Tuesday, 2 September, 2014, 08:22 AM
Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 09:48 AM - Not TFTDThe East of England Ambulance Service has missed its performance targets. You might think that the way to improve it would be to sack those responsible or consider giving it more money. But in the whacky world of government, precisely the opposite happens: they keep the management team and take money away, they fine it £1.5 million.
This seems to be the government's, all governments', approach to wrong doing: fine the institution but avoid making any individuals responsible.
A few years ago, my building society, the Nationwide, lost a laptop containing everybody's account details. That's pretty serious and could have cost me personally if it had got into the wrong hands. The regulator fined the Nationwide for the security breach. But the only money that the Nationwide holds is money from its depositors, people like me. In other words, they fined me, the victim. They should have fined the directors of the building society, but that would mean penalizing some of their chums in the City.
Now the government's doing it again. The ambulance service that serves my community isn't up to scratch, so instead of identifying those responsible, they take money away from the very same ambulance service that is already struggling to meet its targets. Meanwhile the chief executive, who is also chief executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and spends £20K a year flitting between the two, remains in post, with no obvious incentive to improve either services' performance.
Martin Wroe, Writer, Journalist, and oh yes incidentally, Assistant Vicar of St Luke's Church, Islington
Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 07:50 AM - WroeLots of people give to charity. Unless they're people of Faith, they like to make a big song and dance about it. You won't find we people of Faith coming on the radio, unchallenged, every morning, to tell you about how charitable we are.
From Norwich, it's the bishop of the week, Flamboyantly Reverend Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich
Wednesday, 27 August, 2014, 07:48 AM - MarshallAnd here is today's view of the news from a Faith Perspective.
I hope you enjoyed it.
Monday, 25 August, 2014, 07:51 AM - BillingsHow can some young people become religious nutters? Let's ask Jesus.
Anna Magnusson, Former Head of BBC Radio Scotland Religious Propaganda, Prayer for the Day & Pause for Thought Presenter
Saturday, 23 August, 2014, 07:58 AM - ArtHere at the Edinburgh Festival, our thoughts turn naturally to France after WWII. The connection is explained by a Christian theologian. And that is my point.
Thank you, thank you. Oh, you're too kind. You really have been a wonderful audience. Thank you.