I have been prompted to write this by a Twitter person I follow, @reddeviljp or jaydeepee, http://t.co/gLmaK7s7S7. He has started a list of topics which the BBC does not, in his and many others opinion cover adequately. That led me to thinking about how badly skewed the political and social debate is in our country, not just by the BBC but by the media in general. Badly misinformed or deliberately misled, the general populace is unaware of what should really give them sleepless nights.
As I understand it, but I could also have been misled by the lack of proper information, the NHS in England and Wales is being steadily privatised. The USA and EU are in the process of drawing up a far reaching trade deal. As the NHS will in future rely on private suppliers, it cannot be exempt from the provisions of that agreement. This agreement will effectively remove the sovereign right of governments to protect their own economic and social environment from private companies of a foreign country party to the trade agreement. In other words the NHS will be wide open to take-over by private American health providers. As far as I am aware the BBC has been totally silent on this issue.
My contribution to jaydeepee’s list was “NHS sell off, democratic deficit, tax avoidance, bank level of toxic debt, voting records of MPs, real level of NHS funding,”.
My example above connects to NHS sell off and also Democratic Deficit. At the last election, nobody was aware that we were voting about the wholesale privatisation of not only the NHS but many other government functions. No doubt there are Tory voters who are happy with events but I doubt that many Lib Dem voters were voting to get rid of the NHS as we know it. And yet for the sake of what they call “power” their MPs are prepared to condone it. Labour are hardly any better. They should never let a day go by without a protest of some sort about this issue if they were really fulfilling their democratic mandate.
Both our politicians and the media ignore the democratic voice of the electorate. We are rapidly descending from a democracy to an oligarchy.