A leaflet came through the letterbox of Vox Political Towers yesterday morning, declaring: “Save our NHS. Help protect your local hospital… Vote Leave, take control.”
That’s right – the Vote Leave campaign, which includes such grim creatures as Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove, Chris Grayling and Priti Patel amongst its adherents, is trying to pretend that there will be more money to invest in the National Health Service if we vote ourselves out of the EU.
What a bare-faced lie.
Everyone should know that money currently sent to the European Union – much of which returns to us as EU funding – won’t be diverted into the health service if we leave. Not if people like Duncan Smith get their way!
It is far more likely to be turned into a tax cut, helping the very rich rather than the NHS.
Yet the leaflet says, “Invest in the NHS not the EU.”
Here’s more disinformation: “Every week politicians send £350 million of our money to the EU. That’s enough to build a new hospital every week. It’s almost 60 times more than the amount we spend on our NHS Cancer Drugs Fund.” And there’s a bar chart to illustrate the difference.
Of course, we don’t send £350 million to the EU every week. We are a net contributor, but because we receive much of that money back, the total paid in is only around £175 million per week. That’s still a significant amount – but it’s not enough to build a new hospital or 60 times the size of the Cancer Drugs Fund.
“If we stop sending millions every week to Brussels we could spend it on our priorities like the NHS,” the leaflet tells us.
Interesting wording – “like the NHS”? So, not the NHS itself, then. One wonders what Priti Patel would call a priority “like” the NHS – private health companies, perhaps? They’re like the NHS, after all – except they only pretend to be interested in patient care while making a big profit out of it.
“Soon we will all get a vote on the EU in a referendum. If we Vote Leave we will be able to spend a lot of that £20 billion a year on our NHS rather than the EU.”
That’s right – if we vote ‘Leave’, they – Duncan Smith, Gove, Grayling and their friends – will be able to spend more money on the NHS.
But they won’t.
They’ll spend it on themselves.
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