I’m still working my way through Ben Goldacre’s excellent book on the pharmaceutical industry, “Bad Pharma” and apart from being so well researched and written it has some interesting comments. Ben relates the story of how in Thailand there are two million women and 800,000 children involved in the sex trade and how the Thai government decided in 2007 to copy a western company’s drug, Abbott’s, drug for the poor. Abbott’s retaliated by withdrawing 7 drugs in total from the Thai market. His point was that the sex industry serves many western men but his knock out comment for me was, “some of whom you may know personally”. Look around you and maybe you will see some of them.
Don’t you just love how some supposedly professional outfits turn out to be totally amateurish? Well that happened to us last night as a group of EasyJet passengers were subjected to the best comedy that Gatwick Airport could muster. Our Easyjet flight was early for a change and we had landed and come to a halt at around 10pm. Unfortunately, we were parked at a remote stand and those professional comedians of LGW took 25 minutes to get the buses to the aircraft followed by a great little drive around the airport. So loads of really stressed people worried about getting trains and missing connections.Then of course there were those passengers who had tickets for the Gatwick Express but there weren’t any trains due to engineering works. But that’s another story. Britain, you couldn’t make it up and our government couldn’t organise a drink in a brewery.