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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
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NHS For Sale

Dear America,

I know Two American Sisters: one who lives on this side of the Atlantic in Leigh On Sea, UK and the other lives in America.

While I am trying to watch Andy Murray play tennis, they argue with each other on Skype about politics; The American based sister is Republican to the N'th degree and the other is left of Trotsky.

Last night's Skype debate was about the merits of the NHS v the American Free Market Health system that the Tories are trying to introduce into the UK without actually saying that is what they want, because if they did they would never get elected.

Yes America, in the UK the NHS is so sacred that even the Tories are afraid to criticise it; the exception being Wales where it has been set up to fail to illustrate what might go wrong if the NHS is starved of funds.

There are plenty of Tories prepared to appear on American Fox TV and denigrate the NHS and celebrate the Market-based American Health Care, the likes of Daniel Hannan for example.

The American claim is that American health care is the "Best in the World", but to make that claim you would have to avoid the issue of availability and universality. Nobody in the UK is denied equitable access to free health care from cradle to grave, and that very notion is alien to most Americans I have encountered. Most would rather suffer illness and pain and deny themselves medical care they might not afford, than admit to a failure in the American way.

It is of course a myth that American health care is more efficient than the NHS, which is hands down so much better value for money. The American system is the most costly per capita in the entire world due to market forces which perversely and ironically drive up the cost of American health care.

But its worse than that. American health outcomes are 27th out of the 34 industrialised OECD countries. The American Health system is pants.

That does not stop Tories trying to pervert the NHS with the market in the American mould.

This very week, British Tory Health Minister Jeremy Hunt had to explain why a British drug, a vaccination against infant meningitis was not introduced one year ago when it was available to save lives.

This was of course a commercial decision that prevented the introduction of the vaccine, but coincidentally that was around the time that the home counties were flooded and when David Cameron said that "Money Is No Object."

Save the NHS from market forces and the Tories.

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Hannan, the Deluded

24 November 2012

Whether or not Daniel Hannan, MEP, should be expelled from the Conservative Party.