Thursday, 9 June 2011

Politics: Of Health

A couple of interesting looks at NHS on The Economist site this week...

While the first one is quite interesting in itself, and well worth a read, I was a bit more tickled by the second one, and in it with the attempts of the Tory party to make itself look more palatable by embracing the NHS pretty much as it is. I won't go into how I think that precious little will help Tories shed the nasty party image. One needs only remember Maggie to know it's well nigh impossible for generations to come. I am, however, much more interested in pointing out how NHS is a completely wrong target. Or rather, how choosing NHS as a target for softening one's image in Britain is tantamount to cheating. Why? Because, as is visceraly clear to most, if not all Britons, NHS has by now become a given, something that is beyond discussion. Not beyond reproach, mind. It does need changes, and more than just the tweaks. But it is something that is inextricable from the fabric of British society (I know Americans struggle to get this, but that's a different problem - theirs). Therefore, trying to be seen as "good" by proposing to be good to NHS is quite vacuous, silly even, and not unlike trying to look very American by reassuring fellow Americans one will not rip the Constitution. It works, but only for those who attempt it.

So Tories, no - you do not decieve us. Not this time...