Jeremy Hunt is playing with words when he could be having an adult discussion about healthcare, says Ralf Little

Ralf Little was talking about his dialogue with Jeremy Hunt in an interview conducated by James O’Brien on LBC.

Actor – and former medical student – Ralf Little appeared on radio to repeat his appeal for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take part in a live-broadcast debate with him about the state of the NHS.

Mr Hunt had previously challenged Mr Little, on Twitter, to prove his claim that the Health Secretary had “knowingly” lied to the public using inaccurate statistics, in an interview on The Andrew Marr Show.

Talking with James O’Brien on LBC, Mr Little said: “In hindsight that was probably a regrettable choice of words.”

But he said he still wanted to debate the facts – in the name of transparency.

Mr Hunt, on the other hand, has become reticent. His claim is that he only challenged Mr Little to a debate because the other man had said he “knowingly” lied, and would not take part in such an event on any other terms.

“It’s getting extremely semantic and… extremely technical, and it may even be legally sound,” said Mr Little. “But what it feels like is, this man who’s a clever politician… is obfuscating and avoiding a serious discussion about the NHS, and mental health, and the future of the NHS, off the basis of a semantic argument and a technical argument, and I don’t think that’s reasonable.”

Mr Little said he had debunked two of Hunt’s claims and actually bolstered one, the health secretary having undersold his achievement.

Little told James O’Brien he couldn’t believe the Tory had tried to dispute Hawking’s cherrypicking claim: “Literally, his job is to analyse evidence and use that to theorise the most extraordinary things that most of us can’t comprehend.

“If anyone knows what cherrypicking statistics is, and how evidence works, it’s Stephen Hawking. If he’s telling you you’re getting it wrong, you listen. Surely?”

He said: “Where the problem comes is going, ‘Everything’s going really well,’ and it’s simply not true or it’s certainly not the full story… It’s the NHS. We need to know what’s going on with it… We need to know it’s not being privatised on the quiet.

“Again, something I’d like to ask the man.”

Here’s the full interview:

It seems to This Writer that Mr Little has a very strong point.

It doesn’t matter whether Mr Hunt “knowingly” lied or inadvertently quoted false figures – the end result is the same.

We can’t allow ourselves to believe a word he says.

Maybe he doesn’t want to clear that up.

If so, that might be a worse stain on his character.

Source: Ralf Little Explains The Twitter Row Between Him, Jeremy Hunt And Stephen Hawking – LBC


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4 thoughts on “Jeremy Hunt is playing with words when he could be having an adult discussion about healthcare, says Ralf Little

  1. Barry Davies

    Normally I take celebrities getting into politics with a pinch of salt, take soubry for example, but just for once I fully support one Ralf Little is correct and would probably dismantle the smug Hunt in a one on one debate.

  2. Andrew Longworth-Dames

    The NHS is not only being sold off it is being deliberately asset stripped into the bargain and that will make it hard to reverse.

  3. rotzeichen

    The last thing Jeremy Hunt would do is to sit down and discuss the impact of his mismanagement of the NHS. For one he would need a script writer to spell out his answers and so he would need a list of all the statistics beforehand so that someone else could provide Hunt with his answers.

    Whilst a slippery snake like Hunt will wriggle out of any situation because his sole job is to avoid telling the truth, we all know he is lying.

    This document from the Thatcher Government spells out in detail how the Tories will dismantle our public services, where education and health are included in that.

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C13318082#imageViewerLink

    This has been the ongoing agenda now for over forty years, which is why it has taken so long for people to feel the very real impact of these policies.

    The whole agenda has been orchestrated on the lack of money, where Tories and Neo-Liberal politicians generally have deliberately underfunded public services in order to facilitate their transfer into the private sector.

    People need to understand that for a country such as ours, with its own sovereign currency, that money is not the problem, it is lying politicians that serve the sole interests of the financial sector that is the real problem.

    The financial sector makes its money out of selling debt, it produces nothing, money is issued by the government through the private banks as debt. In short new money enters the economy every time a business or individual takes out a loan. The Bank of England expresses it as, “loans create deposits”. Which is another way of saying most all money is printed out of thin air. Unlike in Europe where countries are bound by the European Central Bank’s policies, our government does not have to earn money before it spends, it creates it through making loans. Countries in Europe on the other hand has to earn money before it spends, just like a household. We on the other hand do not have to borrow that which our government is the sole creator of.

    So we have the money for our public services, so why are our Neo-Liberal politicians lying to us?

    Its really quite simple, they are working against our interests in favour of the financial and corporate sectors and they just don’t care what we think, so we just get rid of them as the only and proper solution.

    It really is up to all of us to take back our democracy, or become the slaves of the financial sector that gets money for nothing.

    Positive Money explains it all in detail:

    http://positivemoney.org/videos/

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