Real risk of widespread health charging under Tories, says Labour | Politics | The Guardian

Ed Balls

Ed Balls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: George Osborne MP, pictured speaking ...

English: George Osborne MP, pictured speaking on the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto for the 2009 European Parliament elections, at Keele University. (805×1207 px, 283,711 bytes) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an important article from Patrick Wintour, the political editor at the Guardian, who cites Ed Balls, the UK’s Shadow Chancellor. It’s a must-read in my view. Check it out!

Real risk of widespread health charging under Tories, says Labour | Politics | The Guardian.

Whilst I do not agree with Ed Balls politics, I think that he has a better grasp of economics than UK Chancellor, George Osborne.

Balls is right to raise the issue of health charging under the Tories. In my view, it is time for the Tories to invite a public debate on this issue. What should be included free of charge in public healthcare? What should be excluded? Why should taxpayers pay for the Saturday night drunks?

Regular readers of this blog know that I believe that the NHS should be scrapped and replaced with a best-practice public healthcare system, based on the World’s best, like Singapore and Italy. I argue for scrapping because the NHS is beyond reform, with too many powerful vested interests.

Thoughts?

Tony Blair doubts Ed Miliband can win 2015 general election | Politics | The Guardian

Ed Milliband MP speaking at the Labour Party c...

Ed Milliband MP speaking at the Labour Party conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst, I generally have little time for Tony Blair these days, I must endorse his views on Ed Miliband. This is a must-read article from the Guardian. Check it out!

via Tony Blair doubts Ed Miliband can win 2015 general election | Politics | The Guardian.

Personally, I have always felt that the Labour Party chose the wrong Miliband. ‘Red Ed’ has always been too left-wing for me. But for traditional Labour voters, there must be a real dilemma.  Few people outside of academics at Harvard understand what Ed is talking about – he just whines on and on, waving his hands and looking to heaven.

Just imagine the election campaign, trying to keep Ed quiet?

Thoughts?