NHS Constitution

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Read this then read the letter I just sent to my turncoat Liebour MP.

Dear David,

Your Prime Minister has somehow, against all the odds, managed to make me even more annoyed today than he has since he was appointed as your leader.

I was pretty incensed when he announced that his priorities as Prime Minister would be the English education system, the English health system and the English housing system even though he has no mandate over any of them.  Today I see that in return for the health system that we are paying for through our taxes, your Prime Minister has decided that we must have “responsibilities”.  But only in England.

The medical treatment which the English will be entitled to will still be inferior to the medical treatment his own Scottish constituents are entitled to and they will continue to receive their superior service without the “responsibilities” that the English must have.

David, YOU have a responsibility.  Your responsibility is to your constituents, NOT your party.  Gordon Brown was not given a mandate by his Scottish constituents to tell English people what they must do to receive medical treatment.  I assume you do understand that none of your Prime Minister’s proclamations on health, education, housing, etc. affect his own constituents – he has no more right to tell your constituents what medical treatment they can and can’t receive than you have to tell his constituents what medical treatment they can and can’t receive.

I cannot adequately express in polite terms how disappointed I am that you condone this unconstitutional, undemocratic and immoral system of apartheid.  How can you continue to support your party when it is doing everything it can to maintain the system that allows the Scottish ruling elite to make decisions in your constituency when neither they, nor you, can make the same decisions in their constituency?

If you play a part in breaking our health, education and housing systems I can – and will – vote for someone else who won’t do the same.  Gordon Brown’s constituents won’t care what he does to the English NHS or schools – they’re more likely to vote for him if they can see that he’s screwing the English over!

Poll after poll has shown that English people are fed up with your Scottish MPs interfering in English-only legislation.  Poll after poll has shown that English people want their own government like the one your party gave to Scotland.  It’s time you started doing your job David – represent your constituents, not your party.


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  1. Andi (82 comments) says:

    Nice letter. My MP is a Conswervative sadly, so there doesn’t seem to be much point in writing anything to him…

  2. axel (1214 comments) says:

    4 different NHS

    Which do you all think is the best? According to the blurb in the papers.

    The welsh get free prescriptions, the scots get free home care and the english get speedy treatment.

    What is the consensus about which place has got it right, the best?

  3. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    I think it’s got to be your lot Axel. 92% of prescriptions are dispensed free of charge in Scotland already and they’ll all be free starting this year (April I think). That, coupled with the highest amount of freedom over the service provided and the number of drugs for serious and terminal illnesses that you can get in Scotland but not in England, makes the Scottish NHS the best of the 4 I think.

  4. axel (1214 comments) says:

    92% free already? I did not realise we were that poor or unhealthy! I suppose one advantage of having so many poor and unhealthy is that they die quicker and younger, therefore leaving more money to be spent on expensive stuff for the rich healthy ones.

    And before you start, certainly in scotland, poverty and stupidity/ignorance are intrinsicly linked with a fundamentally lower grasp of medical common sense (smoking, drinking, chips)and early deaths

  5. George Ashcroft (122 comments) says:

    I do not consider my member of parliament David Wright too often, though I recently received a Christmas Card from him. However, reading Wonko’s letter reminded me of this and two other things in particular.

    The first was the Black Country curry-house meeting of about 18 months ago where David Wright and other MP’s penned a treacherous letter calling on Tony Blair to resign and hand over to Gordon Brown.

    I was somewhat surprised by this because David cultivates an image of a generally nice guy. Yet here was a man who seemingly having ridden the crest of the Blair wave of good fortune for almost a decade, was all to eager to twist the knife when the going got tough. I considered Wright’s analysis to be quite erroneous at the time and the first few months of the Brown premiership have done nothing to change my mind.

    Of course, I regret not making more of this at the time. I did put pen to paper with a view to writing a letter to the Shropshire Star challenging Wright over his treachary and plotting against Blair. However, in the end I could not bring myself to finish the letter. It was I suppose, just too difficult for me to defend Blair though it is no secret I did agree with much of his vision vis a vis foreign policy. I am of another party – it was for others to defend Blair. In the end few of them did.

    Anyway, back to David Wright. In the past as a Parish Councillor and a Chairman of a local residents forum in Telford, I encountered David Wright on a number of occasions and at public functions following his election in 2001. Indeed, we were to cross swords during a number of local electoral encounters during the period 2001 to 2007.

    At all public functions and in all but the final local electoral encounter, David Wright always extended a glad-hand to myself and was the perfect gentleman. Of course on those occasions, Labour were always victorious. That changed at the election count of 2007. I attempted to extend the hand of friendship to David Wright as he had always done to me on previous occasions. However, this time, both the hand of friendship and I were ignored completely. I was personally hurt and saddened by this, my disappointment only alieviated somewhat by the fact that I triumphed in the poll on the night.

    I will never forget the look of horror on David Wright’s face as he realised that I had taken Brookside. I understand the look of disapointment. To me this was more. This was the look of sheer revulsion, almost hatred and I was saddended by this. Yet I understand that he he had known of my teenage right-wing political afiliations as far back as 2003. Certainly close associates of his within the Labour Party had known. That knowledge had not been an impediment to common decency and social interaction beween David Wright and myself in the past.

    So to recently receive a Christmas card from David Wright did make me smile. I must say that I did not have time to reciprocate the gesture as I was still taken aback by David Wright’s about-face until after the last day for Christmas postage. I hope that he will forgive me for this omission, just as I have forgiven him in the spirit of good-will to all, for his snub in May 2007 and his back-stabbing of the principled (on foreign policy at least) Tony Blair.

    I relay these musings so that we may all consider the merit of David Wright MP and to suggest alternatives come the general election. I know Wonko has his preference though my vote will go to Tom Biggins whom I have found to be a thouroughly decent chap, a dedidicated campaigner and a very good friend and collegue. I would urge all readers in Telford, whether they traditionally vote Conservative or not to give consideration to Tom Biggins for Telford.

  6. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    I was at that count as well George as you know and David shook my hand and we had a brief chat. The Liebour lot were all over the place when they realised what an historic battering your lot gave them.

    It’s no mystery who I’ll be voting for at the next election – Peter Robert, the UKIP candidate. Rather than voting for a Conswervative candidate parachuted in from the other side of the county, I would urge anyone intending not to vote for David to vote for Peter who has lived in Telford for some time. The Tories critised Liebour for choosing Alison Wedgewood, who lives in Staffordshire, as the PPC for the Wrekin.

    Apart from a period of about 3 or 4 months when David wouldn’t talk to me he’s always been ok with me. However, that doesn’t change the fact that he supports apartheid and is happy to put his party before his constituents. The only thing that’s worse for me in a public servant is abusing the public trust. David needs a reminder that the electorate in Telford voted from David Wright, not the Liebour Party.

  7. arden forester (8 comments) says:

    Brilliant letter!! Quite right asking why a part-time MP jobsharing with an MSP can find the time to interfere in the NHS of England. What was it? You can’t serve two masters. Under Gordon Bean’s administration, it’s more like a master/servant relationship!!

    Keep up the good work, Wonko!

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