I resigned my membership of the Conservative Party for two reasons:
- The Coalition Government was not only un-necessary and not only meant that eighteen Government positions were taken by Liberal-Democrats but it was a betrayal of Conservative principles. Dissenters were silenced by bully boy tactics from Downing Street or by being elevated to the Upper House.
- I was worried that Cameron lacked any intellectual depth and was a pompous windbag.
The decisions last weekend at the Euro conference were taken by Ed Llewellyn, his chief of staff, Sir John Cunliffe an ’aide’. Liz Sugg, head of planning and John Casson from the Foreign Office.
It is far too early to understand the implications of Cameron’s ludicrous veto because its consequences have yet to show. Forget the miles of press articles in this weekend’s papers mainly from Cameron toadies hoping to gain favour with the great man or those planning to succeed Nick Clegg.
For what it’s worth my views are:
- Why throw over forty years hard work away?
- George Osborne had spent the week saying Euro failure would cost 7% of UK GDP – so why hasten failure?
- The City can look after itself: it doesn’t need Cameron.
But to understand the PM where his flatulence can be measured let’s examine his performance on 7 June 2011. Leaving aside the fact that only a complete raving lunatic (Andrew Lansley) would suggest spending £1.3bn to dismantle the PCTs and replace them with doctor commissioning groups, armed with a budget of £90bn, the PM’s decision to push Lansley aside and to deliver another Churchillian speech, showed his love of theatre and his lack of reality. These were his five pledges –
- “We will not endanger universal suffrage. We will make sure it remains the National Health Service.”
- “We will not break up or hinder efficient and integrated care – we will improve it.”
- “We will not lose control of waiting times – we will ensure they are kept low.”
- “We will not cut spending on the NHS – we will increase it.”
- “If you worried that we are going to sell off the NHS and create some American-style private system, we will not.”
The only pledge he has any real hope of achieving is no 4) but all for the wrong reasons. Lansley’s £1.3bn is now reaching £2bn and will spiral nearer to £3bn. This is wasted money.
But underneath the surface the situation is far, far worse. Waiting times are, in some areas, out of control. The doctors, those who are not drinking too much or taking drugs, are raking it in. The ‘Daily Mail’ on 19 November 2011 carried the story of a Kent doctor earning £1.8m through his healthcare firm. The article said that around 4,000 family doctors take home around £150,000 (and no evening work).
Drink cases admitted to hospital reached 1.2m in 2010. The Government’s rhetoric on this subject is hot air.
But much worse follows.
The news broke this week that already some key GP leaders are quitting the boards of clinical commissioning groups (“CCG”). A survey of 50 areas found that 15 CCG members had left.
Dr. Patrick Craig-McFeely, a GP and chair of Sarum NHS Alliance, resigned saying
“It was taking over my family life and hitting the care I felt I could provide to my patients. It seemed to be getting worse.”
Please remember that that system has been delayed, has yet to really impact and is claiming victims all the time.
The speech that David Cameron gave on 7 June 2011 is already proving to be totally without intellectual foundation. Watch the NHS over the next two years….and worry.
Now, what about his performance at the Euro conference….are you worried?
You should be…