In a previous article today, This Writer pointed out a few instances in which David Cameron scraped the bottom of the barrel, scrabbling around for something meaningful to say; one subject that went unmentioned with his resurrection of the Mid Staffs controversy.
The whole affair – the accusations, the inquiry and the aftermath – was comprehensively covered by Steve Walker in his Skwawkbox blog. The debate prompted him into action and here’s part of his response:
“In last night’s political ‘debate’ on ITV, David Cameron once again slandered Stafford hospital and its staff in his desperate attempt to slur the NHS and Labour’s record on it, by repeating the false claim that patients drank out of vases, so desperate were they for a drink. This is unfounded nonsense, as vases weren’t even allowed next to patient beds at the time this is supposed to have taken place.
“The NHS is central to this election and the Tories will stop at nothing to try to attempt to neutralise Labour’s strong record – and to try to turn the British public against it while they sell it off to their chums and sponsors.
“But memories are short and the public can be misled, so I thought [of doing] a repeat of a debate from over two years ago on the subject of Mid Staffs and what really happened there. If you search for ‘Mid Staffs’, ‘Stafford’ or ‘HMSR’ on this blog, you will find lots of fact and analysis that debunks the Stafford myth that the media and the right-wing try constantly to push, from ‘drinking from vases’ to the fallacious death claims. This is a repost of just one of them – a public debate with a ‘pro-death-claim’ journalist. Please read through to the conclusion, because that’s intensely relevant to how the right wing is trying to spin fallacy to neutralise Labour’s strength on the NHS and the damage that the right will always do to it when they can grab power.”
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