Kudos is due to the Daily Record today, which has a large and prominent feature about NHS surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, with whom readers should be familiar. Her message, from a position of knowledge and authority, of the fate awaiting the NHS on both sides of the border is a powerful one and makes a strong case for a Yes vote.
Obviously, that upsets both Labour and the No campaign very much.
Because obviously it’d be hysterical scaremongering for anyone to suggest that there was an agenda of privatisation in the English NHS (which would lead to a huge reduction in the Scottish block grant and ultimately to privatisation of the Scottish service too, because there’d be no money to pay for it). Plainly, anyone doing such a thing would be a shameless liar, right?
Oops. Still, at least it’s not like Labour’s shadow health secretary has ever said that he wants to effectively merge the Scottish and English health services so that there are no differences between them or anything.
“I am talking quite passionately about getting English Labour MPs back up the road and for me, sitting down with Neil [Findlay] and Richard [Simpson] and Rhoda [Grant] and others and saying, let’s get health policies that can be consistent across England, Scotland and Wales.
Wouldn’t that be a good thing, pulling in the same direction as opposed to pulling our separate ways? Devolution, in its early days, was about doing something different and it needs to enter a different phase where we start talking again more about a UK-wide policy because in the end, that helps everybody.”
Oh. We’re, um, not sure what our point is any more.