But there's a different, local issue: the contempt shown to Brighton and Hove residents by the city's two Tory MPs, Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby. Both were invited to address residents outside Hove Town Hall yesterday, to explain the reforms. Both refused, saying they were too busy, according to the event's organisers, Brighton Against the Cuts. Too busy to talk to residents? As the hundred or so city residents gathered, Mr Weatherley tweeted: "This weekened I'm relaxing at home. Might stick on a film. Any recommendations?"
Personally, I think the moment for the Government to back down over its plans to privatise the NHS has probably passed. But, given that Messrs Kirby and Weatherley have consistently voted for the reforms, I think their failure to explain how they think they'll benefit us is nothing less than shameful. I hope they start taking their responsibility to communicate their positions to residents more seriously in future - perhaps by taking a leaf out of Green MP Caroline Lucas's book. Dr Lucas (pictured above) not only turned up (along with at least six local Green Party councillors), she spoke with residents, explained her position on NHS health reforms and generally doing the job of an MP.