Victoria Atkins tells Laura Kuenssberg that “we want our doctors and nurses to be able to work in the NHS”, but stresses the impact of strikes on services.
If you’re thinking the NHS cannot possibly appropriate any more of the country’s time, energy, resources and money, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns otherwise.
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown inherited a strong economy and low taxes, and thus plenty of scope for more spending. Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves would take office in vastly more difficult circumstances.
He blames industrial action for longer waiting lists, and claims that the Government’s “plans were beginning to work” prior to the dispute.
Labour leader says the current situation is “the government’s mess, and it’s for them to sort it out”.
The waves of strikes we are seeing punish patients, children, and commuters. Acceding to the inflated pay demands of the unions would punish us all by making our inflation problem worse.
You don’t need to buy the wilder conspiracy theories about a deep state to recognise that it would be irresponsible to ignore the machinery of government.
The movement has been increasingly attracting graduates and higher paid workers; the political views of most union leaders are generally ignored by the ordinary member.
This imbalance in job security, income and pension provision is a glaring reality that too often goes unmentioned, and should be a priority and powerful mobilising cause for the Conservative Party.
His laudable focus on immediate priorities cannot forever excuse failing to address the big strategic challenges facing Britain.
When British politics falls into the hands of trendy university graduates, the working class looks to untrendy leaders – Thatcher, Johnson – for salvation.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster adds that they “have got a decent deal now, let’s move forward”.
A shallow fixation on salaries ignores or disguises the much more challenging economic circumstances of many entrepreneurs and small business-owners.
We are still trying to clear the backlog created by Covid-19; industrial action will mean more delays and more preventable suffering.