Today, the UK's National Health Service is celebrated, rhetorically even by the Right. But for a decade, the NHS has been subject to destructive cutbacks, leading to crumbling facilities, outsourcing, privatization, and staff pay freezes. Britons need to demand better.
Colin Leys is the co-chair of the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), an independent think-tank on health and social care policy. He is also an emeritus professor of political studies at Queen's University, Canada.
Today would have been British Labour MP Tony Benn's 95th birthday. We remember his contributions to the struggle for democracy and socialism, a struggle that we must continue today.