‘Tis a scratch, a mere scratchAugust 17, 2018 Tim WorstallHealth Care27 CommentsQueen’s homeopath Peter Fisher dies in cycling accident previousAnd why not?nextUmm, err? 27 thoughts on “‘Tis a scratch, a mere scratch” abacab August 17, 2018 at 8:58 am Quick! Get that man a preparation of one part per gazillion of BMX! DocBud August 17, 2018 at 9:13 am Surely if his fellow quacks ran him over with a Dinky Toy lorry he’d come back to life. BraveFart August 17, 2018 at 9:19 am My connection to Royalty is that in 1990 I was given an examination by the Queen’s doctor just off Harley St to confirm I was OK for an overseas posting. So, the same man put his fingers up my and Brenda’s arseholes. Philip Scott Thomas August 17, 2018 at 9:20 am I’d have thought a homeopath is more Brian than Brenda. The Meissen Bison August 17, 2018 at 9:47 am BraveFart – I rather doubt that! Charles Orton-Jones August 17, 2018 at 9:56 am Abacab – thank you for giving me a thoroughly evil laugh today. Mr Womby August 17, 2018 at 10:24 am @BF Did he do you both at the same time? I hope you remembered to bow. (Though I suppose assuming the position would have killed two birds with one stone, as it were.) Rob August 17, 2018 at 10:47 am Peter Fisher, 67, was homeopathic physician to the Queen for about 17 years until he was involved in a collision with a lorry on High Holborn Really odd phrasing there. Rhoda Klapp August 17, 2018 at 10:47 am I remember when Brummy Smith came back from meeting Prince Philip and said ‘Oi’ve shaken the hand that’s been up the Queen’s ****.’ BraveFart August 17, 2018 at 10:55 am Mr Womby No Brenda was not there when the sticky fingers entered me. In deference to the Brenda connection, I have not washed my ringpiece since DocBud August 17, 2018 at 10:56 am Rob, Along the lines of: I’d been driving for over forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel. abacab August 17, 2018 at 11:35 am @DocBud – 40 years is a long time to have been at the wheel. Shouldn’t you have stopped occasionally to sleep? Maybe that was the issue! 😀 Excavator Man August 17, 2018 at 11:49 am Rhoda, Think what Monica could say was in her gob (while on her knees in the Oval Office), and where it had been in Hilary … (vomits) Moosealot August 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm @abacab Surely a lorry couldn’t possibly kill him but being run over by a dinky toy would? dearieme August 17, 2018 at 12:23 pm By God, I wouldn’t cycle in London. But then I wouldn’t live there either. jgh August 17, 2018 at 12:54 pm On a tangent, the big news today is that more than 50% of GPs work part time, and a quarter of trainees have no intention of working full time. This chimes with TW’s observations in the past, building up problems where we employ X people but they only do X/2 work. And it came through to me very clearly yesterday when having a checkup and trying to book the next one. “8am?” No, later. “8:20am?” No, *later*. “9am?” No, *LATER*, as in *AFTERNOON*. “Oh, we don’t do afternoons” – as I noticed the Doctor Is In board behind her was was filled with AM slots but all the PM slots had a cross in them. Particularly pissing-off-ly as I’m normally a night owl and they have prescribed me drugs that screw my sleep patterns and I’m not sufficiently awake to function before noon. Rob August 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm By God, I wouldn’t cycle in London. Oddly enough in some ways it is safer than “in the sticks”. No-one close passes you at 60mph, it’s impossible as on most roads they are lucky to get to 20mph. Just obey the golden rule of NEVER undertaking stationary lorries or buses unless you are SURE you can get in front of them before they move again. Lots of cyclists are killed by being on the inside of such vehicles as they turn left – a straight line cannot curve around a corner. The only accident I ever had was some dozy cow stepping into the road without looking. Andrew M August 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm There was a tizzy not so long ago about a homeopathic doctor offering a cure for homosexuality. Top notch trolling right there. Echoing Rob, I’d much rather cycle in London than in the sticks. More cycle paths, for starters. Kevin B August 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm Say what you like about homeopathy, but how old is Liz? Mind you, now she’s lost her quack, Chuckles moves a bit closer to becoming our ruler. DocBud August 17, 2018 at 2:49 pm Andrew M, How small a penis did one have to be injected with to be cured? jgh August 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm Her mum was 101.5 when she died, Liz’s targetting beating that. Nine years to go. Jimmers August 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm DocBud Wins the thread. Daedalus August 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm Tim, apologies totally off topic, but one of my (to my mind) economically illiterate Facebook friends has had someone post this on as a comment I made on tax and government. https://youtu.be/bHQCjFebIf8 I don’t know who JD Alt is, the video starts off OK, but somewhere along the line it seems to became an economic and monetary perpetual motion machine. I just cannot put my finger on it. I was hoping you or someone else has seen it and can direct me to something that can refute it. Cheers, Daedalus PF August 17, 2018 at 6:04 pm Daedalus It’s just the usual MMT nonsense. The internet is full of it. The logic of their analysis is that, if the government borrows to spend, employing diversity officers and other nonsense, that is a good thing! Because the private sector “national savings account” (“government debt” to the rest of us!) grows, therefore more “weatlth”… Whereas we all know instead that it is simply trashing what could otherwise have been useful and productive lives! Ie, what has the private sector actually invested in at that point, as the national savings account goes further into surplus? The state doing stuff for “collective good” is shown as “infrastructure” to support the private sector, rather than all the waste (it really does) that has no value. Another factor is that you would never trust such a system / government to control inflation by raising taxes if it didn’t really need to (that’s the other side of the coin; if there is no control of inflation, no one will have confidence in the currency when it comes to “saving” (or lending to government)). And that’s because politicians never get elected promising to raise taxes, they get elected instead by promising to spend more. PF August 17, 2018 at 6:06 pm Apols for typos, no spell check and small screen. PF August 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm Daedalus Another thing. Private sector wealth is shown as investment in government (or “government debt” in reality). Which is complete and utter bollocks, as that ignores “real” wealth, ie assets, such as houses or other assets constructed, which is worth far more than the “interaction with government” in those diagrams; all of which needs little or no interaction with govermment. The private sector can do stuff interactively, without government. Most electronic money in that context is liquidity, or IOU’s “within” the private sector, ie private sector savings and private sector borrowings. Mortgages, loans, deposit savings, etc. All of that nets off, except for the part that is the balance with government (usually borrowed by government). If government is to do stuff, we should ensure that it is necessary – ie it is properly controlled the same as for any other budget – rather than fall for the nonsense that government doing stuff automatically makes us wealthier by increasing the “national savings account”! john 77 August 18, 2018 at 1:19 am @ Rob My wife was driving us home avoiding the rest of the M25 (which had taken about an hour between our joining it in ignorance and the first available exit). I was pleased that she had sufficient patience to wait for (in one case miles) a realy safe opportunity before overtaking the cyclists. Re accidents – the first I had was when a girl started walking into the road, stepped back as there was queue of traffic approaching and *then* walked across the road in front of us: I slammed on the brakes and the guy behind me didn’t have as good brakes (the car behind ran into him as well, so it wasn’t his fault, just his bad luck). 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