Cameron’s previous dinner party accusations
After the weekend’s news that Peter Cruddas re-opened the cash-for-access can of worms, and the secret donor dinners at No. 10, I read with great interest the following words from a speech in July 2011:
‘People with money can get friendly with their local GP at a dinner party, maybe see them out of hours if there’s an emergency. In this world of restricted choice and freedom it’s the poorest who lose out.’
Those are the words of David Cameron accusing GPs of giving preferential access to ‘dinner party’ cliques.
The deputy editor of Pulse Magazine, Steve Nowottny, in a blog post after Cameron had made his accusation, said that Cameron was missing a trick, asking all the wrong questions. He concluded:
Lots of questions then, and no easy answers. Perhaps Mr Cameron could run them by a local GP at his next dinner party?
Not bloody likely.
Unless, of course, there are any GPs here:
Dinners in No 10 which major donors have attended:
14 July 2010 – No 10. Attendees:
Anthony & Carole Bamford
Michael & Dorothy Hintze
Murdoch & Elsa Maclennan
Lord John & Lady Sainsbury
Jill and Paul Ruddock
Mike and Jenny Farmer
Michael and Clara Freeman
28 February 2011 – flat
David Rowland and his wife. Andrew Feldman also attended.
2 November 2011 – flat. Attendees:
Henry and Dorothy Angest
Michael Farmer and wife
Ian Taylor and wife
27 February 2012 – flat
Michael Spencer and partner.