This Isn’t Unheard of in the United States, Either

At the end of this post, please click the link to an article on The Independent’s site.  It describes how forty-seven prosecutions for sex offenses in the jurisdiction covering England and Wales have been dismissed due to lack of disclosure by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Defense attorneys were kept in the dark about details that could have helped their clients.  This happens in many countries, including the United States.  We’ll never know how many innocent people have spent time in prison or had their reputations ruined after oversights or corruption interfered with their defense.  Likewise, we’ll never know how many dangerous … Continue reading This Isn’t Unheard of in the United States, Either

Amber Rudd Takes the Fall

Yesterday, Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary, due to the Windrush Scandal constituting a serious ethics violation in government, and the fact that the public has been lied to about the way immigration enforcement in the U.K. actually works.  Some people are questioning why Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t turned in her resignation as well. I’m in the United States, and I’m recalling the Watergate Scandal of the 1970s.  Although President Richard Nixon did have to resign eventually, he received a pardon from his successor, Gerald Ford.  He didn’t experience the consequences that his subordinates suffered. The United States has … Continue reading Amber Rudd Takes the Fall

Protecting the Powerful at the Expense of the Vulnerable

People tend to look for a sense of community.  They join a church, a political movement or some other institution, or just identify with a segment of society.  Then the church, political movement, segment of society, et al., can do no wrong. Always think of this when you feel inclined to lower the bar for the institution you identify with.  We all have a responsibility to set standards for our own behavior, and that means refusing to excuse the associate who is dangerous. When people talk about the value of community policing and in-house investigations, they’re often in denial about … Continue reading Protecting the Powerful at the Expense of the Vulnerable

N.H.S. Patients Must Wait

I live in the United States, where many of us have admired the National Health Service (N.H.S.) in the United Kingdom (which some of us refer to generically as “England,” although England is only part of the U.K.). I was born in 1960, and as far back as I can remember I heard Americans say, “If we lived in England, we could just get treatment without showing an insurance card or having our family arrive at the hospital with a truckload of cash.” (Clarification: In the early 1980s — yes, the Reagan Years, as incredible as that sounds — a … Continue reading N.H.S. Patients Must Wait

How Brexit May Affect Some Children

The 2016 referendum for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union wasn’t thought out too carefully, and that didn’t stop it from winning a majority vote. All over the world, families have been broken up for different reasons.  Not all child abductions are stranger abductions, either.  A child might be separated from one parent when the parents’ marriage splits up, and the child moves out of the area with the other parent — willingly or unwillingly.  In some of these situations, a child’s physical health, safety or mental stability may be at risk. In the European Union, some children … Continue reading How Brexit May Affect Some Children

The “Kensington” Stereotype

I haven’t traveled to London, but I’d like to.  Until then, I’ll remind myself of what I don’t know. Today, the New York Times posted a detailed, lengthy article by Katrin Bennhold which challenges everything outsiders assume about one district in London.  I’ll withhold my own comments and let you read the story.  Then you can reach your own conclusion.  The link is below. Wait.  No, I won’t withhold every one of my own comments:  This sounds exactly like what happens in the United States, and we should be disgusted.  It’s a disgraceful situation which has to change, but if … Continue reading The “Kensington” Stereotype

Austerity and the NHS

(If anyone who has personal experience with the National Health Service finds an error in this post or would like to add something, please let me know in the comment section.  This is a serious matter, and I’m making every effort to ensure accuracy.) I live in San Francisco, and I’ve never traveled anywhere outside the U.S.  However, I used to hear good things about the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.  Not anymore.  The news links at the end of this post concern maternity and neonatal care in NHS hospitals. There may be some confusion about whether the … Continue reading Austerity and the NHS