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How can the NHS emulate Netflix when Johnson is comparing it to defunct Blockbuster?

Blockbuster NHS: During the Covid-19 crisis, Boris Johnson wandered round hospitals maskless – in the hope that he’d spread as much disease as possible and push the over-burdened health service to collapse?

This is typical of the Boris Johnson government.

It is a government that wants to impress the public with a snappy soundbite – but can’t manage it because neither the Tory ministers nor their civil servants are capable of putting one together that actually means something.

So we get moments like this:

Downing Street later tried to clarify by saying the intention was to say the NHS is like Blockbuster (the defunct video rental chain) and Health Secretary Sajid Javid wants to bring it into the Netflix age rather than they want it to be a blockbuster.

But that’s not what the soundbite said at all!

In this context, “a Blockbuster healthcare system in the age of Netflix” is one that is obsolete, unworkable and out of business.

We all know that’s what Tories like Javid and Johnson want to do to the NHS but did any of us expect them to be so on-the-nose about it?

And – hey, come to think of it, here’s a more worrying thought:

Did they actually put out the soundbite, knowing what it means but thinking that we wouldn’t realise?

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Is Netflix really killing the TV licence? Or is it naff BBC editorial policy?

According to the Mail, the “Netflix effect” is killing the TV licence, with 860,000 licences cancelled in 2017-18, an increase on the 798,000 cancelled the previous year.

The report states: “It is now believed that the ‘Netflix effect’ is leading viewers to abandon their BBC TV licences entirely.

“Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Now TV do not require any license.

“A basic Netflix subscription costs £5.99 a month (about £72 a year).”

The BBC has announced that the cost of the TV licence – needed to watch the Corporation’s shows as broadcast or on iPlayer – is to rise to £154.50, an increase of £4, in April.

But does it deserve that money?

Are people really leaving because of the cost – or are they leaving because of the content?

This Twitter users says Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for a digital licence fee could breathe new life into the BBC, funded by a tax on big businesses and broadband providers:

“The BBC would flourish under Labour.”

But with a news editorial policy that is pro-Conservative, does it deserve to?


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