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Letter: NHS risk and reward

I fear that Jackie Ashley, in an otherwise excellent article, overplays the importance of avoiding a “loss of face” by Cameron over the NHS bill (Only fear of losing face keeps this mad NHS gamble going, 20 February). I believe she missed a more sinister factor – the determination of the Tories, despite the glaring lack of democratic mandate, to dismantle the state to the absolute minimum, delivering to their friends and financial backers running so-called free markets the realisation of their profit-sodden dreams. 

It is just another example of the evidence-denying vehemence with which the far right, in hock to a global business and financial elite, have striven to deny the failures of their system of capitalism and twist the evidence upside down to place all the blame for the current crises on “bloated states”. In the process, millions of working folk are delivered to the unyielding mercies of the global markets and democratic elections are rendered increasingly redundant.
Nigel de Gruchy
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