Endless amounts of solar stuff, a whimsy of atmospheric movement, more than a smidge of lack of warm stuff and even less wet stuff at the Castle this morn.
Spent a while in the garden yestermorn touching up the fences and counting the green tomatoes which look like they will remain non red this autumn.
The sinus thingy still seems to be rampaging through my facial tunnels despite the industrial strength antibiotics and his Maj has discovered the joy of pilchards in tomato sauce.
And the other big sporty thing up in the Smoke finally wheels to a close this holy for some day...
Jeremy Hunt, the new health secretary, personally intervened to encourage the controversial takeover of NHS hospitals in his constituency by a private company, Virgin Care, raising fresh concerns last night over his appointment.
Hunt, who replaced Andrew Lansley in last week's cabinet reshuffle, was so concerned by a delay to the £650m deal earlier this year that he asked for assurances from NHS Surrey officials that it would be swiftly signed.
Virgin Care, which is part-owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, subsequently agreed on a five-year contract in March to run seven hospitals along with dentistry services, sexual health clinics, breast cancer screening and other community services. The takeover took place despite concerns being raised in the local NHS risk register about the impact on patient care following the transfer of management from the NHS to one of the country's largest private healthcare firms, until recently known as Assura Medical.
Doubts over Hunt's new role have also been sparked by the revelation that he co-authored a book that supported transforming the NHS into a system of universal insurance where patients buy health care from the provider of their choice.
A source close to Hunt denied that the minister wrote the section in the book about the NHS and said that "it does not reflect his views".
Another Cupid Stunt in the Piss Poor Policies Millionaires Club Coalition sideboard...
Over 70 organisations, many involved in the move to set up the Universal Credit system, have expressed concerns about plans to access benefits online.
They say many people do not use the internet and have also expressed doubts about government IT systems.
But the government says online management of the new system, to be introduced in 2013, will save money.
The Universal Credit aims to make the benefits system simpler by replacing five work-based benefits - with just one benefit.
Ministers have also said they are determined to reform the system, so it pays people to work rather than claim benefits.
But written evidence - submitted to MPs by organisations representing councils, charities, trades unions, business groups and housing organisations - reveals fears about the push to ensure claims are made online.
Community charity Citizens Advice argues that eight and a half million people have never used the internet.
"The new Universal Credit system risks causing difficulties to the 8.5 million people who have never used the internet and a further 14.5 million who have virtually no ICT skills," it says in more than 500 pages of testimony submitted to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee and seen by BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend.
Fears are raised about paying Universal Credit monthly and to just one person per household, which could "upset the family dynamic".
And concerns that the government computer network required might not be finished on time for the launch, or be sufficiently robust, are also expressed.
Ministers say those who struggle to use the online system will still have access to face-to-face help and telephone assistance.
And they insist the timetable for the introduction of Universal Credit remains on track to begin in October 2013.
It will be phased in over a number of years, with eight million households signed up by 2017.
In its own submission to MPs, the Department for Work and Pensions says rigorous testing of the IT system is already under way.
It adds that managing Universal Credit online makes sense as it saves money and most jobs do now require computer skills.
Universal Credit replaces...
Employment and support allowance
As for data security-see yesterday’s post on the post...
GPS say NO!
Despite several warnings from the lady in the dashboard this Numpty Russian driver still managed to smack into the back of a lorry.
I do love a Cupid Stunt behind the wheel....
A cop who was canned for ticketing dead people says he was doing it to meet the NYPD’s supposedly non-existent monthly quotas.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Paul Pizzuto says he started issuing bogus summonses after brass at the 120th Precinct in Staten Island told him he had to produce more than the 125 to 150 he was already writing.
“Specifically, Pizzuto was told that he needed to start issuing more summonses for red-light and seat-belt violations” and was warned he would be moved “if he did not issue the increased number of summonses,” the suit says.
Pizzuto “prepared summonses by taking information from legitimate summonses that he had issued in the past. But he prepared the summonses in such a way that they would not impact any motorists,” the filing says.
He was busted for the scam after his colleagues noticed he never had to testify about the tickets.
Pizzuto, 41, who pleaded guilty in May to three counts of falsifying business records, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service, but contends that his firing was improper because he didn’t get a hearing first.
He was officially fired in June.
To serve, protect, lie and steal.....
That’s it: I’m orf to watch the cookie fun
And today’s thought:
And then I crept up behind her and....