Junior Doctors Strike: 4 Things You Should Realise

An all-out five day strike is going to be awful, there’s no doubt about it. Nobody wants this strike to happen. Patients don’t, the government doesn’t, and the BMA and the junior doctors certainly don’t. The big, Conservative-friendly news outlets (Sun, Daily Mail, Telegraph) will no doubt be hard at work this week pumping out scathing attacks on the Junior Doctors for their decision to take such drastic action, but don’t get caught up in the media frenzy. Here are four things you should realise about the upcoming strike:

1. Industrial action is the only tool the doctors have left.

Hunt1Doctors have very publicly voiced their concerns about the new contract, they’ve voted against it, and a majority of people in the UK were on the junior doctors’ side when they walked out earlier this year.

The government hasn’t listened and insists on imposing the contract anyway. Short of leaving the profession altogether (or emigrating), the only way the junior doctors can oppose the imposition of new contracts is by striking. We can all agree that a massive brain-drain from our NHS would be even worse than strike action.
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Post-apocalyptic GMC Jam Devlog

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Recently I competed in the Post-apocalyptic GMC Jam #1, the first GMC Jam since YoYo Games upgraded their GameMaker Community. My entry was called Lonely Drone, you can download the GMC Jam version here, or play the updated Chequered Ink version here.

This jam was actually crazy busy, I reckon it’s the most time I’ve ever spent on jam entry in my life (and I’ve entered about 16 of them…) You can see my devlog in the original post, but I thought I’d cross-post it here along with my post-jam evaluation at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

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Not a huge fan of RON

RONFor those who don’t know, the Green Party leadership election is under way, and the runaway favourites are Caroline Lucas & Jonathan Bartley. Their candidature is viewed as unfair by many activists who instead support a vote to re-open nominations. I feel the same way about this as I did the Green Leaves campaign for Brexit: I can see where you’re coming from, but it will end badly.
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Stepping down from SWYG Committee

Twitter Logo In November last year I was elected as the Social Media & Press Officer for the South West Young Greens. I campaigned on a platform of cross-party cooperation, engaging local communities and lobbying for further coverage in internal and external media. In an unprecedented year for British politics it was hard to keep to the tasks I had set myself, but I am still proud of the achievements we have made over the last eight months. SWYG committee has been quite fluid, as volunteers come and go for a variety of reasons, and now I believe it is my time to step down.
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