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.