Three things have made me angry today: my doctor telling me that the Derby Road Health Centre will almost certainly go out to competitive tender as part of NHS plans to make the NHS 'more efficient' and that the process will favour commercial contractors over the existing doctors' partnership; then I saw the courier who delivers and collects mail order parcels from our house. Her present employer has lost the contract and the new provider has cut her pay from 75p to 50p per delivery and reduced the size of her delivery area and lastly l feel angry for all those good Labour Party councillors and activists all over the country who have lost their council seats because of Gordon Brown and New Labour's right-wing anti-working class policies as he continues to brown nose the better off and corporate business. I will return to the fate of Derby Road Health Centre and New Labour's relentless determination to privatise the NHS by stealth before too long.
For a few brief minutes I found refuge from my anger in the park and over lunch with Susan and a friend and when I was in the garden with Chris, my next door neighbour. At times I wish I could disengage from the outside world.
Labour faced further embarrassment today as it confirmed the newly elected party general secretary has quit. The decision by David Pitt-Watson to stand down before he started in his new post is a further blow to Labour amid the party's worst set of local election results for decades. Pitt-Watson was elected general secretary by the national executive in March, following an intense battle and lobbying by Downing Street in his favour (this news item tells all you need to know about Gordon Brown and his cronies – RH).