When Philip Gould pitched the idea of writing for The Times on his time with cancer, it sounded as if he was sketching out another political memo. His party had, at the time, let him down. The Conservatives were back in power, enjoying the easy press that comes with the first months of office. And Philip Gould’s cancer story offered what he saw as a powerful morality tale that showed the shortcomings of private healthcare against the world-beating treatment of the National Health Service. He had fought his whole life for the NHS. For the past two years, it had kept him alive. He had found the perfect focus group for the New Labour argument of public service values versus private sector efficiency. The focus group happened to be him.
KeywordsPrivate Healthcare Sector Efficiency British Politics Deputy Editor Suburban Town
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