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The worst news of the weekend is the u-turn that Cameron and Lansley made on the NHS. Firstly, GPs will not be made to make the relevant changes, which as far as I can tell will mean a lot of GPs won’t be making the move. Such a drastic change to the NHS can only work if it is uniform and for everyone. By allowing GPs not to take part in the change, we’re going to suffer from greater problems in our NHS like those that we see in our schooling. Some areas where GPs take part will, in my opinion, have significantly better healthcare than others. Health will soon become a lottery like education. Second, limitations are expected to be brought in, in terms of the private services and drugs. My opinion always has been, and remains; all that matters is the patient gets the best possible health care for free. As long as they are provided with a service the same price as the existing NHS services, it does not matter whatsoever if private firms profit. That’s just socialists preferring worse public services so that people can’t be rich. The whole u-turn is disgusting.
This weekend also saw the Freedom Forum take place in Birmingham. When I saw this advertised for the first time a few weeks ago I planned to go, especially as it was so bloody cheap. Alas, my terrible memory made me only remember when a few people I follow on Twitter, started tweeting about their travels on Friday. From those who went it sounds like it was a great weekend; both for the speeches and the social side of things after. Simon Richards has done a blog reviewing the first evening over at the TFA and I hope to see a further review about the rest of the weekend. I will ensure that I go next year.
A significant number of people on my Twitterfeed have defected to UKIP this weekend. I say ‘significant’, but it could just be the type of people I follow. Despite calls from a number of UKIPers, I shall remain a member of the Conservative Party for the foreseeable future. Despite the criticisms I have of my party – health and civil liberties being recent and strong examples – I still believe that the best conservative chance we have in this country, is with the Conservative Party. The country is not led by a full Conservative Government, and so in the future I have faith that my conservatism will be reflected within party views. Sorry to my UKIP friends, but I’m not making the switch yet.
Last night I saw Louis Theroux’s followup to “The Most Hated Family in America” who still seem as twisted and deluded as ever, if not more so. Everyone on Twitter was getting angry and riled, but it seems a little pointless too really. Like anyone with fringe beliefs, they want a reaction and when their church began trending I imagine there were smiles amongst their members. Yes, they’re all idiots, they clearly don’t understand the Bible or humanity, but their support is already in decline and the less we publicise them, the sooner they will disappear into the history books. To say nothing of the fact that a pink cave in Jordan sounds particularly gay for their tastes, I was quite surprised.