The Chancellor had nothing to say about social care in England and Wales despite the much-reported crisis there across the media and in reports by agencies such as Age UK:
‘The social care system in England is in crisis. For many years the system has been severely under-funded.’
Note that this is Age UK talking only about England. See this extract from a comparative study of the four UK NHS areas, reported on the BBC website (!) from February 2017:
‘Out of all the four nations, hospitals in Scotland seem [seem?] to have fared the best.
Weekly data shows four-hour performance in major units hovering around the 90% mark during January.
Much of the credit has been given to the way councils and the health services are working together [Who instructed and funded them so that they could do so?].
Budgets have been pooled [by the Scottish government], encouraging a close working relationship to help get frail patients out of hospital by providing extra rehabilitation services in the community.’
Social care is by no means perfect in Scotland. Such is the ever-growing demand it will never be so but at least the Scottish Government is working hard to make improvements such as these recent two examples reported here
In sharp contrast, the Tories have done nothing whatsoever about social care after their ‘dementia tax’ proposals were withdrawn, in a panic, just before the last general election.
All of the above, is for me, sufficient cause to want to get out of Brutal Britannia but seeing the reaction of Tory MPs to Jeremy Corbyn’s attack on the lack of mention of social care in the budget yesterday reminded me that there is a large element in English society with whom we can never be friends. Braying, sniggering and insulting, they revealed their complete lack of empathy and cold sociopathic mindsets as they sprayed offence across the chamber. Tory whip Andrew Griffiths even shouted to suggested that it was Mr Corbyn who should be in care! The actual wording is in dispute. I felt sick. I know they don’t represent all of England, but we have waited long enough for working people in England to abandon these creeps and for the UK Labour Party to deliver a better Britain.
Here’s a thought. For all their faults, could you imagine a Scottish Tory saying such a thing?