Selling off the NHS

Last night the House of Lords (many members of which have vested interests in healthcare companies) voted in support of privatising the NHS, a move which has gone largely unreported by the British press.

Yesterday a cancer sufferer (@chunkymark on Twitter) spent many hours pushing a toy pig along the ground with his nose, on a long journey to hand a petition to David Cameron. The petition challenged the NHS privatisation plan, and the event went largely unreported by the British press.

We are, by now, getting used to the frequent acts of arrogance thrust upon us by David Cameron and his cronies, but I fervently hope this will be the tipping point for the British electorate.

Ordinary, decent people realise the value of the NHS, and understand that it has been starved of funding in order to provide statistics that serve as an excuse for privatisation.

We hold the NHS dear in our hearts and now we are expected to sit back and watch the types of people who have never used it, ransack it for political and financial gain.

But we’re not going to put up with it – are we?

Disappointment of the week.

Stephen Twigg – Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

On 12th December 2005, Stephen Twigg was arrested for being ‘drunk and incapable’.

He has, more than likely, sobered up since then, but proof of his capabilities still remains to be found.

The man has a gift of a job.

All he has to do is provide a visible, vocal and consistent presence in order to challenge Michael Gove.

How hard can that be? Nobody likes Gove, save for other Tories who have no clue about the real world, a collection of distinctly partisan ‘journalists’, a few SpAds …. and his wife, who goes in to battle for him whenever he forgets his PE kit.

Oh sure, Stephen Twigg visits the odd school, eats a lot of ceremonial dinners with teachery types and local councillors, and he blogs now and then, but he seems to think that this is all that is required of him.

We KNOW you can do the social side of things, Stephen, your arrest record serves as a reminder to us all.

But you need to be more than a vaguely affable careerist, biding your time in the hope of being summoned to a higher cause after the next election.

There is no higher cause.

You have been tasked with providing a strong and reliable opposition to the destruction and chaos that is being heaped on the English state education system.

You have a vast array of teachers, parents, support staff and onlookers ready to stand behind you.

So man up, Mr Twigg, because to some of us, saving the education system and giving our children a fair start in life is something we fight for on a daily basis …… without the benefit of a salary or an expense account.

Stephen Twigg, educated at Balliol College, Oxford. Must try harder.