So patients will now have even more “choice” than ever before. This is a development from the “choice” first offered in 2006, revised in 2008 and, a year later, formalised as a right in the NHS constitution. So why is the “choice” agenda becoming so central to the NHS? And, equally, why do so many people remain sceptical of it?
There is more high quality recent history in Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley’s The British General Election of 2010. I was particularly impressed by the chapter on the Liberal Democrats, which I should have read before I wrote today’s Independent on Sunday column.
The Independent on Sunday has the scoop on tomorrow’s announcement by Chris Huhne, the Climate Change Secretary: he will scrap the plan to build a barrage across the Severn estuary to generate electricity from tidal flows.
Brilliant diary story by Matthew Bell in today’s Independent on Sunday:
Residents of Hampstead are up in arms after a commemorative frieze of George Orwell’s face was stolen from a wall marking the location of Booklover’s Corner, the second-hand shop where he worked in the 1930s.
Whether one plays to win or plays to simply play doesn’t bother me one whit. If you can’t win in sport, you lose. I don’t want India to win in cricket, Reading or East Bengal clubs in football, or Roger Federer in tennis at any cost; I want them to win at all costs. The pursuit of winning a game, unadulterated by petty diversions, is the very essence of sport.
The ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror dashes Labour’s pre-conference hopes of going into the lead:
Con 40% (+1)
Lab 34% (-2)
LibDem 14% (-1)
Others 12% (+2)
(Comparison is with last ComRes poll for The Independent published 2 October.)
Nick Crafts, Professor of Economic History at Warwick (right), is another of my heroes, and he also has an article in this month’s Parliamentary Brief. Here is the bit that caught my eye:
Guy Keleny, one of my favourite columnists, has an excellent item in today’s Errors & Omissions in The Independent about a misconceived turn of phrase I had not noticed before:
I am a great admirer of Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Sussex, whose The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron is a model of contemporary history. He has a short article in Parliamentary Brief this month, which has the best three-paragraph encapsulation of what happened at the 2010 election I have read:
We have a ComRes poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow (shared with the Sunday Mirror), which offers a snapshot of the state of public opinion after the party conference season and before the Comprehensive Spending Review.
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