lack of spending power as unwaged carer, campaigner & whistleblower

Was thinking of the cost of caring, speaking out on behalf of myself, family and others. Mental health human rights campaigning. The lack of spending power. No car or proper holidays. No choice of house or place to stay. Dependent on state and family.

Yet I am fortunate and feel grateful to be mobile, able, independent of thought, mind, action, and to live in Scotland. Empowered.

Just now in Dundee bus station waiting for x54 to Cupar with my NEC (free bus travel card):


in the Ladies Reading Room up the Perth Road …

Just now reading newspapers in Blackness Library Dundee, having walked up the Perth Road from city centre:

Blackness Library

Catchin up on fitba news ⚽️

went ponytrekking holidays here in 1969 with Auntie Margaret and 1970 with schoolfriend Ann 🐎

Soft Power [and telling stories]

Hole Ousia

This Feature Article made the cover of the BMJ:

One of the contributors described an approach to influencing healthcare policy as follows:

Telling stories is a well established approach taken by the commercial sector.

[These are the publicly available declarations of interest for this contributor:]

It seems that I am not alone in feeling most uncomfortable that another aspect of “soft power” is that it happens “behind closed doors”, as recognised in the article:

This single reference used in the article expands further on the approach of “soft power”:

“Soft power” is still power. Telling stories is not always the same as telling the truth. The shaping of policy “behind closed doors” excludes wider scrutiny. The power stays with the “narrative controllers”.

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How many more inquiries?

Hole Ousia

This short film is based on a Radio Scotland interview with Professor Alison Britton who chaired the Investigative Review into the Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants. In a sense this was a ‘Review of a Review’

Professor Britton explained that her review had come to the conclusion that transparency of competing interests was essential.

Only a Sunshine Act would ensure such transparency.

It is almost three years since a public consultation supported the introduction of a Sunshine Act for Scotland.

How many more inquiries and consultations will it take for the Scottish Government to take meaningful action to ensure that patients are fully informed of Industry influence in the treatment they may be offered?

Details of Petition PE1493, A Sunshine Act for Scotland can be accessed here:

The findings of the public Consultation on this can be read here:

Music credit:

‘From Truth’ by Dexter Britain…

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