New directions?

Following last week’s elections, it appears that Suffolk County Council will be curtailing some of its ambitious plans for a ‘virtual’ council.  The Tory vote seems to have suffered there, much more than in other shires, and the issue of radical reform seems to have been significant.  Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats (those that are left) have rediscovered their voice and have joined the many voices openly hostile to the NHS reforms.

None of this is particularly about ideas, practicalities etc.  Nobody seems to be suggesting that the Suffiolk plans can’t work.  Very few argue that there should be no competition and private involvement in the NHS.  It appears to be purely a response to electoral pressures.  Have the Tories blinked?  It wouldn’t have happened 30 years ago …


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