By Bethany Rielly, in central London, England:
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
No to Trump, No to Nato
Speakers took to the stage to defend the NHS, condemn the discriminatory policies of the Trump administration and call for the abolition of the “aggressive” Nato alliance. …
Doctors and nurses led the march towards Buckingham Palace in symbolic resistance against plans to sell off the NHS in a future trade deal with the US.
As thousands marched in the streets, British politicians sparred on the campaign trail while Mr Trump contradicted himself on his designs for the NHS.
Labour hit back by accusing the Tories of keeping Britons “safe on the cheap.”
“Real security doesn’t just come from strong laws and intelligence, it also comes from effective public services that have the funding they need,” a Labour spokesperson said.
Within hours of landing on British soil, Mr Trump claimed that he “had never even thought” about NHS privatisation, despite declaring earlier this year that “everything is on the table” in trade talks, including the health service.
Mr Trump said the US wouldn’t want the NHS “even if it was served on a silver platter.”
Trump said that to help Conservative Boris Johnson win the British general election.
So, that, if Johnson would win the election, then he would serve the NHS to Trump on a silver platter. And Trump would accept.
But Mr Corbyn, who sent a letter to the US president calling for assurances that the NHS will be taken off the table, was not convinced by Mr Trump’s rambling U-turn.
“I’m pleased that he said that. But then why have these talks gone on for two years?” he said in an interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2. “Why have the documents only been released in redacted form?”
At the London rally, doctor and activist Sonia Adesara was also not reassured by the president’s backtracking.
“It’s complete rubbish,” she told the Morning Star. “Trump a couple months ago said the opposite — saying that the NHS was on the table. He said publicly that he wants the UK to pay more for drugs.
“When they say the NHS is off the table, we know this is another lie. If it is off the table then why wasn’t it taken off the table in the secret trade talks?”
She said it was “crucial” that these lies were exposed as the election approaches, warning that more years of Tory rule would be “disastrous to our country.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also admitted that the US would be able to ramp up drug prices after Brexit when pressed on BBC Radio 4 today.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth claimed this showed that “Boris Johnson is opening the door to a Trump trade deal that will force our NHS bills through the roof.”
Labour unconvinced by Trump’s NHS privatisation U-turn. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the US president has a ‘passing relationship with reality and the truth’: here.
Tory underfunding blamed for 5,000 deaths in hospital: here.
THE ENDLESSLY repeated slogan that ‘The NHS is Not for Sale’ is completely empty in the face of the fact that US companies and other privateers are already taking over and making vast profits out of the NHS and are determined to leech even more out of the NHS £120 billion annual budget: here.