Nadiya Begum, Our New Sweetheart; Can She Save the NHS?

I caught up with the final. Someone I was with while working on Wednesday night knew in advance but had been sworn to secrecy. I didn’t want to know. But once home, and MasterB cuddled and then released into the night, I settled down and watched.

What a perfect end to the day. And in the next few days, so many many people, including Clive James, revealed themselves as Nadiya fans. Though not the Daily Mail. I always think the subtitle of the Mail should be Spleen, and carry a health warning. The mission in life of this paper seems to be to point accusing fingers, find fault, cause division.

Often I work with people from the US. I have been baffled by comments they sometimes make about the NHS, as though to be admitted into hospital here is a sure fire ticket to the grave. Now I find that NHS bashing articles from the Mail are routinely republished in the US.

Ah.

The Mail has a long and inglorious tradition of bigotry. It backed both Hitler and Mussolini. It targets anyone on benefits as scroungers, and sees the potential influx of refugees as a threat to the British Way of Life. If the Mail’s idea of this Way of Life is true, the more refugees we take in to rescue us from Maildom the better. Usually the Mail puts Bake Off’s winner on the front page. This year it was on page seven. Could it possibly be that Nadiya, ‘a Muslim in a headscarf’ as she has described herself, does not conform to the Mail’s idea of Britishness? Because yes, the Mail does run scare stories about the Muslim community. David Cameron made some crass remark about her success showing how Muslims can integrate into British society if they make the effort. Nadiya is British Dave. Britishness and British society is a constantly evolving, constantly changing thing.

So if you read of contestant rigging in GBBO, think what the writer’s agenda is; or if you read of the NHS failing to meet targets and overspending, instead of thinking that indicates a poor health system, think again. Why is the NHS struggling so? It is being underfunded, over stretched, and staff are demoralised. This is a deliberate ploy by our government which medaciously claims the NHS is safe in its hands, to soften us up to sell whole sections (the ones that can make a profit) to private enterprise. The more the NHS ‘fails’ the more ‘rescuing’ it by putting it into private hands seems reasonable.

But why should the Mail attack the NHS? The Mail is Tory blue throughout. The idea that all of us should contribute through our National Insurance contributions to pay for anyone who needs medical attention sounds dangerously like socialism. Big companies hovering vulturelike ready to pick the juiciest bits of the NHS employ lobbyists and PR to scaremonger about health provision under the NHS, and paint a rosy picture of the future if only they, who by virtue of their shareholders, are obliged to put profit before patient need.

If you live in the US and you are hearing scare stories of what Obama Care would mean, look at who is fuelling those stories, and I bet you it’ll be the Private Health Insurance companies who know they will lose out and the current cash cow of health insurance will dwindle.

This powerful piecehttp://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/02/profit-not-patients–private-medicine was in last week’s Guardian. But there have been lots of powerful pieces. And nothing seems to stop the determined and senseless destruction of one of the geatest achievements of this, my country, under any government in any century.

Maybe Nadiya, as the country’s deservedly new sweetheart, could have a word with Just-Call-Me-Dave, and even George Osborne who has also declared himself a fan, and work just a bit more of her magic and save the health service.

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13 thoughts on “Nadiya Begum, Our New Sweetheart; Can She Save the NHS?

  1. Well said Isobel…I can never understand why seemingly normal and sane people read the D Mail it really is the most the appalling rag…sadly the future of the NHS does look bleak indeed…

  2. Well done Isobel! Well said. It is people like you, my cousin Celia and her husband Charlie who give me faith in the real Good Old England. You can always be relied upon to find a warm, friendly, understanding greeting to anyone,regardless of age, colour or creed.I pray that this list for profits doesn’t destroy all that is best in England.

  3. You are exactly correct: “If you live in the US and you are hearing scare stories of what Obama Care would mean, look at who is fuelling those stories, and I bet you it’ll be the Private Health Insurance companies who know they will lose out and the current cash cow of health insurance will dwindle.”

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