By Tim Hardy
Actually he doesn’t. But he did create a Facebook poll.
Labour supporters are busy right now proclaiming that Labour will reverse the Health and Social Care bill.
Andy Burnham has promised to do so – but he is not the leader and there is no guarantee he’ll have the health portfolio when Labour do next limp into power.
The leader of the Opposition has had countless opportunities to back the promises of his Shadow Health Minister and has significantly failed to do so.
There is only one possible interpretation to give his silence.
The Labour leadership is giving tacit support to these reforms while hoping to get a bit of credit for not being the ones pushing them through.
Opening healthcare up to markets happened under Labour. “Margaret Thatcher never privatised a fraction as much as Tony Blair.” They may lack some of the cynicism of the Tories but they’re every bit as dewy-eyed about the magical promises of the free markets.
Miliband has already backed the Conservatives on selling off council houses and restricting the power of unions. It’s just a question of time before he stands up and announces “Labour was wrong to oppose the Health and Social Care bill.”
Labour showed their contempt for the most vulnerable and a willingness to act undemocratically when they supported the Conservatives in criminalising squatting.
By all means vote for them if you genuinely believe in their policies.
However, if you love the NHS and feel sickened by what the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have done, don’t deceive yourself that a vote for Labour at the next election will make it all better.