July 30th, 2005



Spent large chunks of today writing code to automate Internet Explorer - things are slowly coming together in a useful way.

Then met with Erin in the Filmhouse (for about 15 minutes) to hear about flat-hunting - there seem to be many crap landlords about.

Then on to the cinema, where I got tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and then waited half an hour for Lilian to turn up (was running very early to ensure I got tickets).  It was A Good Kid's Film, and full of about as much absurd prettiness as you'd expect.

Then back to Lilian's where I took photos for the cover of her fanzine.

And then buses back home, followed by a 10 minute walk, wherein I looked up from my Pratchett to see a fox walking down the street, carrying something in its mouth.

And now home, to read LJ, write this, and avoid the cat rubbing her head on the keyboard and deleting things faster than I can type (lost two sentences so far).

When Laws Don't Work

Brian Haw has been protesting outside the houses of parliament for 4 years now - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Parliament eventually passed a law with the single purpose of stopping him, declaring that all people starting a demonstration around the houses of parliament must ask for authorisation.

The smart people amongst you will have seen the loophole.

And the judges agreed.

If he started now, he'd have to ask permission.  But he's been doing it for 4 years, so he doesn't have to.

Time for another law?

Labour is working

When Labour came to power in 1997, there were 21,474 consultants in the NHS - there are now 31,210.  On that day there were 28,046 GPs - there are now 32,194.

That's a 50% increase in consultants and a 15% increase in GPs.

In the last year, nursing shortages have dropped from 2.6% to 19.% - the 5th successive yearly fall.

At the end of June there were 43,200 patients waiting longer than six months for treatment in English hospitals - down 6,400 since the end of May and 31,600 since June 2004.

It's not sorted yet - but then doctors take 7 years to train, so it's not the kind of problem you can solve overnight.

And no, this isn't some kind of blanket support for all things Labour - but good news about the NHS seems to get very little publicity, so I thought it should be shared around.

All figures from the BBC here.