milipede have promised me…


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