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by Carlton green
6 Dec 2019, 1:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Work as a teacher: Why?
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: Work as a teacher: Why?

I have some friends and relatives who either have or do work as teachers. Though not first class honours type folk they are able people who apply themselves to their job and (overall) seem to enjoy what they do, they all complain that the job has become unnecessarily burdensome and have a keen (but ...
by Carlton green
5 Dec 2019, 3:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: On the Role of our MPs: Representative or Delegate?
Replies: 28
Views: 643

Re: On the Role of our MPs: Representative or Delegate?

But we also cannot have mob rules (aka rule of Tyranny). Just because the majority think something is right doesn't make it so. We cannot allow the will of the voters to mean harming or outlawing a minority group. There is just much danger in slavishly following the views of voters as there is in i...
by Carlton green
5 Dec 2019, 2:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

How about if we give hospital workers passes for public transport, instead, and arrange group transport from/to a few points around for those who arrive or leave outside public transport hours? Give the benefits to those who don't drive. Not those who do. To my mind working towards helping people o...
by Carlton green
5 Dec 2019, 2:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

...The ideal situation, in terms of transport, sees people live so near to their place of work that access to it is quick, easy and cheap. However people no longer live that way and the structure of commerce and public services (like hospitals and schools) is such that we now have ‘centralised’ sit...
by Carlton green
5 Dec 2019, 2:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

Would it be fair to give staff free parking, if they wanted it, and if they did not, they could take the £220 as a contribution to their travel costs? Probably not but it would be a nice bonus for some employees and might marginally alter the balance for some others. Running a car is a very expensi...
by Carlton green
5 Dec 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

Every job I have had since leaving school I have moved home to be closer to. The last two hospitals I have worked at I have never driven to for work and I only ever drove to the one before that when I was on call. I appreciate though not everyone has the ability to do that. Like many others I too h...
by Carlton green
5 Dec 2019, 10:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

If I worked at our nearest hospital (only 6 miles away) I would probably do the commute by bike. But my wife probably wouldn't. With those long shifts one or both legs of the commute would be in darkness and she would be put off by personal security concerns. And the bus option also has that issue,...
by Carlton green
5 Dec 2019, 9:47am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: On the Role of our MPs: Representative or Delegate?
Replies: 28
Views: 643

Re: On the Role of our MPs: Representative or Delegate?

If an MP’s views are grossly different from those of the bulk of his or her constituents then something needs to change because there is no representation. I'm not sure that I agree with this. At the very least, it must depend upon the subject. As I wrote on the GE thread (before I noticed this top...
by Carlton green
4 Dec 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

Living near work was a practical impossibility for us. When we were married, we worked in towns that were in different counties & 50 or 60 miles apart. We lived in between & handled the situation as best as we could. This included looking for other jobs. Mr. V eventually found something abo...
by Carlton green
4 Dec 2019, 12:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

Nor do the transport companies give any thought to working hours at places that have to be staffed through the night, such as airports, hospitals, etc. When we lived in Essex, Mr. V could not use public transport to & from work because his shifts either began too early for public transport or f...
by Carlton green
4 Dec 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

The new shift pattern was raised with HR present and said friend has now taken it to the union. However the point I make is that Public Transport isn’t (well certainly in this case) a factor considered in shift timings, if public transport is available then that’s considered a happy coincidence. It...
by Carlton green
4 Dec 2019, 9:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

I would suggest said friend should raise the issue with their union representative and / or HR. And what if there concerns and queries are simply brushed aside by a management with stopped us ears,what then? Strike would be out of the question,what power do they have of changing anything? +1 , sadl...
by Carlton green
4 Dec 2019, 9:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

The new shift pattern was raised with HR present and said friend has now taken it to the union. However the point I make is that Public Transport isn’t (well certainly in this case) a factor considered in shift timings, if public transport is available then that’s considered a happy coincidence.
by Carlton green
4 Dec 2019, 9:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 22601

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

NHS staff may work unsocial hours, but shift patterns are designed so that they travel when public transport operates. Quite rightly, unlike some of the motorist posters here, they realise that many of their staff do not own cars. You sure about that? I can say I am sure about that. As someone who ...
by Carlton green
3 Dec 2019, 8:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: On the Role of our MPs: Representative or Delegate?
Replies: 28
Views: 643

Re: On the Role of our MPs: Representative or Delegate?

My view is that Churchill’s quoted view is about right. One if the biggest problems that we have in Parliament today is a whipping system which places party politics before all else. Delegate or Representative? Well I don’t see those roles as completely separate but rather overlapping. If an MP’s vi...