AN open letter to Nick Gibb MP. Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion to the front bench. Though I respect your work in the constituency, I can no longer support you.
I strongly feel certain measures, embarked upon by this government, must be explained to the electorate and at least three of these must be robustly resisted.
1 The abolition of the National Health Service. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has paved the way for the introduction of a US-style private health insurance-backed system.
There will be winners and losers: the losers will be everyone, the winners will be the private health companies.
Notable in this Act are the following measures:
i The Act removes the Legal Duty, on the secretary of State for Health, to secure and provide health care for all. ii The Act introduces insurance structures, such as exist in the US. iii the Act gives the Secretary of State, legal powers to create a market: this will allow private providers to pick and choose which patients they will provide care for; the services to be provided and what will be charged. For more information see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz5dl9fhj7o.
2 Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP), Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA).
This trade deal, being negotiated behind closed doors, between the EU and the USA, supported by all main political parties in the UK, except the Greens, places too much power in the hands of private companies.
Any measure introduced by a government, which results in a loss of profits by a corporation, will result in the government being sued for the loss. Under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) under a trade agreement similar to TTIP, the Canadian government is currently being sued for $250m, for loss of profits, because the Quebec government has introduced a moratorium of fracking.
If the NHS is privatised, TTIP will make this irreversible. The private companies delivering health services wil sue for the loss of their profits.
For more information see: https://www.campact.de/ttip/appell/englishversion and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTHw9gauWno.
3 Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill, Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental rights, guarantees everyone “the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications”.
The European Court of Human Rights laid down a prohibition of blanket data retention in the S. and Marper v UK case in December 2008. For more information see: http://www.outlaw.com/en/articles/2014/july/legalchallengelodgedagainstnewukdata-retentionlaws
I am resolved to work to make sure that people are made aware of the above threats to our lives.