We reported yesterday that the Virgin supremo Richard Branson’s Virgin Care subsidiary had won a settlement payout from the NHS after the company lost a contract to a competitor, and predictable he has received an utter roasting on Facebook from people who simply cannot believe that NHS money is being used in this way.
After all, the NHS is an institution that is effectively fighting for every penny that it receives at the moment, and the diversion of any funds away from providing care is a disgrace.
Here are some of the best comments from members of the public on Facebook.
There are many people who are now realising that it may not be all ‘Mr Nicey Nicey’ when it comes to the Virgin empire and how they have made their way to the top.
The problem with Virgin in this situation is that their enterprises are prevalent all over the United Kingdom. A thoughtful boycott may be a good start, but for Virgin Trains in particular this could be problematic as many people only have the option of taking one of their services due to the precise route.
It’s a shame that so many people who would want to protest are tied into Virgin contracts for their mobile phones, home broadband and so on. The ordinary man or woman may feel that a boycott would be too costly for them.
There’s not a lot of reasoned debate in Penny’s comment – just childish insults. Do we care? No.
If Branson’s Remoaning hadn’t already wound up Britain’s Leave voters enough, this latest fiasco will push people over the edge.
On the plus side, there are plenty of Remainers out there who feel just as strongly about the NHS, so it’s possible that the anti-Branson movement will now grow on both sides of the Brexit argument.
Petition: Cut Foreign aid and increase funding for the NHS
We are urging our readers to sign and this share this vital petition to increase funding for the NHS by cutting the foreign aid budget to 0.2% of GDP.
The petition states:
“The Government currently spends 0.7% GDP on Foreign Aid. This means it will spend over £13bn of tax payers money on projects which could be better spent at home. By 2020 this figure will have risen to almost £16bn. We believe the Government should abolish the 0.7% GDP target for Foreign Aid.
A reduction to 0.2% of foreign aid would free up billions of pounds which could be spent on the British people.
Charity starts at home.
Underfunding of the health service could lead to the deaths of 30,000 people a year between now and 2020 the Express reported.
Spending restraints were associated with 45,368 excess deaths between 2010 and 2014.
Tens of thousands of people could be saved if we just divert more money to our own. ”
An official government petition has been set up to stop anyone returning to the United Kingdom if they have fled to fight for ISIS.
As the petition has been hosted on the government’s petition portal, this means that 10,000 signatures will attract a response, while 100,000 supporters will push this campaign over the line for a debate in the Houses of Parliament.
Anybody who has left this country to join ISIS should not be allowed to return.
We the people of the UK have a right to live safely without fear of Isis fighters returning to attack us.
This country is already putting up with the knowledge that we have thousands of terrorists on the watch list.
If anyone leaves this country to fight for ISIS they should lose their British passport and should not be allowed to return to the UK.
Many who support this point of view feel that in Iraq and Syria, there are already sufficient mechanisms in place to deal with ISIS members who are captured.
Although some have raised concerns about the treatment of these prisoners, the alternative is that potentially dangerous terrorists would be let back into the United Kingdom.
Even if they are placed into prisons to await trial, surely their mere presence would be enough of a danger.
Media coverage could ‘glorify’ their actions and inspire others within the country to follow a similar path or even seek revenge through an attack in a major British city.