Monthly Archives: May 2011

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth : Thoreau

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Consider these examples:

  • One of my personal students told me that when on placement some staff told their patients that they would do things for them and then never bothered. The student was upset by the fact that staff would systematically and routinely lie to their patients.
  • I did an exam with a group of students, I told them about the assessment criteria and then used something else to work out who passed or failed, ok, I lied but who cares?

The above examples are completely untrue but what would you think about health care staff or University lecturers who routinely lied to people?

Lies: Everyone’s at it?

“It is that truth that guides our action in Libya……………………………………… …………………………………….That is why we stopped a massacre in Libya. And we will not relent until the people of Libya are protected, and the shadow of tyranny is lifted.
(Barack Obama speaking in London’s Westminster Hall)


Is it just me or did the West court Gaddafi for his oil money? Are we now supporting the insurgents so we can now court them for the same?

Then I came back to the NHS. I watched a daughter talking about the death of her mother on the news. Her story reflected the lack of care given to the elderly in the NHS according to the Care Quality Commission report. Yet when we visit websites belonging to these same hospitals we are bombarded with mission statements and philosophies about “putting the patient first”
Is it possible that the public does not need to know the truth? Or is it that we don’t want to? If people in power told us the truth could we handle it? If people in power told the truth could they remain in power?
We live in a world that claims to put transparency above all else but uses smoke and lies to blind us.

What could I say to this student or the daughter? I suppose I’ll just have to say that’s the way things are?

(BBC News 26th May 2011)