NHS Ambulance

With Nigel Farage reigniting controversy on UKIP’s health policies by claiming that privatisation of the NHS was “a debate that we’re all going to have to return to”, UKIP’s health spokesman Louise Bours MEP bleated earlier today:

“As he has said before, he raised the idea for discussion a while ago, the party discussed it and rejected it.

Oh, yeah?

Internal UKIP documents leaked exclusively to Political Scrapbook reveal members of the party’s ruling NEC deriding the NHS as “likely to bankrupt the state” and compared it to the beleaguered Euro — before voting on a policy which would instruct civil servants to draw up plans to privatise it.

With a video of Nigel Farage repeatedly calling for an insurance-based health system emerging last November, spinners were able to dismiss criticism by claiming that he has merely changed his mind. It won’t be so easy this time, however, with top brass approving a pro-privatisation policy by nine votes to zero at a meeting in October 2012.

While committing a UKIP government to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of a privatised insurance system, one member of the NEC complains that “we cannot change it wholesale because the public love it”, a sentiment repeated in the policy document itself. The following appears under the heading “Acceptable to the electorate”:

“The NHS is highly valued by the British people, despite its problems and limitations. Therefore, unless or until the British people give a strong sign that they wish their government to consider an alternative, the NHS will remain under a UKIP government.

The minutes of the meeting make it as clear as day that the party’s top brass are ideologically opposed to the very concept of nationalised state healthcare — and that their current policy is merely a staging post for more “radical” change:

One NEC member “feels that the NHS will either be bureaucratic of business-orientated. We can focus on stopping health tourism; we do not have to commit ourselves much further. In the longer term we want a radical approach but we cannot do that in this time frame.

Another says “we cannot change [the NHS] wholesale because the public love it. When the sky does not fall in from the current changes, we will be able to come up with a radical policy.

The libertarian right — defenders of the NHS!

  1. There is no smoke with out fire but there is going to a big change in politics in this country come may and unfortunately the kippers will have a say

  2. This is old news, it was debated and rejected because we the people don’t want it. Bringing in private health insurance for visitors and new migrants is an absolute necessity, to prevent health tourism and global abuse of a national service. One thing is for certain while UKIP will act according to our wishes, we all know LibLabCon do not.

  3. Unfortunately UKipping
    while the ultra right line their pockets from tax payers is not helping, statistical evidence shows right wing have a a lower intelligence and ability to understand complex theory such as policy effect and should quietly go away and Polish their Range Rovers

  4. Chris Robinson says:

    UKIP are using immigrants as scapegoats for our failed economic system. Immigrants did NOT cause the banks to crash, greedy Wall Street and City traders did, the deregulation of the stock market (by the Tories) and deregulation of the banks (by Labour) caused it.

    We’re still the sixth or seventh richest country on the planet. Our four main parties are four cheeks of the same arse and offer no solutions other than cuts, cuts, and more cuts. Yet the tax-dodging millionaires, who they really represent, walk away with tax cuts and ever-increasing profits – meanwhile, the MPs award themselves an 11% pay rise while hundreds of thousands of ordinary working and middle class people get low pay, working tax credits, temporary or zero hour contracts as use of food banks sky rocket.

    The way to get this country back on its feet is to nationalise the banks – those same banks OUR money bailed out who are refusing to invest – and start building decent, affordable homes, invest in schools and the NHS, build a decent, modern public transport system, take the public utilities back into democratic public ownership (they’ve made more than enough profits out of us) and invest in a safe, environmentally friendly energy industry. Do all that, and you’ll have FULL EMPLOYMENT, people will be working and paying taxes, the ‘deficit’ and austerity will be a thing of the past.

    But none of these political parties will do that – not Labour, not Tory or LibDem or UKIP – we need a new party of the Left. Our unions, instead of funding Labour, should form our own party and start implementing these socialist policies.

    It’s a government’s duty to do its best for its people, to represent the millions, not the millionaires.

  5. People who only know the Westminster party method of executive decision-making followed by whipping all mp’s, councillors, activists etc into toeing the party line to the letter will never quite comprehend the difference between that and the UKIP method of arriving at a policy decision.
    At the heart of UKIP policy is the principle of Direct Democracy in which EVERYONE from voter level to executive has the right to actively promote their opinion. UKIP is politically neither right not left, so opinions are diverse – and are extensively aired and considered.
    The downside to this unique fully-inclusive process is that it gives exploitative, opportunist left-wing rags such political scrapbook the chance to twist rejected policy suggestions as being “UKIP policy” or “UKIP’s secret agenda.”
    Thanks to UKIP British politics are entering a new era in which the interests of the British people are front and centre.
    Party and vested corporate interests are desperate to demean UKIP at every turn with lies, half-truths and spin – but the British people are slowly waking from their slumber and re – asserting the rights which their forefathers died to protect.

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