The BNP, Jade Goody and a royal drama - it can only be Beyond the Bedpan time. The weekend starts here
At some point in their careers, most nurses have probably felt a little overqualified; stuck in a dead-end role while their slower, stupider and less reasonable superiors run the show. The solution is simple: there isn’t one, so stop moaning and get on with it. Unless, of course your name is Charles Wesley Mumbere, in which case you can simply return to the Mountains of the Moon to reclaim your royal crown.
No, nothing has been slipped into Beyond the Bedpan’s drink. Mr Mumbere is the head of the 300,000-strong Rwenzururu kingdom in western Uganda, exiled on inheriting the crown at the tender age of 13, and forced to flee to the US, where he took up a career as a nursing assistant. Forty years later and his royal highness is back where he belongs, with Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni officially recognising the Rwenzururu region, also known as Mountains of the Moon, as Uganda’s seventh kingdom. So now you know.
The great and the Goody
Jade Goody. Where to begin? From kebab-flaunting, ‘East Angular’-spouting national sweetheart to a tragic and very public death, Jade Goody encapsulated the modern phenomena of instant celebrity and sensationalisation of the mundane. She was revered and ridiculed in equal measure, but even Ms Goody’s fiercest critics cannot deny her finest legacy - more women taking up cervical cancer screening.
Her campaign work and headline-hogging worked wonders for public awareness of the disease. Half a million more women have now been screened than in previous years, according to official figures. This means that hundreds who would have died will now be treated. That, and the fact that she milked the celebrity news mill for enough money to secure her children’s future, suggests she was not so thick after all.
Fun and games with the BNP
And finally, something a little more cheery to kickstart the weekend: the British National Party. Leader Nick Griffin has been all over the news this week, prompting fond memories of Nursing Times’ very own run-in with the fun-loving holocaust deniers, when our reporting of a UNISON motion to ban BNP members from nursing sparked a savage debate in the comments section, and a barrage of hate mail from far-right sympathisers to the Nursing Times editorial team. Happy days.
But Beyond the Bedpan has no place in politics, and could not possibly comment on the rights or wrongs of giving Mr Griffin a platform on BBC Question Time. The only thing for it is to present, without comment, this perfectly balanced coverage of the event from some random bloke on the internet. Enjoy!