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Is it the end of the NHS as we know it? (Westminster Skeptics)

Recorded at Westminster Skeptics on 23rd January 2012, Colin Leys spoke about the proposed NHS reforms.

The government maintains that the Health and Social Care Bill doesn’t mean the privatisation of the NHS. Is this true? What are the main changes implied by the Bill, and what do they imply for patients and taxpayers? What are the reasons for the changes, and do they add up to a persuasive case?

Colin Leys is an emeritus professor of political studies at Queen’s University, Canada, and an honorary professor at Goldsmiths University of London. His most recent books include Market-Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest (2001) and (with Stewart Player) The Plot Against the NHS (2011).

Episode 122 – 10th February 2012

This week we explore UN reform with a former ambassador to the United Nations, get the latest on the Twitter Joke Trial, build a moon base and keep filibustering to pass the time.


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UN Reform (2:25) by James O’Malley (ft Sir Jeremy Greenstock)
Twitter Joke Trial Appeal (12:36) by Carl Gardner (ft David Allen Green)
Moon Bases (16:56) by Alex Fitch
Women’s History Month (25:53) by Jessica Metheringham-Owlett
Filibustering (30:41) by Craig Lucas (ft Christopher Chope)
Challenge Sally (38:40) by Tom Williamson (ft Michael Marshall)
Electric Lullaby (47:15) by Sarah Angliss

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Episode 91 – 1st July 2011

We have an exclusive clip of Chris Bryant kicking off about Bishops in the Lords, look at Medical Magic Mushrooms, and find out what happens if you don’t wash for 40 days.


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Medicinal Magic Mushrooms (1:49) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Roland Griffiths)
Johann Harigate (11:51) by Dean Burnett
Bishops in the Lords (21:23) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Bryant)
NHS Changes (25:45) by Adam Jacobs
Creationist Geology (32:59) by Salim Fadhley (ft Stephen Newton from NSCE)
Fragile Social Networks (42:42) by Steven Sumpter
Bad PR Results (48:14) by Michael Marshall
Smellytweet Update (58:26) by James Thomas
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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