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Re-Educating the Workers


Welsh comrades who refused to toe the Party line

In 1976, the Khmer Rouge, under the leadership of Pol Pot and the mysterious “Angkar” (the secret revolutionary leadership), took control of Cambodia. As with so many other despot regimes the intellectuals and the bourgeoisie where either exterminated or ‘re-educated’. Independent thought was anathema; wealth and status were irrelevant; families where broken up and displaced to farms or building projects; all in pursuit of the utopian society. It is estimated that between one and two million Cambodians (20% of the population) and some foreigners were tortured and executed throughout the 3 years, 8 months and 20 days of Khmer Rouge rule.


The June edition of Ambulance UK appeared on station recently. This is the “see how wonderful we are” magazine for the Ambulance Services Association. On page 154 there’s an article about Alan Murray’s crackdown leadership of Welsh Ambulance Service. I’ve blogged previously about the mess WAS has got into (see here, here and here). Apparently he’s decided that tactics that were good enough for Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot are good enough for him…

“[Alan Murray] is on record as saying the service will meet the 60% response time target during 2007/08 – staff are being “educated” that the targets are clinically meaningful and and not just another governmental hoop through which they must jump.” (the emphasis is mine but the quotes around educated are as printed in the magazine)

Those who refuse to believe will be shot – or worse, made to work for NHS Re-Direct.