Opinion – Shock toll of 5-minute care visits: Hundreds of thousands of elderly suffer ‘drive-bys’ as stretched councils tell staff not to waste time making conversation | Daily Mail Online – John Gelmini

This article via Dr Alf starts from the false premise that the UK ever was a “caring society”.

I am old enough to remember countless elderly people being bullied into signing over their homes by their children and then being put into homes where they typically died within 3 years. My former neighbour’s elderly mother, an Irishwoman, was put into the old Fairfield Hospital in Arlesey, Bedfordshire, when I was a boy of 10. That hospital was originally a lunatic asylum built in Victorian Times. The old woman deteriorated, became depressed and then went mad and within 2 years was dead. My late mother and father were her only visitors before the body was taken by the local funeral director.

Today local authorities, with less than 32% worker productivity and wasteful working practices, continue to mismanage Adult Social Care and are now creating Ebay style auctions to lower care costs, which give rise to 15 minute and now 5 minute care visits.

People wishing to improve care quality really ought to do it themselves, as my sister and I did for my late father whilst working wherever possible and local authorities need to reduce in number to 15 for the whole of the UK with no districts, boroughs, City Councils, mid county councils and unitary authorities. Until I see this level of reform and cost cutting in local authorities, the Government should challenge this bogus narrative of “savage cuts”and take local authorities and the trades unions to task and impose meaningful reform on them.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Who will stop Wal-Mart from ‘wreaking havoc’ on the American Dream? | TheHill – John Gelmini

The answer to Dr Alf’s question is ‘yes’. Let me restate the question for convenience:

 Is there still a place for organized labor in the twenty-first century, viz. trade-unions or are we witnessing their slow demise?

There will be less labor needed as automation, robotics, expert systems, AI, cybernetics take over and eventually implanted chips in people will decimate the higher education sector and do away with the need for professors, middle-class professionals and call center workers, manual workers and socio-economic groups C1, C2, D and E.

Specialist craft workers, innovators and scientists will be needed along with courtroom lawyers, detectives and medical specialists working on afflictions not known to expert systems.

Practically everyone else, including soldiers who are already being replaced by robots, will be surplus to requirements for any form of feudal or oligarchical society.

A modern market driven economy, like the one we now have, requires people to be in work with sufficient purchasing power to be markets and to pay taxes.

We are evolving into a society which is more intrusive, more controlled and which has not yet come to grips with these issues and one in which the present politicians and elite have no wish to discuss openly.

There will be more part time working during the interim period and living standards for most people will fall as Trades Unions become obsolete and even more irrelevant than they are today.

John Gelmini