I blame the Isra.., no, I blame the Saud… no; cancel that!

I have a reluctant admiration for Al Jazeera, the Qatari t.v. station, which is present on both satellite channels, and online. The fact that it is totally funded and controlled by the Qatari Government, is of course never ever mentioned; but the one bias which is ever-present is that no Qatar policy, no Minister, and certainly no Qatari royal is ever, ever criticised, even in the mildest of manners. The English language broadcasts are slick, well-produced, inclusive of female presenters who all appear un-veiled or un-headscarfed. Their reach, in terms of broadcasting and of items and activities reported, is formidable; and they even attempt to place both sides of any argument up front:, well perhaps not all, but at least they give Israel the benefit of the doubt sometimes, even if their reporting is, shall we say, less than admirable than that given to, say the Palestinians who of course usually occupy the other side of most stories concerning Israel/Palestinian arguments.

Israel has tolerated Al Jazeera for a number of years; maybe it has been a thorn in their sides sometimes, but as long as Al Jazeera gave both sides of any story, the Israelis were content to let things slide.

But now we have the great debate; when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain turned the heat on Qatar for, amongst other things, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and related organisations, and they want Qatar to shut down the al Jazeera TV channel, close a Turkish military base in Doha and downgrade its ties with Iran. Various noises off ensued, inclusive of the rare event of the Saudis preventing Qatari pilgrims from entering the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

But, in a singular twist which no-one could have envisaged, Israel wants to close down Al Jazeera’s Israeli offices, because of, presumably, their support for terror causes.

So you then get headlines which must truly make the Saudis, Egyptians and all the followers flinch:-

Palestinian academic Ahmad Mosalam wrote, “There’s no greater embarrassment for the countries instituting the boycott (on Qatar) than the fact that Israel shares their demands.”

 

I love it when a plan blows up in the instigator’s face!

you aren’t pregnant: yes, you are HIV+

Two articles, both to do with NHS spending, but from very, very differing perspectives.

Thirteen areas of the NHS have so far agreed to limit access to IVF treatment, citing cost structures, limiting treatments to women between 30 and 35 years of age. One CCG reportedly suggested it could save hundreds of thousands of pounds by cutting any specialist fertility services other than in exceptional circumstances.

Couples in the selected areas, before being able to access three cycles of treatments, are now rationed to one. The research found that 65 per cent of those seeking help abroad cited the postcode lottery as their reason. Others cited long waiting lists on the NHS and a lack of egg donors.

Stated Reason….shortage of Funds.

NHS England announced that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill taken before sex which reduces the risk of HIV infection by around 86 per cent, will now be provided for 10,000 people in a three year trial.

The purported reason for the use of this expensive drug is that ‘PrEP’, if targeted properly at those in need and at risk, offers the possibility of transforming the English HIV epidemic. From September, people at high risk of HIV will have access via this NHS-funded trial in England to an empowering new tool that is truly individually controlled and not subject to negotiation with a partner, leading to the improvement of many, many lives.

The unpublished reason for the use of this drug, and the reason why such illuminaries as the Terrence Higgins Trust are so pleased with the funding announcement;  is that it protects homosexuals, who prefer anal sex without a condom, from HIV, as this allegedly ‘enhances the pleasure’ without the valid risk of getting this virus into their systems.

My view on homosexuals, along with the other perverts and perversions now legalised, is that of Mrs. Patrick Campbell, who stated; ‘I don’t care what they do to each other, as long as they don’t do it in the streets, and frighten the horses’. But I do object to cash being taken from viable medical treatments, from couples whose chances of having a baby together are considerably enhanced by IVF treatment; taxpayers’ cash taken from legitimately funded NHS areas of treatment, and handed to fund the dispensing of drugs whose only real purpose is allowing perverts to ‘enhance their pleasure’.

If these perverts want to continue their unsafe practices, and at the same time prevent their infection, let them buy the drugs themselves. Its what is known as taking responsibility for your own actions. I accept that HIV is now prevalent amongst other than homosexuals, but the statistic that 55% of male homosexuals have HIV is a percentage which should give pause to those who wish to continue this activity without physical protection against a fatal virus.