Friday 9 December 2016

Right-wing politicians hate the NHS because it's socialism

Right-wing politicians hate the NHS with a burning ideological passion, because they hate socialism, and the NHS is one of the world's finest examples of socialism in action.

Any right-wing politician in the UK with even a few brain cells to rub together knows that the NHS principle of health care that is free at the point of need is still overwhelmingly popular with the British public. This means that right-wing politicians have to lie because they know that the majority of the British public don't want the NHS to be privatised or the principle of universal health care to be thrown in the bin in favour of allowing wealthy people to jump the queue.

This pragmatic need to cover up their hatred of the NHS means that it's rare that right-wing politicians tell the truth about the NHS, but occasionally they do.

The former UKIP leader Paul Nuttall is one who has spoken openly about his NHS views. Before he became UKIP leader Nuttall wrote blog posts and made speeches expressing his hatred for the NHS and its staff, celebrating the ideological vandalism the Tories have been doing to the NHS since 2012 and making up outright lies about NHS staffing levels and the efficiency of NHS services.

Another right-wing politician who let his true feelings about the NHS seep out is the Tory MP Jeremy Hunt who co-authored a book calling for the NHS to be scrapped and replaced with a private insurance based system.

It just goes to show how much contempt David Cameron had for the NHS that he put Jeremy Hunt in charge of it, and it goes to show that Theresa May is equally contemptuous toward the NHS that she decided to keep him on as health secretary when she had the chance to get rid of him. That's two Tory Prime Ministers in a row who see a man who wanted to scrap the NHS as the ideal person to run the NHS.

Another right-wing politician who accidentally let the truth out about the Tory policy towards the NHS is the chairman of Conservative Health Paul Charlson who claimed that charging for NHS services is "a good idea in principle… [BUT] It would be political suicide for a party to introduce this. They could only really do it if there was a feeling in the country that health services were falling apart".

The Tory strategy is that the NHS has to be under-funded and mismanaged to the point of destruction in order that they can try to get away with scrapping the free at the point of need principle and bringing in charging for services.

Whatever Tory and UKIP politicians say about how much they love and respect the NHS, it's vital to remember that they're lying through their teeth because they know that's what the vast majority of the British public want to hear.

In reality right-wingers hate the NHS with a burning ideological passion and can't wait for the day that they get to scrap the socialist principle of prioritising health care by need rather than the ability to pay.

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