Ask this of the powerful in society:
1. What power have you got?
2. Where did you get it from?
3. In whose interests do you use it?
4. To whom are you accountable?
5. How do we get rid of you?
Only democracy gives us that right. that is why no-one with power likes democracy and that is why every generation must struggle to win it and keep it: including you and me here and now.
Tony Benn 2005
On the day that Tony Benn dies, we are reminded that he said that the NHS was our greatest socialist achievement. And there you have it. The current political elite know it is a socialist project and that is why they wish to dismantle it. First came marketisation, now comes privatisation by stealth. The outgoing boss David Nicholson outlined the scale of the challenge facing the NHS in terms of required funding.
We will be told that the country cannot afford it and so the best way forward will be more private healthcare provision, and individual insurance schemes. This flies in the face of evidence and the facts regrading the actual costs. The constant media drip of stories outlining deficiencies in social care and mental health provision allied to gaps on health care provision are softening up the public for the inevitable push towards full privatization. Cuts to nursing staff will result in more mid staff scandals which will enrage the public who will demand the gov’t ‘do something’ – that something will be a sell off and a break up of the NHS. RIP Tony Benn, RIP the NHS. Don’t be poor, don’t be old, don’t be sick unless you are rich.