Why are people so disillusioned? Why is the truth so elusive? Why are peoples hopes always beyond reality?

A letter from Michael Clark in the Times is a good summary to answer the questions above. Citizens might not vote for honestly immediately but they need to be told what they cannot have as well as what they can. The health service safety net is being holed, and may be removed completely if we fail to bring our spineless politicians to task. 

The Kasparov Solution:


Sir, Garry Kasparov is right that radicals at both ends of the political spectrum have gained disproportionate influence (letter, Nov 16), but it is not because moderates have been unable to offer viable solutions. The problem is that, in the past couple of decades, governments of all colours have consistently over-promised and under-delivered.

This failure of delivery has been in many important areas. In the UK these include immigration, welfare benefits rationalisation, housing cost and availability, income inequality, government debt reduction, rebalancing the north-south divide, broadband rollout, mobile phone connectivity, rail fares affordability, traffic gridlock, EU reform, House of Lords reform, apprenticeships, NHS efficiency, and social care quality.

The great extent of this under-delivery has naturally led many to doubt the ability of centrist governments to achieve the changes that so many voters not only want but have been promised. Whether radicals could actually deliver these moderate aims is both open to question and probably unlikely, so the key issue is not so much the need for Kasparov’s “credible alternative to revolutionary movements” (important though that it is), but more the need for governments to actually deliver their commitments and goals far more quickly and effectively.

Mark Clarke

London N1

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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