My good friend Roy Connell brought this rather worrying article – see link above – from the New Statesman to my attention. It is a sobering read indeed.
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above – but it is far from being the whole story!
Question – Which political party pursued the privatisation of GP services in the NHS when last in government? Answer – Labour.
Question – Name a community which was subject to Labour’s GP privatisation project? Answer – Maghull.
It’s as though Labour has zapped all their NHS privatisation policies from their own memories and then flipped over to condemn NHS privatisation! It is a fact that more of the NHS has been privatised under Labour. It is also a fact that here in Sefton Central constituency we were meant to be a big part in Labour’s NHS privatisation push of GP services.
My posting of 5th October 2012 refers:-
I really do think that the press are letting Labour off by helping them forget their previous crimes when in government. The problems being faced on Merseyside as a consequence of NHS privatisation of GP services were started by Labour when in government.
And this is the same Labour Party that has failed to pledge the £8bn needed to keep the NHS afloat!
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.
The big problem with Labour’s manifesto launch is that it reminds me of New Labour’s days under Blair and Brown – spending up but how’s it going to be paid for with all the guarantees of no tax rises? If people like Rachel Reeves and Harriet Harman are to be listened to could it be on the backs of the poor via huge welfare cuts? Both seem to me to be advocating bigger welfare cuts than the Tories have made so far.
And what about the NHS? Labour have still not guaranteed the £8b that it needs and which the Lib Dems and even, somewhat belatedly, the Tories have put on the table. Having said that the Tories pledge is uncosted so only the Lib Dems have a genuine response to the NHS needs.
Sadly, Labour are looking like the masters of spin that they were when last in government; little substance but a lot of spin. Trouble is they could well crash the economy with uncosted spending and they have already had a go at that hence the mess that we are in now.