Wel­come back Si­mon

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T, HE X Fac­tor re­turns to our screens tonight giv­ing hope­fuls – rang­ing from tal­ent­less war­blers to singing sen­sa­tions – the chance to achieve star­dom. Back in Fe­bru­ary Si­mon Cow­ell’s son Eric was born. Fans will be hop­ing fa­ther­hood has not soft­ened the no­to­ri­ously blunt judge.

IT’S fash­ion­able th­ese days to bash the NHS, es­pe­cially if you’re on the Left and want to make po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal out of the myth that the health ser­vice isn’t safe in the hands of the wicked Tories. What non­sense th­ese peo­ple spout!

The NHS is a gi­gan­tic op­er­a­tion that deals with one mil­lion pa­tients ev­ery 36 hours, spends about £300mil­lion a day and em­ploys 1,364,000 staff (in­ci­den­tally, fewer than three per cent of them man­agers).

There are things that go wrong – oc­ca­sion­ally with tragic con­se­quences – but the fact that the NHS per­forms as well as it does day in and day out is noth­ing short of a mir­a­cle for which we should all be very grate­ful.

How­ever that’s not to say it couldn’t do bet­ter in many ar­eas. When you or a fam­ily mem­ber are sick or in­jured, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether you’ve pumped enough pound coins

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