Saturday, July 22, 2006
HEALTH AND CRAWLEY HOSPITAL - CRAWLEY NEWS - JULY 19 - ESTABLISHMENT POWER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SURREY AND SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST
Hospital Trusts are controlled by 'Establishment Power' - who also control the county's Schools, Planning, and Security Services (eg Police). These hidden truths have never been spelled out clearly to the likes of us, the taxpaying public, for various reasons...but Noam Chomsky gives us a clue by describing the central role of news media as "protecting privilege from the threat of public understanding and participation".
Another clue is West Sussex County Council (to whom we pay over 80% of our hard-earned council tax) and the role of Lord Lieutenants and Deputy Lieutenants (47?), made up of the 'Great and the Good' (and Not-So-Good), Royal Patronage, Lords and Dukes, The Landowning Aristocracy, Lieutenant Colonels, 'The Monied and Property-Rich', former (and current) County Hall Chairman, a former WSCC Chief Executive et al.
Oh dear, bang goes my chance of a Peerage !
And that is why I can laugh out loud when I read that Crawley was "Home to the county's richest" (Crawley News, Page 10)(Crawley Observer, Page 15, "Cash to spare in Crawley"). "Crawley has topped the list of the highest earners in Sussex..." (Crawley News). Of course this is complete and utter nonsense.
We are probably the most affluent county in the UK (who are incapable of providing a decent hot meal to our state school primary-aged children), but that has sod-all to do with some high-earners in "RH10 7" (Crawley's Maidenbower/Worth/Pound Hill), and everything to do with...guess ? If you disagree, I will gladly 'take you on'...
What is the 'Big Lie' in this county of West Sussex ? That it is in any real sense a 'Democracy' - Of, By, and For, the People. Unless we mean by 'Democracy' - Of, By, and For Powerful and Privileged People. And that's not democratic politics - that's realpolitik.