Tony Blair says Brexit can be stopped if UK leaders realise the EU will ‘meet us halfway’ | The Independent

Here’s an insightful read from the Independent. Citing Tony Blair, it suggests that Brexit can still be stopped if Britain’s leaders realise EU officials are prepared to “meet us halfway” on restricting the free movement of people. While the former Labour Prime Minister admitted there is “no groundswell” for a second referendum on membership of the EU, Mr Blair said it is possible that the will of the British people could change as the public becomes more aware of the potential economic damage of hard Brexit.

Source: Tony Blair says Brexit can be stopped if UK leaders realise the EU will ‘meet us halfway’ | The Independent

Although he’s a bit out of favour because of the Iraqi war, I still rate Blair as head and shoulders over the current team leading the Labour Party. Blair was an inspirational leader and was very much the man for his time. Of course, he had a huge political mandate, which he squandered but we know that politics has a corrupting influence. In the early days, he closely relied on focus groups, then he lived in rarefied air, removed from the people – the rest is history.

But Blair in his day was a top-class statesman and he’s right about Brexit. The thing is, Corbyn is more concerned with installing a Far Left Labour government, possibly as early as the Autumn 2017, rather than helping the UK make a better strategic case on Brexit. Meanwhile, the Conservatives are in ‘demob’ summer holiday mood, and they don’t seem to care that they don’t have an effective leader.

Thoughts?

Read Original Research – Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care – The Commonwealth Fund

Read the original research, not coloured by the media. According to a new Commonwealth Fund report, in the United States—more than in 11 other wealthy countries—the health care you receive varies with your level of income.

Source: Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care

Overall, the UK comes out top overall and in terms of care and equity. But in terms of outcomes, the UK is second bottom of the list, with only the US being worse. But surely, healthcare is more about outcomes than the other variables – in other words, outcomes is not giving a high enough weight. Other international healthcare comparisons achieve different results.

Here’s a copy of the overview results tabled cited in the research report:

Exhibit 2. Health Care System Performance Rankings
header AUS CAN FRA GER NETH NZ NOR SWE SWIZ UK US
OVERALL RANKING 2 9 10 8 3 4 4 6 6 1 11
Care Process+ 2 6 9 8 4 3 10 11 7 1 5
Access+ 4 10 9 2 1 7 5 6 8 3 11
Administrative Efficiency+ 1 6 11 6 9 2 4 5 8 3 10
Equity+ 7 9 10 6 2 8 5 3 4 1 11
Health Care Outcomes+ 1 9 5 8 6 7 3 2 4 10 11