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Bonkers Blog June 2013

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24 June (Part 5) - Today’s joke. It is a joke isn’t it?

Who is giving you all this inside information? It must be someone very senior, because he or she seems to know more than most of us here. Could it even be Paul Moore himself?

So said a recent emailer and I haven’t a clue. What’s more, I don’t want to know. The anonymous contact facility is about as untraceable as you can get. The only chance of a trace is if I provide the time it is used and ask my ISP to track the IP address and that won’t be good enough in most cases because you’d need to go to the sender’s ISP to find out who owned the IP address and they aren’t likely to allow that. I did it just once because the message looked to me as though it may have come from a certain councillor - but it didn’t. It came from Parsons Brinckerhoff, a company with Craske connections.

No one else would have been able to make such a trace behind my back because this site is hosted on servers owned by one of my old friends; he’d recognise it wasn’t my voice and if anyone tried it on he would let me know. So the whole thing is pretty safe, I can’t go tittle-tattling to my friend expecting a trace every time someone sends a message, he’d soon get fed up with me.

So whoever tipped me off about the Press Release that Bexley council issued this morning is safe. And it made me laugh out loud.

Councillor Chris Taylor has been appointed a ‘Dignity Champion’. This is the man who wrecks lives by approving the payment of minimum wage (plus one penny) to care workers and nothing for their time travelling between clients. Then if they complain they are victimized by not being allocated enough work and their meagre income plummets even further. I’ve gone on about it before so I won't add to it again today.

That other total waste of space, councillor Eileen Pallen has got in on the act too. I do love the bit about ‘changing the culture of care services and placing a greater emphasis on improving the quality … and home support services’. It’s at times like this I find myself very tempted to resort to more colourful language. What a pair of w… No I mustn’t.

The Dignity in Care campaign is about winning hearts and minds, changing the culture of care services and placing a greater emphasis on improving the quality of care and the experience of people using services in, for example, hospitals, community services, care homes and home support services. "Cllr Pallen and I are very pleased to have made the commitment to become Dignity Champions and we hope that others will join us," said Cllr Taylor. "We will do our best to work in the best interests of carers, vulnerable adults and older people, keeping these issues high on our list of priorities.

I’ve heard people under Bexley’s care reduced to talking about Dignitas, but not dignity.

The Press Release only seems to be available as a Word file at present. What sort of plonker puts a .doc file on the web? Half the potential audience won’t be able to read it.


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