Sunday, September 27, 2015

Not in Uniform


For John, BLUFAt least it hasn't gone this far over here.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



It is from The [Manchester] Guardian, not famous as a "right-wing" newspaper, so I am assuming this is pretty much the story.  The headline is "Hospital moved RAF sergeant over fears his uniform would upset patients".  In this case RAF stands for Royal Air Force.

The lede plus three:

A hospital has apologised after an injured RAF sergeant was moved out of a hospital waiting room because staff thought his uniform would upset other patients.

Aircraft engineer Sgt Mark Prendeville, 38, was taken to accident and emergency at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospital in Margate, Kent, after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training exercise.

The sergeant, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was taken to an empty corner of the waiting room before being moved behind a corner by hospital staff, the Sun reported.

His family was allegedly told by hospital workers that “they didn’t want to upset people” and “have lots of different cultures coming in”.

It does raise the question as to why RAF Manston doesn't have its own dispensary.  The thing is, it has been reduced to being the Defence Fire Training and Development Centre (DFTDC), which is pretty small potatoes.

On the other hand, why is a person in uniform a cultural threat?  Is a Sikh with his traditional knife, his Kirpan, a threat?

If any of the Bien-pensant want to know why Mr Donald Trump is doing so well in the Republican race, this would be an example.

I would expect, however, the new leader of the UK Labour Party, Mr Jeremy Corbyn might agree with the Hospital's decision.  He is a bit of a Progressive Loon.

Regards  —  Cliff

  In the late 1940s and the 1950s the USAF had aircraft stationed at RAF Marston.  In all such arrangements in the UK the base was owned and commanded by the RAF and the American units were tenants.

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