More grown-up debate from Captain Bellend
In this kind of situation, the last thing that is needed is for someone on the Government side to start declaring victory and slagging off the doctors and their Union. So along has come the loathsome Toby Young to, er, slag off the doctors and their Union, while declaring victory. Sadly, the standard of research performed in so acting would not have exactly earned Tobes top marks at his West London Free School.
The level of triumphalism and sheer idiocy on display was more than enough to satisfy the whole range of Tobes watchers: from the outset, his lack of tolerance of those who opposed Hunt’s stance was clear to see. “Well done @Jeremy_Hunt for not giving in to a militant, intransigent trade union. We cannot allow the NHS to be held hostage by the BMA”, he sneered. And there was more. Sadly, rather a lot more.
“List of the NHS chief execs backing @Jeremy_Hunt. Let's hope the #BMA sees sense on this” he declared, except that his list was not those backing Hunt, but the position set out in David Dalton’s letter to him. So when Faisal Islam of Sky News told “Now @Jeremy_Hunt live on Sky News blaming @TheBMA ‘contracts have support of 20 chief executives, as being fair and reasonable’”, this was only the beginning.
Islam soon returned to Twitter with less good news for Hunt and Tobes: “Junior Docs -another 2 hospital chief execs out of 20 who signed Dalton letter, now say don't back Hunt contract imposition”. That made three in all. And it got worse: “Royal Free confirms chief exec David Sloman (Hunt letter signatory) replied to Doc's letter ‘I do not support contract imposition’ - so 4/20”. Tobes research fail twice over. Oh dear!
But on went Young’s dirge: “My sister’s an NHS nurse. I hope Mark Porter’s right and the government will offer her a 13.5% pay rise as well”. Real Ron Hopeful stuff. You do know, Tobes, what a shower Hunt is? Your sister probably will soon enough. Next was “A handy guide to BMA activists”, those whose views could be safely discarded as they had expressed support for parties of which Tobes does not approve.
Then came the pièce de résistance, as he blathered “If you’re going to bring in the historical record, the BMA originally opposed the creation of the NHS”. SO DID THE 1940S TORY PARTY. So what? If Tobes is arguing that the 2016 Tory Party is not the same as the one that fought Nye Bevan tooth and nail over creating the NHS, he’s got no chance arguing the other way about for the BMA.