The Conservatives need to realise that their figures don’t add up: the Liberal Democrats need to be reminded that the deficit is not the economy: and Ed Balls needs to remember that he once knew some economics. The tax and spending proposals of all three parties demonstrate either total ignorance of the reasons why the UK’s fiscal deficit is not reducing as planned, or – more likely – wilful ignoring of the truth for political reasons.
Michael Gove has written: “For some of us Victorian costume dramas are not merely agreeable ways to while away Sunday evening but enactments of our inner fantasies … I don’t think there has been a better time in our history” in “Alas, I was born far too late for my inner era”.
A better time for what, precisely? Child labour, desperation? Prostitution? Low life expectancy, disease, illiteracy, workhouses? Or was it the deferential protestant work ethic reserved only for the poor, the pre-destiny of the aristocracy, and “the rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate”?
A clue is in the name: The word “Tory” derives from the Middle Irish word tóraidhe, which means outlaw, robber or brigand, from the Irish word tóir, meaning “pursuit”, since outlaws were “pursued men”. It was originally used to refer to an Irish outlaw and later applied to Confederates or Royalists in arms. The term was thus originally a term of abuse. The Tories live by plunder. They steal your taxes, your public services, your state provision and your labour, in order to raise more money for the rich.
A frightening tale of Sue’s recent stay in a severely underfunded hospital:
For the record, David Cameron needs to know that patients are at severe risk. Mistakes are inevitable and it’s only a matter of time before our healthcare reaches crisis. Personally, I believe it has already. He has pushed a system that was already at its limits (and quite a long way beyond them) over the edge. Goodness knows what will happen when winter comes and admissions rise.
There is no more time for talking, reviews, conferences and marches. If we want to save the NHS we have to do it TODAY. We must not take no for an answer. If we don’t, it will soon be YOUR Mum, YOUR sister, YOUR child or grandson who suffers. Saying I told you so when it’s too late, will be no consolation to me at all.
As dear old Nye said “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the will to fight for it.”
Unfortunately, too many people have bought into the government and mass media propaganda that the problems are down to the NHS being state owned & run rather than it being down to the Tories starving it of funding on a huge scale. We need to try to open up the eyes of everyone we know who thinks like that – show them the truth. For the most part, on so many social media streams, we are “preaching to the choir”.
The No result should be a trigger for a better country for all of us. Though I won’t hold my breath 🙁
Last week I revealed how Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, had awarded a new contract to Health Management Ltd, subsidiary of US multinational company, Maximus, to take over from doctors to decide when you should return to work if you claim more than four weeks sick pay.
The programme is to be rolled out from November to next May aims to save up to £165 million a year by getting people back to work faster as part of Lord Freud’s welfare reforms. Effectively it will mean you will get a telephone consultation from a call centre and be emailed when you should return to work. If don’t co-operate you will lose your benefit.
Researchers spent eight months failing to unearth any examples of joblessness as a lifestyle choice, or multiple generations of a family in which nobody had worked. And – crucially: “They did not find any prevailing aversion or reluctance to work.”
“Taxpayers will face a £300m-£400m penalty if controversial probation privatisation contracts are cancelled after next May’s general election under an “unprecedented” clause that guarantees bidders their expected profits over the 10-year life of the contract,” according to The Guardian.