This week we have learnt the Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust have had to suspend Emergency Surgical Admissions at our local Bassetlaw Hospital because they don’t have the Junior Doctors needed to provide cover for this service.
I have written a post on this earlier in the week (see Why is Bassetlaw losing Emergency Surgery?) so will not go through everything again here. I am speaking Mike Pinkerton, the Chief Executive of the Trust, on Wednesday to get an update on the issue. I will also take the opportunity to raise any concerns that local people may have. If there is something you want me to ask Mr Pinkerton, please email me at email@example.com.
On Saturday, I was involved in the Liberal Democrat’s National #INtogether Day of Action for the EU Referendum. All across the country we have had teams of Lib Dems out right across the country, you can see some of the pictures on the Liberal Democrat Facebook page
While we had one team out on Carolgate in Retford, I was with another team in Ollerton, a town where Lib Dems haven’t campaigned in for years. I was a bit worried about how our pro-Remain message would be received in a town that is widely regarded as a strong pro-Leave area but in the event, most people were happy to take our leaflets and to talk to us. We certainly were able to get people to think about the issues and what leaving the EU would mean.
Because the Referendum is a national vote, every vote counts, unlike in normal elections. This means we need to take our message to towns like Ollerton, Hucknall (where I was out delivering leaflets last Sunday) and all across Bassetlaw. To do this in the few left before the vote on June 23rd, we need all the help we can get. If you can deliver some leaflets in the area around where you live, please let me now, it would be greatly appreciated, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most disturbing parts of the Referendum Campaign is the way the different Leave groups seem to be competing with each other to tell bigger & bigger lies about the EU.
From the repeated myths that they have been peddling for years like claiming the EU is undemocratic (it isn’t, see here for an explanation on how democracy in the EU works) to more recent ones like the UK pays £350 million pounds a week to the EU (we don’t, that figure has been repeatedly shown to be wrong, but the claim is still being repeated by those running the leave campaigns), through to Boris Johnson’s ridiculous claims that the EU is like Hitler’s Europe (it isn’t, it simply isn’t, read this post on IN Facts) there has been a steady stream of misinformation. Exaggerations & downright lies from the leave campaigns in an ever more desperate attempt to make people vote to leave the EU.
Why can’t they stick to the truth? Why do the different Leave campaigns all have to resort to such tactics? Could it be they know that it is the only way they can con the British public into leaving the EU?
Finally, a few words about the County Council elections that will be coming up next May. We are in the process of selecting our 9 candidates in Bassetlaw as well as the other 58 across Nottinghamshire. If you think you can do a better job representing the people of Nottinghamshire better than our current County Councillors, this is your opportunity. Get in contact (either of the two email addresses above) and help us make Nottinghamshire a better County to live in for everyone.