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Squirm, Cameron – we want answers about the NHS!

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The image above shows a letter from shadow health secretary Andy Burnham to our comedy Prime Minister David Cameron, demanding answers to the questions he dodged during PMQs on Wednesday. The date shows it was written immediately after the incident.

It would not have been necessary if Cameron had bothered to answer the question, rather than indulge in a pointless relativistic attack on the Labour-run NHS Wales instead.

We are sick of these distraction techniques. We understand them and they merely strengthen our long-held conclusion that Cameron is at worst a liar and at best a dissembler, who would not let the facts pass his lips under any circumstances.

Look at the evidence:

Those are just a few examples from the last two weeks!

Mr Burnham’s questions are relevant; the public deserves answers on them.

Why have 16 leading health organisations representing doctors, nurses and patients warned that health and social care services in England are at “breaking point”?

Why can’t he confirm that:

  • National Health Service (England) currently has the highest waiting lists for six years;
  • It has the highest number of people waiting more than four hours in Accident & Emergency for 10 years;
  • It has missed its cancer treatment target for the first time ever; and
  • Millions of people there cannot get to see their GP?

Does he, or does he not, agree with his unnamed Cabinet colleague that his former boss Andrew Lansley’s hugely expensive – and unexpected – £3bn top-down reorganisation of the NHS was a huge mistake?

And why won’t he support a plan to fund one-week cancer testing by levying a tax on tobacco companies? Would the answer have anything to do with the other business interests of his campaign manager Lynton Crosby?

“The country and the NHS deserve better,” wrote Mr Burnham. “Rather than indulging in smears and diversionary tactics you would be better advised to spend your time addressing the fact that [the] NHS… is at breaking point under your government.

“Until you focus on saving rather than smearing the NHS, the public will be understandably confronted with the sad truth that all this government offers is five more years of crisis in the health service.”

Perhaps Mr Cameron needs to be reminded of the information in this BBC report from 2011 – before his government made such a mess of the service – showing that public approval of the National Health Service was at its highest point ever and questioning why he (Cameron) felt the need to change it.

“If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it,” as the saying goes.

Now the NHS is broke, thanks to the Tory (and Liberal Democrat, let’s not forget) scheme to siphon off our tax money into the hands of private health ‘providers’.

And the nation is still broke, despite years of unnecessary Tory and Liberal Democrat austerity that have brought hardship to millions and caused the deaths of tens of thousands, thanks to the Coalition scheme to put people to work for a pittance and let business bosses keep the profits.

With a general election just a few months away, more than 60 million of us are looking to David Cameron for an explanation, only to find…

He has nothing to say.

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Relativism: A Standard Tactic For Every Party; The *Only* Tactic For The UK Independence Party – The Critique Archives

This is such a terrific image that I've stolen it.

This is such a terrific image that I’ve stolen it.

We probably all do it to some degree, and we were probably very prone to it when we were in school – getting told off by a teacher for hitting a classmate, say, and trying to change the subject by saying, “Not fair, Johnny Bashforth hit me the other week and you never told him off!” writes Martin Odoni. Here are some more excerpts:

Yes, it probably is unfair, but at the same time that has nothing to do with you deciding to hit someone else altogether.

So let us now congratulate the UK Independence Party on its most remarkable achievement to date… that over the last year or so, UKIP has managed to increase the rate at which diversionary finger-pointing is employed in political discourse. I doubt it was intended, but that is some accomplishment, given that the phenomenon already appeared to have maxed-out.

Countering an accusation with grumbles about how badly other parties behave has proven to be, not just a standard tactic, but pretty much the only tactic that the party can employ with any consistency.

Farage cannot pretend one minute that UKIP is an ‘alternative’ to the mainstream parties, and then say the next that his party simply has the same types of idiots in it that all the others do. Either the party is different from the others or it is not, it cannot be both.

Farage never really explains, when saying “You think we’re bad? Look at that lot…” why it is particularly relevant… most of us already knew that. What we do not know is why that means we should vote for UKIP instead of them. Especially in light of Farage’s protestations that having idiots in the ranks makes UKIP no different from the other parties. That is just an admission that his party really is no different at all.

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