If politicians stopped pretending to an almost totalitarian infallibility, and encouraged the rest of us to show what we can do, the results would be better.
The latter’s NHS myth is fading as time passes, and younger people bring their consumer viewpoint to their use of public services.
If he was alive today, Sir Henry Willink would have been an enthusiastic supporter of a comprehensive US/UK trade deal.
It was Henry Willink, supported by Churchill, who declared the NHS should be “free at the point of delivery, according to need not ability to pay.”
Plus: We must be the Party for social housing as well as home ownership. And: why don’t we trumpet our history of social reform?
Yet the role of the Tories, under Churchill’s leadership, in the development of the NHS is today entirely forgotten, and so is his Health Minister’s contribution.
We must follow the example of Beveridge, Butler and Willink.
No experiments! That is the reassuring message out of Manchester.