Young people do care about the future of the NHS – watch this video (Warning contains strong language from the outset). The rapper is MC NxtGen, a 22 year old binman from Loughborough. According to the Guardian the rapper, real name Sean Donnelly, has found himself a viral YouTube and Twitter sensation after recording the track. Instead of the traditional hiphop themes of bling, booty and babes, Donnelly has recorded a caustic three-minute rap about the Department of Health’s white paper “Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS“, and dedicated it personally to the health minister. Even Lansley himself has been moved to comment. “We will never privatise the NHS,” he told the Guardian. “But I’m impressed that he’s managed to get lyrics about GP commissioning into a rap.” It ends with a quote from Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan, the founding father of the NHS, “The NHS will last as long as there are folks left with the faith to fight for it”.
Tomorrow my previous employer the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) will be wound down. Although the organisation itself will continue with a handful of staff, for most people tomorrow is effectively their last day. Over 50 people will be made redundant including me. Today in the Guardian one of my colleagues David Land, a senior policy advisor at the CRC, talked about how this had affected both the organisation and him personally. The article is similar to a comment piece I did for the paper. Yet David is far from down. Read more >>
On Wednesday night I joined about a hundred people at Warwick Arts Centre for the opening night of “Gentleman” George Monbiot’s Left Hook tour. I wrote the event up for the Guardian. His central contention was that the Conservatives are opposed to big government simply because state spending means transferring money from the rich to the poor. To do this they have exploited the current economic crisis to undertake a massive programme of deregulation and the withdrawal of state funding. The key to achieving this? “Strike hard and fast in the first six to nine months before people wake up to what is happening.” This, he concluded, is exactly what we are now seeing in the UK with a programme of cuts much faster and deeper than the deficit demands.
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