SORRY, I’M OFF TO SAVE THE WORLD
Yesterday was my wedding anniversary and this year I’m away at the Climate Change negotiations in Bonn.
I gave the card to Pauline before I left and promised dinner when I get back.
Trying to save the world from global warming doesn’t really work as an excuse for your wife when you’re missing your anniversary. So this Remembrance Sunday, I’ll also be remembering the brilliant woman and mother who has stood by my side for more than 50 years.
Saying “sorry, love” might be politically incorrect... but I am, Pauline. said it was for efficiency. It was pure ideology.
When Nye Bevan launched Labour’s NHS in 1947 he promised a healthcare system “based upon need and not the ability to pay”. Hunt has changed that to treatment “free at the point of use”... if you’re prepared to wait up to 44 months for it.
This week the Department of Health admitted that we have a shortage of 50,000 doctors and nurses. The growth of the private health service has led to a massive increase in firms’ profits from desperate patients.
Or they queue jump by paying for a private consultation and a fast-track to NHS treatment.
And with NHS chief executive Simon Stevens saying we need an extra £4billion to avoid having a million more people on waiting lists, the only way to solve it is to raise more tax. An extra penny on National Insurance would be a price worth paying to help get our NHS off life support.