It was a 'No frills flight" with Flybe. While I am content to miss out on the free champagne and complimentary pair of socks - having no plane is a problem. Yesterday I was booked to fly from Bristol to the Isle of Man. Everything was going well. With a former Secretary of State I was booked in, went through the meaningless rituals of security and settled down waiting for our flight to be called.
A cheerful voice announced that our flight had been cancelled because of a 'technical fault.' Alternatives would be offered by Flybe. Instead of flight from Bristol at 2,30 Flybe gave me a £7 voucher and a free bus to Gatwick for a 7.30 flight. It was five hours of boredom and futility. This morning I received this message from the ever cheerful Flybe
Dear Paul Flynn
We hope that you enjoyed your recent flight from Bristol.
Here at Flybe your feedback is important to us and we would love to hear your views on your recent flight experience. From booking on Flybe.com, to the service you received during your journey your comments will help us make improvements to provide that 'extra' quality service in the future.
I hope they find my reply stimulating and instructive
Big Pharma judges Big Pharma
The German health expert, former MP and chairman of the Subcommittee for Health in the Council of Europe Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg accuses WHO of continuing their unwise close cooperation with specialists from pharmaceutical industry.
"On October 15th 2010 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a scientific evaluation of its "pandemic" strategy. Prof. Jonathan Van Tam and his Institute at the University of Nottingham (UK) were designated as WHO partners for this delicate mission.
WHO does not seem to be irritated, that the evaluator, Prof. Van Tam has worked for ROCHE (Tamiflu), Aventis Pasteur MSD (Sanofi Aventis) and SmithKline Beecham (GSK) as Head of Medical Affairs and has been a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) in the multi-billion dollar business of threatening the world about birds- and swineflu "pandemics".
Although those pandemic threats soon turned out to be science-fiction or marketing ideas of some well paid pharma-experts, people like Van Tam were extremely successful for their sponsors. They managed to shape the flu strategies of WHO and of all countries listening to them.
Now in his position as a public health expert at Nottingham University, WHO has asked him again, to "evaluate how preparedness activities aided the response to pandemic (H1N1) 2009, identifying good practices for the future and areas where continued or additional WHO support is still needed." Prof VanTam has announced, that he plans to present his report at the end of 2010.
The Council of Europe had examined WHO's "faked" pandemics and the British Labour MP Paul Flynn has presented a well recognized report last June, which blamed WHO for hiding important facts and opening the door for interests of the industry while sacrificing its independence and its important role as a standard-setter for global health.
Ignoring the European Parliamentarians who were insisting on more transparency, WHO continues its dangerous relations with industry-financed experts and seems to be immune against public protest.
We have experienced, that in spite of aggressive advertising and ongoing media-campaigns only few doctors and patients still follow the advice of a corrupted agency.
But we should ask our governments, why they just observe and pay, while in the meantime the most important international health agency is misused for greedy marketing by scrupulous pharmaceutical companies."
The six-monthly meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly has turned into a wake.
For he first time ever, we are meeting in a Crown Dependancy - the Isle of Man. The word from the Fianna Fail TDs is that Government will go and a general election will be held in January. Some even suggest it will be 'before Christmas.' The mobile phones link between the Isle of Man and Ireland were throbbing with Fianna Fail anxiety about the demise of their party. They presently stand at only 17% in the polls.
Today's meeting had warm words for David Cameron for his apology on the Bloody Sunday report. Some asked for a similar inquiry into the Ballymurphy killings. It was reported that other very expensive inquiries had achieved little. There are dozens of unlawful killings that could qualify for new probes - but to little purpose.