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The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain

Defending the NHS

The media frenzy around latest rift between the Queen and her wayward grandson Prince Harry, and the subsequent departure of Piers Morgan from his presenting role on ITV’s popular Good Morning Britain show following controversial comments he made about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has conveniently enabled the bourgeois media to, once again, push the derisory NHS pay rise on to the back burner.

Labour has, for sure, renewed its attack on the government’s one per cent pay offer, calling it “reprehensible” and claiming that a 2.1 per cent rise had previously been budgeted in the Government’s long-term plan for the health service.

Shadow Secretary of State Lisa Nandy rightly told the media: “The government, to be clear, is not planning a pay rise … that is a real-terms pay cut because it doesn’t keep up with inflation and for nurses to be offered a pay cut is just reprehensible in our view.”

Labour constantly reminds us that the NHS was the jewel in the crown of the tranche of social-democratic reforms passed by the post-war Attlee government. But harping on about past glories is no substitute for serious campaigning. The Starmer leadership needs to do much more than this if it seriously hopes to regain the trust of the millions of working-class voters who abandoned the Labour Party over Brexit at the last election.