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For the third question time in a row Ed Miliband has exposed the prime minister's vulnerability on the NHS. For the third time in a row David Cameron has been watched by glum Liberal Democrats.

What wounded the PM this week were his own words quoted back at him:

"Change - if it is to endure, if it is to really work - should have the support of people who work in our NHS. We have to take our nurses and doctors with us... we want to work with them, not against them."

This week, the Labour leader quipped - in a reference to Monday's very selective health summit - the PM hadn't even been prepared to be in the same room as the representatives of not just doctors and nurses but midwives, physios and many others who work in the NHS.

The next threat to the NHS Bill will come not in this afternoon's Opposition Day vote and not from within the Conservative Party but from grass-roots Lib Dems.

There is now a move to secure an emergency motion at the party's spring conference to kill the bill and an activists' petition as well.

Most telling of all, though, is the fact that Nick Clegg has told allies that he is losing more activists from the party on this issue than he did on tuition fees.

 
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    Comment number 305.

    @ 300/301

    Yes, a soul group, BG. C'mon - if you don't know that by now you never will.

    Interesting point in the MB 'class' doc - that the Atlee government blew a big chance to end the private schools nonsense. They could have done it but chickened. Never thought of it quite like that before.

    Would have saved me so much blogging heartache.

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    Comment number 304.

    menin 298
    How can you put up a 'good argument' for a meaningless soundbite? Ranks along with 'The Big Society' (You'll have to sort out the mess our policies leave?) and 'You can't borrow your way out of a debt crisis' (But that's what we're doing anyway?)

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    Comment number 303.

    Good news for Cameron on the NHS - there are now so many companies having doubts on the 'free workers' welfare scheme that it is taking some attention away from the NHS debacle for now.

    Damn socialists - every where you turn, spoiling these well thought through and executed Tory plans.

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    Comment number 302.

    @PaulErith

    The NHS and Massive Council Housing projects were undertaken soon after WW2 when the country was in a similarly deep hole financially, war loans etc.The main reasons for both were that standards of life for the many in this country were not very pleasant, unable to afford the only healthcare at the time, private. They could do it then. I don't believe they can't do it now!

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    Comment number 301.

    #300 Apologies Melvyn with a 'y'.
    Thinking of Melvin & the Bluenotes for some odd reason.
    Although what they have to do with NHS reforms heaven knows.
    I thought they were a Philly's soul group.
    Just when you think you know your music.

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    Comment number 300.

    Interesting doc on class & culture by Melvin B at the moment.
    Probably be finished by the time this gets posted...

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    Comment number 299.

    @298
    ..even BG.

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    Comment number 298.

    IDBI/GB
    Newsnight had 4 business representatives who put up a good argument against anti business "snobbery". For sure there are businesses that deserve to be pilloried and no one should defend them but there are businesses that invest heavily in training and give something back.


    Too serious for this stage in the week but you know what I mean.

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    Comment number 297.

    #296
    is this the latest political manouvre? If you don't like something you're a snob.
    Want a fair wage for a fair day's work? Snob.
    Don't like creeping privatisation in the NHS? You're a health snob.
    Ditto education? Education snob.
    Inverted snobbery. You don't want to be outsnobbed.

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    Comment number 296.

    Meanwhile it's good to know that Dave's speech against 'anti-business snobbery' went down so well. Like most lead balloons it went down fast. Even the Torygraph had this;
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/cartoon/
    One last laugh, sadly, courtesy of Frank Carson.

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    Comment number 295.

    Anyone contemplating a political career should see `Broadway Danny Rose.

    An agent with a one legged tap dancer,a depressive clown and a singer undergoing a sex change.That`s the political class.

    In Danny`s office is Chamberlain waving his piece of paper.`Peace in our time ` The fictions by which they govern.

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    Comment number 294.

    Bob Hawke - yes, WRH for the yard of ale, I think that's right.

    And there was our equivalent, of couse, William Hague. 14 pints routinely sank as if it was nothing special. Reprehensible but still ... respect.

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    Comment number 293.

    Saga@289

    A communal dunk would soon calm them down they could have rich tea for Dave, custard creams for Cleggy and jammy dodgers for young Ed.

    Boris can stick to crackers.

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    Comment number 292.

    Time for DC to put words into action (big ask I know but...). End subsidised alcohol in HOC!
    Vote, hic! - every trip?

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    Comment number 291.

    TBG@290

    But whoa, those Bob Hawke mood swings - happy go lucky one minute, bursting into tears the next - alcohol and politician just don't go.

    To be (very momentarily) fair on Joyce - his opening gambit was allegedly "there's too many Tories in here" - not something most of us up here in Scotland have to worry about in our local.

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    Comment number 290.

    #289 S

    Wonder if we'll ever see a politician the likes of Bob Hawke again.
    World-record holder for quickest pint/yard of ale?

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    Comment number 289.

    mike @ 284

    Yes, the more first-hand research I do on alcohol the more I conclude it ought to be uninvented. And as for its availability in the HoC, that seems inadvisable.

    What's wrong with MPs getting together over a chat-inducing cup of tea? Plate of biscuits even (within reason).

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    Comment number 288.

    #285

    I'd say it's more pusillanimous than puisillanamous. ;)

    No party (or commentators) can afford to throw stones when it comes to MPs' improprieties, gross or otherwise.

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    Comment number 287.

    I 281
    What do they have in common apart from the obvious or is this a hint of something darker?

    Gossip and scandal is the lifeblood of a diarist like yourself with a caricaturist`s sense of the pompous,and riduculous like that inflated tyre on the Tory front bench,or Lansley looking as if he`s seen a mouse.

    They`re hopeless around women,the HOC is the only club that will have them

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    Comment number 286.

    280.rockRobin7 Ed Milliband also stands for an economics policy similar to that employed by Brown and Darling; a policy which was, until May 2010, bringing us out of recession. You will remember also that Brown was seriously considered as the leader of the IMF, such was his standing in the world.

 

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