Israel’s shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

TEL AVIV, Israel  — It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world’s most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply for a job at Israel’s Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse.

The typically hush-hush Mossad revamped its website last week to include a snazzy recruiting video and an online application option for those seeking employment. With versions in Hebrew, English, French, Russian, Arabic and Persian, the sleek site looks to revolutionize the way Israel’s legendary agency seeks out potential agents after generations of backdoor, cloak-and-dagger antics.

“We must continue to recruit the best people into our ranks so that the Mossad might continue to lead, defend and allow for the continued existence of the state of Israel,” Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo said in a statement announcing the launch. “The Mossad’s qualitative human capital is the secret of our success.”

 

Eight-year-old Mohammad had just moved to Ireland and entered his classroom on the first day of school.
“What’s your name?” asked the teacher.
“Mohammad,” he replied.
“You’re in Ireland now,” replied the teacher, “so from now on you will be known as Frank.”
Mohammad returned home after school.
“How was your day, Mohammad?” his mother asked.
“My name is no longer Mohammad. I’m in Ireland now and my name is Frank.”
“What?” she said. “Are you ashamed of your name? Are you trying to dishonor your parents, your heritage, your religion? Shame on you!” And his mother beat him.
Then she called his father, who beat him again.
The next day when Mohammad returned to school the teacher saw all of his bruises.
“What happened to you, Frank?” she asked.
“Well shortly after becoming Irish I was attacked by two Arabs.”

JOHN

Look an advertisement on Yahoo News for American Zionists who want to betray their country and kill and steal for Israel. What an excellent way to find these low life traitors to our country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Fox Arrested Over Alleged Sex Offences.THE MAGIC OF HIS ADVANCES MUST HAVE FELL ON STONY GROUND.RADIO PRESENTERS CERTAINLY SEEM TO BE OVER SEXED AS WELL AS OVER PAID!

Radio DJ Dr Fox has been arrested over alleged historical sex offences against two women.

The 53-year-old Magic presenter, known as Doctor Fox, was held earlier today and is being questioned at a police station in central London.

A spokesman for Bauer Media said: “Bauer Media can confirm that Neil Fox, presenter of the Magic Radio breakfast show, was today arrested by Westminster Police. He is currently being questioned about various allegations.

“In the circumstances Neil will be off air from tomorrow to enable him to devote his full attention to dealing with these matters. All other aspects of his contract will remain unchanged while matters are resolved. We can make no further comment at this stage.”

His arrest is not part of high profile sex crime investigation Operation Yewtree.

ODE TO A JEWISH FOOL, JESTER,COMIC.FOOLS WE SHOULD SUFFER GLADLY

Oh foolish fellow that you are

your life has not got you far,

The fame you sort buzzed far away

Your life went on from near miss to near miss,

The elusive fame was always amiss.

 

From failed disco king to manager ,

You missed your chance at every spur,

The junction became the cul-de-sac

Yet again a failure on a single track,

 

Away you went with tinkerbell

The fairy dust  did not work well.

The dancing ,singing,jester yes,

But no,though you did your best.

 

TV, though local it did but wave,

A show host you did crave

To be, in Spain in Costa dell Crime

Marbella was the action place,

 

The money came so crisp and clean

washed to perfection, not grimy but clean so clean.

From F1 club that was filled with coke and smoke,

Life became one big long joke,a line a line a poke a poke.

 

It never lasts it went away, so hello radio i,m here to stay!

The time was right ,the dye was cast

the last chance saloon,a chance at last ,

He learnt his skills from barry The mistro,

Then student came to be the master,

He showed them all just who was boss

Spent the money and did,nt give a toss.

 

Upon whose back he trod his way.

And almost made it but hey,

He played his cards so well he thought.

But caught ,cockolde by sexual thought

and deed was his final juggernaut.

 

He fell from grace and shamed he was

his hopes were scattered  like ashes

on the floor ,he tried to rise again but no,

His  sins did follow cursing him.

A land of broken promises , and dreams

that might of been, a sad and sorry life to see,

All loss all gone for what ?

 

The maiden head of youth , the potion of immortality.

To become the jester ,the fool ,

And there is no fool like an olde fool be,

What went before must come to pass,

There,s no return just memories of days detrass,

So what of him golden coat, his chain of gold

Upon his waist, the m&s 5euro coat,

So white and clean ,just like the suit of white

Impervious to stain that Alec Guinness wore,

It fell to bits and was no more,

 

As life has done for our dear friend,

His life of fame has surly come to an end.

He still is seen at times like olde a chartiy

of course, up front he is, repelling verbal boarders,

The fans are few the hecklers curse

He keeps it happy and on course,

 

IT,S NOT THE SAME BUT WHAT THE HECK,

OLD JEWISH COMICS NEVER DIE,

THEY JUST WITHER ,FADE AND LIE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iraq Number 2 – Historians Against the War – YouTube

Iraq Number 2 – Historians Against the War – YouTube.

listen to this you blood thirsty jewish  war mongers. interview with Colonel Ann Wright speaks to Pippa Jones about the recent incursion into Iraq and what we should learn from history about the likelihood of a doomed military operation. 

I would like to suggest mr MB listen to this and george galloways speech in the house of commons.   FOOLS RUSH IN WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD.

 

Firstly, Iam full of bullshit errwhat does that mean?You are a Zionist?You support Israel in it,s policies re the Arabs?israel didnot take the land that ISRAEL OCCUPYS BY FORCE FROM THE ARABS?it is the promised land given by god to you?IT IS NOT THE LAND OF THE ARABS BUT IT IS YOUR LAND?DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE MR MB.PLEASE STICK TO THE FACTS AND TRY NOT TO AVOID THE ISSUE.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Are you one of the idiots who call for a boycott of goods grown or manufactured in Israel? Do you idiots not know 1.6 million Arabs live and work in Israel? By boycotting goods that many are manufactured by the Arabs you will contribute in seeing them out of work. Still want to boycott Israel?Oh, by the way are you still using your computers? Did you know that Intel is developed in Israel? So here’s a test to see just how sincere you are about your support for the Palestinians. If you really, and I mean really, are sincere about boycotting Israel STOP now using your computer! I will check your Facebooks and Blogs of those who
claim to be anti Zionist and support the Palestinians etc I will then know those of you who are still using your computers are full of bullshit,,,,Fair enough? …..For those who have stopped I will show them nothing but respect…We shall see.
I AM AN IDIOT, FULL OF BULLSHIT, I AM ANTIZIONIST , ANTI JEWS WHO SUPPORT ISRAEL, A COUNTRY WHICH WAS STOLEN FROM THE ARABS, A NATION THAT HAS COMMITTED WAR CRIMES,GENOCIDE,AND WHO ARE COMMITTING ETHNIC CLEANSING.
I AM THE IDIOT ,FULL OF BULLSHIT, I DON,T WANT TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH RACE .I WANT THEM TO RETURN THE LAND AND COUNTRY WHICH THEY HAVE STOLEN FREE THE PALESTINIANS AND GO AWAY LEAVE THE REST OF US IN PEACE.         PLEASE. I AM TRYING TO BE CIVIL AND NOT COME DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF NAME CALLING  .
quote MR MB
If the Muslim Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel!

MAYBE THAT  IS WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN  PALESTINE RECREATED AND THE JEWS GONE FROM THE STOLEN LAND .
 IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN DO A LOADED RABBI AND STOOGE iman, apart from the fact I AM A N ATHEIST, SO GOD GIVING THE LAND TO THE JEWS ORIGINALLY WHAT A LOAD OF SHITE! I SUPPOSE THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FROM A MAN THAT BELIEVES IN A SUPER BEING GOD WHO MADE THE WORLD IN 6 DAYS  AND MAGICKED  UP A MAN AND A WOMAN. OH NOTHING EXISTED BEFORE 6000 YEARS AGO. ACCORDING TO HIS FAITH.
YOU DENY THE PROOF THAT EXISTS THAT THE WORLD IS AT LEAST 2.6 BILLION YEARS OLD ?
DO YOU KNOW HOW STUPID YOU LOOK ALL OF YOU WITH THESE VIEWS .
ALL RELIGIONS ARE FAIRY TALES CREATED BY MAN TO KEEP THE MASSES IN LINE .

The Caliphate : “Threat” Trailer – YouTube

The Caliphate : “Threat” Trailer – YouTube.

I AM NOT AGAINST ANY RELIGIOUS GROUP, JEW ,MUSLIM ETC.. EXCEPT THOSE THAT SLAUGHTER ,AND WISH TO ENFORCE THEIR FAITH ON THE  REST OF US. AS DO THE ZIONIST JEWS ,THE EXTREME MUSLIMS, AND THE RADICAL CHRISTIANS,   ETC.

THIS IS WHY THIS TRAILER IS POSTED HERE SO YOU CAN SEE AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELVES .

UNLIKE OTHERS WHO ENJOY, NO WANT REVENGE FOR REVENGES SAKE .GET PLEASURE FROM SEEING HUMANS SLAUGHTERED, REGARDLESS OF HOW BAD THESE HUMANS ARE, TO GET PLEASURE FROM KILLING OTHERS ,WELL YOU ARE A PSYCHOPATH AND NO BETTER THAN THOSE YOU KILL.

George Galloway’s Statement in UK Parliament on Isis airstrikes – YouTube

George Galloway’s Statement in UK Parliament on Isis airstrikes – YouTube. WATCH.

George Galloway gave one of the most controversial speeches in today’s parliamentary debate considering the whether the UK should take action against the Islamic State in Iraq, as MPs tried to shout down the Respect MP.

Galloway told MPs that the terrorist group, popularly known as ISIS or ISIL, only controlled so much of Iraq as the population allowed them to do so, angered by previous Western military actions.

“That population is quiescent because of Western policies and Western invasion,” he said, adding that the group “could not survive for five minutes if the tribes of Western Iraq rose up against them.”

MPs are debating whether to send the Royal Air Force to the US-led bombing campaign, but British air strikes will be limited to Iraq rather than IS strongholds in Syria.

george galloway speaks a lot of sense on this subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Lee Travis, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ, has been given a three-month suspended sentence after being convicted for indecently assaulting a woman

DAVE LEE TRAVIS three-month suspended sentence,WHAT MESSAGE DOES THIS EXTREMELY LENIENT SENTENCE GIVE TO OTHER SEXUALLY ABUSED. IT IS A CRIME.MORE ARE STEPPING FORWARD ALLEGING THEY HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED WILL FURTHER CHARGES BE BROUGHT? I DOUBT IT.

 

 

Dave Lee Travis, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ, has been given a  after being convicted for indecently assaulting a woman in 1995 during the making of a TV programme.

The judge told Travis he “took advantage of a young woman in a vulnerable position”, but after the hearing the 69-year-old insisted he was innocent, saying he always feared that “if the prosecution threw enough mud at me, some of it might stick”.

Travis was convicted on Tuesday by a majority jury verdict. Appearing under his real name, David Griffin, he was found not guilty of another indecent assault charge, and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of sexual assault.

The latter two charges were being retried after a jury was unable to reach verdicts on them and other similar allegations at an initial trial in February.

The charge on which Travis was convicted, which did not feature in the first trial, involved an assault in January 1995 against a woman, then aged 22, who was working on the BBC’s Mrs Merton Show.

Sentencing Travis, who was wearing a dark suit and white shirt, judge Anthony Leonard QC said the offence was worthy of a custodial sentence, but took the decision to suspend a three-month sentence after considering the health and financial impact of the two trials on the former DJ.

He described the assault, saying Travis had approached the woman, who was in her first job after university, while she was having a cigarette. He said Travis had told her to consider her lungs, while sliding his hands up her chest on onto her breasts, which he squeezed. Leonard told Travis: “When you gave evidence you described what she was alleging took place was a nasty thing to do. You were right in your assumption, but it was more than that, it was an unpleasant and intentional sexual assault.

“You took advantage of a young woman in a vulnerable position whose job it was to look after you … I judge that you believed she would not make a fuss and you were right about that too.

“In my judgment the aggravating feature in this case is the disparity in your age and status compared to that of the victim, which made her vulnerable to your advances.”

Standing to hear the sentence, Travis gave no reaction except to say: “Thank you your honour”.

Before the sentencing Travis turned around and banged on the window of the dock to attract the attention of the Sunday Times journalist Camilla Long, who this week claimed that he had also groped her. He told her to move from the public gallery, saying: “You are making me uncomfortable”. When Long indicted that there were no available seats in the press gallery, he shouted over to the press gallery saying: “Will someone give her a seat?”

Speaking outside court in front of a scrum of reporters and photographers, Travis delivered a short, unrepentant, statement, standing next to his wife, Marianne. “Two years ago I was accused out of the blue of being a sexual predator. Never before that date had anyone ever suggested to me that I had committed any crime whatsoever,” he said. “After millions of pounds of taxpayers money, thousands of hours of police resources, the judge accepted today that the crown had failed to prove their case against me, namely that I was a sexual predator.”

Travis said that he had “always been worried that if the prosecution threw enough mud at me, some of it might stick”. He said: “I am mortified and I am really disappointed that I was convicted of one count, and it’s of little comfort to me that I was acquitted of so many others.” He added that he had the support of his family, and that they “all know the truth”.

Earlier, the court heard a victim statement in which the woman said she was “a naive and trusting 22-year-old” when she was subjected to “an unprovoked and terrifying assault”.

She said she felt “lucky that I was psychologically robust enough to deal with the distress” and said she had used humour as a defence.

She said reliving the event, which happened 19 years ago, had been upsetting and that it was “particularly horrifying” to be called a liar and for it to be suggested that she was looking for financial gain.

“I have sought to preserve my anonymity,” she said in a statement, adding that she had no intention of trying to make financial gain from the trial. “I simply wanted to tell the truth and was prepared to go through this unpleasant process to that end.”

Stephen Vullo QC, defending Travis, said the two trials had already cost his client £350,000, and he and his wife had been forced to sell their family home. They had moved into a smaller house bought with her proceeds from the sale, and Travis had not been able to work for the past two years “for obvious reasons”.

The investigation into Travis was part of Operation Yewtree, the inquiry set up two years ago after the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal. Travis has consistently protested his innocence since he was arrested at his home in Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, in November 2012.

Cameron Plays Tony Blair UK Prepares For Another War In Iraq

September 27, 2014 “ICH” – “The Independent” –  Britain is set to join the air campaign against Isis in Iraq, but, going by David Cameron’s speech to the UN General Assembly, the Government has no more idea of what it is getting into in this war than Tony Blair did in 2003.

Mr Cameron says that there should be “no rushing to join a conflict without a clear plan”, but he should keep in mind the warning of the American boxer Mike Tyson that “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.

The Prime Minister says that lessons have been learned from British military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan but it is telling that he did not mention intervention in Libya for which he himself was responsible.

In fact, there is a much closer parallel between Britain joining an air war in Libya in 2011 than Mr Blair’s earlier misadventures which Mr Cameron was happy to highlight.

In Libya, what was sold to the public as a humanitarian bid by Nato forces to protect the people of Benghazi from Muammar Gaddafi, rapidly escalated into a successful effort to overthrow the Libyan leader. The result three years on is that Libya is in permanent chaos with predatory militias reducing their country to ruins as they fight each other for power.

Whatever the original intentions of Britain and the US, their armed intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003 and Libya in 2011 has been to produce devastating conflicts that have not ended.

It has become common over the years to describe Iraq as a quagmire for foreign powers and it is no less so today than when President Bush and Mr Blair launched their invasion 11 years ago.

Mr Cameron draws comfort from the fact that the UN Security Council has received “a clear request from the Iraqi government to support it in its military action” against Isis. But this is a government who lost five divisions, a third of its army of 350,000 soldiers, when attacked by 1,300 Isis fighters in Mosul in June. Its three most senior generals jumped into a helicopter and fled to the Kurdish Iraqi capital Arbil, abandoning their men. It was one of the most disgraceful routs in history.

Mr Cameron blames all this on the mis-government of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose sectarian and kleptocratic rule has just ended. But it is doubtful if much has changed since Mr Maliki was replaced by the more personable Haider al-Abadi, whose government is still dominated by Shia religious parties. Mr Cameron’s stated belief that he is supporting the creation of a government that is inclusive of Sunni, Shia, Kurds and Christians is a pipe dream.

It is important to stress that there is little sign that US air strikes in Iraq, which Britain is planning to supplement, will be able to turn the tide against Isis. There have been 194 US air strikes in Iraq since 8 August but the militants are still advancing six weeks after the first bombs and missiles exploded.

In a little reported battle at Saqlawiya, 40 miles west of Baghdad, last Sunday, Isis fighters besieged and overran an Iraqi army base and then ambushed the retreating soldiers. An officer who escaped was quoted as saying that “of an estimated 1,000 soldiers in Saqlawiya, only about 200 managed to flee”.

Surviving Iraqi soldiers blame their military leaders for failing to supply them with ammunition, food and water while Isis claims to have destroyed or captured five tanks and 41 Humvees. The message here is that if the US, Britain and their allies intend to prop up a weak Iraqi government and army, it is misleading to pretend that this can be done without a much more significant level of intervention.

In 2003, Mr Bush and Mr Blair claimed to be fighting only Saddam Hussein and his regime and were astonished to find themselves fighting the whole Sunni community in Iraq. This could very easily happen again in both Iraq and Syria.

Many Sunni in Mosul and Raqqa, Isis’s Syrian capital, do not like Isis. They are alienated by its violence and primaeval social norms such as treating women as chattels. But they are even more frightened of resurgent Iraqi or Syrian armies accompanied by murderous pro-government militias subduing their areas with the assistance of allied air strikes. The Sunni will have no option but to fight or flee.

The US is hoping that it can split the Sunni community away from Isis in a repeat of what happened in 2007 when many Sunni tribes and neighbourhoods took up arms against al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). But this is less likely to happen this time round because Isis is stronger than its predecessor and takes precautions against a stab in the back. Mr Cameron cited the example of the al-Sheitaat tribe in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, who rose up against Isis only for their rebellion to be crushed and 700 of their tribesmen to be executed.

Mr Cameron produced a laundry list of four measures that will make the present intervention in Iraq different from past failures. They are a ragbag of suggestions, high on moral tone but short on specificity and give the impression that Tony Blair may have been looking over the shoulder of Mr Cameron’s speech writer.

For instance, we should defeat “the ideology of extremism that is the root cause of terrorism”, but there is nothing concrete about the origins of this narrow and bigoted ideology which condemns Shia as heretics and apostates, treats women as second-class citizens and maligns Christians and Jews.

In fact, the belief system of Isis is little different from Wahhabism, the variant of Islam prevalent in Saudi Arabia. Supported by Saudi wealth, Wahhabism has gained an ever-increasing influence over mainstream Sunni Islam in the last 50 years. Politicians like Mr Cameron are much happier condemning school governors in Birmingham for religious extremism than they are complaining to the Saudi ambassador in London about the virulent sectarianism of Saudi school books.

The US and British alliance with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan – all Sunni monarchies – creates other problems. It is hypocritical for Mr Cameron to pretend that US and UK intervention are in support of democratic, accountable and inclusive governments when he is in a coalition with the last theocratic absolute monarchies on earth.

But the most short-sighted and self-defeating part of Mr Cameron’s justification for British intervention is to do with the war in Syria. He still claims he wants to change the government of Syria, a policy in which there is “a political transition and an end to Assad’s brutality”. He adds the shop-worn observation that “our enemies’ enemy is not our friend. It is another enemy.”

Since Mr Assad controls almost all the larger Syrian cities, he is not going to leave power. What Cameron is in practice proposing is a recipe for a continuing war and it is this that will make it impossible to defeat the jihadi militants, for Isis is the child of war.

Its leaders have been fighting for much of their lives and are good at it. They and their followers interact with the rest of the world through violence. And so long as the wars in Syria and Iraq continue, then many in their Sunni Arab communities will fear the enemies of Isis even more than Isis.

What the plans of President Obama and Mr Cameron lack is a diplomatic plan to bring the war between the non-Isis parties in Syria to an end. The two sides fear and hate each other too much for any political solution, but it may be possible for the foreign backers of the two sides to pressure them into agreeing a ceasefire. Neither is in a position to win against each other, but both are threatened by Isis, which inflicted stinging defeats on both Assad and anti-Assad forces in the summer.

Britain should press for such a truce even if it is only engaged militarily in Iraq, because it is the outcome of the war in Syria that will determine what happens in Iraq. It was the Syrian war beginning in 2011 that reignited Iraq’s civil war and not the misdeeds of Mr Maliki.

If Isis is to be combated effectively, then the US, Britain and their allies need to establish a closer relationship with those who are actually fighting Isis, which currently include the Syrian Army, the Syrian Kurds, Hezbollah of Lebanon, Iranian-backed militias and Iran itself. The necessity for this is being made tragically clear in the Syria Kurdish enclave of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border, where Isis fighters have already driven 200,000 Kurds into Turkey.

If Mr Obama and Mr Cameron genuinely intend to rely on plans to combat Isis that they have just outlined, then they are, as Mike Tyson would have predicted, setting themselves and their countries up for a punch in the mouth.

good health is a right for one and all not just for the rich save the nhs from privatization.

I am sitting in my front garden at 5am feeling slightly shell-shocked, wondering what has just happened – and wondering if I am still a doctor.

What a strange opening to a blog. To put my dawn chorus into context, I thought it would be useful to share with you the effects which the Health and Social Care Act are having on our NHS, and how privatisation is taking doctors and nurses away from frontline care, turning valued colleagues into the competition, and potentially jeopardising the fantastic services that we have spent years trying to build.

I’ve not seen a patient in three months! I normally do five clinics a week, and I think I do a pretty good job. In fact, I’m told my patients are missing me. That is comforting. But the reason that I have been away from my post for a quarter of the year is that I have been part of a tender team which is desperately trying to keep our sexual health and HIV service from being sold off and pulled apart.

We are one nurse consultant and two consultants, plus a dedicated NHS manager and a commercial contractor. These five people are the core of our Trust’s bid team. In addition, countless others have given valuable time to try and support our tender. Those of my colleagues who are covering my clinics are also suffering, doubling up without complaint because they know that what we are trying to do aims ultimately to protect our entire service.

It all started in April 2013, when the NHS reorganisation, and the Health and Social Care Act, really put a knife in the back of our specialty. I’m a sexual health doctor and an HIV specialist. And what has happened to my clinical specialism? HIV care is now commissioned by NHS England. Unfortunately the money for sexual health and contraception has meanwhile been given to the city council. Half my team is now paid by one arm of the NHS, and the other half is paid by the local authority (which has financial difficulties of its own).

This means that an integrated, collaborative system that has developed over many years has seen physicians skilled in both sexual health and HIV suddenly finding themselves pushed into a new, possibly private, organisation because they spend more than fifty per cent of their time in sexual health. What is left behind for the HIV service itself? Possibly very little: the private companies don’t want to be concerned with the HIV service … and yet will happily take the lion’s share of its staff once it wins a sexual health contract.

So what happens to the one HIV consultant and one nurse left behind, deemed necessary to look after the patients who have previously enjoyed a much fuller service? Funnily enough, they soon find the new system is not viable. It’s not long, either, before the Trust realises it has lost 80% of the workforce that once looked after its HIV patients to an external contractor uninterested in HIV; and that unless it supports the remaining staff to deliver a service that was delivered seamlessly before, they will have to put the HIV out to tender, too. It is madness.

So let me take you back to 11.54pm one month ago. The five people described above are staring at a computer screen, looking grey, tired and washed-out; drained, exhausted, and waiting to press a button to send a document the size of my PhD thesis to the city council. They are waiting for the council’s consideration, to see whether they might be good enough to deliver a service they have trained all their lives to provide. The reason that they are doing it at all, of course, is that they truly and deeply care about a service they have spent years putting everything into: they care about patients, they care about the NHS, and they don’t want to see their service asset-stripped and cherry-picked, colleagues made redundant and patient care suffering.

The spectre of the fact that our clinical service was going to be tendered out has been around our neck for the last eighteen months. I have lost count of the number of meetings I have had to go to, sitting in a room with countless other people that really should be at work seeing patients, having to act like businesspeople considering the margins on a particular project, and making decisions: to bid or not to bid, and how much money could we loose? It beggars belief.

I’m sure – in fact I know – that in other hospitals in our region there will be a team of equally dedicated people not wanting to lose their jobs or see the services that are just as good as ours dismantled. Whoever wins or loses, the next nine months are going to be just as bad. Staff are going to lose their jobs because the bids that we have had to put in to make ourselves financially competitive means that we will have to lose nurses, outreach workers, and doctors. For the last nine months, we haven’t been replacing staff because of “The Tender”. We don’t know where we’re going to be, we don’t want to invest in staff at such an uncertain time and especially when we have to keep our costs ‘competitive’. The impact is the knock-on effect on staff morale, and an increase in sickness because we are all over-worked.

The public need to know that our NHS is being privatised, not through the back door, but very blatantly through the front. There may as well be very large advertising placards directed at potential providers, promising in twelve-foot type: “If you can do it cheaper – it’s yours.” What about quality? Quality, I’m afraid, is worth only 40% of the total value of the bid. There is something very wrong when the specification for a clinical service is skewed in this direction. It’s not why I became a doctor, and it’s not why my nursing colleagues became nurses.

Why are we having to compete against an army of experienced bid-writers who work on the assumption that maybe one in five of their tenders are successful, and for a company which can invest up to two million pounds into any given ‘tender’ to secure a win? Of course, in truth they are not just working on another ‘tender’: they are playing with crucially important NHS services that deal with some of the most stigmatised, marginalised people in our country. But this is the situation in which we all now find ourselves.

Who will protest, and how? How many people are going to stand up and say, “Yes: I’ve had a sexual health problem, and I was treated with courtesy, respect and compassion in an NHS service which I do not wish to see destroyed”? I suppose not many. A certain circumspection comes with the territory of the speciality we’re in. But I know that our patients truly appreciate the dedication and care that we give them, and I want very much to be able to continue to provide it. The fact that I may not be able to is saddening.

I’ve seen the effects that privatisation can have in other areas of the country – in Milton Keynes, Trafford, Teeside and Leicester. I also know that other colleagues all over the country are currently going through the same nightmare. In fact, it is likely that all of our NHS sexual health services will be put out to tender in the next few years. It is really rather desperate.

After we submitted that bid just before midnight one month ago, we spent four more weeks in what can only be described as purgatory: locked in a room, staring at spreadsheets and wondering whether the hospital could afford to keep us and make the second, ‘best and final’ bid low enough to give us a chance of winning. That process, too, is now finally over. In two months we will learn who our new employers will be.

I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, I am looking forward to being a doctor again.