I’ve only just written about the everyday news which quickly becomes history. Then in a short time the history repeats itself. So it’s no great surprise during the last few months in the run up to the autumn budget, that everyone claims they need more money whilst at the same time businesses and tax payers all argue to pay less taxes. It goes without saying that these two things pull in completely opposite directions. Successive Chancellors of the Exchequer end up trying to satisfy everyone and succeed in satisfying no-one.
This year an early start was made by the NHS Chief Executive, who claimed that NHS England needed another £4billion on top of the increases they had already been promised. This was never going to happen. At the same time NHS staff were clammering for pay increases as well as more staff. This too was likely to fall short of their expectations. Interestingly no-one was asking for more beds, except of course the patients themselves who were left on never-ending waiting lists or in corridors in A & E.
The news still to come:-
- Brexit goes round in ever decreasing circles. It’s become an every night series like Eastenders or the Archers but less interesting.
- Politicians in trouble for their personal behaviour. Either with their hands in the expenses till or somewhere else they shouldn’t be. Hands that is! This will drag on for ages but probably end with no more than a slap on the wrist.
- Crime used to be in the news a lot but as we are regularly told, it is decreasing significantly. Mainly because the police don’t seem to go looking for burglaries, shoplifters or drug users. Whatever happened to zero tolerance?
- Technology moves on at a great pace, changing everyday language into incomprehensible gobaldy gook. Bytes are no longer dog bites. Goodness knows what clouds are but they’re not in the sky anymore. There again, perhaps they are? Tablets are trendy things that almost everyone has but they don’t necessarily make you better and you certainly can’t get them from your GP. Shops are closing down as Amazon and eBay become the market of the world. Coins and real money are being replaced by credit cards and imaginary bitcoins.
- Everyday the news brings forward the same old thing whilst at the same time introducing new unknowns. At the beginning of the twentieth century, who would have guessed the impact that cars would have on society. Aeroplanes were only just getting off the ground and nobody much would have contemplated travelling to the moon.
SEE IF YOU CAN DECIDE IN TODAY’S NEWS WHAT REALLY IS