Nothing is permanent in this world,everything is subject to change as the Buddhists say. So it seems. The end of the Liberal Democrat News is nigh.
I first started reading Liberal News in 1966. I remember the sometimes uneven print and David Steel’s column.I was lucky to be able to receive the Liberal Democrat News abroad from the early 1990s.
I just hope the new magazine that replaces it isn’t called New Horizons.
That august publication The Independent carries a report that the NHS is trying to export its brand abroad.
Britons resident abroad do of course have very limited access to the NHS should they seek medical services while visiting Britain. There was a time when anyone working abroad who maintained Class 2 National Insurance contributions could get treatment without difficulty but this was stopped by the Party of the Workers- the last Labour government.
There was the case of an English teacher in Thailand earlier this year who suffered a heart attack and died because of lack of adequate medical help.Always get some health insurance if you work overseas!
I have experience of both state and private hospitals here in Thailand and I must say the treatment in the state hospitals is better than in the private hospitals. Although Thailand is becoming a centre of medical tourism having as it does world class hospitals.The prime concern of the private hospitals is of course profit but brand NHS won’t be coming to Thailand soon.
The ill informed remarks of Paul Ryan concerning Britain’s NHS has prompted me to send out a reminder to all those Democrats living abroad to register to vote.
The first time I heard the words socialised medicine was from an American hospital administator I met on a train to Penang many years ago. She was working at the Bangkok Adventist Hospital covering for someone on leave and she needed a new visa to cover for her temporary assignment.
The word socialised sounded very strange as at least at the time the NHS was accepted by all political parties in Britain.What ever its shortcomings the NHS was still far superior to what America had to offer.
Betrayal is a cry Liberal Democrats frequently hear from Labour supporters whenever the Coaltion is mentioned. It harks back to the days of National government of the 1930s to the ultimate “betrayer” Ramsay McDonald. I came across this-
“In April 1935, a volume of essays by five leading National Labour politicians was published under the title “Towards a National Policy: being a National Labour Contribution”; MacDonald contributed a preface in which he argued that the Labour opposition “is as little guided by Socialist opinion and inspired by the fine human spirit of our British Socialism as any other political party of pure expediency striving for a majority.”
These days the S word is little mentioned in Labour circles. The fine human spirit of British Socialism has withered with the advent of New Labour but the striving for a majority is as strong as ever among its careerist politicians.
Hats off to Harry Shindler and his just fight for the voting rights
of Britons living and working overseas.
The World War Two Burma Campaign has often been called the Forgotten War.
For the ethnic Karens who fought to remove the Japanese occupiers, the
conflict did not end in 1945.In fact it continues to this day with their fight for freedom against an oppressive Burmese government.