The Prime Minister was in ebullient form, full of hope for himself and his country, two entities he wishes never to see sundered.
The Government is poised to reverse the trend to competition rather than collaboration that has marked healthcare policy for 30 years.
The Vote Leave director is the onlie begetter of this cashfest. But we’ve said it before and say it again: Britain can’t tax its way to prosperity – or a better health service.
The Labour leader claimed the Tories are privatising the NHS, and May sheltered behind what Labour did in power.
When a ‘right-wing’ politician is nominated for a plaque, it is almost bound to be controversial with ‘the left’. Tories are much more generous.
But the collapse of the Tory manifesto social care plan, plus the Government’s lack of a workable Commons majority, all but rule out radical change to the system.
Yet the role of the Tories, under Churchill’s leadership, in the development of the NHS is today entirely forgotten, and so is his Health Minister’s contribution.
His new thriller is readable, but lets the British Prime Minister and Establishment of 1938 off far too lightly.
The Bevan “quote” he keeps citing was made up for a 1990s television play.
One would be hard-pressed to think of a single mainstream centre-right party that has melted down even the most fundamental of internal disagreements.
They and other similar groups are a minor curiosity in this election, but they are a sign of a culture to the left of Labour in parts of our healthcare system.
It was the wartime Minister for Health, the Conservative Party’s Sir Henry Willink, who actually published the 1944 White Paper in response titled ‘A National Health Service’.
If he was alive today, Sir Henry Willink would have been an enthusiastic supporter of a comprehensive US/UK trade deal.