Labour would nationalise failed care homes – to protect residents

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader [Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images].

Who could possibly criticise a plan to protect the most vulnerable people in society?

The Guardian, according to the wording of its report of Mr Corbyn’s plan to take financially-failing care homes into public ownership.

Apparently he’s making the announcement “in a speech aimed at portraying him as a champion of the populist left”.

Populism is being turned into a dirty word at the moment, even though it refers very simply to politicians who set their policies according to what the majority of people want.

And saying his speech is “aimed at portraying him” in a certain way is equivalent to claiming that Labour is lying – the party wants him to be seen in a particular way when he really isn’t.

Read on for further nonsense. This really is shoddy journalism. An offer to protect the vulnerable – especially after years of vile abuse from overprivileged toffs – is to be welcomed, not rebuffed.

A Labour government could take thousands of nursing homes into public ownership to protect the welfare of residents, Jeremy Corbyn will announce in a speech aimed at portraying him as a champion of the populist left.

As part of the relaunch of the Labour leader as a politician who taps into public discontent with inequality, Corbyn will claim that he anticipated political shocks such as Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, and will say he stands for “a complete break with this rigged system”.

In a key section of the speech on Saturday to the Fabian Society conference in London, Corbyn will castigate Theresa May over what he calls an NHS in the “danger zone” and a care system that is letting down older people.

A total of 380 care home businesses have been declared insolvent since 2010, Corbyn will say, according to excerpts of his speech released in advance.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn vows to take failed care homes into public ownership | Politics | The Guardian

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6 thoughts on “Labour would nationalise failed care homes – to protect residents

  1. mohandeer

    The Guardian has lost so much of it’s readership and Sara Vine has been asking it’s readership for funding and the Guardian wonders why?
    “Populism is being turned into a dirty word at the moment, even though it refers very simply to politicians who set their policies according to what the majority of people want.”
    Obviously the Graund doesn’t appreciate it’s readership’s values, probably because it doesn’t share their non-elitist viewpoint and care for the needy is low on their list of priorities. Corbyn bashing is much more their “thing” and screw the old folks receiving sub standard care from private run homes in order to keep their profits heading up the ladder to their overpaid executives.

  2. Florence

    The Guardian becomes more like a literate Daily Fail every day. Its got all the “right” words to show its an opinion piece pretending to be a news item.

  3. Barry Davies

    Private care homes going bust is nothing new, but the people in them who are having to find new places to live are the hardest hit every time, nationalising them is to me no different to bailing out the banks who failed due to greed of those whose main motivation was filling their own pockets full of money, except that of course the former is popular the latter wasn’t. Maybe we should all be happy with unpopulist ideas?

  4. Dez

    It is unfortunate that bed prices “negotiated” by Councils are bordering on aggressive and whilst private patients help subsidise the private homes there is not enough profit for some home owners weighed against the high standards required.. The owners cut corners in many areas to maintain their margins which then leads to negative publicity and closures. If they paid realistic rates it would certainly help keep the homes going and run to better standards.. Maybe these closure are part of the lunatics master plan to privatise everything where prices for bed nights will then escalate to ensure privatisation works all the way through the system. Our local area had basic respite hospitals with single room occupancy with all facilities and facilities to get the elderly back on their feet and back home relieving bed blocking in the hospitals.. Nursing staff and auxs in attendance with GP regular visits with necessary skilled staff to get folk on their feet. Alas was to sensible to last in todays bail out the bwankers debts Con tricks. So yes I believe taking over failed homes etc might work but the NHS would not be allowed to do it as goes against privatisation mantra.

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