I fear that various lefties have, in the circlejerk (what is more politely known as groupthink) managed to concince themselves of something that is not true:
on signing TTIP – the trade treaty that will require the privatisation of the NHS whatever he says now.
The TTIP says absolutely nothing at all about whether the NHS need be privatised. It also doesn’t say that Spanish, French. German or any other health care system need be any different from what it is now.
What it does say is that if a government signs a contract then it must live up to that contract. And the people who define whether it is doing so will not be the national courts under the control (in some countries, obviously not us! Of course! But sauce for goose and gander) of the government being held to its contract.
Even the bloody unions don’t say TTIP means that the NHS must be privatised. They’re at least careful enough to point out that if a part of the NHS is contracted out (for example), and if that contract comes with investment requirements, or a compensation clause, then if the government wants to take that contract back in house they’re entirely at liberty to do so. As long as they pay up whatever compensation clause is in that contract and or refund whatever that investment requirement was.
That is, the government can legisltate as it wishes it’s just got to agree to honour the contracts that the government has signed. And that really is all the TTIP says and does.
So, other than a circlejerk of misinformation, where does this idea that it requires the privatisation of the NHS come from?