On 16th Oct 2018, I sat in Ferneham Hall, Fareham, Hampshire to listen to officials and affected members of the public exchange views about the untimely death of 656 patients at a Gosport hospital some 20 years previously. That is how long it can take for British justice to react where ordinary people are the aggrieved parties.
One lady asked an important question: “If this has happened in a little corner of Hampshire, is it also happening elsewhere?”
It was a fair question and it did not take much of a search to find another scandal concerning untimely deaths and neglect at Staffordshire hospitals of probably 1,300 patients and that as many as 14 hospital trusts are under review with a potential death toll of 20,000. These are not all old people at the end of their natural lives. Many deaths were of children.
I could comment solely about the state of health care in the UK, but others have already covered these stories. My concern is about the seemingly callous disregard towards human life in other areas if you happen to be in the wrong social spectrum. I am a single journalist with very limited resources, but this pervasive indifference and, sometimes malice, seems prevalent in other walks of life.
It would seem that if you are a white male competing with a black female for a job in engineering, there is a 2 to 1 chance that she will get the job ahead of you. If you are a boy and you have a female teacher, you can expect to be marked down in English just because you are a boy. I could fill up the page with supporting evidence from research done, but would make this opinion piece boring due to all the references.
I watched activist and journalist, Tommy Robinson, as he was being released from Onley prison in the UK after he had spent 2 months there based on very thin and doubtful charges to do with a contempt of court that had not occurred. His wrongful conviction is not something that other journalists, who had committed far worse offences (including causing the collapse of trials), had received no more than a fine for their misdemeanours. However, Tommy Robinson is not one of the elite. He comes from the ‘unwashed’ ranks of the working classes. He has form. He is doing things that embarrass the elites. He exposes the corrupt morality of those in power and who wield that power in the most cynical fashion whilst
claiming to be acting self righteously and on behalf of the public good.
No one can convince me that his punishment was anything other than a political action against someone who was highlighting issues that were shocking and damning of the whole callous and cruel nature of the establishment, namely the mass rape of British children. Can anyone imagine what a furore there would have been if any of these victims had been royals? The girls and their families were ‘low status’ girls and white trash at that. Just like those who
are dying in poorly run hospitals.
It seems to be a theme that is not simply about the wealthy ignoring the poor. It is an element that runs through many ordinary people involved in these things, but it is when these matters are being covered up or ignored by the British establishment is when your trust in them starts to become threadbare. To me, the Establishment includes the media, the political elites and a significant chunk of the judiciary and police. Added to this number, you could include many ordinary people who keep their heads down for fear of repercussions they may face if they speak up.
Seeing the emaciated figure of Tommy Robinson was shocking. It encapsulated the corrupt hearts and thoughts of those who govern us. He had been illegally held in solitary confinement for most of his detainment. I saw no journalists nor any UK media organizations speaking up on his behalf. In fact, they were all too ready to condemn him. I regard myself as a neutral, but found myself to be utterly disgusted by the attitude of the political and media establishment. This is becoming a regular sensation for me as I, in my plodding way, keep coming across how easily evil can harm and destroy societies and, most importantly, the people who try to live in
The upshot is that you and I really do not matter. We are unimportant as individuals except what we mean to each other.
James A Williams