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Brits Need to Read Bernie Sanders Asking Twitter: 'What's the Most Absurd Medical Bill You've Ever Received?'

By Petr Knava | Politics | December 2, 2019 |

By Petr Knava | Politics | December 2, 2019 |


The UK General Election is 10 days away. It’s the country’s most important election in living memory. The choice could not be starker.

As Brits head into polling stations on 12th December, the future of the nation stands at a crossroads. One path leads towards Boris Johnson and his far-right aligned Conservatives, bringing with them further decimation of the social fabric, more deadly austerity and rampant poverty, homelessness, and food banks, more imperial aggression abroad, and more class war against the most vulnerable in society. The other path is represented by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, and it leads towards the most radical reorganisation of power relations in generations, with a massive rejuvenation of all sectors of civil society, an immediate end to austerity, and an end to wars of imperial aggression.

The Labour Party manifesto is a radical and ambitious document in some ways—chiefly on things like climate change, foreign policy, race, and education; and in other ways it is a very moderate guide on how to achieve parity with similar yet less rabidly Thatcherite nations in mainland Europe that, in being painted as crazy and unworkable by the country’s right-wing media, shows just how far the UK has been pulled into a neoliberal dystopia in which any suggestion of improving society a little bit for anyone but the very wealthiest is seen as completely impossible. If you don’t have time to read the manifesto, this short video summary is a good cross-section of Labour’s plans to transform British society:

The eyes of the world are on the UK. A Labour victory wouldn’t just be a huge boon for an international left, signaling that an alternative is possible, but also for the global climate movement as well, as Labour’s plans are not just ambitious—they are completely necessary to stave off the worst of the coming calamity, and they would be lighting the way for other similar countries to follow. Equally significant for ordinary Brits are the differences between the Tory and Labour plans for the National Health Service. The NHS would simply not survive under another five years of Tory rule. Already stretched to breaking point by a decade of vicious Tory cuts designed to make it easier to sell off, the death by a thousand privatisation cuts of the country’s universal healthcare provider would be turbocharged under a Johnson administration. To any Brits reading this: For a glimpse of the future of what the country’s healthcare will eventually look like if we wake up to a Tory administration on the 13th December, look no further than Bernie Sanders’ question on Twitter about absurd medical bills.

Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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