• Paul Bell

Voting for the Conservative Party is not only ungodly, it is bad for your health


I do not usually talk about my Christian faith. It is a private matter. But this general election is so important. Without a Labour Government we will continue to be ruled by the ungodly.

Some of my friends know I had a calling to become a priest in the Church of England. I’ve had four of these experiences. But me being me, rebelled. I am also far from perfect and have made mistakes, but somehow I’ve retained my faith ever since I sat on hard wooden pews, listening to two hour sermons at the Grimesthorpe Methodist Church in Sheffield. Back then I had delusions I could sing and wanted to be in the choir. Fortunately, I was never able to torture the congregation with my tone deaf squealing.

But 2017 is very different reality to the world of Christian values. It is a reality of a Conservative Party which no longer rules for the benefit of the whole country, but only for a rich cohort from whatever social class they hale. It is a party that used to be known as the Church of England at prayer. A party that brought us great reformers like Benjamin Disraeli, our wartime prime minister Winston Churchill and Harold MacMillan who created a massive social housing programme.

Theresa May says all the right things, such as worker’s rights and funding the NHS, but you have to live under a rock to not know the true direction of her policy: outright libertarian survival of the fittest.

This morning I came across an article by an online blogger, Tom Pride and it hit home. One job I used to do was working for an American charity. This charity campaigned against poverty in the US and in the developing world. Going to Washington DC was eye opening to me. I was 25 and I came across Kaiser Permanente and not in a good way.

Tom Pride writes that Kaiser is much like the NHS, as it provides (sells) a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare. However, it has three major differences: it is much more expensive than the NHS, the healthcare provision is run for profit and unlike the NHS it is not comprehensive. It only covers people who are in work.

But Jeremy Hunt and a co-hort of the soulless love Kaiser. They’ve been to visit many, many times. Tom shows us that NHS hospitals and NHS trusts as well as the Treasury and the Department of Health have recently visited.

Theresa May herself has refused to guarantee that she will not open up the NHS to be butchered by US firms in a post-Brexit trade deal across the Atlantic.

As Tom says, “It explains why the Tories were so desperate to push through their disastrous NHS reforms in the first place. A central plank of the NHS reforms was the formation of Clinical Commissioning Groups and which also happen to be a central plank of Kaiser’s healthcare system.

“And understanding the plans to replace the NHS across England with the Kaiser Permanente system goes a long way to explaining why Theresa May has done nothing to resolve the worsening NHS crisis, which she is gambling will only make the public more keen to see changes to a system that is being deliberately broken.”

So what does this have to do with religion and my faith? As I said I worked for an American charity. I witnessed first-hand testimony from victims of the American healthcare system that Kaiser is a major part of. The American system deprives. It denies. It sends you to hospitals miles from your local hospital, as that is where the business contract is. It kills.

Any politician who lies, denies and promotes such an evil system has to be disconnected from their soul. They are ungodly in my view. For healthcare is a fundamental human right. It is a right Jesus Christ would be fighting for if he lived today.

So, while forgiveness is an important part of my Christian faith, as is not judging, I am sinful. We must cast out the evil doers. We must tell them that standing for the Conservative Party – as it currently is – is an ungodly act. For the path to the destruction of free at the point of use, comprehensive and universal health care funded through taxation is under threat from the Conservative Party.

If you are a Christian, I ask you to consider the teachings of Jesus before you cast your vote:

Matthew 25:34-36

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."

Mark 10:21-22

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Mark 12:41-44

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.

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