Saturday, August 15, 2009

Daniel Hannan

As a regular user of the NHS, my own experience of it is that is no more or less bureaucratic or inefficient than any of the international companies for which I have worked. It is a large organisation, and suffers the problems of all large organisations.
It is not perfect. All things being equal, waiting lists are longer than one would like. Having been on them often enough, this is something of which I have a great deal of experience.
Yet the NHS also excels. It can be very good at addressing immediate and urgent need. When a patient's body rejects the stent which has just been placed in her heart, the NHS is very good at getting a professor of cardiology out of his bed at four in the morning to come and fix the problem.
Seven years later, the patient in question is still doing well.
Perhaps the real reason for the bald blow-in's invective against the NHS is that it represents something that his cold-eyed, cold-hearted, vicious ideology of personal gain cannot suffer - a service which is owned by the people and which by and large benefits the people. To those such as Hannan, nothing can be left in public hands.
It's all so very 1986.


Blogger PJMULVEY said...

Martin: Sorry for the tardy post but Mr. Hannan is appearing frequently on Murdock's FOX News as the epitome of a right thinking Englishman. I don't know too much about him but he appears to be a libertarian of sorts although it is difficult to categorize different ideologies across the Atlantic. I happen to associate with some Lib Democrats who tell me if I lived in the UK I would be one of them. I don't think soby a long shot.......Hannan appears to being groomed for higher things....probable given the backing of Murdock.

19 August, 2009 00:56  

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