On 6 Aug 2010 at 8:57am concerned wrote:
One of my very elderly mother's most treasured memories is the time she spent recovering from an accident in this respite centre. She was treated with dignity and kindness; the care was outstanding. I can vouch for it being - especially in comparision with other facilities - a remakable place run by wonderful people.
Now I see after, lots of twists and turns that it is finally to close: a decision made by conservative councillors in Cabinet. No open government here. Apparently they said there was 'high unit cost when compared to independent sector provision of equal quality .'
Same old story - the wresting of publicly owned services away into the hands of greedy private enteprise who will run them bare to the bone, perhaps more cheaply, in order to maximise profits. When will we all wake up to what is going on; when nothing is left I rather suspect?
Is there anything we can do at this late hour to save this invaluable community resource from the encircling vultures
On 6 Aug 2010 at 9:13am MC wrote:
I think the writing is on the wall. The Tories are using the bankers debt as an excuse to decimate and privatise the state, well beyond what is required. They are fuelled by a fundamentalist right wing ideological agenda.
On 6 Aug 2010 at 12:14pm Clifford wrote:
It's true - it does stink. We should ask ourselves how it was the Labour government, which had quite a privatising agenda of its own (in the NHS the Tories are only building on Labour foundations), could have put us in such a position that the Tory-Liberal coalition is in a position to do this.
On 6 Aug 2010 at 12:36pm TAFKAPS wrote:
Why is it that the Lib Dems are still happy to be involved in this cruel raping of the public sector by the Tories?
On 6 Aug 2010 at 1:31pm Red Ken wrote:
Another day another Cameron embarrassment. Now he has accused Iran of having nuclear weapons. I suppose we will be invading there next.
On 6 Aug 2010 at 1:59pm Matt Kent wrote:
Dave ' The Slasher' Cameron at his best :|
Now the banks are getting back in profit (or maybe just declaring all the money the public proped them up with) maybe the Goverment should review their utterly agressive and unfair cuts programme.
From Schools to Local Authorities to Policing to Hospitals, it all stinks and this country should help defend the ransacking of the public sector. Not many political parties left that will honestly do that. Just see the cuts that are now coming out of County Hall and Sussex Police, and we have only just begun!
On 6 Aug 2010 at 4:40pm Clifford wrote:
They can't reverse them Matt. What the Tories hate about the public services is that none of their friends make a profit out of them. They've got to slash and privatise them so they can screw the consumers and the workers in the services. I can see a day when we'll have nurses, local authority workers, civil servants marching down the streets in protest arm-in-arm with the police.
On 6 Aug 2010 at 4:53pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
It's nice to see people really angry about this!
Harvard Road is a fab place, it will be a great loss. Mind you, it's not the first time it's been earmarked for closure, either.
On 7 Aug 2010 at 1:15pm sashimi wrote:
Matt and Clifford, far be it for me to be an apologist for David Cameron. But, the regrettable closure of Harvard House is solely down to the Tory-controlled county council. All the parties are committed to devolution and localism and that means local authorities have greater powers - and they should get the brickbats when they get things wrong. Again, all are agreed there have to be cuts. ESCC gets a block grant and has discretion over where the axe should fall.
On 7 Aug 2010 at 1:59pm Clifford wrote:
Sashimi - are all agreed that there have to be cuts to the extent that they're coming and at the time they're coming? I don't think so.
On 7 Aug 2010 at 11:29pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
October 20 - protest against public sector cuts. Be there. Or be a loser.
On 8 Aug 2010 at 1:50am The Tooth Fairy wrote:
Let Cameron have a war, Red Ken. Blair had four, so it's only fair.