Here’s a good op ed, published in the Huffington Post, highlighting how the UK’s Labour Party would go further on tackling gambling addiction. As I reflect on this article, my mind cast over the growing politics of addiction – including drugs, alcohol, gambling and obesity. On the left, the approach demands growing state-involvement. Meanwhile, on the right, the viewpoint is increasingly that it’s the respobsibility of the individual and and his/her family. My political views are well known and I do not subscribe to the view that gambling addiction should be the latest disease to be addressed by the NHS. But I do think that government intervention on all addictions is way behind the curve. Having spent most of my career delivering strategic change, I think that governments must take a holistic approach to addiction, regarding it increasingly as a strategic challenge. After all, consider how China suffered in the Opium Wars?
Here’s a powerful must-read article from the Express for anybody interested in the UK’s public healthcare system. It argues that the NHS is not fit for the 21st century and has failed to adapt to population growth in the UK, citing the new chief inspector of hospitals.
The language is pure dynamite. For twenty years or more the money has been squandered on the wrong things. Now the cancer is terminal unless radical action is taken.
But surely the Conservative Government are too weak to now drive radical transformation? So what should be done as a matter of priority?