First published on ProgressOnline
With a star-studded cast, This May Hurt a Bit at London’s St James’ Theatre is the perfect mix between a party political broadcast from Michael Foot’s Labour party and a Guardian reader’s dinner party.
While the actors were second to none, their script was simplistic and lacked the depth that the debate on our NHS deserves. Glib claims that ‘Nu Labour’ followed seamlessly from Thatcherism and that the coalition government’s pernicious reforms are somehow the realisation of Blair’s vision before them, betray the real truth. It is for someone else to point out the fact that it is this sloppy logic that would also say that all changes and charges in the NHS started with everyone’s favourite Labour government, the very founders of the NHS, as they imposed prescription charges in 1951.