In last night’s STV Leader’s debate, Willie Rennie tells Anas Sarwar that he doesn’t want to see a national care service because he worries about the mistakes we made in centralising the police.
Let’s leave that bizarre notion for another time because Sarwar’s response surprised me. He said:
I think we’ve got to have national standards. You’re right to say that but it’s got to be a mix between the public sector, the voluntary sector and local government and the private sector to make sure we get the right mix.
Really? The Labour Party wants to keep the private sector in our care system, making profits by keeping fees up and wage/resource costs low? Even as a matter of principle it’s a shocking position for the Labour Party to take but remember repeated research reports have shown that the over-reliance on agency staff in the larger, high occupancy, minimum staffing, corporate homes caused the outbreaks and, inadvertently perhaps, the deaths.
Did Labour Party members know this? Will they stay now?