Labour appears to be in meltdown, all I can say is good riddance. However I would not write them off yet, or write them off forever, even if they take a severe knock now, after all they didn’t invent idea of NHS, yes you read that correctly, they did not invent idea of NHS. NHS Crisis 2004 They did however manage to convince UK public, NHS was affordable and their invention?
just look at those who play quidditch
People will always believe fantasy, just look at those who play quidditch, a fantasy game from a series of books about a fantasy world. In the books the participants ride broomsticks through the air. This doesn’t stop these enthusiasts from believing they can recreate the original on the ground?
And they do believe, hallelujah, praise be to Joanne Rowling, the philosopher who thought up the game, and is revered alongside Socrates, Hulme, Paine, Locke, and Francis Bacon. The last of whom, wrote a short story called ‘The New Atlantis’ from where Marx stole his ideas. The difference was, Bacon knew he was writing fantasy, with no basis in economic reality, Marx just ignored this and created a fantasy economic world as well. But Marx couched it in words that people could take to believe, so they do, and try and impose this fantasy Socialism, even when it is shown to be a total failure. This goes some way to explaining why UK public have such ‘Faith’ in a 3rd world standard NHS? NHS Crisis & Labour 2002
the total failure that is Socialism
Their argument every time is, well no one has tried Socialism properly, they promptly forecast the downfall of free trade or laissez faire, the latter hasn’t happened since the dawn of money, and the former in its short life has failed miserably every time. That is true belief, in a fantasy idea, the end of a stable reliable economy, that has been shown to work for thousands of years. To be replaced for the total failure that is Socialism that impoverishes, starves, leads to corruption and has no basis in reality?
The problems arise when this continues to be applied even to none Socialist ideas, like the NHS. William Beveridge was a Liberal, and an Economist, grounded in the real world, in November1942 the report he chaired was published on what he saw as the five giant evils facing the modern world. His report has been abused and re-appropriated by the Socialists in their fantasies ever since.
The two most misused are welfare of the family or squalor, and health. For reasons to do with dogma of the Socialists, the Politicians and supporters of many colours, have today this odious idea, that Politicians should meddle in the running of the home, and that they know best how to run all manner of things, that quite frankly have nothing to do with Parliament, or Government, squalor being the main one, after certain situations have been resolved, it is generally self-inflicted, I shall return to this in future blogs.
Which brings us back to NHS, NHS Crisis 2005 since when did the average M.P. know how best to run a Hospital, a health centre, a doctor’s surgery. The people keep up this fantasy that they do, and support four square the idea of the NHS?
So ask the simple question, would you prefer your local group of GPs to run your local health centre, or a collective of MPs to run it, and a clear message comes back, the MPs.
Except of course ask the question like that and one is laughed at, which is why Blair and Brown had such a field day, they could delegate a Labour M.P. to run the health department, and they in turn would dictate, what the policy was. And I use the word ‘dictate’ purposefully, dictate they did.
And then what uproar, when the Tories make changes to allow health professionals to be able to juggle the money and use it as they see fit? It is an improvement, but it is also fraught with faults.
Let’s start at 1947, NHS Nursing Times archives 1948 is structured all wrong, and will never work, plus it now covers items that have nothing to do with general health, and are specialist areas that should not be free.
The original setup just Nationalised all Hospitals, and the setup put all teaching Hospitals under the direct control of Aneurin Bevan, the person responsible for this farrago, and hence why it was such a shambles.
Also it is a different world, I regularly tweet there is no poverty in UK and get abuse, but the fact is, what we call poverty is merely people unable to handle the money they have, or just plain irresponsible, and nothing to do with Government. But the Socialists believe it is, and they are backed by a Tax funded propaganda media outlet called the BBC.
The NHS has been chaotic from day one. I came across this purely by accident more years ago than I care to admit to, but let’s say, the World Wide Web had not been invented. I’ve long forgotten what I was looking up, at the local Library, but I was going through the old Newspapers, on microfiche, they covered 1947, and one news story I came across on numerous occasions, were the queues and chaos in the newly formed NHS. Now this struck a chord, because I remember the chaos of the 1970s, in the NHS and funding crisis, I looked up the 1960s, well the stories lessened, but didn’t go away. Even with the Wilson Government, there were constant problems, mainly a shortage of money and queues, sound familiar.
The plain truth is, the NHS NHS Crisis 2001 again Labour? was set up wrong and had too wide a remit, today it is the ‘rights’ of this or that to drugs or procedures, gender change anyone, breast implants, gastric bands etc. etc. etc all free on the NHS, why?
because health is total
Here is the bit that the Socialists or any other economically ill-informed person will not wish to read. There isn’t enough money in the world to properly fund NHS, because health is total, and just like the speed of light, the nearer to complete funding, the more its requirements expand exponentially, and more in some cases, so there is never quite enough.
Also there is no local answerability, it is all central, when people go into Hospital and say how wonderful the NHS staff are they are living a lie, go into any Hospital around the world, whether India or USA, you will find dedicated staff, who work beyond what is expected. Speak to people in UK and they believe it is only NHS that provides this type of dedication, my brother living down in Spain disagrees, but then he’s only had to have the services of Spanish health and NHS, and wouldn’t want to be ill in UK?
Next where the money actually comes from, again the Socialists are in for a big shock, because I’m putting the figures, in an easy to understand format.
I will start with the wealth of the Nation, but first some ground rules, with populations I’m rounding to nearest tens of millions, for the purposes that will become clear, it doesn’t affect the outcomes. Income to the nearest $1k and it’s in Dollars for ease of comparison.
So population of UK 60 million, now here is the first shock, around 14 million in UK don’t earn any income, simply because they are under eighteen and dependents. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of people employed in autumn 2015 was around 31.4 million.
These employed pay the majority of the taxes required to fund NHS. Mainly because the previous line of tax, was funded from tobacco, but that has been decimated, by Labour?
As people smoke less they become more of a burden on the health service, opposite to the lie expounded at the time by Labour that stopping smoking would save the NHS £billions, liars no it doesn’t, Labour you lied, but that is natural with Socialists. The burden to the Health service in UK is rising dramatically, as those who would have a happy life smoking their lives away, are now miserable sods who don’t have a good laugh and drop dead aged 72, from tobacco related disease. They moan, feel more put upon have less optimism because of the stress from not smoking, and suffer longer illness, while they live out their extended lives to 78? Also once over 66 they don’t earn as much, many are on pensions, whether State or private and even when on both contribute substantially less in taxes.
top 5% at around $33,000
This now brings us down to those earning, and here again there are some shocks, if you are earning more than £10,000 pa ($13,000) you are in the top 16% of earners in the world, in fact just living in UK puts you in the top 20% of richest in the world, that includes the none earning under sixteens, because they have access to wealth via their parents, etc. One of the prime movers for immigrants wanting to come to UK is the fact they are more likely to get regular work, and so put themselves in the top 8% of the world’s richest, and most look to the top 5% at around $33,000 (£25,000) by putting in the hours and hard work, welfare is seen as a fall-back or for the wife, we are talking Muslims here.
Back in 2007 when the world was in chaos and Lehman brothers were collapsing, there was a teacher on the TV, she had a simple answer to the crisis, echoed by many, tax the bankers, oh how the Socialists chimed in agreement. If she was a Maths teacher, she should have been sacked on the spot for being useless and totally wrong.
Each Spring the Sunday Times newspaper publishes a rich list, unfortunately it doesn’t give annual income and is sometimes thought to be nearly correct about their wealth? However on the principle the top 10,000 people in the country earn over $650k (£500k), this gives a figure of $6.5 billion. Now unfortunately for our teacher, few of the 10,000 will be bankers, but let’s be generous, and say 1,000, or 10% of them are, now let make the pips squeak, and tax their income at 99%, if your ahead of me, and these easy figures you should be, the income to the treasury of the top 1,000 bankers would be $643 million, or £495 million, less than half a billion sterling, and that is with 100% efficiency, at 99% of their income.
Sorry how many tens $billions did the bailout require, but back to the original point the NHS 1978 NHS is the Winter of Discontent and health costs. Again assuming an average $6.5 billion income in the top 10,000 people in the country, and define income, I was a lowly shopkeeper, and could rarely tell you my actual earnings, only that they were offset by tax reductions and capital investment? At 40% with 100% efficiency in collection it still only amounts to $2.6 billion or about £2 billion.
Now here’s why Chancellors of all colours tax the poor, there are around 31,000,000 people in the work force, they contribute the bulk of the $200 billion (£155 Billion) in Income tax revenues. Hence why Gordon Brown and Labour were so keen on taxing the poor, 10,000,000 of the poorest still contribute a vast amount more than 10,000 of the richest, after all there are 1,000 times as many of them.
It was the Lib/Dems forced the hand of the Conservatives to increase the Tax allowance, from the 2005/6 rate of £4,895.
It is now £11,000 so much for Labour helping the poor? First they unload a 3rd world system of health, the NHS, and if any thing goes wrong, which it always does, blame everyone else, the irritating thing is, in the face of the facts, people believe Labour lies.