Friday, 10 February 2012

Andrew Bridgen's shoddy judgement?

Back on the 10 June last year the Coalville Times reported that our MP, Andrew Bridgen, had commented that NHS reform must be forced through and that '(he felt) that if we fail to go through with these reforms, we are caving into Stalinist protectionist elements...'.

Of course a lot has happened since then. Not least that Mr Bridgen's own Prime Minister acknowledged that the then proposals needed further reform.

But the Conservatives are still getting it wrong and if anything opposition to the Tory proposals has hardened.

Masses of professional bodies, trade unions and other interested groups have lined up to speak out. Accordingly to one blog the list of organisations against the bill include:

  • The Faculty of Public Health
  • The Royal College of Nurses
  • The Royal College of Midwives
  • The Royal College of GPs
  • The British Medical Association
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • The Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • The Royal College of Pathologists
  • The Royal College of Physicians
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • The Royal College of Radiologists
  • The College of Occupational Therapists
  • The British Dietetic Association
  • The United Union
  • The Institute for Healthcare Management
  • Unison
  • MiP
  • GMB Union
  • The College of Occupational Therapists
  • The Community Practitioners and Heath Visitors Association
  • The Financial Times
Are all of those bodies Stalinist protectionists?

But it doesn't stop there.

Today the Tory arch-blogger Guido Fawkes reported that according to a YouGov survey a massive 45% of TORY voters are against privatisation in the NHS.

Are all of those voters (let alone LibDeb or Labour or non-partisan voters against the measures) all Stalinist protectionists?

But it still doesn't stop there.

Earlier today the Conservative Home blog, darling of the Tory right and incidentally the exact same website that Mr Bridgen originally made his 'Stalinist' comment reported that 3 unnamed Conservative cabinet ministers were against further reform.

The blog said that one minister was saying 'the Bill must be dropped', another that 'Andrew Lansley must be replaced' and the third likened the proposed reforms 'to the poll tax'.

Are your own Cabinet Ministers Stalinist protectionists Mr Bridgen?

The proposed reform is massively unpopular, even with Tories - and that is in it's watered down format.

Mr Bridgen was WRONG last June, time has proved that.

With his comments Mr Bridgen showed just how bad his judgement is, something many of us have maintained for ages. He was out of touch with the public then seeking to blindly follow right-wing dogma and hasn't sought to track back since.

Our NHS is a national treasure it's just a shame that Mr Bridgen and his colleagues seem hell bent on destroying it.

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