They’re behind the times, though – much of it already has been
Three groups of young Tories voted yesterday to privatise the NHS – and were described as ‘very happy’ to have done so.
London School of Economics Tories, Kings College London Tories and University College London Tories debated the motion ‘This House believes that the NHS must be privatised’ – and one of its members tweeted her delight at the outcome:
The smiling faces on most of those present at the ‘show of hands’ vote suggest they were of the same mind – with only a few looking sheepish or disappointed:
Privatisation, it should go without saying, is intrinsically less efficient because not every pound that goes in is spent on treatment. Some goes into profit, usually in offshore bank accounts. It is also linked to rationing and to the new ‘ICS’ US-style system the government is pushing through, which rewards companies for not treating people – and, of course, it ultimately leads to patients crippled through costs and often bankrupted, with health problems already a leading cause of bankruptcy in the US.
Correctly, the tweeter of her delight in the idea of privatisation was taken to task for it, with just a few examples out of hundreds shown below:
The young Tories are also – wilfully? – behind the times. NHS privatisation is very far advanced, with billions funnelled to corporations hiding behind an NHS badge and sometimes not even trying very hard to hide, while the Tories, their media allies – and, shamefully, often Keir Starmer’s Labour MPs – all denying reality and even praising the new ICS system designed to finish the job in secret.
Angela Rayner was wrong to apologise this week. Tories are scum – and should never be trusted with our NHS.
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