Getting a grip - today's the day

 

Today is the day Andrew RT Davies, Conservative leader in the Assembly, hopes Conservatives in government in Westminster "get a grip" and start communicating their message effectively to the public. The message, he insists, is right but it's not coming across right.

Today is the day David TC Davies, Conservative MP for Monmouth, hopes David Cameron starts to win back people like his Mum, who voted last Thursday for UKIP. She lives in Newport, where Labour gained control but Monmouthshire too fell out of outright Tory control, suggesting Mrs Davies wasn't alone in that neck of the woods in losing faith in her son's colleagues. A Tory Lib Dem coalition is still on the cards in Monmouthshire it seems - a miniature UK coalition that they'll hope is more Rose Garden, than Tractor Factory.

Today is the day the Queen opens Parliament, setting out the UK Government's plans to stimulate growth, reduce the deficit by delivering not austerity but efficiency, stand by families who are finding it tough - and fight back. Today's also the day both Tories and Lib Dems stick with plans to reform the House of Lords, that "perfectly sensible plan" that is not a priority but is still there.

And today is the day Labour will accuse the coalition of proving they're out of touch, not prepared to listen to those voters who abandoned them last Thursday and the day that Plaid Cymru will accuse them of failing to act on a long list of policies that would transform the Welsh economy.

Today's also the day the Welsh Government is having to accept that when the First Minister talked a few weeks ago about hundreds of jobs in an Indian-owned call centre firm "coming to Cardiff", he didn't add that the jobs were coming to one part of Cardiff, from another part of Cardiff. Saving jobs is good news, say the opposition parties but whichever way you look at it, it isn't tantamount to creating jobs. It's semantics, say the government. It's skating on thin ice, say the Conservatives. It's incompetent say the Liberal Democrats.

Today's also the day that the vastly experienced Health Economist, Marcus Longley, warns that parts of the health service in Wales are in danger of "collapse" unless radical changes are made. His report is peppered with words like "acute", "worrying" and "unsustainable." They'll come as no surprise to ministers who saw the report back in March and who'll have both recognised and endorsed the severity of the warnings.

And today's the day that we'll all get to see the report that concludes, we gather, that the Labour AM for Llanelli brought the Assembly into disrepute after turning up drunk at a Cardiff hotel in the early hours.

Today's the day it would be rather nice to bring you some unadulterated good news. I'm working on it.

 
Betsan Powys Article written by Betsan Powys Betsan Powys Former political editor, Wales

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    Comment number 57.

    ... alf, when I asked the rhetorical question "so what is the point of its existence", it followed my observation that is was failing repeatedly to solve real social problems within its remit, specifically the Health Service in Wales.

    If a business fails to deliver what customers want it fails, why should politics be different, might we exchange for example the Assembly for a Mayor.

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    Comment number 56.

    Politics ...

    Moses and the 10 Commandments: ..................................179 words

    Barroso and the EU regulations for the sale of cabbage....26,911 words


    Sorry alf, but we remove wasp nests even where we haven't been stung, just in case we are stung .... in the case of WAG and Health Service how many times has it (have we) been reorganised (stung) in a decade

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    Comment number 55.

    John. The point of their existence is they are there democratically. Whether you like it or not. The people of Wales must be happy with the Welsh Assembly because they vote regularly to elect AMs to the place. So how can you say get rid of them. The people keep on electing representatives to go there on their behalf.

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    Comment number 54.

    Celticace. Thank you. would 22 tablets a day be called a help. I don't know. Though the subject matter at hand was the Incompitancy of the Labour Government here and the Incompitancy of the ConDem in Westminster according to Monmouth. You can't blame the whole Assembly for that. That is like destroying a wasps nest because one wasp bites you. We vote them in so get rid of voting in Wales. Simples.

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    Comment number 53.

    Celticace, your scepticism is a most important part of democracy, you are challenging with your views the very legitimacy of the WAG.

    The credibility of this political institution is also being undermined at present by its inability to form solutions to address very real social problems ...

    So what is the point of its existence .......

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    Comment number 52.

    Also very sorry to learn you have health problems as well Alf, I hope the NHS is able to help.
    It seems to me we have real problems in Wales, the WLA causing issues all round, the wag itself passing 'Laws' just to remind us it is still there. I think we'd be better off without the wag.
    We seem to be creating problems. Big question is what can we do about it?

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    Comment number 51.

    From Welsh Tories ‘blame game’ as they seem incapable of seeing their own shortcomings. Re NHS and other than the funding, there is an acute shortage of critical care staff. Medical Consultants, Registrars etc if they have young children and work in NW can’t accept forced bilingual education and are moving away. Those still here have their kids in private EM education at a significant cost!

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    Comment number 50.

    Actually John I am one of those 35% you mention Spinal arthritis and Vascular and TIAs. I was forced to finish work at age 50 through the job I did I used to cycle to work every day 10 miles a day till my job made me as I am. I can't have treatment because of the spinal arthritis except medication. Unless you are in the persons shoes it is not simple. I get told every day I am looking well. Yeh

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    Comment number 49.

    ... no alf, its not simple, not for the medical profession, it's asking them to consider the patient rather than just a complaint.

    Consider other combinations ...

    .. a psychological problem and vascular disease
    or
    .. arthritis/chronic back pain plus a psychological problem

    If you add these to the arthritis / vascular disease it represented 35% of cases found in the study, food for thought ...

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    Comment number 48.

    I don't get on as often as I like, however you may have gathered I'm not a fan of the wag, but am a fan of most posters here so I'd like to add my sincere condolences to you John on your recent accident and I wish you a speedy recovery.
    Not many contributions from fans of the wag or the lunatic fringe on this particular subject matter, I wonder why?

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    Comment number 47.

    John simples hey. Pity life doesn't conform to what the experts tell us I hope you present incapacity doesn't progress. Tell you what stop taking the painkillers. Just you are telling those with arthritis to do and exercise. Then come back to us. It is not just a case of a'bad back'.

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    Comment number 46.

    cont … it might seem obvious but arthritis can (depending on the location) limit the ability to exercise, those that exercise regularly can expect better heart function, they also are less likely to smoke, might their diet be better because excess weight doesn't fit with their lifestyle.

    So the practitioners need a particular vision of how to assist the patient, not just medication.

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    Comment number 45.

    ... since reading Indy's link, at #36, I have been reading of Multi-morbidity with and without the ageing population alf, and I can see possibilities that maybe you've missed because of your, natural, preoccupation with financial support for those with disabilities.

    Did you know that in Australia the most common morbidity combination is arthritis/chronic back pain and vascular disease cont ..

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    Comment number 44.

    The Government are taking away the only means of support that helps people with multi illnesses through each day. This report is highlighting those problems. So who is going to end up paying for the support. Or are they going to be left to rot. Even Professional medical reports are discounted in the evidence. They are failed by a computer tick box applied by people with little medical training.

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    Comment number 43.

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    I hope you are not putting that argument forward as some sort of victory for the wag on behalf of welsh folk because this collection of buffoons are just not worthy of support. The wag must go and we must move forward to an accountable system of governance, both in Wales and nationally in the UK.
    The WAG is a joke, and now we learn they're on the lash at our expense as well.

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    Comment number 42.

    ... the link Indy gave at #36 is thought provoking, it also explains how the taxpayers might challenge those who have power invested in them, in Wales that would be WAG.

    The model being proposed is not rocket science, its an integrated service, a service where outcome is rewarded by better patient health, larger integrated practices funded by the NHS where the staff and patients are shareholders.

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    Comment number 41.

    I was a Director of Nursing for a large NHS trust in Wales I met Marcus Longley many times. He is a very intelligent,caring man. When WAG was creating TOO MANY LHBs he and I were dismayed! Years later we are back to "Area health Authorities" our project then was "Health 2010" visioning the use of Telemedicine and localising services using technology. They arenow forced to face up to our vision.

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    Comment number 40.

    What is most worrying about this report is that these people are among the most vulnerable in the country. People who need the most support and the Government is taking the Allowances which help pay for the extra costs and benefits away from them. Also from their Carers. So who will then be left to pick up the bill. Because some one will have to. Logic tells us that.

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    Comment number 39.

    whats good for welsh nhs patients is that thanks to the welsh government there will be no moves in wales to privatize parts of the nhs - as is being pursued by the tory led british government in england...all thanks to devolution for wales of course!

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    Comment number 38.

    ... my painkillers sent me into oblivion for a few hours alf.

    What is worrying for NHS patients, is that with prior knowledge of the Health Service report, there has been so little debate on the future strategy for Wales by WAG, equally, so little from the opposition, its as if we have entered a universe in limbo ........

 

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