It had to happen: the NHS turned 75 so the insurance scammers and privatisation propogators have leapt up to demand that it can’t last much longer and needs to change – words that ignore the fact that they wouldn’t be able to say this if 13 years of Tory de-funding and privatisation hadn’t already changed it for the worse.
And they haven’t been subtle about it, which is a good thing because it allows us to see comments like the following:
In the recently released document,
"The rational policy-makers guide to the NHS"
there is an interesting summary table of an international comparative performance of health systems produced by the Commonwealth Fund from 2014, on page 44.
This clearly shows the UK's…
— Hector Wetherell McNeill (@HectorWMcNeill) July 7, 2023
Let’s have a case study: Kate Andrews, currently of The Spectator but formerly of think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Adam Smith Institute and Republicans Overseas UK. You can see what these organisations want to do to the NHS here:
This is from 2016 where the BBC presented Kate Andrews merely as a ‘US woman’ who was against Obama’s proposals for gun regulation. She’d been with the IEA five years. The BBC are complicit in promoting Andrews & all her hard right libertarian nonsense.https://t.co/8Tdv4Za2Rb https://t.co/xQmHkl6hPy
— Phil Gould 🇵🇸🖕🥁 (@bongosaloon) July 8, 2023
She was on the BBC’s Question Time last Thursday (July 6, 2023), because the BBC gives her a lot of hot air time. She’s also on Politics Live whenever she can manage it. You can see what she had to say in the clip below.
But it isn’t just her words that create trouble for the health service; it’s what she enables other people to say – like Bella Wallersteiner here. Phil Gould provides an opposing voice:
My Austrian friend lived in the US for 20 years, always had insurance. Developed a heart condition which became serious. After a year the ins company refused to pay for treatments. He left the US with medical debts in excess of $120,000.
So NO! We do NOT need an American model!
— Phil Gould 🇵🇸🖕🥁 (@bongosaloon) July 7, 2023
(And let’s remember that the model for the NHS is insurance-based: National Insurance.)
Let’s remember, Ms Andrews speak with forked tongue. The following is an imperfect comparison but it makes the point: in 2017 she was peddling what we now know to be snake oil – a claim that Brexit would make the UK richer. We all know, now, that this was patently untrue.
And now she is saying the NHS is not the wonderful creation that UK citizens mythologise it as being:
2023 Kate Andrews: The NHS is not the envy of the world
2017 Kate Andrews: Brexit will make the UK richer pic.twitter.com/O6sMQB6KVo
— Farrukh (@implausibleblog) July 7, 2023
Maybe it’s not the envy of the world any more – but that is clearly due to the constant Tory tinkering to make it vulnerable to privatisation.
Go back to the Hector Wetherell McNeill tweet above:
There is an interesting summary table of an international comparative performance of health systems produced by the Commonwealth Fund from 2014, on page 44.
This clearly shows the UK’s nationalised NHS to be the world leader on the basis of most criteria.
The US private system comes out as being one of the worst and costing almost 1.45x that of UK.
It is clear that the UK system placed the US system along with the US med corporations and insurance companies in an embarrassing position so there was a need to undermine the UK system to have any chance for their marketing success.
The Conservative government clearly made this their mission by under-funding the service over the last 13 years so as to create the “case” for privatisation.
And then people like Ms Andrews turn up to put that “case” to the public.
Bearing all the above in mind, one is led to agree with Dale Vince, who was also on that edition of Question Time:
Dale Vince: "The magazine you (Kate Andrews) work for.. was owned by that Barclay fellow who lives in Jersey and doesn't pay tax here.. it poisons our national conversation to have these people that don't live here or pay tax here having such a powerful voice" 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/olNue6RW3A
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) July 7, 2023
(If only it were true that social media gives a voice to everybody. It used to – but then the firms running the main platforms introduced aggressive algorithms to push posts by anybody who could not afford their advertising rates down people’s newsfeeds so they couldn’t be seen. If you’re wondering where Vox Political has been until you saw this article, it hasn’t gone anywhere – you were just denied the chance to read it.)
Rishi Sunak wants you to believe that he has a plan to restore the NHS – but just listen to the analysis of Sunak’s work (and that of the Tory governments since 2010) by Sir Michael Marmot, who has led research groups on health inequalities for nearly 50 years:
You’re just putting a temporary plaster on one of the thousand cuts you’ve inflicted: Sir Michael Marmot says that all the scientific evidence is consistent with government trying to destroy the NHS. Retention of staff requires decent pay – tell Barclay. pic.twitter.com/ISiJ5KHCZJ https://t.co/VBdhA36o5v
— Peter Kay (@theonlypeterkay) July 5, 2023
Experience tells us that Sir Michael is probably right. After all, this is a Tory government that (we’re told) issued tens of billions of pounds worth of Covid-19-related health contracts to their personal friends who were incapable of honouring those contracts – and then claimed the cost was part of the NHS annual budget.
So tens of billions of pounds was paid out to Tory friends and donors – and absolutely nothing was gained as a result:
Your regular reminder that the U.K. govt issued 10s of billions of pounds of Covid contracts to their mates, donors and chums, then added those contracts to the NHS annual budget, and now claim “record NHS funding”. They think we are all thick as mince!
— Dr. Dan Goyal (@danielgoyal) July 9, 2023
The contracts were issued via the so-called “VIP lane” that was later declared illegal:
— Karl Turner MP (@KarlTurnerMP) July 9, 2023
Why hasn’t all this money been recovered and put to better use?
Carol Vorderman says she could go on, and so could This Writer.
With the record of Sunak’s government laid bare for all to see, it is clear that “sharks” like Kate Andrews are not presenting their case fairly and therefore they should be ignored.
The NHS is not failing because its founding principles don’t work; it is failing because the Tories are deliberately forcing it to fail.
Oh, and they don’t care if your relatives have suffered needlessly or died as a result of their ideologically-motivated selfishness.
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Be among the first to know what’s going on! Here are the ways to manage it:
1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the right margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.
2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical
3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com
5) Join the uPopulus group at https://upopulus.com/groups/vox-political/
6) Join the MeWe page at https://mewe.com/p-front/voxpolitical
7) Feel free to comment!
And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: