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Do you feel like a winner?

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The night before election day I was full of anticipation. Hoping this time would be different; the negative press pendulum had gradually swung away from Jezza and was hurtling towards Theresa.

‘Let June be the end of May’ was plastered all over Facebook and Twitter feeds and I was starting to believe this rhetoric.

Nowhere was this more obvious than my own village Facebook page; a site which is normally littered with posts about litter (I kid you not) and the two delinquents in the village. Taking courage from a few other political posts, I decided to ‘come out’ and post about the parlous state of general practice and the NHS. There were minority mutterings asking for the dog poo posts to return (I swear someone posted this), but the majority of villagers in a Tory strong hold were demanding we save our schools and our beloved NHS. This ripple of uprising gave me some hope that perhaps the public was finally turning their back on austerity in favour of a fairer society.

Although my village continues as a Tory stronghold, this majority has shrunk significantly, which I think this is largely due to new housing developments full of young people. I have previously written about the younger generation of GPs being our only hope, and I am filled with the same aspiration again, as record numbers of the under-24s turned out to vote on June 8th.

This leaves me with no doubt that we will form a Labour government in the near future. But what about the present? What about the fact that a Tory alliance with the DUP may be a fate worse than a Tory majority? An alliance with a party whose views on abortion and LGBTQ rights make Donald Trump look like a liberal.

So although I feel optimistic about this shift in political landscape, I don’t feel like celebrating right now. I don’t feel like a winner… do you?

I don’t feel like a winner when I reflect on the future for my kids; a future of savage cuts to our local secondary school and a future without free higher education.

I don’t feel like a winner when I think about my profession. We are dying a death of a thousand cuts, and soon it will become completely unsustainable to have a career within the NHS. In order to continue providing holistic care, we will be forced down a one-way private road with little hope of finding a roundabout.

Finally, I don’t feel like a winner when I remember my patients. These are people hidden in the fringes of society who have no voice. The addicts, the mentally ill, asylum seekers… all those people demonised by our right-wing media.  

But then I experience a jolt of excitement when I remember my husband and kids are dual nationals. We can start a new life in a new country, free from the politics of prejudice, the politics of envy and the politics of greed.

And then I remember that country is America…

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  • Vinci Ho

    As I always said , this battle is a long one and one cannot afford to jump steps hastily. There are all the reasons why A only goes to B before reaching C.
    Yes, there will be casualties and collateral damages along the way. But that cannot be the reason why we doubt what we believe; it is hence , not about we one deserves but what one believes.

    "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt".
    William Shakespeare

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  • Dear Shaba, I worry about the National Debt but do you think I am being uncool and old fashioned? Should I just vote for free everything for everyone and pretend that everything is fine ? After all, I probably will not have to pay the debt back. It will either be our grandchildren who will pay it back or there will be a run on sterling.

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  • AnonGP1
    I would suggest you worry more about your analytical faculties. Has knocking on a decade of austerity reduced or increased the defecit? Do you believe doing the same thing will lead to a different outcome? Why?

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  • Dear AnonGP1
    Do you still believe the wilfully corrupt strategy of Osborne and Co?
    National Debt since Tories took power and has got worse every time Tories in since the war.
    Time to vote with both the heart and the head.
    For the first time in a while I feel hope for my children

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  • Tom Newth. why don't you analyse this. You call it austerity, I call it living within one's means. But then I am a foreigner in this country. Have we actually had austerity like Greece had austerity?
    You didn't actually answer the question. Who is going to pay the debt back ?

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  • The argument AnonGP1 uses is about living within means, and that is understandable.
    Now, compared to the state, my personal creditworthiness is undoubtedly lower. Still, myself and many others have been granted huge financial assistances, whether it's in a form of a mortgage or a business loan etc. Why do we take this finance with all obligations that ensure? Because it allows us to improve our life now and in the future. Taking mortgage allows you to build equity, taking business loan can lead to increase in profit, taking student loan can open completely different opportunities. When you are a state backed by world's sixth economy (and a member of the world's largest trading union, at least until Theresa May achieves her objective of pointless hard brexit), your creditworthiness and your opportunities are many times greater than that of any number of individuals combined. You can borrow to invest and the projects will pay for themselves many times over. The best asset of any nation are it's people. Investing in education, training high skills workers for the future could massively increase economic output, and that could cut deficit better than any number of decades of austerity . But the Tory approach of cutting deficit without any respect for peoples needs with no real long-term economic plan, no investment in future infrastructure or skills (apart from weapons of mass destruction)- it's just misery and pathetic pretence of knowledge and leadership.
    I am glad that Theresa and the rest of this miserable party got their noses bruised this election. The future is beginning to look just a little bit brighter.

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  • AnonGP1- you (along with probably 95% of all people) appear to have very little understanding of how our debt-based economy actually works.Worry your pretty little head as much as you like about 'the National Debt' but, hypothetically, do you even understand what would happen structurally to an economy when this were to be paid off? I think not.

    Dr Tea- much of what you say is pertinent but are you aware that when you for example take out a mortgage its is not the case that a few quid come out of many peoples accounts to give you that cheque. The money you are leant is effectively created by the flourish of the pen of whoever 'signs your cheque' as it were, literally out of nothing and yet you are obliged to fight with everyone else to scrabble for your monthly repayments.

    I wish people actually took an interest in the mechanics of the financial system and got to learn about fractional reserve banking and the absolute central role the creation of debt plays to keep this sh#tshow running.

    Lastly, let us not forget that Greece was only allowed into the EU by wilful fudging of the analysis of its financial position-which really would have precluded its entry.Their resultant suffering is however truly much more onerous than many of us can imagine. It is a basket-case that is teetering.

    And do I feel like a winner? "Everyones a winer baby" said the guy from Hot Chocolate and he knew the score.

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  • IDGAF- you are spot on. Personal credit banking- loans, mortgages etc- isn't based on actual funds that lender possesses (unless if I'm not mistaken it's Islamic banking). This concept of actual money or funds becomes even less relevant in cases of governments issuing bonds, which is how they borrow. When you are sovereign controller of a currency, there is nothing stopping you from borrowing as much or as little as you want, other then your own sensitivity to markets reactions and perceptions of your creditworthiness and reliability. Which is what makes Tories position so specially miserable and pathetic. They could choose to fund healthcare, police, fire services, education etc adequately. But instead they prefer the mantra of no magic money tree.. shrink the state...and watch people die.

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