Although much derided (correctly as it turns out) by the Remain campaign, the promise (or “aspiration”) of an additional £350m per week for the NHS obviously struck a chord with a large number of voters, some of whom will have seen the split-screen Leave political video comparing the hospital experience inside and outside the EU.
So despite the endless propaganda prior to the EU referendum campaign, trying to paint junior doctors as greedy, or nurses as uncaring, or more particularly that the “bureaucracy” was full of waste, people understand at the deepest level that what the NHS needs and deserves is substantial financial investment. We’ve even got a ballpark figure for what’s required!
For some reason the current situation with Article 50 put me in mind of this extract from Alice Through the Looking-Glass:
“‘Now the cleverest thing of the sort that I ever did,’ he went on after a pause, ‘was inventing a new pudding during the meatcourse.’
‘In time to have it cooked for the next course?’ said Alice. ‘Well, not the next course,’ the Knight said in a slow thoughtful tone: ‘no, certainly not the next course.’
‘Then it would have to be the next day. I suppose you wouldn’t have two pudding-courses in one dinner?’
‘Well, not the next day,’ the Knight repeated as before: ‘not the next day. In fact,’ he went on, holding his head down, and his voice getting lower and lower, ‘I don’t believe that pudding ever was cooked! In fact, I don’t believe that pudding ever will be cooked! And yet it was a very clever pudding to invent.'”
Desperately upset and disappointed by today’s result.
Partly because it seems obviously the wrong decision on any measure, but also because of what it says about the people who voted to Leave. I’m sure some voted from principle, and others out of racism and spite, but the majority of this majority seems to be drawn from people who feel they had nothing left to lose.
I fear that they are going to discover that they were wrong about that, and I take no pleasure from it whatsoever.