17_july_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,150

Friday 17 July 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

On 7 June 2011 you said the following: “But let me also be clear, no: we will not be selling off the NHS, we will not be moving towards an insurance scheme, we will not introduce an American-style private system.

In this country, we have this most wonderful, precious institution and idea.

That whenever you’re ill, however rich you are, you can walk into a hospital or surgery and get treated for free. No questions asked. No cash asked.

I will never put that at risk.”

It seems that age is catching up with members of the other house as they appear to be a little hard of hearing. Lord David Prior, the newly ennobled “Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity” has called for an inquiry into future funding of the NHS which will include private insurance schemes. Labour peer, Lord Desai, apparently suggested an “Oyster card” scheme with fees deducted whenever a patient uses healthcare, and patients should receive a “bill” at the end of the year, saying this would “help make it clear to people that a free National Health Service is not a costless one.” I am grateful to the noble Lord for insulting my intelligence, does he really think I assumed that our NHS was magicked out of a bag of oofle dust by Sooty? What are we like eh? Us human dregs, can’t cook, wash, talk proper and think money grows on trees and that health care is a magic freebie. Perhaps his Lordship doesn’t understand ‘free at the point of use’, do explain it to him and that our NHS is world renowned as the best (keep it that way!).

But wait, not so fast. Gorgeous George himself is ‘considering’ personal welfare accounts, to extend “personal responsibility” in the welfare system, run by private-sector providers such as insurers and fund managers. Privatised Social Security because we’re all irresponsible layabouts? You Tory Toffs must wonder how us dirt poor, unwashed plebs, ever made it out of the primordial soup or even why we bothered because we’re all as thick as shit anyway.

You know, it’s one thing to create an ‘economic catastrophe’ in order to rid the nation of all state provision and publicly owned assets, but really, must you insult, smear, demonise, slander and demean us at every turn? As Kitty Jones puts it rather well, ‘Tory rhetoric is designed to have us believe there would be no poor if the welfare state didn’t somehow “create” them’. And don’t we just love to suck the tit of state dry as we abuse and neglect our children, roll another fat one and down a can of Tennent’s!

Whatever our failings, real or imagined, it has to be said that I have never met a poor person who can lie, cheat and steal like a Tory!

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/speech-on-the-nhs–2

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/richard-grimes/government-moves-to-consider-nhs-user-charges

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/17/nhs-health

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/08/poor-cannot-cook-peer-eats-words

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/nov/04/schools-admit-children-age-two-three-ofsted-chief

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/workers-could-be-forced-to-pay-5-a-week-to-get-benefits-9794571.html

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/the-welfare-state-from-hung-drawn-and-quartered-to-tory-privatisation/

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