Press cycle 18 - social care
It is often spouted that 'Actions speak louder than words' so let's look at the record. Labour has committed £400 and delivered. The Conservatives cut last time, and have promised nothing. Neither words nor actions whereas Labour continues to deliver on promises. This is a clear move by the Secretary of State to resolve the crisis and she has my full support in this. Mr MacMillan may want to polish up on his lines of spin because this is about providing and investing today so that we have services tomorrow, rather than borrowing the policies of yesterday which he advocates.
Labour has committed to Citizen's Assemblies, and despite what naysayers may say (usually 'nay'), they are led by experts and professionals to gather real experiences. Labour delivering on improvement. Under Labour Social Care can constantly improve and innovate based on real suggestions from real patients, I say this because what would the Opposition know, they're all on BUPA. The users of the service are our first priority, if it doesn't work for them then it just isn't worth doing; this is why Ms Gallacher has introduced Expert-led Citizen's Assemblies, as much as I can sympathise with Mr MacMillan for not understand how they work it is, perhaps, his duty to respect the good work done to make sure that the system works, and if it doesn't the patients have their say in getting it right for them.
Anthony Bertram Charles Wilson, MP for Darlington.
When I brought up the issue of social care in Parliament, it's telling that throughout Dylan Macmillan's address to Parliament, he spoke about the European Union more than he spoke about social care - I suppose it's understandable in terms of his political survival, but we are discussing the survival of people's real lives and their health.
Whatever they say, whatever act they poll, the Opposition are not fit for government. They have posited themselves as a protest vote on the issue of the European Union, where every response to every pressing question comes back to their obsession with the EU. We need better.
"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.
The Conservative opposition to a citizens' assembly is bewildering - and I think shows the preference for simplistic and tribalistic politics that currently pervades the top of Tory party thinking. Citizens' assemblies - unlike the solve-every-problem-with-a-referendum mindset that Dylan Macmillan is embracing in sharp contrast to his party's history - are consultative, participatory, creative. Citizens' assemblies empower ordinary people to have a say in the questions that drive our politics, rather than forcing citizens to choose between two rigid answers that politicians dictate from on high. Macmillan's attempt to turn the social care debate into another round of EU-bashing is cheap.
While we disagreed on some of the details, both the Liberal Democrats and Labour entered this coalition with a shared set of priorities on social care. That is why our first budget has made so much extra money available for social care - £400 million in current spending to deal with the burden on social care now and an extra £1 billion in investment to lay the groundwork for future integration and long-term sustainability of the system. For too long, politicians of all parties have neglected the seriousness of social care and its vital role in fairness and good health outcomes. That ends now.
Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
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This was really the Gallacher - Macmillan press cycle (ft. Bertie), and it was a decent win for Gallacher who showed she was on top of her brief and had a decent set of things to announce and trumpet.
But a word. On both sides this press cycle had a lot of 4 press comments where one would have done. There is (1) no need, and (2) I will dock marks for bombarding the press with the same point. Both sides did it. So I can't dock points from you. But pls. Stop.