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Put your money where your mouth is. Campaign for the NHS not incessantly whinge.

We might disagree on various things to do with the NHS, but there’s no doubting the robust commitment of ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ (@KeepNHSPublic) and the ‘National Health Action Party’ (@NHAParty) Despite their obvious clear antagonism to the Labour Party, I think the last thing they want is another Conservative government, this time propped up by UKIP. Twitter’s where it’s at, and both Dr Jacky Davis (@DrJackyDavis) and Dr Clive Peedell (@cpeedell) are extremely ‘media savvy’. Marcus Chown (@MarcusChown) is indeed known to be one of the high-impact ‘influencers’ of Twitter.

But bloody Nora. You can even order on the internet a box of 500 wristbands in a colour of your choice, with lettering in a font of your choice.


It’s tempting to buy a box of 500 with the words, “Make PFI history”, or “Make the internal market history”.

Or “Make the purchaser-provider split history”.

But you’d have to make the lettering increasingly smaller to make it all the criticisms about previous Labour health policy fit onto a small wristband.

But there is every chance that the general election will make “Make Miliband history”.

So far, there’s not even been a smidgeon of what Ed Miliband intends to do about the private finance initiative in the context of NHS infrastructure, or what he intends to do to prevent accident and emergency departments being selectively killed off during the lifetime of the next Government.

All of this is very awkward. If the bacon-butty haters are onto something, Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) won’t be in the next Prime Minister after all that. And we could see the privatisation of the National Health Service receive atomic rocket boosters.

You won’t get whole person care either. The decline in social care inevitably will reach apocalyptic proportions.

And yet on the coalface we’ve got Jos Bell (@jos21), Chair of the Socialist Health Association London division, actively campaigning. Here is her excellent interview on LBC.

This was shortly followed by Andy Slaughter (@hammersmithandy), elected as the MP for Hammersmith in 2010.

With the lack of reporting on the NHS on the BBC at all-time new lows. there will inevitably be a lot of benefit in campaigning from those who are savvy with the social media. But I don’t think the battle for the soul of the NHS will be won on the pages of the Guardian newspaper, either.

If certain “campaigners” spent less time writing voluminous emails and documents which go nowhere, and learnt how to use Twitter instead, this would help the cause immensely. Éoin Clarke (@DrEoinCl) in a relatively short space of time has gained a massive following, and his observations are highly influential – much more so than the official press office of Labour, some might say.

Gabriel Scally (@GabrielScally) has been tireless in myth busting on Twitter. Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) is personally a very supportive bloke, in addition to producing a prolific output of articles, in for example Pulse or GP magazine. Both are not ‘terrified of Twitter’.

And the superb Shadow Secretary of State for Health – Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) and the outstanding Labour Health Team (@LabourHealth) are leading by example.

The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People is Liz Kendall (@leicesterliz) and is highly influential too.

Jamie Reed (@jreedmp), Debbie Abrahams (Debbie_Abrahams), Andrew Gwynne (@gwynnemp), and Luciana Berger (@lucianaberger), are all in the front guard too.

Dr David Wrigley is an outstanding campaigner (@DavidGWrigley); and for another inside view from the profession, a great blog and twitter timeline are from Dr Jonathon Tomlinson (@mellojonny).

They all tweet even when the going gets tough.

@LabourPress is a great way to catch up with key speeches by leading members of @UKLabour nationally.

You will find few truer advocates of the #saveourNHS campaign than Grahame Morris (@grahamemorris), Chair of @LabourLeft, and MP for Easington. Grahame is always polite, fair and precise in his questioning for the House of Commons Health Select Committee. Possibly a future Chairman of this committee?

Tweeters can only ignore @Jeremy_Twunt at their peril. No cruelty in his compassion. Never knowingly behind a tree.

There’s a battle still to be won, if you’re up for it.



  • Methusalada

    Action speaks louder than words !

  • Mervyn Hyde (@mjh0421)

    Sadly on all the major issues Ed Miliband is firmly in the Neo-Liberal camp as this article proves.

    Supporting the TTIP agreement is the end of any form of democratic government.

    • Methusalada

      I concur although I feel it was his Bilderberg Deputy who made him swallow this ill fated seed of greed.

    • Shibley Rahman

      Andy Burnham has made his opposition to TTIP known ON MANY OCCASIONS.

      “Andy Burnham: NHS must be exempted from EU-US free trade agreement”

      New Statesman, (13/2/14)

      Choose to ignore this if you wish.

      KONP appear to be totally wilfully blind to this fact too.

      • Mervyn Hyde (@mjh0421)


        The idea that the opposition spokesperson will have any sway over this agreement is virtually nonexistent, the only safe way to object is to throw the whole agreement out altogether.

        Ed will tell you that we will benefit with more jobs, how on earth he comes to that conclusion I do not know, Where is the evidence, evidence elsewhere points in the other direction?

        We can’t afford weak opposition, they are complicit with the Neo-Liberal agenda, Ed Balls embarrassingly attended the secret Bilderberg meeting, evidence enough that they are all in it together.

        The other small point is, why if we believe in democracy do we allow secret meetings like this anyway?

        • Shibley Rahman

          impossible to argue against that mervyn – so I won’t!

          • Victor Martin J Hunt (@Methusalada73)

            Why not because Mervyn could be correct ? Look up on Bilderberg invitees & Global aspirations & membership 2013 & 2014. They have the UK Labour totally stitched by the nut’s.

  • Tom Williams

    Miliband is about as neo-con as they get, he wont even support the re-nationalisation of the railways. His pro-business pro-profit and anti social equality are clear to see, which is why I will be voting green unless there’s a particularly good local candidate (of any party.

  • Shibley Rahman

    How are the Greens doing in Brighton these days?

  • Gracie Samuels

    I think the writer of this piece needs to get him/herself sorted out and I ‘d have a bet that Miliband will be the next PM too!

    • Shibley Rahman

      Excellent point Gracie. Thanks.

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