It will now take a miracle for the voters to forgive the Tories. Our strike-addled NHS has imploded, with another 2,837 excess deaths in the most recent week. Some 20 per cent more people are dying than normal; there have only been eight worse weeks since 2010 and all of those were during the first two waves of Covid.
Yet the Government’s lack of empathy is shocking, its refusal to admit that we are in a major emergency baffling. What is the plan? Why aren’t hospitals being put into special measures, or a supremo brought in to tackle the crisis? Do we even have a functional Government, or is it merely a Potemkin construct run by people who pretend to be in charge and enjoy the trappings of office, such as the chauffeur-driven cars and grace and favour residences, but are terrified of actually governing?
The NHS is an organisation of 1.3 million people. There is no set of levers, no reins or set of instructions, to manage 1.3 million people. It’s simply not something that anyone knows how to do. Beyond human ken and all that.
Supremos and Ministers and all that – men behind curtains. The NHS, by and large, runs itself. And when it doesn’t, it also doesn’t run itself.
Simply too large to be managed by anyone at all from the centre.