October 8th, 2012

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…


  1. 1
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Is there no limit to these people’s hypocrisy? Apparently not.

    Thank you once again for exposing these champagne socialists for what they really are.

  2. 2
    Kevin T says:

    The left don’t believe in the concept of hypocrisy. They genunely think what you say matters far more than what you do. If Rupert Murdoch pretended to be a socialist like Robert Maxwell, they would clasp him to their bosoms.

  3. 3
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Are we surprised by these champagne socialists anymore?

    Hypocrisy just does not cover it.

    In the interestes of transparency, the Guardian hacks should all place in the public domain their tax returns, their health care provision & whether they send their kids to private schools.

    The sooner the taxpayer stiops subsidising these bastards via public sector jobs advertising the better – & of course GNM avoids paying their fair share of tax in the UK through offshoring.

  4. 4
    George Orwell says:

    All animals are equal, some animals called Polly are more equal than other animals.

  5. 5
    Tex Evader says:

    Read the following, then the comments and have a jolly good laugh at Polly’s evasion


  6. 6
    Aunty Matter says:

    One rule for the plebs and one for fat Polly I suspect.

  7. 7
    The Cenral Scrutinizer says:

    Its the same as with Labour politicians and BBC executives…. Their own personal finances and circumstances put them fairly and squarely into the 1%, however, they then spend their time in agitating class war and division – and telling the less well off how they are disadvantaged they are and how the world will come to an end if the Tories have their way.

    When will people wake up to the fact that they are being played by The Guardian and The Beeb…

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Not sure where the hypocrisy is? Have they ever stated they are against people having private health insurance? Their criticism of the government are based on allowing private health insurances assume NHS functions or if NHS funding is cut.

    You have have private health insurance and still support the NHS?

  9. 9
    David L says:

    This would explain why the Grauniad hacks are always telling us how wonderful the NHS is: they don’t actually have to use it themselves.

  10. 10
    Polly Kettle-On says:

    I’m very well, thank you for asking. *Hic*

  11. 11
    Socialism is a severe mental illness says:

    “But the scratchy politics of grudge in such a dysfunctionally unequal country forces the question – over half the population earns five or 10 times less than the chancellor. Extreme inequality makes politics nastier.”

    If only we’d had a Labour government at some point in the last 20 years, we wouldn’t today be living in a “dysfunctionally unequal” country.

    And shoudn’t it be “a fifth or a tenth” rather than “five or 10 times less”?

  12. 12
    Grundy says:

    If NHS funding is really cut, then at least the Guardian writers will be okay. Then they can lecture the rest of us as always.

    Please keep reading the rag, anonymous. Just don’t question how our socialist superiors so smoothly say one thing and do quite another.

  13. 13
    david says:

    Slightly off topic but with BBC and Guardian ‘employees’ on private health care and also enjoying the opportunity , with free advertising, to write books, endorse products and benefit from their exposure as so-called celebrities , potential earnings skyrocket.
    Having myself run a highly profitable organisation in the pricvate sector with over 1 000 employees I know there were only two people in it that earned more than the Prime Minister. I find it incredible that the BBC has so many people paid more than the PM .No wonder there is a skills shortage in some sectors of the economy- they are all working for the BBC !

  14. 14
    jgm2 says:

    And shoudn’t it be “a fifth or a tenth” rather than “five or 10 times less”?

    Yes. But these are bedwetters. Simple maths and balancing equations is a bla*ck art which is why their solution to everything is to simply squander more money.

  15. 15
    jgm2 says:


    Posh, privileged old Etonian gives UK something to be proud of.

    Something perhaps for Cameron to highlight as an antidote to the bedwetter’s mindless class war.


  16. 16
    Tom Catesby says:

    Really what does anybody expect? In this, ‘we’re all in it together, one nation’ society. Good health deals for the some and an NHS, being destroyed by the likes of these same scumbags, for the rest of us.

  17. 17
    The automod tries my patience. says:

    They’re all hypocritical sh*it-stirrers. Very much like O*sáma bin Lád*en, encouraging young ‘jihadi’ su*ic*ide bo*mb*ers to target the “decadent infidel West”, whereas his advice to his own kids was “screw this religion malarky, live in the West, get rich”.

  18. 18
    Animal says:

    So, Polly now wants full transparency of all citizens’ earnings.

    What a citizen earns is private. The state is barely capable of being trusted with a bag of sweets – my personal data made public purely for the benefit of hectoring control freaks is a pathetic idea that does nothing but expand the public sector even further into everyone lives and create a date security nightmare that stalkers, scroungers and fraudsters would relish.

    Fuck off Toynbee and take the rest of your bong minded halfwit gang off to Tuscany with you along with the tax breaks you get that you don’t talk about.

  19. 19
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    Quite right. Instead of permanently knocking the best in Britain we should be applauding them – whether they are sportsmen, scientists or job creators. Socialist ideology is that somehow by magic everybody will work hard even if they are being punished with high taxes for doing so. Their stupidity is a danger to society.

  20. 20
    One Nation High Tory says:

    Not only are they weasel-like hypocrits but they are unpatriotic as AXA is French. In this era of one nation patriotism I recommend they switch to BUPA.

  21. 21
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    I have no problem with Guardian employers offering private health insurance or educating their kids in private schools. The problem they have is their blatant hypocrisy in lambasting the very government that has given them the freedom and human right to do so.

  22. 22
    AC1 says:

    Exactly. The “Envy of the world” is a lie. Most civilised countires use the NHS example as a lesson in what NOT to do.

  23. 23
    Kevin T says:

    Can you let us know which page(s) of the comments to look at, 28 pages of Guardian weaders bleating on about Tories and bankers is a bit much for a Monday morning :)

  24. 24
    ToonBob... says:

    Undoubtedly a pig in knickers!

  25. 25
    AC1 says:

    Destroy the NHS to enable proper care.
    It should have been pulled down when the Berlin wall fell down.

  26. 26
    The noisy neighbours says:

    Its all that pasta. I’ve told her many times to go easy on it, but she won’t be told. A few drizzles of truffle oil at the little place by the river and she’s like a woman possessed. Six, seven plates full and she still finds room for marscapone.

    Frederico has send the 4×4 just to get her back up the hill. One of these days they’ll get stuck in a pot hole and she’ll miss her deadline. And then where will we be?

  27. 27
    50 Calibre says:

    The NHS – International Healthcare Service – is certainly the envy the world, which is why so much taxpayer’s money is spent unnecessarily on the Health Tourists, Illegal Immigrants and the millions of Expats who flood back to the UK to avoid medical bills in the countries that they have chosen to live in.

    Of course it’s basically Health Dept incompetence promulgated throughout the system combined with administrative naivety and the staff’s belief that it’s nothing to do with them attitude that allows such grand scale fraud to be committed at public expense.

    Last one to leave turn the lights out, if there are any left…

  28. 28
    Rusbonkers says:

    I often find that a great surprise can help get rid of hiccups. Here’s one: you’re fired.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    But that’s just it. Yes they’ll be okay if NHS funding is really cut but to continue advocating it regardless isn’t hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is doing one thing and saying another, if they had lambasted private employers for offering private healthcare insurance then it’s hypocritical. Is they want private healthcare insurances banned in lieu of everybody using the NHS then that too would be hypocritical.

    I still fail to see the hypocrisy. It’s not incompatible to be using private healthcare whilst demanding that the NHS funding isn’t cut. It’s only hypocritical if you think that you need to gain personally from something in order to protect it.

    I too have a policy with BUPA but I am against cuts in nurse numbers or contracting out key services to private companies.

  30. 30
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    You either believe in the principle of state healthcare or you don’t. You are saying ‘Of course I believe in it but I’ll have private insurance just in case it isn’t good enough.’ You are a hypocrite.

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    It’s not a binary choice.

    You can say you support the principle of state healthcare whereby nobody needs to pay-as-use for required medical attention but I choose to pay for a better service. The NHS can’t give everyone a private room, it probably can’t pay for the most recent drugs whose efficiently is still open to question, or for quicker access to consultants and treatment for non-life threatening conditions. It’s not perfect and it’s expensive to run.

    However you don’t have to say one or the other. If you pay for a private healthcare policy you’re not saying that the NHS should cease to be. There is no conflict there despite the attempt to portray it as such. The NHS is there is I am ever in the position where I can no longer pay for private healthcare, it’s there is I never had that opportunity or desire, and it’s there for everyone else.

  32. 32
    Mary Jackson says:

    Because Polly Toynbee is worth it.

  33. 33
    Mary Jackson says:

    Reminds me of Deborah Orr and her support of her beloved Labour’s comprehensives while sending her off spring to an Academy and a private school.

  34. 34
    Crazy Tony says:

    Typical Socialists; who believe in Socialism for everyone except themselves.

  35. 35
    M says:

    Socialism , a perception sold by those who hope to secure a life of indulgence at the expense of the rest of society By creating a devided society

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Here is one of Polly’s better comments from said article: so much of the private sector makes its money from the public purse directly or indirectly…

    And they pay her £115k for writing c**p like that?

  37. 37
    Jimmy Mack says:

    Any expat who has paid 40 years contributions into the the system prior to moving to warmer climes is entitled to return to the UK for treatment via the NHS! its called payback!!! you nob.

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