Wednesday 20 January 2010 10.50am
Hi Jan, long time since we last communicated, I trust you are well. Before St. Olaves there was Bermondsey Infirmary, where many of my family and my wife's family went to.
We have more people than ever in the area with Southwark having nearly twice as many people per hectare living in it than any other borough in London. We have an ageing population who need good care and close care too. The St. Thomas' A&E didn't increase in size to meet the size and requirements of Guy's.
If you look back through history, requirements for schools and hospitals do vary, but over a longer term period the needs do increase. The problem with local and central government is they tend to look in the now rather than plan long term. I believe this is because they typically are not long term politicians and therefore votes and expediency are the order of the day. It is the same with education.
One of the greatest failings of government is the education of our children. The costs to our children and country through unemployment, benefits, anti-social behaviour, prison, police, public safety and freedom is ridiculously expensive. If you take the costs of a bad education and compare it to the costs of a good private education, the government could afford to pay for all of our children to receive a private quality education. With a great education the unemployment, benefits and anti-social behaviour etc. will reduce and therefore the monetary costs and social costs will be vastly reduced.