It is ironic that the rhetoric and propaganda associated with capitalist economics espouses the unqualified concept of ‘freedom’, whilst the majority of people living within the capitalist system, possess in real terms little or no ‘freedom’ whatsoever. This is because ‘freedom’ in the capitalist sense is premised upon the possession of extensive financial resources, political power and social influence. The concentration of wealth and power lies in the hands of the middle class, and their upper class supporters. This relatively small group of people have access to power and wealth, and have manipulated the system in their favour over hundreds of years. In the UK, this state of affairs probably stems from the mid-1600’s and the English Civil War, which saw a developing middle class literally take political (and social) power from the upper class. Although this transition was bloody and often said to be in the name of ‘the people’, the reality was that the ‘the people’ were subjugated as ‘underlings’ in this New World Order, and used as ‘fuel’ to keep the system going. Nothing has fundamentally changed in the UK to this day. The working class are educated just enough to make them appear reasonably ‘exploitable’ in the employment market, but not enough to ‘see through’ the system that enslaves them.
In 1948, a leftwing Labour Party in the UK re-distributed wealth through the instigation of the Welfare State and the National Health Service (NHS). This was justified on the grounds that the British working class had been called-on twice in the first half of the 20th century, to fight and die for the British ruling classes in two world wars. After the 1914-18 War, many returning serviceman were treated terribly within British society, and toward the end of the 1939-45 War, the Labour Party campaigned on a Socialist ticket that sought to reproduce the type of reforms in the UK seen in Soviet Russia after the 1917 Revolution. This involved ‘free medical treatment’ at the point of use (paid for through taxation) across the nation, and a comprehensive system of benefits (also funded through taxation) paid to those in need. Originally these kinds of payments signified the ‘benefit’ of being a British Citizen – hence the name. However, with the defeat of the Labour Party in 1951, Winston Churchill’s Conservative government set about the task of dismantling the Welfare State and privatising the NHS – this is a task that all Conservative governments have pursued in one way or another, from that day to this (assisted by the Liberal Democrats). In 2011, the Tory-LibDem Coalition government formally ‘privatised’ the NHS and voted to lay-out the legal framework for this process. This is why the NHS ceased to exist in 2011, but continues to function under that misnomer, as the practicalities of privatising a previously ‘Socialised’ system are rolled-out. The immediate result felt at the point of use, is that appointments to see doctors are rationed and discouraged, with only those who persist being granted access, but even then such people may find themselves seeing a nurse with limited medical knowledge. Doctors also resort to telephone consultations and the issuing of prescriptions without seeing the patient. As doctors are now accountants controlling the financial income of their surgeries, the level of knowledge deployed through the NHS GP system is severely constricted. This reality evolves around Margaret Thatcher’s reforms in the 1980’s that changed the emphasis of NHS treatment from ‘need’ to that of ‘cost’. This rightwing agenda simply states that what people ‘need’ costs too much – despite the fact that everyone pays for the NHS through taxation. The next obvious change experienced by patients is that the number of treatments available on the shrinking NHS has been restricted to the most basic, with some areas using more or different treatments than others (the so-called ‘post code’ lottery). These changes of access and choice have been compounded by the reduction in the quality of drugs issued through the NHS. The NHS now has a policy of only issuing ‘generic’ drugs of lesser quality and effectiveness. NHS doctors are now reluctant to ‘refer’ patients to consultants because of the ‘cost’, and many NHS surgeons and other staff, routinely make use of NHS premises and medical equipment to treat ‘private’ patients. These changes are moving inevitably toward all patients being issued with a medical bill after each consultation and treatment, and are legally justified by the fact that in 2011, the legal requirement for the NHS to suitably ‘treat’ a patient in need was removed because it was a hurdle to privatisation. As a result, it is no longer ‘illegal’ to die from ‘neglect’ in the NHS. Today, as the NHS draws to a close, patients are treated by convention rather than legal necessity. This is in the cynical hope that NHS patients will willingly ‘pay’ again for medical treatment that they have already ‘purchased’ through taxation.
In 1986, the rightwing Thatcher government voted for a single Europe. This was the basis of the modern European Union (EU). Margaret Thatcher was opposed to any form of Socialism and under her government the comprehensive Welfare State and NHS suffered its biggest attack. Thatcher, acting in concert with the equally right American President Ronald Reagan, worked together with a rightwing West German government, to forge an anti-Socialist – pro-capitalist European Union that legally required the dismantling and privatisation of ALL socialistic entities throughout Europe – which were extensive at that time. Unlike the US, Europe had thoroughly ‘unionised’ and the leftwing political agenda was its defining policy direction. All this changed after 1986. EU Law places the rights of big business over that of the rights of the workers. Socialism is outlawed because it is defined as a hindrance for big businesses to make money. All EU member nations must work towards ‘privatising’ their Socialistic or nationalised entities to continue to be part of the EU monetary system. This is why the British Welfare State and NHS has been privatised, reformed or abolished. The EU Law is in effect US free market economics that does not care about the well-being or welfare of the individual workers, or the majority of ordinary EU citizens. Under EU Law – no Socialistic entity that has been ‘privatised’ can be ‘re-Socialised’. Therefore, as things stand, once the NHS has gone, it is gone forever as long as the EU defines the manner in which we live in the UK. The EU-wide pursuance of ‘Austerity’ is merely an excuse to bail-out the greedy bankers who caused the recession in the first-place, whilst dismantling any and all Socialistic entities across Europe. The EU anti-Socialist policy is exactly why the Socialised countries of Scandinavia refuse to join the EU.