I’m Not Running

Of course, what we say over here is “I’m not Standing”.
Watching this broadcast of a live play from London, I was riled at half-time. A would-be Labour star cos he’s good at polishing and presenting policy is incapable of explaining how New Labour was (then) introducing the largest hospital building programme in the country’s history.
But an interview with the playwright David Hare in during the interval, it became clear that he’d created a story to make some key points –
– that Labour should have elected a woman leader by now; and that while that case is made by presenting a less than fully capable man, my initial disappointment with the man being not good enough might simply be the point; (but did David Hare vote for Liz Kendall?);
– that his concern that people were too keen to celebrate single issue politics was not helped by the less than the best man representing party politics in a useless way;
– that health professionals had been undermined by efficiency initiatives (which won enthusiastic applause from some in the audience); but, beyond the fundamental political principle that people who spend public money should account for it, there was the trebling of spend on health under Labour and building new hospitals, some of the new initiatives did work well and millions could be saved by focus on use of operating theatres; we in essence got rid of the waiting list.
The play has only managed 3 star reviews; (one criticism – why does the advocate or women MP continue to be attracted to the careerist Labour MP?). I can understand that the playwright was trying to avoid the issues that come with Corbyn as leader, and Brexit – to which he probably needed to set in 1997 – 2015.
3 of the play’s characters are. very appealing and enjoyable to watch – most particularly, the spin doctor! And one very special passage about learning to debate at university being about individuals holding the moral high ground and how unpleasant debate can be.

I went cos it featured Labour, it was by David Hare and it was an event -sold out at the Broadway. But kinda new I would be disappointed.
(2 stars; e:3 (for the second half), s:2, p:3; Guardian; Standard; no wiki page)

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Allelujah!

I’m the wrong person to review this play, broadcast to the cinema as an as-live production.  I find Alan Bennett’s humour too twee and so I defer to reviews from The Guardian and the New Statesman.
Certainly interesting watching a focussed on geriatric wards Monday afternoon. shown in a theatre full of retired people.
(r:5; e:3; s:2; t:3)
The political messages are confused.  A smaller hospital is better because its local, but a major incident is discovered because no-one was looking for the right things.  Targets encourages inhumanity but having more performance data should have triggered a discovery.
The play misses the big issues.  Hospitals entering black status more frequently cos funding ain’t growing with the need of an older society, cuts in public health and social services, less regular work and proper pay for working class families leading to more problems at home.  And perhaps education not doing enough to set young people up for life.  100,000 posts in the NHS not filled cos of poor planning for training.
TO BE REVIEWED.

Nottingham tackling Breast Cancer

IMG_4070m (2) nbcrc launch speakers montageSpeakers at the new University of Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre.
This first public event of its kind in Nottingham designed to raise awareness and to present information on the science of their research.

 

Two of the significant concepts in understanding and tackling the disease are named after Nottingham –
– the Nottingham grading system;
– the Nottingham prognostic index;
and the efforts are led by one of the top 20 cancer specialists in the world.