“There’s no excuse. The money’s there.” – Jeremy Corbyn.
On a day which saw 250,000 march for our NHS, the message was clear: enough is enough.
Systemic abuse on our NHS has taken its toll.
A 7.5% NHS cut in Wales.
The worst real-terms cut to NHS spending since 1978.
The lowest-ever investment of additional cash.
Falling NHS spending against rising GDP.
NHS spending per patient falling until at least 2019.
And joint-lowest health spending against GDP of any G7 country.
Last week, Labour demanded proper funding for our NHS and social care, which is forecast to fall by £8.5 – £15 billion (as we reported here).
Today’s demonstration marked a turning-point: the Tories will not get away with this any longer.
People know “our NHS is not in crisis bcause of overspending.” That the crisis is “because of underfunding.” That, above all, it is a crisis made not here, “but down there – in Downing Street.” Jeremy’s words echoed throughout the halls of Westminster and across the country.
For the Tories, this was a wake-up call. People know how to organise. They know why to organise. Above all, we know we can organise.
“It frightens the life out of the Tories – and it heartens all our supporters.”
But away from the success of today’s demonstrations; another issue fought for attention.
Former health minister, Ben Bradshaw, found relevance speaking about Copeland.
Speaking exclusively to The Independent, and published immediately after the demonstration, Bradshaw reported: “the only issue [in Copeland] was Jeremy Corbyn.” Not only this; if anyone said any different: they were “lying.”
Not only was Ben’s attack on Corbyn horribly timed, it completely undermined fellow campaigners in two areas: the Copeland by-election (or “liars,” and the 250,000 who marched to protect the NHS; the institution he was responsible for between 2007 and 2009).
We live in a time of national crisis. The NHS is in a state of emergency.
The Independent’s report is, at best, incredibly stupid or, at worst, a deliberate attempt to undermine the most pressing issue we face.
So, our advice is this: do nothing.
Don’t talk about it. Don’t Tweet about it. Don’t share it.
Don’t do anything except talk about how, today, there was only one leader, from a major political Party, defending our NHS: Jeremy Corbyn.
Tim Farron was nowhere to be seen.
He couldn’t even muster a single Tweet.
While the Lib Dems seek to capitalise on the rejection of the biggest democratic exercise in memory (Brexit); when it comes to the NHS: they have nothing to say.
Instead, Farron found time to Tweet about stealing the seat of the late Gerald Kaufman and praising new Party members.
Perhaps he could have also mentiond the £1 million donation from Billionaire, Gregory Nasmyth. They are now the Party of big donors, second only to the Conservatives.
So at the next election, we need ask only this: who was it who stood by us when times were tough? Who was it who stood with us when demanding our rights? Which leader stood against the privatisation of the “greatest achievement” this counry’s ever seen?
Today was an opportunity for Corbyn to put Labour back on the map.
“We’ve got the faith. We’ve got the fight. And we’re up for it.”
– Jeremy Corbyn, NHS Rally, 4th March, 2017.
The full video to Jeremy’s speech can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BPwNbFJnWY&feature=youtu.be&a