Oh Dear George

Monbiot says the new GP contract, the push for longer opening hours, is all part of the privatisation of the NHS. You see, if the GPs didn\’t give in, then nasty private business would step into the breach.

So why is it so keen on this reform? Because it assists a quite different agenda. To avoid the political firestorm big business rains on any government that stands in its way, Brown must make constant concessions. What business wants most is the 40% of the economy controlled by the state. He must find clever and camouflaged means of delivering it that do not prompt us to take to the streets. This means waging a PR war against GPs and the other public sector dinosaurs who impede choice and change. It means a thousand small steps towards privatisation.

Only one small problem. GPs are, and always have been, private businesses.

Better luck next time George.

3 thoughts on “Oh Dear George”

  1. What business wants most is the 40% of the economy controlled by the state.

    Correction:
    What business wants most is not to have to pay for the 40% of the economy controlled by the state.

  2. I’m not sure how he defines ‘controlled’ but it sure as heck ain’t 40%.

    Although the government manages to cream off 45% of GDP in taxation, publicly provided services (Health, Education) cost barely 10% of GDP. 10% of GDP (out of the 45% they collect) is handed back as welfare. ‘Core functions’ of the state (law’n’order, defence) cost a lot less than 10%. The balancing figure (about 20% of GDP) is waste pure and simple.

    28.3% of all employees are now in ‘Public admin, health and education’. Teachers, coppers, nurses, doctors account for far less then 10% of all employees. Which helps us reconcile to the figure of 20% for waste. That’s as much as £300 bn per annum.

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