Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
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Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Monday, March 24, 2008
We all live in a Frank Dobson world, a Frank Dobson world
Dobbo shoots back against his critics in the Camden New Journal (your leading news source for geopolitically significant baked goods). He makes three main points, both of which I consider palpable hits:
1) That the NHS under "disastrous and incompetent" Frank Dobson reduced waiting times (despite not much new money as the government was sticking to Tory spending limits at the time) and improved its performance against a number of important indicators, while under "Blairite and modernising" Alan Milburn, "dynamic and competent" Patricia Hewitt and "ruthless and efficient" John Reid, the whole fucking thing nearly fell to pieces.
2) That this was probably not entirely unrelated to the plethora of damn fool PFI schemes and semi-privatisation initiatives which Jonathan Powell thinks he should have pushed more of and which Frank Dobson managed to largely shield the NHS from in his time.
3) That even if this weren't the case, anyone who helped build the public case for the Iraq War ought to keep his fucking mouth shut about anyone else being "disastrous". (Dobbo, it should be noted, was slap bang right about Iraq along with Robin Cook, although of course nobody cared by that time as he had been stitched up and had his career destroyed by the Blairites who viewed him as too unrealistic and not modern enough in his lack of zeal to change everything in all directions simultaneously).
In related news, Dobbo is now batting 4-4 with respect to helping me out as I finally got round to phoning his office about the Iraqi Employees campaign last week like I promised Dan I would and his assistant got back to me toot suite to say he was on the case.
this item posted by the management 3/24/2008 11:10:00 AM