Shame on You, David Cameron
I try to engage constructively with the Government on their various policies. But occasionally it’s like trying to collect very loose diarrhoea with a colander.
How can I have a rational argument with a group of people that, in the same breath, argue that it is fair for Bankers to be rewarded for what they do with an obscene salary and a gross bonus, but also fair for shelf-stackers to be rewarded with neither? And then call others “job snobs”!
How can I have a rational argument with a Prime Minister who argues that “we have to make work pay” one month and then defends a workfare scheme that does precisely the opposite the next? That we must value skill above all other assets, then raise tuition fees to £9k a year?
So, I have decided, on the subject dearest to my heart – the NHS – I shall let David Cameron do the talking. Below is a four-minute video of our glorious leader speaking to a rally of junior doctors in March 2007. I urge you all to watch it. My choice quote is:
“There’s a simple truth at the heart of this that all of us have got to understand: You came into the NHS, not because you wanted to get rich, not because you wanted to get famous, but because you have a vocation about treating the ill, about curing people, about serving your communities. Politicians have got to understand that and start trusting the professionals that we train in our Health Service, to run our Health Service. [rapturous applause] Those are the values – trusting the professionals, trusting people – those are the values that inspire me, that inspire Andrew Lansley.”
David Cameron, a year ago, in a speech about The Big Society [HAHAHA! Remember that one?], opened with the following:
“You make a speech, you come up with something, and actually it falls stillborn onto the floor and no one refers to it again.”
Not this time, Dave. I have a record of this stillborn and shall refer to it every hour of every day, until you drop this dangerous bill. I hope you watch it, and hang your head in shame.