Here is a selection of the comments I have posted online (in the last six months) as a member of The Guardian. I will leave it to you, the reader, to guess the content of the article I am referring to in my comments (or you might have read it, or even commented yourself). 9 December 2015
“Or turn the whole of London into one giant airport/shopping mall.”
“Why does Donald Trump refer to himself in the third person in his tweet? Doesn't he mean "me" if he is the real Donal Trump?”
“Doctors do not judge their patients. If Jeremy Hunt was to present himself at an emergency department today he would be treated with compassion and care. His illness or disease, mental or physical, would be the focus of the care. He would be secure in the knowledge that doctors behave professionally when they are at work.
The fact that doctors have chosen to work in a caring profession is shamefully being exploited by Hunt and others.
Same goes for Katie Razall - see her disgraceful, unprofessional interview with the doctor last night on Newsnight.”
“Lego's loss; Weiwei's win.”
“Myanmar is not the only country with a dubious constitution.
In Ireland our constitution permits schools of a Catholic ethos (the vast majority of primary schools) to teach Catholicism (including the sacraments) for half an hour a day. The state (our taxes) pay the teachers employed in these schools to do this. Non-Catholics (who have gained a place in the school) are invited to "opt out" for the half-hour and not receive any instruction or teaching. This is indoctrination being peddled as education. It is time (in Ireland) the school yard became secular and religious indoctrination was moved to its rightful place as an after school extra curricular activity.”
“I almost have no words. But I will try.
To the writer:
I applaud and support your decision to decide to now look after yourself first. I am sad that your dedication to this demanding vocational work has drained you of a meaningful life. Everything good will now flow from this choice. You have extraordinary courage to have written this piece. Thank you.”
“We in the west have a Faustian pact with non-democratic oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia. An awful lot of problems in the world would be solved if we could wean ourselves off our dependency on oil (environmental degradation, climate change, emissions deceptions in the motor industry, production of unnecessary and pointless plastic goods etc.).
It would help if countries like Saudi Arabia could wean themselves off their need for weapons produced in the west.”
“What other profession would include three 24-hour shifts on top of a normal working week?
My daughter (training in pediatrics) is doing exactly that this week with two of the 24-hour shifts being Friday and Sunday. Her Saturday will be free as she will have worked Friday (day and night), and Monday will be free as she worked Sunday (day and night) - but no extra days off in lieu of this weekend work. Weekend days are treated the same as week days (i.e. a seven day week service). There will be extra pay for the extra hours - but the cost to a doctor's health combined with the stress of the high risk responsible work means this pay reward is small consolation. The vast majority of people would prefer to have their health and the opportunity to develop their career in regulated fair working conditions - just as other professions are entitled. To my mind these conditions breach all sorts of health and safety directives but the medical profession neither protests nor strikes because the vast majority of those who become doctors do it primarily because they are vocational (i.e. they want to help others).
Pilots? Engineers? Train drivers? Air-traffic controllers? Police? Nurses? Teachers? Lecturers? Politicians? Radiographers? Weather forecasters? Power plant workers? Etc. Etc.”
“In 1675 The British Parliament orders the closure of all coffee houses as it is thought that they are centres of malicious gossip about the Government. The order is later reduced to a warning.”
“If your Smart TV is on, does it know that you are asleep on the sofa, gently snoring (and possibly drooling a little)?”
“Good piece. Arguing why TO vote for Corbyn is engaging in politics. Arguing why NOT to vote for Corbyn is negative campaigning: it means that you're losing; it means that you are insecure about your own position. The patronising attitude coupled with the arrogance that the voters (on Corbyn's side) are wrong is astounding.
My verdict on Blair's article: OWN GOAL.”
“Just struck me the other day. If all women were to become lesbians a lot of problems would be solved. Major reduction in world population problem; no need for contraception; domestic violence hugely reduced; no rows about what to watch on TV; and the birthday problem sorted - women give each other fabulous meaningful gifts and men ignore birthdays altogether (and keep watching the sports). Everyone's happy!”
“To those arguing in response to my post that FGM is the same as male circumcision (which is not what I meant by using the term MGM) some clarification is needed: FGM is the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia - removal of the clitoral hood and clitoral glans (the visible part of the clitoris), removal of the inner labia and, in the most severe form (known as infibulation), removal of the inner and outer labia and closure of the vulva. This is done in societies for a host of reasons but the main one would seem to be in order to control the female's sexuality.
Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin (prepuce) from the penis. If it was causing the same problems for men that FGM causes for women then I suspect it would have been outlawed a long time ago.
For those who have difficulty understanding this difference I suggest you might take a course in anatomy, biology and gender politics.”
“Missing the old serif-style 'g' already. It was kind of like the Guardian's signature g....wasn't it?”
“Is Hunt going to show leadership by example and also make himself available seven days a week (for those emergency moments when you need a politician)?”