Author: Robert Henderson

The language of the NHS

Nigel Farage is spot on about inadequate English in the NHS. Speaking in the House of Lords, Lord Winston, professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London,   has warned that the employment of nurses from within the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA – this is the EU and countries with looser trade arrangements with the EU such as Norway and Switzerland) in the NHS is resulting in nurses whose English is inadequate for the job.  This he attributes to the fact that nurses (and doctors) from within the EU do not have to pass an English test because that…

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English votes for English laws: a rich diet of political fudge – Part 2

The first part of this article can be read here. What of the House of Lords? The Implications of Devolution for England paper leaves this matter untouched.  That is ridiculous. The Lords may have lost much of their power ,  but they can delay matters by rejecting Bills or amending them heavily so that they have to go back to the Commons to be either represented in their original form or with some but not all of the Lords amendments accepted.  The Commons could also change the original Bill.  (Under the 1949 Parliament Act the Lords can block Commons Legislation for two sessions…

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English votes for English laws: a rich diet of political fudge

The Leader of the House of Commons, William Hague, launched English votes for English laws into the Commons on 16 December with the publication of the command paper The Implications of Devolution for England The paper’s proposals include three from the Tories and one from the LibDems. Labour is absent from the paper having refused to join in discussions with the Tories and LibDems. Despite not taking part in the discussions Labour has stated its position on England within a devolved UK : they offer only devolution to local and possibly regional government  (either way the Balkanisation of England)  and their proposal…

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Surprising Results from Immigration Poll

The think-tank British Future has recently published the report How to talk about immigration based on research conducted by ICM, Ipsos MORI and YouGov. The report purports to provide a blueprint for both the pros and antis in the immigration debate to manage the subject most effectively in public discussion.  This is not something which they achieve because they have bought into the internationalist agenda, viz: “Some three or four generations on from Windrush, it is now a settled and irreversible fact that we are a multi-ethnic society. Managing immigration effectively and fairly in the public interest should and…

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When we leave the EU, we won’t be another Norway

Amongst those who want the UK to leave the EU there are those who say “Look at Norway, we can have the same arrangement with the EU as they do, a simple free trading agreement”. This is profoundly wrong. The European Economic Area (EEA) countries of which Norway is one have to take on most of the more obnoxious burdens of the EU whilst being excluded from EU decision making . This is unsurprising because the EEA was born of a desire of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) to integrate with the EU. EFTA was founded in 1960….

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