This is conclusive: the 2019 general election is now a fight for the survival of the National Health Service.
In a press conference, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brandished 451 pages of government papers detailing trade talks between the Conservative government and the Trump administration in the USA.
They make it clear that Mr Johnson will sell the NHS to US-based private companies if he wins the election on December 12:
"We've now got evidence that under Boris Johnson the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale."
Jeremy Corbyn says Labour have obtained an unredacted 451-page report which shows there are "secret talks for a deal with Donald Trump after Brexit". pic.twitter.com/gPUGt3IUEj
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) November 27, 2019
According to the papers, “total market access” for US companies to all UK service sectors is the baseline from which the trade talks will start.
It is also worth noting that the US demand no mention of climate change in any deal – so if Mr Johnson is elected, the UK’s commitment to carbon neutrality, by any date, will be canclled. Apparently BoJob wants to see us burn.
Mr Trump and his people want a “no deal” Brexit – so any claim by Mr Johnson that he is going to agree a deal with the EU seems to be a lie.
And the talks cover a range of other sectors including financial services, the British film industry, UK nursing qualifications, workers’ rights, data privacy, pesticide control, sugar content labelling and even gender discrimination rules. These represent a major power-grab.
One key sentence in this document is the killer. "Everything that isn't expressly excluded is included" . It's the goodbye NHS sentence.
— Edwin Thwaites (@EdwinThwaites) November 27, 2019
International trade secretary Liz Truss has responded by saying that Mr Corbyn is “out-and-out lying to the public about what these documents contain”. But that’s a hard stance to maintain when he handed out copies to members of the press.
According to the BBC, Mr Johnson also said the claims were “total nonsense”.
But Mr Corbyn has an impeccable record of honesty while Mr Johnson has been exposed as a liar, time and time again. Here are a few examples:
Here are all the lies, spin & blatantly false statements Boris Johnson inflicted on the public last night. In doing so he treated us with contempt. If you think people deserve the truth please RT pic.twitter.com/5MjjM7eaK7
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) November 20, 2019
If Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson is in the process of selling off the NHS, then I believe him – and I think you should too.
This election has become a choice between accepting a hugely-expensive US-style insurance-based health system that will keep you sick and bankrupt you while doing so – under Boris Johnson, or a restored NHS, fully public, and free at the point of use – under Jeremy Corbyn.
If you value your health, you must tell our politicians that our NHS is not for sale.
Those of you who think voting for another party – especially the Liberal Democrats – will help achieve this should think again. The Lib Dems helped inflict privatisation on the health service during the Coalition government and cannot be trusted not to get right back in bed with the Tories if they have a chance.
So who are you going to elect? A Labour Party that is telling you the facts? Or the lying Tories who’ll sell your health for pennies?
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