March 6th, 2013

Dave Pushes the Blame Towards Burnham

The PM is finally turning the Mid Staffs fire towards Labour. Still standing by David Nicholson at PMQs, Dave seethed over the despatch box:

“It is an important point because everyone has to think of their responsibilities with regards to the dreadful events that happened at the Staffordshire hospital, including the fact that part of the problem was people following a very top-down, target-led agenda which led to patient care being put on the back burner. Now David Nicholson has made his apology and wants to get on with his job of running an excellent NHS, and other people, frankly, should be thinking of their positions too.”

Andy Burnham, who had the position of Health Secretary when 1,200 died at Mid Staffs, is in his sights. Labour are throwing their toys out of the pram over the Tories “politicising” the scandal. This time they mean it


178 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Andy Burnham did say he wanted to “End the NHS” ;)

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    • 4
      Putr1d, spiteful Labour ruined my Country says:

      Labour are good at killing people throught the NDS, it’s what they do.

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        Criminal Conspiracy says:

        What I want to know is, how can anyone who was in charge of an organisation where over 1000 people died because of poor management and neglect, be promoted to run the entire show?

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      • 171
        Anonymous says:

        TOTALLY inappopriate use of War Commission gravestones to illustrate the graphic, Guido.

        Withdraw it and apologise.

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        • 173
          AntiLeftoid says:

          Well he couldn’t exactly go to each victims grave and take a photo then collate it could he? I think the image is well composed unlike the poor sods under the care of a paper pushing health organisation which has more pen handlers than nurses. Up yours anonymous.

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    • 41
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      Aneurin Macht Frei.

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    • 44
      pissed off voter says:

      culpable as Burnham might be, the rot probably set in much earlier – I suggest the odious Patricia Hewitt is very much in the Nicholson mould and events during her reign would not withstand scrutiny..

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    • 45
      Professor Lord Prescott of Porkpies says:

      The Tories always trying to undermine our glorious national NHS service, it’s envy of world, it is, of world, the whole world enviouseness of national NHS. This whole Mid Staffs thing in Mid Staffs is just a Tory plot by Murdoch to undermine the national NHS which Labour made to treat poor people and is now there to serve all third world peoples what needs it.

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    • 52
      Owen Jonas says:

      I want to know how much money ALL Tory MPs are earning. All of them. And I will throw a nice little middle-class tantrum if they don’t tell us. Because we have to save the NHS from these savage cuts which Labour will reverse in full.

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      • 58
        Tory voter says:

        Ok for Labour MPs to have a stash under the bed, is it?

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          Sir Bumley Foghorn MP (Much Ranting in the Shires) says:

          Reminds me of Johnson at Eton. He had a stash under the bed, another in his desk, one under the floorboards and an emergency supply behind the sink. Best supplier we ever had.

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      • 113
        Viv says:

        How much is Blair’s property portfolio worth?
        What is Gordon Brown’s annual income?
        How much does Patricia Hewitt get from Boots?

        Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how much BOTH the Cabinet and the Shadow Cabinet are ‘worth’. How can any of them, with their travel and housing and food effectively free, possibly understand the ordinary voter?

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      • 152
        Anonymous says:

        You mean – Lower middle class tantrum…

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    • 80
      M says:

      Kill thousands of patients needlessly then go on strike for more money

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    • 110
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      Swiss already reaping benefits of Romanian immigration…

      http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/74314-swiss-police-snare-man-with-49-phones-in-his-trousers

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    • 126
      Labour Strategist says:

      This is how it works Andy.

      Older people are more likely to vote. And most vote Tory. If we can think of a way of seeing them off and replacing them with grateful immigrants from Europe and Asia who will vote labour…jobs a good ‘un.

      Now then… this Liverpool Care Pathway…Stafford, Stafford’s a marginal isn’t it?

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    • 162
      Anonymous says:

      Can you imagine what Milliband would be like if it had been the Conservatives in power when mid staffs happened ? and indeed the BBC, Grauniad etc. I bet he would have wanted another enquiry and resignations. Instead they behave as though nothing had happened.

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  2. 2
    Not Blowing Whistles says:

    Nicholson should be fired as the majority of this is on the civil service / administrative side.

    The politicians who were responsible for the departments should resign as a matter of principle, and then face prosecution.

    The picture above shows only a quarter of the headstones which are on Burnhams head, if we just consider the 1200.

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    • 48
      rebekah aka nellnewman says:

      Principled politicians is an oxymoron.

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      • 153
        Peter Grimes says:

        So telling it as it is about ZaNuLieBor’s NHS failures, including hundreds of unnecessary deaths, is ‘politicising’ is it, when ZaNuLieBor lie about ‘bedroom tax’?

        Good job that the sheeple are completely fucking stupid or they won’t vote them back in next time.

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  3. 3
    Andy "Maybelline" Burnham says:

    I will continue to campaign against the savage Tory cuts to the NHS as they provide a very convenient smokescreen to cower behind.

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    • 29
      Andy Burnhams Scythe Sharpening Service says:

      Also my proxy Diane Fatbot will tweet about football as if nothing was ever wrong

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      • 50
        Dianna Fatty Abblote says:

        Chavez was just like Castro, Stalin and Pol Pot – a glorious leader for the poorest in the world – we all know how white people try to divide and rule us so we have to stick together.

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  4. 5
    Ed Miliband says:

    It’s an NHS Tax#

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    • 74
      retardEd Miliband says:

      Mithter Sthpeaker Mithter Sthpeaker,

      Thith ith outwageouth. I demand a full public enquirerery.

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  5. 6
    Ed Miliband says:

    It’s a tax tax#

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  6. 7
    Centre Parting says:

    Has Nicholson used the ‘I voz only obeying orderz’ defence yet?

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  7. 8
    Jimmy says:

    Not at all desperate.

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      Andy Burnham & Alan Johnson says:

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      • 55
        The BBC says:

        LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA

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        • 83
          BBC editor says:

          We can’t talk about this story as it might be controversial by saying something bad about the universally loved international NHS.

          We’re also too busy now clearing our schedule for the sad news of Comrade Chavez’s decline, probably assassinated by the white males in the USA.

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    • 24
      Osric Testacles says:

      Yes Jimmy, your idols such as Burnham do seem to responding as befits sufferers of rather squeaky bums….

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    • 47
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      1200 deaths is a mere statistic to the left.

      Socialism always creates shortage. In this case a shortage of life.

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      • 85
        Jimmy says:

        No, it’s a statistic to the right. To everyone else it’s a made up number.

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        • 92
          Lets talk semantics coz im a c u n t says:

          1 or 1200 does it matter?

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        • 98
          CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

          So you think they didn’t really die and the NDS is wonderful.

          Wow you really are getting even more delusional.

          Should I tell Jimmy that the Berlin wall fell?

          The NDS is the envy of undertakers in countries with proper healthcare systems.

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          • Jimmy says:

            I know reading’s not your long suit but I don’t think it was a particularly complicated sentence. When I said it was a made up number, I meant it was a made up number. I did not suggest that patients at the hospital were immortal. I really do try to keep these posts as simple as possible for you.

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          • CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

            What don’t you like about the number 1200 dead? Does it make the NHS’ failure any less massive?

            You seem to be implying “No, the NHS is great Only {some number less than 1200} died!!”

            Weasels are too nice to compare to you.

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      • 102
        Criminal Conspiracy says:

        For the Jimmy’s of this world, nothing trumps tribalist loyalty to the ‘greater good’ even if that greater good, is in fact appalling suffering, misery and in this case, death.

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        • 129
          Jimmy says:

          I’m not the one trying to score points against the man who took over the department a year after the events in the report. But obviously I’m being tribal.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Save the sarcasm Jimmy.
            It’s not just the deaths.
            It’s the continued cover-up.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Oh dear, is it tinfoil time again?

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          • Procrustes says:

            I see, so your point is about making sure the blame is deflected? Nothing to see here,move on. So you therefore believe a high number of deaths (the number we shall park for the moment) is not the main issue?

            Avoidng blame for Labour presumably is?

            Now who is politicising the issue?

            Back to the numbers -Stalin said ‘ one man’s death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic’ Which is it for you?

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          • AntiLeftoid says:

            Lets put it this way Jimmy, it was still covered up, people died, if it had been one of your own loved ones you’d be baying for blood and screaming “Heads must roll” incompetence of an organisation under Labour control and those in charge did nothing about it.. HEADS MUST ROLL!

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    • 155
      Stalin says:

      You tribal little cvnt.

      If this had happened on the evil Tories’ watch then you, Watson and all the other wind-up-and-go faux-outrage queens would be spitting feathers, accompanied by the associated wall-to-wall 24-7 BBC coverage.

      The BBC have given this far, far less coverage than phone hacking. No one died because of phone hacking. How do you explain that exactly?

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  8. 9
    Cristobel Bryant says:

    MMMMMMM, he has got eyes to die for.

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  9. 10
    Seething Dave says:

    I was so outraged by the disgusting lack of proper management at Mid-Staffs, that I promoted the Marxist at the centre of the debacle, to head of the entire NHS. I know Sir David, will do an excellent job and offer the Communist Purpose incompetent, my full support.

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  10. 11
    Andy "Maybelline" Burnham says:

    There was a good reason I could not see what was going on. I was trying out a new eyeliner which wasn’t right for my skin tone.

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  11. 12
    Steve Miliband says:

    A GP friend used to get their practice a bonus for every MMR jab given. Impartial advice for the best outcome for patients. I think not.

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    • 128
      Mr Grumpy says:

      The anti-MMR canard has been completely blown and should never have been given any traction in the first place. Get over it.

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    Empty Ed the useful idiot says:

    I have run out of toys to throw out of my pram

    I must ask Sally Alley to replace them

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  14. 16
    Mr Rotivator says:

    The usual suspects in labour/BBC are still spouting on about “privatising the NHS”. Do none of them realise that most of the NHS has always been privately run. All Bevan did (on a policy originated by Chirchill) was to nationalise hospitals. Primary care has always remained in the private sector, with the exception of a few salaried GPs, and have a contract with the NHS, rather like other healthcare and service providers. Do they want to nationalise primary care and how do they propose about doing it? Rant over.

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    • 53
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      I wish they would totally privatise it.

      We might get some care rather than the measly ration of poor treatment I always get from the National Death Service (unlike the care and attention I get from the treatment I’ve paid for).

      Remember on the NHS you’re not a customer to be served, you’re a cost, and costs are minimised…

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  15. 17
    Knighthoods are a great reward for failure says:

    Rewarding public servants for failure seems to be the norm even though it is as lunatic as giving bonuses to bankers when the bank is losing over £5 billion!

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    • 31
      Fred the shred says:

      Pathetic

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    • 62
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      You don’t think Gordo’s regime needed as much credit as possible? Borrowing and hiding debt is Labours way, he just bribed the banks.

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  16. 18
    Ed Miliband (Special Needs) says:

    I think what’s important here is that everyone gets round the table because that’s what we need to do to resolve this and unless people get round the table this will not be resolved and I think that’s what’s important here.

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    • 23
      John Prescott says:

      Nice one Special Needs Ed, just what we needed to ear at this time of crises in the NHS with expenditure about of whack and patience not receiving the caring they need becos of these evil Tories and it wasnt Andy Burned Dam’s fault all his happened as he was watching his balls with his other eye like Ed Cooper and he can’t be responsible for evil doctors like Harold Chipman and its disgusting anyway the Tories blaming everyone except Virginia Bottomley and what we need as Ed (Special Needs, not Balls) said last week is more public-private partnership for the Age of Chancers and this is an initiation I am leading with Tony and Gordon who fort the whole thing up in the first place but in the end the people will decide and that’s why all you suthern jessies need to shut your traps!

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      • 34
        Donald Trump, Lord Golfcart of Aberdeenshire says:

        Mister Prescott,

        I’ve been reading your contributions to Guido with keen interest and I notice you keep mentioning something about an Age of Chancers. I think this could be a lucrative business opportunity and I wonder if this is something I could speak to you about?

        Perhaps I could invite you to Aberdeenshire sometime to feel my wood?

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      • 64
        Fuck Labour says:

        John, is your mind ALWAYS on food? “Salami and 7/11″?

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          Lateral Thought says:

          All of that terrorist stuff occurring on you watch: Prescott never stopped for one minute and perhaps thought that he or his government was doing something wrong to trigger all that ?

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  17. 20
    Fuck Labour says:

    Labour have the blood of 1,200 from Stafford on their hands, as well as a further 500,000 from Iraq.

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  18. 21
    Speaking in cliches.. says:

    They’re all as bad as each other!

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  19. 25
    Burnhams GP says:

    I suspect a bad case of coffin.

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  20. 26
    Screwed Taxpayer says:

    What proportion of GDP should be spent on the NHS?
    5% 10% 20% 50% 100% ?
    What’s your answer Dave, you caring PC twat?
    And yours Miliprat, probably 110% ?
    It is a bottomless Stalinist pit, providing sinecures for cnuts like Nicholson.

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    • 40
      Dave Cameron says:

      What proportion of GDP should be saved from the NHS budget in order to be sent abroad?

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    • 65
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      ST,
      It doesn’t matter what level the spending is. If the structure is marxist (as the NHS is) the waste will increase with spending.

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  21. 27
    Labour=Waste says:

    Imagine if this happened in a BUPA clinic? Labour would go berserk.

    Yet here they close ranks to protect bureacrats. They put staff ahead of patients.

    Same old Labour.

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    • 49
      Burham Is A Sickening Disgrace says:

      You can’t trust Labour with the NHS.

      They pour in more money… to give to their cronies rather than help the sick and weak.

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    • 70
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      Independent (of reality) had a cover story of one person who nearly died at a private clinic two years after some busy body warned about “bad care” there. Not much about the 1200 killed by negligence @ the NDS.

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    • 75
      Anonymous says:

      Look again. It was a shock to find BUPA had removed a part of my body and wanted to charge me for the extra costs incurred.
      That is how good they are. Part gone, and I never even remember being there. The scar was invisible also. Amazing company.

      (Not altogether on top of their game, I wonder who did lose that part)

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      • 90
        Simon says:

        Was it your brain?

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        • 100
          Anonymous says:

          Obviously they left you with one finger free to move. Kind aren’t they, these health professionals.

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      • 122
        CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

        The NHS regularly seems to remove the wrong bit of someone, you got the better option.

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        • 137
          Anonymous says:

          I was advised, years ago, by a nurse, to always leave notes to the staff in indelible ink.

          Other way up. Wrong end. Other side. That one is healthy. Do not touch.

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  22. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Ooh, that’s telling them Dave. Can anyone work out from what he says who he’s referring to – Labour would have made a point of distinctly laying it at the feet of the Tories. Dave just refers to everyone in general.

    If he won’t take the gloves off then it’s incumbent on the Tory party to take them off for him and then beat him to a pulp with his own fists.

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  23. 33
    An NHS Manager says:

    We have a back burner? Who knew?

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  24. 36
    Peter Hitchens says:

    What a fucking load of cock! The Tories are as left-wing as Labour. Wank for brains!

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  25. 37
    Centre Parting says:

    Pryce jury still out – have they run out of tea bags?

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  26. 38
    Nick Clegg says:

    I often think about other peoples’ positions.

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    • 81
      Nick Pedro Cleggo says:

      Having arranged my son’s education at a posh school I am now at the airport going on an urgent trip for further instructions. Why doesn’t Miriam use email?

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  27. 51
    Fuck Labour says:

    Because, of course, Labour NEVER politicise anything, do they? The evil fucking c-unts.

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  28. 56
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Cameron is not being specific enough. andyburnham should be named and shamed in the HoC.

    As for nicholson – can’t understand why dave hasn’t sacked him yet.

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  29. 57
    Fuck Labour says:

    Burnham is a c-unt but it’s Patricia Hewitt who’s the monster that’s in hiding. She was death secretary between 2005 and 2008 when 1,200 people died. Now she’s making lots of money from various consultancy roles and other positions she’s got from using the connections she made whilst in government. She’s an evil piece of shit and deserves to die of cancer.

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    • 76
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      Hewitt was also the rent seeker behind IR35. making sure the state had expensive IT projects and they went to Labour donors.

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    • 82
      Pat Blewitt says:

      I only wanted a share of the PIE

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    • 86
      Patricia Pukeitt says:

      They were only a load of hideous honkies.

      We were just speeding up diversity a bit.

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    • 104
      Casual Observer says:

      Hewitt was also Harman’s boss at NCCL when they were supporting PIE back in the 70s.

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  30. 61
    Blame the Tories NOT us says:

    It is a truth universally acknowledge by everyone on the left of politics, the Labour leader past and present ;the BBC and Guardian that Labour is responsible for absolutely NOTHING that occurred during the thirteen years that they were in government

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    • 101
      CarryHole is a unbeleivable Hunt says:

      and when reminded of that fact on the BBC the phrase “move on” is spoken… People should refuse to be herded by the leftwingers.

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  31. 63
    Tory voter says:

    Fire Nicholson. Fire the next line of management under him at Mid-staffs.

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    • 119
      Criminal Conspiracy says:

      Err, I think you will find they were all promoted or given massive pay offs.

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  32. 68
    steve smith says:

    OMG has Dave grown a pair?

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  33. 69
    Jury Forewoman says:

    ………..but you’re a fucking rug muncher. What do you know about vicars and swearing to obey.

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    • 72
      Juror No. 9 says:

      If that’s how you’re going to talk to me, I’m not joining in this jury any more.

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  34. 71
    A Theatre Critic says:

    Longest running mystery in London ?

    ‘The Mousetrap’ – or – the Vicky Pryce Trial ?

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  35. 72
    marvin tpa says:

    its just showbiz – all very depressing – i think i’ll throw myself off a very high cliff

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  36. 87
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Are patients now to be placed on the front burner in the NHS ?

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      Simon says:

      That’s a load of crock.

      Look up double entry accounting: to create money as an asset, you create a matching liability. To lend out money does the same. Know this and you don’t need to waste 9.37.

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      • 96
        Time Lord says:

        Posted at 3:55 commented on at 4:00 elapsed time 5 minutes.

        How do you watch a 9:37 video in 5 minutes and remain qualified to comment?

        You are Kebab Time and I claim my lifetime supply of Chicken Gyros

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        • 105
          Lateral Thought says:

          Or, absent a TARDIS, perhaps ‘Simon’ has seen the video before it was posted here and recognized it ?

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      • 169
        Eddie the Beagle says:

        Yeah. If this bo**ocks was true then the banks would never have failed.

        First, a bank cannot lend out more than it has in deposits and borrowings it has made.

        Second, the reason there is so little cash and coin money in the economy is because of the ATM and the credit card. We do not need to carry it around like we did when banks only opened 9-4pm each day and not on weekends.

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  38. 94
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Dave why did you say “a very top-down, target-led agenda”?

    Its not like we do that is it.

    PMSL

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  39. 95
    No future in Edinburgh! says:

    Lazy nurses who do nothing as they make the already over stretched care assistants do all nurses work for them.

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    • 109
      HenryV says:

      Are you having a go at poor nurses? Some of them have to get by on £30k a year and perhaps more……

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  40. 106
    HenryV says:

    Is it because of Burnham it is called the Liverpool Path to Death? Or whatever?

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    • 132
      Nil by Mouth says:

      I could have told you the answer to that if I hadn’t died of hunger and thirst in an NHS death camp.

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      • 151
        HenryV says:

        That is downright inconsiderate of you. May your house be turned over to accommodate 1000 Romanians.

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  41. 107
    Drop a Daisy cutter on Owin Jones says:

    I do wish people would take the time to learn where their Caps Lock key is and FUCKING use it. Thank you so much.

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  42. 115
    Common Porpoise says:

    Get yer keggs aff an al show ya Im not a fish….

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  43. 116
    Owin Jones says:

    Comrades,

    The UK’s largest civil service union, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), has picked Budget Day – 20 March – to start its industrial action over pay and pensions.

    The day will be the first in a series of protests which are scheduled to last three months.

    The union’s members, who include Jobcentre, benefits and tax office workers, want a 5% pay rise, or £1,200.

    The PCS says 61% of those who voted in a national ballot opted to strike.

    Turnout among the union’s 250,000 members balloted was 28%.

    Of those who voted, 80% were in favour of forms of industrial action other than striking.

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    • 121
      Mehdi Hasan says:

      Voters cannot be trusted with their votes

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    • 124
      Spin Patrol says:

      ‘The union’s members, who include Jobcentre, benefits and tax office workers, want a 5% pay rise, or £1,200.’

      That is £1 for each of our members, for each of Andy Burnham’s victims at Staffs hospital and a modest percentage of the overall number killed by Labour on the NHS.

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    • 127
      Rocket science says:

      If you’re not happy with your wage, what other action, besides going on strike, can you possibly take to rectify the situation and get a better, fairer wage?

      Oh, yeah. Resign and get another job.

      Hey! PCS members! I figured it out for you!

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    • 130
      Casual Observer says:

      Did the conservatives give Osborne until 20th March to get an economic plan together, or else start considering leadership changes ?

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/mar/01/tories-david-cameron-eastleigh-byelection

      I smell a deep plot.

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    • 134
      Fishy says:

      So 17.8% of the PCS’ membership voted to strike

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      • 177
        Curly says:

        No no no – you do not understand. 61% voted to strike, but 81% voted for alternative action. So that’s 141% of the membership expressing an opinion. They’ll get round to the others by the end of the week.

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    • 142
      Wormtongue says:

      Will we notice the difference?

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  44. 135
    Ernestine Tentions says:

    I wonder how many Labour MPs do not have private health care plans for themselves and their families. Particularly Mr Burnham.

    The figures might give a reliable indication of their trust in, and commitment to, the (Inter)National Health Service.

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  45. 136
    Private_Schultz says:

    About time! I hope all those who held the office of Health Sec during the 2000s will also be called before the Health Select Committee and questioned.

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  46. 138
    Andy Liar Burnham says:

    Life is cheap to us in labour, must go there is a photo opportunity.

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  47. 143
    Wormtongue says:

    Ah, poor little Andy Burnham – diddums. About sodding time, stick it to him Dave!

    The ex shadow minister for ‘health’ has been hiding for too long and it is time he answered for his sins. The man’s a fake anyway – his northern accent only comes out for the media.

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  48. 146
    Maybe line says:

    I think we need a new model in Parliament.

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  49. 147
    ReefKnot says:

    Into the Valley of Death rode the twelve thousand.

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  50. 154
    Stalin says:

    I would like to congratulate comrade Burnham on his promising start. Every journey starts with one step, and he has made 1200 so far.

    You’ve got some catching up to do if you want to beat MY record though comrade! Come, join me in making a number they can REALLY call a ‘statistic’!

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  51. 156
    MajorFrustration says:

    Is Dave suggesting that Mid Staffs is the only thing wrong with the NHS?

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  52. 157
    jo bonanno says:

    Got a relative receiving treatment in a private hospital.

    Own room of course, telly, nurse call, ‘pantry’ call, nurse station 10 feet away from her door, husband allowed to stay overnight, needed a £1000 scan, got a £1000 scan, needed a £1000 drug, got a £1000 drug; norovirus, death care pathways conspicuous by their absence.

    I think the world might be a tad more ‘envious’ of that than Labour’s NHS death camps.

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    • 164
      jo bonanno says:

      Now usually how the public sector judges itself is…

      ‘Yes we were utterly shit last year but as you can see (using easily gamed statistics) we are slightly less utterly shit this year.’

      Sprinting through one of labour’s NHS death camps last month (trying not to stop, touch anything or breathe) I saw a large sign saying something along the lines of…

      ‘Our Target For MRSA Incidents This Year Is No More Than Three’.

      By ‘incidents’ of course they mean deaths. They obviously had four deaths last year so ‘only’ three this year would be one of those great public sector ‘improvements’.

      They could always – hello-o – target no deaths whatsoever from MRSA.

      Or am I just being silly and all private sectory,

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD and COD FATHER of SOLE says:

    Why is the picture of war graves , are there no public cemeteries in Staffordshire ?

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  54. 161
    Lord Peter Smith says:

    Andy Burnham, commandant of the death camps in Stafford .

    I am ashamed to say he is our local M.P. ( I know its a joke but its true) I even know people who voted for him, it must be the medication.

    Trial would be nice but will never happen.

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  55. 167
    David B says:

    Only labour are allowed to score political points over the NHS. So now to end all debate in Labour favour method

    PRIVATISATION you all want. PRIVATISATION

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  56. 175
    Tom Catesby says:

    ‘Politicising the scandal’, a.k.a. correctly identifying those responsible. heads should roll over this tragic disgrace.

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  57. 178
    Vinny says:

    It is about f#king time the Tories got tough with the socialist incompetents.

    Don’t back down, come out fighting, take the fight to them. Get angry with them.

    This *is* a life or death matter, FFS.

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