"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it"
Aneurin Bevan

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic

... Labour, that is.

Yesterday Cameron put a huge For Sale sign on our public services. So what was Labour's response? The pathetic Tessa Jowell said:

This White Paper contains few new ideas and even fewer new proposals. Having promised radical change, the Tory-led Government are lagging behind their earlier rhetoric and are yet to catch up with the last Labour Government.
Does she really think that Cameron's plan to privatise everything is "yet to catch up with" Labour? If so, then Labour's privatisation policies are truly incredible. This is totally unacceptable.

If I were to be kind to Jowell I would say that this statement was made out of complete ignorance of Cameron's policy, and that is also unacceptable.

Labour, you have to up your game.


  1. I'm glad to have had my attention drawn to this response, and agree that it's pathetic.

    I'm confused though by your suggestion that Tessa Jowell might have said anything else, or could only have said it if she hadn't read the paper. Ever since Labour became New Labour it has pursued a privatisation agenda as quickly as it can get away with.

    I would take her at her word and accept that given a chance she would be even worse than Cameron.

  2. @Anonymous

    ROFL! Too right about the Blairites attitude to the NHS. The NHS privatisation agenda is a supertanker that needs to be turned, but it is possible and there are plenty who want to give it a try.

  3. When Tessa Jowell was Minister for something-or-other, as a journalist I had great fun seeing how quickly her staff could whisk her away without having to answer questions. We would ambush her in the lift on her way to her 'next important meeting' and ask then. Didn't get any sensible comments, but the look of sheer terror in her eyes was a hoot. And the way staff shifted from one foot to another trying to 'protect' her from opening her mouth.