PRUDENT PUBLIC SPENDING

Letter on NHS spending published in The Times, December 15th 2014

“Sir, Of course just profiteering is ‘bad’ (letter, Dec 12). But worse is accepting public ownership without fiscal restraint – otherwise raising taxes simply to pay doctors and nurses wages equivalent to those of footballers would qualify in Williams’ naive dichotomy as a laudable ‘public investment’.
Privatisation was partly conceived to stop trade union leaders such as Arthur Scargill and Mick McGahey from holding the Treasury to ransom”.
Phillip Hodson

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