So-called ‘Tough Choices’ and the privatisation of the welfare state the long-held aims of Tory spivs, newly-released Cabinet papers reveal


By Bernadette Meaden

UK government Cabinet papers from 1982, now released under the 30-year disclosure rule, confirm that the dismantling of the welfare state, the privatisation of the NHS and the savage cutting of public services has been a long-held ambition of the Conservative party.

All that stopped them making their dream come true in the 1980s was the knowledge that it would be politically unacceptable. But the ambition has nonetheless been nurtured over the decades, and with the recent banking crisis the perfect opportunity arose to implement it.

As the public was bombarded by economic doom and gloom from every angle, Conservative Party ideologues knew that this was the best chance they would probably ever get. Policies that would have been unacceptable under normal circumstances could now be presented as “regrettable, but necessary”, in order to save our economy.

That is why George Osborne, rather bizarrely for a Chancellor, put so much effort into talking the UK economy down, to convince us all that we were in desperate straits, such that desperate measures were called for.

This, combined with a stream of propaganda that suggested a section of the population were idle parasites bleeding the country dry, paved the way for cuts to benefits and the punitive treatment of the unemployed.

Prime Minister David Cameron uses a cricketing metaphor to describe this process, he calls it ‘rolling the pitch’, or preparing the ground politically.

A similar process is happening now with the National Health Service. A constant stream of stories about poor care and neglectful staff have started to appear in sections of the media, presumably so that when the public wake up to the fact that the NHS has actually been privatised, and therefore abolished as we know it, it will not be mourned too much, and the outcry will be diminished.

So when Mr Cameron and other members of the government talk about “tough choices” they are really being rather disingenuous.

They are actually implementing policies that the Conservative party have wanted to implement for decades.

Their choices may be tough on us, but they actually are their choices:

Others can, and should, be made.

13 thoughts on “So-called ‘Tough Choices’ and the privatisation of the welfare state the long-held aims of Tory spivs, newly-released Cabinet papers reveal

  1. DAVID A SHAW says:

    Easy choices made by dirty spivs at the expense of every honest person in this nation. As there damn well is not one honest indivdual among the spiv Tory party. After all each and every one supports party policy. They should be renamed Gangsters not politicians.

    1. jefflph says:


  2. K Peake says:

    “In September, the Home Office broadened the definition of domestic abuse to include those who fall victim to psychological intimidation and controlling conduct.

    The cumulative effects of constant humiliation, criticism, threats, name-calling and manipulation can be just as devastating as kicks and punches.

    Aside from the immeasurable personal cost of going through abuse, the bill for treating the mental disorder caused by domestic violence in Britain is an estimated £176m, according to research by Lancaster University”–the-hidden-side-of-abuse-8433311.html

    Psychological abuse and mental torture is UK domestic policy. Politely ask them to leave:

  3. jed goodright says:

    nothing new here
    the alarming thing is that the labour party are happy to join in

    still we’ve got all the paralympic gold medals and honours to enjoy haven’t we???

  4. Kelpiemare says:

    ….and a certain Dr Simon W. has a knighthood. Any connection between his psychobabble model being used t cut disabled and sick peoples’ benefit and his knighthood is, I’m sure, a coincidence….(tongue firmly clenched between upper n lower teeth)

  5. jed goodright says:

    not wanting to spoil the honours list thread, I hereby serve notice that

    The other awards in health include a knighthood for Professor Simon Wessely who has pioneered academic work to improve mental health services, both preventative and for treatment, for the British Armed Forces.

    already had my posting of this appalling news deleted from the mainstream media – they don’t like it up ’em do they? in what way has this man ‘improved’ mental health services???? – by denying mental health exists???? all you need to know about the establishment

  6. Linda says:

    I feel we are sleepwalking and being manipulated into a privatised welfare state and NHS. Nobody could possibly want this.

  7. Humanity2012 says:

    The Tory Propaganda Press Hate Campaign against Poor and Vulnerable People
    must be Resisted and Countered

    Stuff about ” Benefits Rising Twice as Fast as Wages ” does Not Mean that People
    on Benefits are Living in Luxury given the Risen Costs of Railfares Food and Utilities but it does Show that Workers are Not being Paid Enough and that they are being Denied Proper Wage Increases to Bring their Wages up to Say £600 a Week to Live On

    Netherless People out there Brainwashed by the State Propaganda Media will Not
    have the Intelligence to Think About these Things

  8. Humanity2012 says:

    The Sleepwalk amongst the Far too Many out there still goes on out there in the ” Real ”
    World or Rather More the UnReal World of Political Oppression Rip Off Costs and
    ” Let’s Live in a Tiny Little World ” Mentality

    The Countless Billions Wasted upon the EU Abyss could and Should Fund Welfare
    Provision and other Essential Public Services

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