So the Tories are ahead in the polls, but even more frightening is their lead on issues such as health, the environment and education. Issues they have no discernable policies on and an awful track record. This is a ridiculous situation. With David Cameron admitting he hasn't decided his policies, how the hell do the voters know what they are?
Oh, I don't know that their track record is that bad. Actually, they didn't do to badly in bringing down waiting times and, apparently, the internal market was such a good idea that—having dismantled it—NuLabour are now keenly setting it up again.
I suppose it is governments that lose elections, not oppositions that win them and who could argue that it's not open season on Labour at the moment (although this is always the case with our biased media).
I'm sorry, but this really cannot be let go. Neil, were you moaning and bitching about biased media when they were all supporting Blair and shitting on the Tories. Nope, didn't think so. It's also interesting to note that you seem to be one of the few people who thinks that our media are biased to the Right.
Anyway, here are some comments people made on this BBC website [And remember, chaps, that the Beeb is renowned for being biased towards the Tories, just like they are biased towards the Israelis, OK?—DK] last year just before the general election;It's interesting that the people who actually work in the health service are the most positive about Labour's track record since taking power. Everyone else's opinion is just negative and media-influenced.
Yes, people like Dr Crippen (and all of his commentators) are not only immensely happy with the NHS, but they are part of a negative media bias. Fucking get a grip Crippen and tell it like it is, OK? Enough with your stories of people lying starving on the wards or coming out of hospital with brand-new sacral pressure sores, damn it! We want to hear more about how NuLabour's hitting all its targets; you're so fucking negative all the time. In the name of all that is unholy, Crippen, have you no shame? Patsy told me that the NHS has just had "its best year ever" and you had better start bloody well telling me some of the good shit, Crippen, or I'll get your children to dob you in to Big Toni. Oh, and we'll send the Mouth of NuLabour around to tell you how you've never had it so good, at inordinent length.
But, hist! Our BBC correspondant continues:
Beforehand, in each case, I priced private treatment. Frightening! I am afraid that very many people would have had to do without.
Yes, unless they had insurance to pay for it which, of course, is what NICs is. Except that you don't get to shop around to find either the best price or the best hospital. Hooray for government!
Our brave BBC comment writer is a nurse. Jolly good show, what!
I have been a nurse for 23 years... Under the Tories you could wait for two years for a coronary artery by-pass operation. In Manchester and throughout most of the UK there is no waiting list now. When you see the surgeon you basically book the date of your operation. Also under the Tories you could wait 18 months for an angiogram. The wait now for non-urgent cases is three months and improving.
I wonder if that is the good Dr Crippen's experience. From what I've read of his blog, i.e. all of it, this all seems to be pie-in-the-sky, frankly. But, naturally, the nurse would know.
I run a busy ward in a cardiac centre in London.
No doctors runnning it, you notice: no doubt they are all out playing golf. And those damn managers that we hear so much about: are they prepping the figures for Patsy?
Undoubtedly, I have many disagreements with Labour health policy, but remember well my first years in the NHS under a Tory government. Admittedly, I would have liked to have seen Blair reversing some of the disastrous Tory policies, but remember, they were Tory policies.
And that is relevent how? Blair did reverse the major policy: that of the internal market. He tore it down and restored peace and tranquility to the NHS. Indeed, so fucking stupid was the internal market, that Blair—having realised that his return to central diktat was an ever bigger and more expensive failure than the previous system—has decided to bring it back. But in a limited form, you understand; you know, you get all of the penpushing without the same range of choice. Internal-market-lite, if you like.
But let us return to our ever-beloved and rational Neil, fount of socialist wisdom.
I know there has been cutbacks in some areas of the NHS (even job losses) but do the Tories really deserve to be ahead on an issue they have no policies for and where they have such an awful record?
I don't know, Neil; did NuLabour deserved to be elected when they had such an appalling record on the economy? You now, devaluation of the pound in 1967, borrowing £3.6 billion from the IMF in 1976 (because they were bankrupt) and fucking up the entire country (because they were still bankrupt and were unable to stand up to their paymasters, the unions). Did NuLabour deserve to get in on that record? (Actually, it was those things that kept them out for so long; so, they had to bring in nice middle-class Mr Blair to spin and lie to reassure the voters who remembered the total fuck-up that Labour made in the 70s.)
By 1995 the Tory Govt were spending over £100m per year on management consultants and this practise was rapidly expanding as internal markets and PFIs took hold.
A trend which NuLabour has, thankfully, reversed. Erm...
Some of the recent press headlines are a scandalous misrepresentation of the facts as some of these scandals date from 1984, 1987 and 1994. The Tories were allowing foreign rapists and murderers to stay in the country and putting private agencies in charge of prisons who were then letting prisoners escape.
Oh dear god, it's like listening to an automated NuLabour answer-machine, ain't it just?
Just as privatisation started under Callagham [sic] and was expanded under Thatcher/Major, the management culture started under Thatcher, expanded under Major and has unfortunately accelerated under Blair (though as a percentage of total spend it hasn't).
Well, that's because the total spend is considerably higher now than it was under the Tories and is now standing at 43% of GDP. Or, as I like to call it, a fucking insane and unsustainable level; the kind of spending that would only be supported by an economic idiot and embittered political moron.
I tend to think that competence levels between Labour and Tory are similar.
So your beef with the Tories is...?
If anything Labour are slightly better.
Well, what a surprise that is...
People might think 'time for a change'. And a change is what they will get under the Tories, but it won't be the change we all want.
Who the hell is "we"? The majority of the blogosphere think that NuLabour are a bunch of useless, fascist nutjobs who are about as fit to govern as a fucking lobotomised duck; 78% of the people who were eligible to vote in this country also didn't want them in at the last general election. Oh, sorry, that's just negative media bias. D'oh, why didn't I spot that?
The Tories will cut frontline services before they touch the management consultants and bureaucracy (if they touch them at all). The Tories past record is poor.
But certainly no poorer than NuLabour's, actually. Or, indeed, your use of apostrophes (DISCLAIMER: obligatory cheap shot).
Every government wants to improve competence and efficiency and if it was easy the present government would be doing it.
Unless, of course, they are a bunch of fuck-witted cunts who lack the ability to thing about anything but centrist control. Those of us on the right know how to improve government services: stop them being government services. Open them up to market forces: I think that my plan was pretty sound. If you don't think so, well, you are just a bunch of biased media types deliberately spreading negativity. And spreading negativity is just, like, so uncoooool, maaan.
Just remember it is the spin of Cameron (he is Thatcherite underneath that thin veneer), the control freakery of his A-lists, and just look at the sort of people Cameron chooses. Are the voters expected to trust people like this? Don't do it.
Yeah, the trouble with that argument is that—whilst the Tories may be a bunch of untrustworthy, control freaks—NuLabour have proven that they are, and only a weasel fuckhead with some kind of psychotic monomania would try to urge anyone to continue voting for the fucking cunts.