Wales is a nightmare vision of Ed Miliband’s Britain
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Wales is a nightmare vision of Ed Miliband’s Britain
Wales is a nightmare vision of Ed Miliband’s Britain

Charlotte Leslie 3 March 2014 10:06

If politics was science, you would call Wales the ‘control’ group, for public service reform. Here is a country where Labour are the only game in town and a socialist philosophy which places a monopolistic state provider at the centre of health care and education reigns supreme – yes, even more supreme than the pupils and patients this system is designed to serve.

In fact, in devolved Wales, Labour are running the public services as Ed Milliband would like to see them; a Labourite utopia of State supremacy, with none of the so-called evils of alternative providers getting in the way of the tight grip of the State.

So how is this socialist utopia going, then? If a recent Question Time from Newport is anything to go by, not so good. Panellists of all affiliation got short shrift from an audience who feel severely let down by the political leadership of Wales’ devolved assembly.

And well they might. Take the damage Labour in Wales is doing to the NHS that has grabbed headlines over the past few weeks. Labour have badly betrayed their legacy on the NHS. From the heady days of Bevan to the low point they have now reached in Wales. (...)

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse...r-britain/

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2014 Apr 16 00:23
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RE: Wales is a nightmare vision of Ed Miliband’s Britain
I must admit that even though my distaste of Labour is stronger than ever, there have been some decent advances. A couple of years back, I wrote a scathing letter to Edwina Hart, the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science telling her that Wales had become a basket case economy. All I got in reply was a generic letter telling me what the Govt's policy was. However, since then, the economy has actually gone into overdrive and is now the fastest growing in the UK, with unemployment falling faster than anywhere else - it's something like 6.8% now. In addition to this, the Govt has partly financed huge, sustainable projects like the Swansea University Science and Innovation Campus, dubbed `one of the largest knowledge economy projects in the UK and within the top five in Europe`, so I guess it's not all bad. It's been predicted that this project with pump a much needed £3 billion into the local economy in the next 10 years.

There was a time when the Welsh education system was seen as the best in the UK, but now according to PISA rankings, Wales has been slipping behind rather badly. Without sounding like a politician, there have been massive changes during the last few years and the Govt has started to copy the Finnish education model. It will be a while before we are able to see if this policy has been successful.

As for the NHS, it has been bad for a long time, probably due to the continuous tinkering by successive governments. The problem with the NHS was that it was seen as a crime to criticise it, but now it seems to be open season. In Wales though, it has been particularly poorly managed and the government seriously needs to get its act together. The only trouble with Wales is that it is such a Labour stronghold, that even if nothing is done about it, they will always be the major party. People in Wales no longer seem to have an appetite for politics, so they don't really know what's going on.

All this doom and gloom about Wales is rather unfair though. Countless times, Wales is seen as one of the world's best tourist destinations according to Rough Guides, as well as being the 3rd best place in the world for Gastro Tourism.

Finally, the article is written by a conservative, so it's bound to be scathing about its political opponent.
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RE: Wales is a nightmare vision of Ed Miliband’s Britain
(2014 Apr 17 23:05)Treffie Wrote:  As for the NHS, it has been bad for a long time, probably due to the continuous tinkering by successive governments. The problem with the NHS was that it was seen as a crime to criticise it, but now it seems to be open season. In Wales though, it has been particularly poorly managed and the government seriously needs to get its act together. The only trouble with Wales is that it is such a Labour stronghold, that even if nothing is done about it, they will always be the major party. People in Wales no longer seem to have an appetite for politics, so they don't really know what's going on.
New report on the state of the Welsh NHS. It seems to perform very poorly on waiting times, both for treatment and ambulances. Though it must be noted - all 3 devolved health regimes generally perform worse in these kind of areas than the English NHS does. Apparently, the worst-performing health service is the HSCNI in Northern Ireland.

Link to the report: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers...statistics

Daily Mail write up:

Quote:The Labour-run NHS in Wales is lagging behind England on almost every measure, according to a shocking new report.

The first comparative study between the two healthcare regimes reveals that patients in Wales are waiting far longer for vital tests and life-saving treatment than those in England, where the NHS is run by the Coalition government.

They are also likely to have to wait longer for an ambulance in an emergency and will be seen more slowly if they need to attend A&E. Astonishingly, the target for treating cancer cases referred by GPs in Wales has not been met since the middle of 2008.

The study, produced by the respected House of Commons Library, is a devastating blow to Ed Miliband’s claim that only Labour can be trusted to run the NHS.

It confirms the findings of a Daily Mail investigation last year which sparked clashes in the Commons between David Cameron and Mr Miliband. Yet last night, Labour was still rejecting criticism of its handling of the Welsh NHS, saying it was ‘misleading’ for the Commons Library to make comparisons between the health services in England and Wales.

The report found that ambulance response times to life-threatening emergencies in Wales have worsened, despite a fall in the number of calls. And the number of patients waiting more than the four-hour target time for A&E treatment is double that in England.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...right.html


But Welsh opinion is divided:

Quote:The state of the Welsh NHS is one of the most contentious issues in UK politics but voters in Wales are split down the middle on whether their service is better than England’s a new YouGov poll reveals.

The survey of more than 1,100 adults found 34% believe the Welsh Government has handled the NHS in Wales better than the UK Government has led the health service in England. In contrast, 32% said the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government had done a better job with the NHS.

More than a third of respondents (34%) did not know.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-...ft-8305415
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