Opinion – Activate: Tories mimic Momentum with grassroots campaign | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian reports on ‘Activate‘, the new  conservative group which draws inspiration from Labour, as it tries to engage young people in politics, suggesting that the launch on social media has been widely mocked. (open link for Activate’s Twitter account)

Source: Activate: Tories mimic Momentum with grassroots campaign | Politics | The Guardian

Momentum is driven by passionate Far Left activists for whom the end justifies the means. For them the Labour Party is a stepping stone to revolution. Clearly, Momentum is much more than a political process.

The weakness of the Activate initiative is that there’s currently no overall recognizable brand of British conservatism. [see my blog of the UK Conservative Party’s 2017 Manifesto]. The New Right seem out of fashion – Conservative MPs who are not ready to embrace radicalism fall back of traditional conservatism with its privileges and lazy stereotypes for whom there are magical doors to career opportunities – the antithesis of meritocracy. 

Young people need to believe that the Conservative Party is more about high-achievement and meritocracy than nepotism.

There are still young people in the UK who believe in advanced education, hard-work, achievement, individualism, risk-taking and small government. These are the political values of people like my fellow blogger, John Gelmini and myself. Sadly, the UK Conservative Party seems now more associated to those who leverage privilege and inherited wealth, rather than individual achievement. To capture young people’s vote, policies need to be imaginative in terms of housing, education and upskilling – this will be challenging with an increasing number of jobs being replaced by technology.

The people to whom Activate should appeal will have already put in place personal contingency plans to move overseas if Jeremy Corbyn’s Far Left Labour Government wins the next election. So not only will we have more socialism but with the high achievers gone, the lazzy and the scroungers will be more evident.

Thoughts?

 

 

Opinion – Many Doctors Get Goodies from Opioid Makers – NBC News

The Hippocratic Oath in Greek and Latin publis...

The Hippocratic Oath in Greek and Latin published in Frankfurt in 1595 in Apud Andreae Wecheli heredes by Claudium Marnium, & Ioan. Aubrium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to NBC about 1 in 12 U.S. physicians got a free meal, payment, or something else of cash value from a drug company making opioids in recent years.

Source: Many Doctors Get Goodies from Opioid Makers – NBC News

I guess this raises some fundamental questions about ethics, the Hippocratic oath and trust.

But in this day and age, individuals with access to the internet must do their own due diligence.

I suffer from a chronic lower back injury, basically degenerative. I’m not looking to surgery but my surgeon warned me to do back exercises every day for the rest of my life. That was over year ago and the only time when I’ve missed a day was when I was on very long haul flights.

But when I saw the orthopedic surgeon, whom I respect, he provided me an assortment of medication. I was offered steroids as an anti inflammatory which I rejected because of impact on my glaucoma. Secondly, I was given muscle relaxants which I took twice. Thirdly, I was prescribed opioids for the pain. I checked the opioids out on the internet and didn’t like what I read. For a second opinion, I mentioned it my physio who was shocked – she told me that I could be arrested for travelling with this medication in certain parts of the world.

I still do my back exercises religiously EVERY day. I checked with my glaucoma specialist and he agreed that I could use steroids occasionally. As for the opioids, they were trashed.

There’s an old Latin maxim, ‘Caveat Emptor‘, meaning ‘Buyer beware’.

Yes, doctors took the Hippocratic oath but in North America, they earn vast incomes and frequently play the system to their advantage, recommending the latest tests and medication. But my advice is to keep an eye on the doctor and don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion. Remember, ‘Buyer Beware’ and fight for your rights as an individual.

Thoughts?