Now nurses are being told many would envy their job security – by a HEREDITARY PEER

This is the reason some fascist put the above – unacceptable – query to the BBC’s Question Time on Thursday (March 11), it seems:

Tory Lord Bethell said it was reasonable to saddle nurses with a below-inflation pay rise (a de facto pay cut) because they have “secure jobs” that many would “envy”.

If that’s true, then why are there 80,000 job vacancies in the NHS? Could it possibly be because they are subjected to a huge amount of stress – more than the vast majority of other jobs – and aren’t paid enough to be able to cover their bills and the weekly grocery shop?

I think it could.

Meanwhile, let’s look at Bethell himself.

He’s a hereditary peer – a member of the House of Lords who receives more than £300 per day, just to turn up. He could spend the whole day asleep and he would still receive that payment.

Because the 1999 House of Lords Act removed all but 92 hereditary peers, he did not have an automatic right to sit in the Lords but gained it in 2018 after a vacancy arose due to death, retirement, resignation or exclusion (I don’t care which).

He was chosen by a group of current Tory hereditary peers, from an official list of aristocrats, who are overwhelmingly men, and won the by-election with 26 votes from a total electorate of 47.

So much for democracy.

Bethell said:

“There are millions of people out of work out of the back of this pandemic.

“There are lots of people who have had an extremely tough time and who face a period of unemployment. Nurses are well-paid for the job. They have a secure job and they have other benefits.

“There are many people in this country who look upon professional jobs within the NHS with some envy and we shouldn’t forget the fact that some public sector jobs are, in fact, extremely well-paid.”

Perhaps he hasn’t noticed, but many of the employment problems have been caused, not by the pandemic itself so much as by his party’s cack-handed handling of it.

Of course it can’t be argued that some public sector jobs are indeed extremely well-paid – Bethell would know because he has one of them.

But nursing isn’t on that select list.

Oh, and here‘s another damning fact about Bethell: he tried to blame poor people for their own deaths from Covid-19, on the grounds that they died because of their own poor decisions.

He said there were “behavioural reasons” for these deaths, listing “the decisions that people make about social distancing, about their own health decisions” – all of which were influenced by his Tory government’s messages!

Source: Tory hereditary peer says nurses have job security that many would ‘envy’ – Mirror Online

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5 thoughts on “Now nurses are being told many would envy their job security – by a HEREDITARY PEER

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    But since 2010 and Tony Blair’s starting to privitising the NHS not alot said when the culling of the stock started and the peasants were asking their doctors consultants about the privitising of the NHS not much said on it goes attacking the disabled sick and mentally ill even the unemployed feel the stick yet nurses some doctors work for these companies that do the work of government strategy and nothing much said about these astrositys they cause but where were these professionals when asked to help quiet now they feeling the government contempt if they had stood perhaps we see a better world but now aktion t4 rolling along with out much of a ado

  2. Malcolm James

    And then there was this beauty from him in the wake of the A-levels fiasco last Summer.

    Lord Bethell
    I fluffed my A-levels. Taught me how to hustle. First to get a place in Univeristy (sic). And haven’t stopped ever since. Grades are great, but grit and perseverance win every time. 🚀

  3. Jenny Holliday

    That is a total insult to the Health Workers and their Families who have put their lives on the line during this Pandemic. The deal for a decent rise was Struck 3 years ago and agreed after lots of negotiations. It’s alright for the Government to give Politicians this year and during a Pandemic £3,000 Pounds extra towards their expenses whilst giving Tory mates Chunks of our Insurance and Paid for NHS. They have never liked the NHS and have always tried to get rid of it. I have watched scenes of these Peers fast asleep during debates whilst claiming £300.00 a day for just turning up. If only it was that easy for NHS workers. I’d like to see These Peers do one day in a busy Hospital!!!

  4. Hecuba

    Another fascist tory scrounger who is paid an exorbitant daily fee just to turn up and sleep at the House of Lords! He should not be paid a cent for attending House of Lords because it is a privilege for him!

    If he wants to earn money he can train as a low paid disposable nurse and then he can whine about ‘job security for low paid non-valued female nurses!’

    But this is what we expect from a white fascist tory male who lives in another world and believes impoverished women and men cause their own deaths by ‘wrong choices!’

    ‘Not our problem guv’ is the common fascist tory refrain whilst they increase their bloated wealth and power!

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