Tomorrow, four Defend our NHS Campaigners from York will head over to Julian Sturdy’s (MP for York Outer) surgery over in Dunnington to present him with the 200,000+ signature petition that was run by 38 Degrees. The 38 Degrees NHS Campaign has been growing steadily and has already seen several copies of the mammoth petition presented to key people in the committee responsible for amending the highly controversial, politically divisive and publicly unpopular Health and Social Care Bill.
As a bed time read, it’s very effective – it’s boring and sent me to sleep as I struggled through it. As a piece of horror-fantasy literary opus, it’s Lansley’s masterpiece. The Bill as it stands still allows price competition (Lansley has said so himself) despite it apparently being ruled out by him.
Tomorrow’s meeting will represent a calm representation of the UK public’s anger towards the bill. Anger is simmering away under the traditionally calm exterior of the British. It won’t last forever – the calm exterior that is. The anger will continue – and the march of 500,000 people on the 26th March may transform into something much bigger, much more meaningful, and see a concrete affirmation of the true traditional values of the British people… Petitions alone will not achieve anything.
Meanwhile, we hope that our disappointment and anger can be expressed to Julian Sturdy tomorrow.