The big debates: Wednesday, July 5, 2023

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Labour in denial as Starmer and his allies purge the left

Former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has accused current Labour leader Keir Starmer and his allies of purging left-wingers from the party.

It’s a claim that is hotly denied by Starmer’s cronies – Jonathan Ashworth on Politics Live once again raised the hoary old banner of anti-Semitism and claimed this was what Starmer was fighting.

But is that really all Starmer is doing? And is it on the level?

Here’s the debate:

And here are some of the other attacks on Labour members Starmer’s mob have been carrying out:

Will the NHS reach its centenary – and how can that happen?

The 75th anniversary of the NHS was marked with not one but two debates on the BBC’s Politics Live – the first on how it can survive in a changing United Kingdom.

Should government prioritise prevention, improving the nation’s health generally, as championed by Lord Bethell? Should it adopt a European-style health insurance model, according to Melanie Phillips? Should it increase the pay, and widen the membership, of its workforce, as Baroness Kennedy claims? Or should social care be expanded to remove some of the pressure, in line with Ella Whelan’s beliefs?

Should private health firms be allowed to do more NHS work?

The second of the two Politics Live debates on the NHS’s 75th anniversary focused on claims that radical change is needed to safeguard its future.

Some of those claims attack the fundamental principle that the health service should be free at the point of use, with Tony Blair saying some NHS patients should go private and pay for procedures if they’re waiting too long.

But wouldn’t this put the UK on a slippery slope towards a privatised – and highly expensive – health service?

SNP’s Mhairi Black shows that Tory and Labour both want more NHS privatisation

On the 75th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service, SNP deputy leader Mhairi Black demonstrated that it is in danger from both the Conservative and Labour parties.

Reading out two quotations from politicians calling for more privatisation, she asked – well, watch the clip and you’ll see.

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