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The Man Who Pushed a Toy Pig to Downing Street

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by worrg, 4 years ago
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As I write this, Mark McGowan a.k.a The Artist Taxi Driver is on his hands and knees, pushing a toy pig four miles to Downing Street, with his nose. He is making this art protest because this afternoon, a House of Lords full of private health investors, will vote through their own pay rises by approving new competition rules. The S75 Regulations form part of the governments Health and Social Care Act, the purpose of which is to open up as many NHS services to private providers as possible. The new ‘Competition Regulations’ force the NHS to put all but a minority of services out for competitive tender. The majority of services currently run by the NHS will shortly and swiftly be turned over to profit making private healthcare providers. This is privatisation by the back door. To make matters worse, the MPs and Lords drafting and voting upon this piece of legislation, have a personal financial interest in the outcome. Social Investigations produced an excellent piece of investigative journalism revealing: 206 parliamentarians have recent or present financial private healthcare connections 142 Lords have recent or present financial connections to companies involved in healthcare 124 Peers benefit from the financial services sector 1 in 4 Conservative Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies involved in healthcare 1 in 6 Labour Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies involved in healthcare 1 in 6 Crossbench Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies involved in healthcare 1 in 10 Liberal Democrat Peers have recent or present financial connections to companies involved in healthcare 64 MPs have recent or present financial links to companies involved in private healthcare 79% of these are Conservative This is our parliament in action, where there is no such thing as a conflict of interest. What kind of democracy allows people with a financial interest in the outcome to approve its legislation? Our democracy.