Guardian Hacks' Private Healthcare Bonanza

“Goodbye comprehensive healthcare, hello private insurance”, was how the Guardian spun the Coalition’s health reforms. Apparently that evil mastermind masquerading as Andrew Lansley was implementing “the biggest ever act of NHS privatisation”, and the private healthcare market is an anti-competitive oligopoly. Sir Michael White certainly doesn’t like private firms “sniffing around” – there’s even a whole section of their website devoted to their beloved NHS.

Funny then that every single full-time Guardian employee is offered a private healthcare scheme paid for by Guardian News & Media. Guido has got hold of documents showing that Guardian journalists are offered a generous £733-a-year per person AXA health plan, all costs covered by GNM:

Employees can decide to opt out, but Guido would be very interested to hear whether any Guardian hacks put principle before their own health. Private schools, private healthcare – Guido thinks Rusbridger’s hypocrites deserve a tax rebate…




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“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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