Two of David Cameron’s most senior allies within the Tory ‘Remain’ camp have joined in the EU referendum fearmongering. With no hint of shame, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claims that leaving the EU would put the NHS at risk. And Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has the cheek to say that it would be devastating for Britain’s young people.
Ironically, it is the policies of these two cabinet ministers that are the real threat to the NHS and young people. So while both sides of the EU debate have been tarnished by using fear tactics, the hypocrisy from the Tory ‘Remain’ camp here is breathtaking.
Jeremy Hunt is the real risk to the NHS
Since succeeding Andrew Lansley as Health Secretary in 2012, Hunt has dutifully continued the Tory mission to destroy the NHS and hand it over to the private sector.
Hunt’s ‘7-day NHS’ buzzwords are a gambit to further cripple the NHS so it can then be ‘saved’ by private companies. In other words, they attempt to conceal the Conservatives’ privatisation agenda through packaging it as patient-centred.
The real threat to our NHS is Hunt and the Conservatives:
- The Health and Social Care Act in 2012 legally abolished the NHS as a public institution, opening it up to privatisation.
- In 2014 alone, 40% of new NHS contracts were awarded to private firms. This represented a 500% increase in privatisation.
- The Nuffield Trust thinktank says the NHS has unsustainable funding: “While the number of patients attending hospital as an emergency is growing by 3.6% a year, hospitals are only receiving 1% more money a year to treat them”.
- Last July, the government quietly proposed an inquiry into moving towards a pay NHS.
- The Tories are avid supporters of the ‘free-trade’ deal TTIP, which could cement existing NHS privatisation.
- Back in 2005, Jeremy Hunt co-authored a book, with other prominent Tories, calling for the NHS to move to an insurance-based system.
A fully public NHS was built when public debt was at 225% of our national income (GDP). It is currently at 89.4% of GDP, up 11% under this Conservative government. It is not a matter of fiscal necessity that we starve the NHS of funding. It is a political choice to privatise our health service.
Hunt and the Tories are the real risk to the NHS. And Hunt’s most recent ‘Remain’ argument amounts to flabbergasting hypocrisy.
Nicky Morgan is the real risk to young people
Nicky Morgan is now presiding over the forced academisation of all schools in England. This is an ideological move which is at odds with the evidence. While funded by the central government, this academisation amounts to the nationwide privatisation of our schools, with deeds to the land and institutions being handed over to the private sector for peppercorn rent.
Morgan and the Conservatives are the real risk to our young people:
- Academisation strips control of our schools away from democratic local government and hands it to unaccountable academy chains. They have already demonstrated how they dodge responsibility.
- Academisation allows for under-the-radar profiteering, at the expense of young people.
- From 2010, the government cut the education budget by 25% over four years.
- George Osborne is to spend a whopping £1.5bn of taxpayer money on merely making the transition to academies. This could be used to support existing local authority schools.
- Morgan’s academisation eliminates a say in our schools, for anyone other than the new corporate masters.
- Parent governors will be dropped.
Both Hunt and Morgan have set our their ‘Remain’ stalls, and they are as audacious as they are hypocritical.
Hunt himself is educing fear for the NHS in the British public by defunding it, and is now using this fear for his own political gain. Meanwhile, Morgan has decided that nationwide academisation is the ticket for our young people, despite there being no evidence for this, and vehement opposition from the teachers themselves. Then she manipulatively uses ‘young people’ to try and tug our heart strings towards her own personal political choice.
Getting these two monumental hypocrites on board is a brilliant idea, but only if the objective is to do as much damage to the ‘remain’ campaign as possible.
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