Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Right-wingers will always hate the NHS because it's an unmistakable example of socialism in action

It doesn't matter how many positive platitudes about health workers and the universal health care system they spout, right-wing politicians actually 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 they have to lie about their ideological fantasy of carving the NHS into pieces to give away to their corporate mates, and scrapping the socialist principle of universal health care.

They know they have to lie because the vast majority of British people would reject them if they dared to tell the truth about what they'd like to do with the NHS.

In fact, the NHS is so popular it's even supported by the majority of Tory voters (how Tory voters who love the NHS reconcile this with their choice to vote for an anti-socialist party that vandalises the NHS every time they get into power is one of the crucial political questions of British politics).

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.

One 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 saw a man who wanted to scrap the NHS as the ideal person to run the NHS!

Another Tory right-winger who outlined his contempt for the idea of universal health care is the Tory propagandist Henry Hill, who went as far as publishing his blueprint for wrecking the NHS in a blog post.

The former UKIP leader Paul Nuttall is another right-winger 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.

Yet 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, which would allow the wealthy to queue jump.

Whatever Tory and UKIP politicians say about how much they love and respect the NHS, it's vital to remember that they're just 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 unmistakably socialist principle of prioritising health care by need rather than the ability to pay.

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