This Site has already mentioned the Tory NHS betrayal so let’s go over the details.
First thing to bear in mind is that when a Tory refers to “our” NHS, they mean their NHS. They consider it to be their property, to dispose of it as they please.
And yesterday evening it became clear that despite all protestations to the contrary, they intend to hand it over to US corporations as part of a post-Brexit trade deal that will kill free healthcare in the United Kingdom.
In response to a Trade Bill currently going through Parliament, Labour had put down an amendment that would have barred any deal which “undermines or restricts” a comprehensive public-funded health service, free at the point of delivery.
It would have banned any deal that undermined the ability “to maintain the quality and safety of health or care services”, and would also have legally guaranteed the UK’s ability to control the pricing of medicines, and maintained the current level of protection for patient data.
Tory MPs voted the amendment down – along with a separate Labour bid to keep “chlorine-washed” chicken and other poor-quality US foods out of the UK.
All that spent energy on clapping those hands together, getting the odd selfie on the doorstep then Tory MPs march through the division lobby to sell the #NHS down the river #NHSNotForSale https://t.co/o5WUQDOtb5
— Mike Amesbury MP (@MikeAmesburyMP) July 21, 2020
You don’t need me to point out the obvious, but I’ll do it anyway. This means:
- The Tories want a trade deal that undermines a comprehensive public-funded health service, free at the point of delivery. They plan to put an end to the NHS as we know it.
- The Tories want a trade deal that will force poor-quality and unsafe health/care services on the people of the UK.
- The Tories are quite happy to enter a trade deal that means the UK will pay more for medicines, even though these deals are meant to ensure the opposite.
- The Tories are happy to make patients’ confidential information public if it makes them a quid or two.
- And the Tories are quite happy to give you food poisoning – or worse – if they can make a quid or two out of it.
Those are facts. You can argue about the wording if you like, but the meaning of what Tory MPs have done is clear.
If your Tory MP participated in this wholesale betrayal of the British people, then you should complain in no uncertain terms. You can find out if they did by visiting this site.
I see from the list that This Writer’s own MP – Fay Jones (Brecon and Radnorshire) – supported this betrayal. I’ll let you know how she responds to my own complaint.
One more thing: you – and the entire UK electorate – were led up the garden path by both Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Only Jeremy Corbyn told you the facts of the NHS sell-off – and the UK electorate, like a herd of sheep, ignored him because they were told to by the UK’s Tory-supporting mass media.
The same media representatives ignored the NHS vote in favour of the Russia Report. I don’t agree with Cornish Damo that it’s a “dead cat” – because the issue of any foreign country affecting the way ours is run is important – but he makes some very good points here:
#CorbynWasRight The NHS IS up for sale. Not only has Boris Johnson lied to the country, as if that's any surprise, but he whipped his MP's to defeat an amendment that would've taken it off the table. The #RussiaReport is a dead cat. We need to #SaveOurNHS. #DamoRants pic.twitter.com/wfTyIMdlFp
— Damo (@Cornish_Damo) July 21, 2020
Here’s video of Corbyn from last December:
"These uncensored documents leave Boris Johnson's denials in tatters.. he tried to cover it up.. but today it's been exposed.. Now we know the truth… our NHS is up for sale."
💯 @jeremycorbyn #CorbynWasRight pic.twitter.com/zvjrNlCM3Q
— طا (@SocialistAnyDay) July 21, 2020
Never forget that when Jeremy Corbyn pulled out the blue prints for the NHS sell off the rabid MSM were more angry with him for not revealing the person who leaked that report.
— Ben (@BenJolly9) July 21, 2020
Donald Trump had said last year “everything with the trade deal is on the table”, before U-turning (presumably after being worded by Boris Johnson) and saying of the NHS: “I don’t see it being on the table.”
Johnson himself said in October: “In any future trade negotiations with our country, our national health service will never be on the table.”
Clearly by “never” he meant “very soon”. Not an easy mistake to make so let’s conclude that he was lying.
So the public chose to believe the liar rather than Jeremy Corbyn. No wonder a new Twitter hashtag has emerged: #CorbynWasRight
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) July 21, 2020
Slow hand clap to those who gave the Tories an 80 seat majority.
The NHS is now unprotected in trade deals, just like @jeremycorbyn warned.
2/3 of Bankruptcies in the US are directly linked to healthcare bills.#CorbynWasRight https://t.co/L6uMPCBlZW
— Julie Harrington 3.5% #Refuse2Consume#MMT#BLM (@celtjules66) July 21, 2020
One in every five adults has less than £100 in savings. Shall we write to our MPs, the BBC, Sky News and all the others and ask them whether the private health schemes to which they obviously belong run budget deals?
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