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Political prisoners

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Instead of dropping its bundle while it struggles to extricate itself from the toils and coils of Brexit, the Government could at least try make a fist of carrying on with the day-to-day business of running the country.

The Government’s failure to do so is well-exemplified by its apparent insouciance about thousands of frail elderly people whose care needs are not being met. Social care is crying out for state intervention; the market has followed the money and care is there only for those with adequate private means.

More and more frail, elderly people are being effectively placed under house arrest – confined without care, out of sight and out of mind. Our collective failure to adequately look after them is an embarrassment for a country which likes to bang on about human rights abuses in other parts of the world. Government inaction on social care verges on criminal neglect, but what can very old and frail people do? Being retired they can hardly take industrial action and as a voting block they have little political clout.

I wonder whether any of the older people’s charities are considering a class action in whatever judicial body is going to replace the European Court of Human Rights.

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One Reply to “Political prisoners”

  1. But Geoff, for most politicians it seems that the practice of politics is what it’s all about. Actually doing anything that has any meaningful impact on the governing of the country is what you do to climb the greasy pole. – simply part of the game. If you make a good policy call that has a positive impact on the political career, if you make a bad one that has a detrimental impact. It’s a huge game of snakes and ladders with hardly even a pretence that any of them want to actually do anything practical to fix today’s problems. If you read the news today almost all of the big issues are described in terms of the impact that they pronouncements will have on one career or another. I’m afraid health and social care has become nothing more than a byline to politics.

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