A Level Politics

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Back in the USSR?

Posted by Matt Walker on August 14, 2009

I awoke this morning to discover that I lived in a socialist state, akin to the old Soviet Union. This revelation came as I watched BBC News24, and saw an American woman, on the verge of tears, exasperated that Barak Obama’s healthcare reforms would turn the US into a socialist state like Russia. What does that make us with our NHS?

David Cameron awoke this morning to discover that his carefully crafted image as a Progressive Conservative, was being picked apart from within his own party. One of his MEPs, Daniel Hannan, had appeared on Fox News in the US to say that the NHS was awful, had reduced standards of health in Britain, and should be got rid of. Mr Cameron has been swift to claim that the Tories are the party of the NHS.

The Labour Party awoke this morning to discover that it had a political opportunity to attack the Tories, something they haven’t been able to do for a while. Gordon Brown isn’t leading the attack – as Mock the Week pointed out yesterday, if he happened to pull a chain whilst on holiday in the Lake District, he’d probably drain lake Windermere. Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, has been quick to argue that this spat demonstrates that the Tories are divided and only Labour can be trusted to support the NHS.

All good, political fun. But this debate is also rather interesting, and it will be worth picking it apart over the next few days. In the meantime, have a look at the BBC article.


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