Some lessons in democracy

Some comments about the health service crisis which equally apply to every parish, town, district and county council, and every public servant, including MPs:

“The Whitehall machine works best when civil servants defer to elected politicians and their mandate from the public, while ministers defer in turn to officials’ specific expertise. It seizes up when the servants worry that their masters aren’t acting in the public interest.”

If the government is NOT acting in the public interest, just whose interest are they acting in?

“Nobody serious denies now that the NHS is being squeezed remorselessly by three separate forces: an ageing population, medical advances putting doctors under constant pressure to do more, and a threadbare social care system that stops existing patients leaving hospital and raises the risk of vulnerable people needing to come in.”

Nobody denies this – except of course the two most important people i.e. the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health who seem determined to keep their fingers in their ears and their heads buried in the sand and deny that the problem exists even when people are dying because of the crisis.

“It’s disappointing that Labour has rejected a cross-party coalition to produce lasting answers. But it’s more worrying that Downing Street can’t even admit to the existence of a question.”