Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Seizing the opportunity

The "politics live blog feed" threw up evidence at 3:49 pm that David Blunkett is still working tirelessly on behalf of his constituents friends..
3.49pm BST
David Blunkett, the Labour former home secretary, says the government could cut immigrant access to services by bringing in some kind of identity card. He holds up an example.
Here's a nice quote from an article from November 2008 concerning Blunkett's then overtures to one G Brown PM to be found "something to do now he had put all the embarrassments and misunderstandings that had resulted in his two 'resignations from the Cabinet' firmly behind him ...."

"He forgot to mention he has since last March been chairman of the international advisory committee of Entrust Inc, the Texas based security company which hopes to provide software for the UK ID cards system". 
His current entry in the Register of Member's Interests records that 
18 October 2012, I received £5,000 from Security Partnership Ltd, Unit 5, Winnersh Fields, Gazelle Close, Winnersh, Reading RG41 5QS, for a speech. Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 30 October 2012)

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Barnacle Bill said...

I wonder if Blunkett's invoice was in Braille?

Likewise do they have a special Braille expense/troughing form for him at the HoCs?

It could be very easy for him to miss-read a dot and end up claiming for something else or, not as the case maybe!

Mark Wadsworth said...

I'd love to give him a cheesegrater and ask him what it says.

Barnacle Bill said...

That's cruel!
But I like it, I will file it away for the revolution.

Antisthenes said...

Having been for 8 years sadly no more a recipient of French healthcare (by far and away many times better than the UK dysfunctional one) I was only able to receive the service by having in my possession a carte vitale. This in effect is an ID card which ensures that only those entitled to their healthcare receives it. As it is well known in the UK anyone can receive NHS treatment whether they are entitled to it or not the introduction of an ID type card system would in fact be of considerable benefit.

Mark Wadsworth said...

BB, the old ones are the best ones. Like when somebody mugged him in a field but covered his traces by shouting "Moo! Moo!"

Anti, where do you get the idea that some people are "entitled" to NHS treatment and others aren't? What are the rules on this? Or do the Daily Mail readers just make them up as they go along?

Yes, it costs money to treat foreigners, but they pay more in tax than they get in "free" healthcare, so big deal.

Bayard said...

A, when I became an adult, long, long ago, I was issued with an NHS card, which was just a piece of card with my name and some numbers on it, AFAICR. I might still have it somewhere or it might have got lost along the way. Anyway, I have never been asked to produce it. If the government wanted to "cut immigrant access to services", they could ask people to produce their existing NHS cards. There's no need to make Blind Pew's day by giving his mates loadsamoney to produce a new one.

Bob E said...

B - there you go again, being all "commonsensical" ... You might recall that one of the projects entered into by the last Labour administration was the "computerisation" of patient records - an expensive and not too effective project as it turned out - and as part of this we were issued with "new patient numbers". I got mine courtesy of the local Health whatever it is called these days, on a splendid piece of official headed stationery, which told me how important it was. Now, given that it was so important and unique to me I attempted to use this letter as one of the "required bits of personal identification" when I tried to register with a new GP, seeing my as my previous GP had retired. Do you think the desk staff and Practice Manager were impressed by this document and readily accepted it, or did they dispatch me away (with deeply apologetic and sorrowful 'natch) words saying "they wouldn't/couldn't accept it as proving I was entitled to register"?