Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Would you like free NHS prescriptions?

This is the headline of an article in today's Daily Mirror advocating a Yes vote in the March 3rd referendum. The Daily Mirror is a popular paper in Wales and hopefully it will have swayed some of its readership into the Yes camp.
WOULD you like free NHS prescriptions?

Do you support the idea of scrapping “tax on the sick” car park charges in hospitals? Do you believe schools should serve breakfast to all kids to boost learning?

Is the idea of avoiding £9,000-a-year ­university tuition fees appealing?

And would you like to put a stop to the ­backdoor privatisation of the NHS?

Then move to Wales, the last part of the UK which is ruled by Labour – albeit in coalition with Plaid Cymru.

However, the land west of Offa’s Dyke isn’t immune to the spending cuts of the ConDem austerity coalition in Westminster.

Do you support the idea of scrapping “tax on the sick” car park charges in hospitals? Do you believe schools should serve breakfast to all kids to boost learning?

Is the idea of avoiding £9,000-a-year ­university tuition fees appealing?

And would you like to put a stop to the ­backdoor privatisation of the NHS?

Then move to Wales, the last part of the UK which is ruled by Labour – albeit in coalition with Plaid Cymru.

However, the land west of Offa’s Dyke isn’t immune to the spending cuts of the ConDem austerity coalition in Westminster.

Carwyn Jones, First Minister in the devolved Welsh Assembly, faces tough choices.

But people in England shouldn’t whine about “them” in Wales, or Scotland too for that matter, being able to spend “our” money.

I say good on the Welsh (and the Scots) for showing there’s an alternative to Tory-led nasty policies.

So we English need to ignore the siren voices of prejudice and learn from our ­neighbours in the North and the West.

And any Welshman or woman who doesn’t vote in the March 3 referendum to strengthen the Cardiff Assembly should be forced to move to a true blue patch of England.

I very much hope that Paul Rogers, John Broughton and all the other Tory 'naye sayers' read this article.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are also many negatives that could be published about why not to live in Wales!

Plaid Whitegate said...

Oh dear... can we have a list please? If it arrives, can we assume this is official Tory policy or just the rabid frothings of the Unionist wing?

John Broughton said...

And your point is?

Plaid's problem is that it is the junior party in Cardiff and has little real say in policy.

Plaid's singular achievement [not] in Cardiff was to destroy business support in Wales and to replace it with a wishy washy aspirational list that benefits nobody. I W-J is leading Plaid into the wilderness. 4 years ago he had the chance to lead a coalition but preferred to prop up Labour - QED.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

The point is that even the London press can see the benefits of devolution but you in True Wales cannot. If there was a chance that the Tories would EVER be in power in Wales you would support extra powers.
Your argument goes something like this, because you think the One Wales Government is crap we shouldn't have greater powers because we don't have the competency to use it...that is like throwing the baby out with the bath water. The general consensus is that less complicated law making will lead to greater competency which is why anyone who understands these things including the Mirror supports a Yes vote.

Plaid Whitegate said...

John - I think you need to spend a bit more time on your own website rather than trying to score points here. It hasn't got any local news!