It only took him three lines

Stump thinking normally spreads itself out over days. Here it’s only taken three lines:

I want a Return to the time when monopoly was rightly mistrusted, because it always exploits.

I want a Return to the time when professions had ethics.

I want a Return to a National Health Service.

We should have a monopoly health service because monopoly always exploits.

27 thoughts on “It only took him three lines”

  1. That’s not stump thinking.
    He just hasn’t fully typed out his thoughts.

    I want a Return to the time when private sector monopoly was rightly mistrusted, because it always exploits.

    I want a Return to the time when professions had ethics.

    I want a Return to a National Health Service because public sector = good obvs

  2. It’s consistent with his beliefs.

    Free marketeers believe monopolies are bad because consumers pay higher prices.

    Lefties believe monopolies are bad because excess profits flow to the owners of such monopolies.

    Therefore nationalising the monopolies makes perfect sense in leftie-world, because the excess profits flow to some combination of the state (always benevolent) and the monopoly’s workers (sainted altruists who just want to be paid what they rightly deserve for their hard work).

  3. A combination of Rupert Murdoch (“there’s nothing so bad as a monopoly, until you have one yourself” and Kip’s Law in action. As ever with the Murphmeister he is incapable of envisioning a system of regulation that is run by people who disagree with him.

  4. I misread the second line as “I want a Return to the time when professors had ethics” and thought he’d blown a fuse.

  5. Does he explain in what ways the NHS is no longer the National Health Service? Nothing about its voluminous bureaucracy and inefficiency appears to have changed to me

  6. Andrew M
    Succinct, profound and I’m definitely going to copy & paste to pass off as my own comment in other fora.

    Happy New Year!

  7. I thought for a moment that he wanted the nhs to stop treating anyone who washed up on these shores eg heavily pregnant nigerian women who owe the nhs millions – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4176406/Meet-Nigerian-cost-500-000-IVF-triplets.html but i remembered not treating people who had no right to treatment would be racist.

    On another note I note that the great nhs vaccination program -at least in my area has ground to a halt – having used part of the programme to vaccinate nhs managers before the great unwashed. Meanwhile my consultant has been unable to answer a simple letter from my gp that requires a yes /no answer after 2 and1/2 months. I now tell anyone whose facing problems/delays with the useless NHS to stand on their doorsteps clapping while chanting the mantra “Envy of the world”

    I once made the mistake of commentating on the spuds blog suggesting that the Govt investigate alternative methods of providing healthcare by investigating the german and french healthcare systems to see if their models would be an improvement. Cue the outrage from the potato accusing me of wanting poor people to die and all that was needed was a few hundred billions in funding. I maintain that the mans a poltroon with a nasty streak a mile wide.

  8. He was on twitter yesterday. In response to a proposal that those in key sectors and the ill should be vaccinated before those who are just getting on a but, he raised the flag for 62 year olds to go to the front of the queue.

  9. The Tel has recently carried letters from recently retired doctors who have volunteered to return to the fray only to be obstructed by NHS bureaucracy. It sounds just like the true NHS to me.

  10. Here he is, a couple of weeks ago, arguing that Labour should call a vote of no confidence. Even the people who leave admiring comments could see how senseless it is. Tuber TV – saying things no one else dares to say, and always in the same shirt
    https://youtu.be/D5goGbd5HR4

  11. @philip – I’m all for 62 year olds (me) going to the front of the queue, but there’s some nhs administrators and the great and the good will be done before me, no doubt. The programmes not helped by closing down over christmas – my local area not’s doing anything until 4th of January. So much for an emergency.

  12. It has quite astonishing for someone who has spent almost all his working life in the private sector (excluding his City university EU funded sinecure) to eulogise the public sector.

    I wonder how many public sector jobs he has applied for and been turned down.

  13. The Tel has recently carried letters from recently retired doctors who have volunteered to return to the fray only to be obstructed by NHS bureaucracy. It sounds just like the true NHS to me.

    My wife is a dentist, so thought she’d do her bit and sign up to give the jab if she were needed. The online sign up procedure was indeed as bad as the Tel suggests. There was even one bit that required she upload a video of herself. Bollocks to this, says she.

  14. dearieme – I bumped into a neighbour at some point over the summer, after the apparent call for volunteers. His wife was a nurse, now retired. I asked him if she’d gone back.

    Volunteered for it, got told her knowledge was outdated. “When did she retire?” – about three years ago. “Can’t be that outdated, surely?”

    “They just weren’t interested.”

    Fuck ’em all.

  15. Actually, he nailed it in two, given that professions are notoriously “conspiracies against the laity” and inevitably seek to obtain a monopoly on the provision of their particular brand of expertise.
    All for the public good, of course.

  16. I want a Return to a National Health Service.

    Oh, you guys dissolved the NHS? Good show!

    What? You didn’t? It still exists and still dominates health care provision? Then what is that idiot going on about?

  17. Andrew M
    December 29, 2020 at 11:45 am

    . . .

    Free marketeers believe monopolies are bad because consumers pay higher prices.

    That’s not what free-marketers believe about monopolies.

    We believe that naturally arising monopolies come into existence when a single firm can reduce prices so low (because they’re so efficient) that another firm simply can’t compete. If that first firm, after outcompeting the competition, then raises prices – that opens up a niche for competition to come back in, eliminating any significant opportunity for ‘excess profits’ to be gained by a monopoly. IOW, if a monopoly raises prices too far above the lowest possible price, they very quickly stop being a monopoly, limiting how high they can raise prices.

    The exceptions to this are monopolies backed by the use of force to drive out competition – IOW, all monopolies granted by the government (including the government itself).

  18. ” I note that the great nhs vaccination program -at least in my area has ground to a halt – having used part of the programme to vaccinate nhs managers before the great unwashed.”

    It occurs to me that the great unwashed might be well served by missing out on the mRNA vaccine. It would be ironic if the Great and the Good hoovered up all the doses for themselves, and ended up disproportionately exposed to any long term problems such a vaccine might cause……….

  19. Bloke in North Dorset

    Jim,

    Its not just NHS managers with sharp elbows:

    With limited does of the Pfizer vaccine in the country, they are currently eligible to those at the top of the priority list – care home residents, care workers, health workers and the over-80s. However, the Birmingham Mail reports that local MP Khalid Mahmood has managed to get the Coronavirus vaccine ahead of schedule.

    The 59-year-old underwent a kidney transplant in 2014 and therefore has underlying health conditions that would – according to Government guidance – place him in priority group 4 which some predict would be in the Spring. Happily, Mahmood did not need to wait that long. He told residents that he managed to fast track the process by joining the queue for ‘leftover’ doses at

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The paper reports that he told locals:

    ‘It’s not very well known, but at the end of the day any vaccine unused because people have not turned up for their appointments is made available at the QE vaccination hub – we can’t afford to waste any vaccine doses.’

    Perhaps another good category of lab rats.

  20. ‘It’s not very well known, but at the end of the day any vaccine unused because people have not turned up for their appointments is made available at the QE vaccination hub – we can’t afford to waste any vaccine doses.’

    A friend told us that his daughter had driven his former wife (mid-80s) to Oxford to receive her jab. It was near the end of the day and any unused vaccine would just be disposed of, so they asked the daughter if she’d let them give her a jab as well (she did).

  21. @ aaa
    *Some* professions have ethics, many members of those professions have ethics, *some* members of more professions have ethics, some “professional bodies” have “codes of ethics” which are really about *compliance* with a code of practice rather than ethics. Please do not tar all professions with the same brush.
    FYI I belong to two professional bodies (and used to belong to a third until its bureaucracy pi***d me off once too often) and so I have observed at first hand the diversity of ethics and compliance. Murphy is keen on compliance (by other people to rules that he chooses).

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