There it was on the front page of the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph: a clear commitment by alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson to the NHS, a new building programme like no other. “Johnson: I will build 40 new hospitals … PM tackled Corbyn on NHS as he ups the ante over ‘Abject Capitulation Act’”. He’s going to build them himself? It will, at least, keep him from groping young women.
No he won't
The Tel goes on to claim “Taken alongside the extra £33.9 billion the Government has pledged to put into the NHS every year by 2023, ‘this is the largest sum that has ever been invested in the NHS’, Mr Johnson says”. And to that I call bullshit.
For starters, the actual number of new hospitals is, by the most optimistic calculation, just six. And it gets worse: Bozo The Clown has admitted that the building programme will depend on someone else putting up most of the cash. We know this as a result of his inquisition before the host on The Andy Marr Show™ this morning.
He was very keen to talk about the initiative; it is not as if Marr had to coax the claim out of him. Thus, way before the subject was brought up, and after he had gone on ad infinitum, and indeed ad nauseam, about “getting Brexit done” by the end of October - fraudulent in the extreme, as whatever happens by the end of next month, Brexit, if it happens, will not be done for many years afterwards - he wanted viewers to know the good news.
“We’re announcing today that we’re going to be building 40 new hospitals … 40 new hospitals as part of the biggest investment in hospital infrastructure for a generation. And I have to say that I think that is what the British people want to hear about … I’m so proud to be coming on your show this morning to discuss NHS funding … We are going through the biggest investment in the NHS for a generation”. Then he got to make his pitch.
A complete Muppet - and Elmo from Sesame Street
Marr put to him “40 new hospitals, you say. Actually it’s six new hospitals over five years … At £2.7 billion. And the rest is aspiration, it’s hope, one day maybe”. Bozo took issue with that. “No. There is a long term infrastructure plan for 40 hospitals, and there is going to be seed funding for all 40. Six are going to start immediately: Whipps Cross, Epsom and St Helier … Princess Alexandra and three others. That is all going ahead, and I’m incredibly proud of that. But there are then 34 more than are coming down the track”.
See the giveaway? Quite apart from “Long Term Infrastructure Plan” being a rip-off of Young Dave’s equally meaningless “Long Term Economic Plan”, Bozo said “there is going to be seed funding for all 40”. That means the Government is going to pay for, perhaps, securing the land, doing the legal stuff and ensuring access. Someone else is going to have to pay to actually build - and then maintain - the hospitals.
That sounds like either the PFI that began under John Major, was carried on by Tone and Pa Broon, and even though Cameron and Osborne slagged it off, they did it too - or it means someone else will own and run the hospitals - not necessarily the NHS.
Bozo just confirmed what we already knew - you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.
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