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David Owen highlights need for parity for Eurozone and non-Eurozone countries within the EU”.

Letter published in the Guardian, 28 May 2014:

On the issue of fiscal convergence, David Cameron must not repeat the mistake of Margaret Thatcher who ignored Nigel Lawson’s twice-repeated warning…. that “the inclusion of European monetary union as a treaty objective would be a political commitment going well beyond previous references to EMU.” Without a parity of esteem for an EU of multiple currencies there can be no basis for a UK renegotiation.

Read the full letter here

Lord Owen appears on BBC BOOKtalk to discuss his new book ‘The Health of the Nation: NHS in Peril’

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Watch the 15 minute programme here: BBC BOOKtalk (available until 26 February 2015)

The Health of the Nation: NHS in peril is Lord Owen’s latest book. On its release Lord Owen wrote in the Guardian:

“The Health and Social Care Act 2012 – engineered by the former health secretary Andrew Lansley – was a massive blunder, and even senior Conservative ministers now admit the scale of its disastrous repercussions.

“The main thrust of the Lansley project was to take the NHS down the American healthcare route, creating an external market and mandating the compulsory marketisation and commercialisation of services.

“Such a grave mistake as Lansley’s reform must be corrected. A reinstated NHS would be far better placed to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective healthcare service for England, which is similar, although not the same, in all parts of the UK. Repealing the 2012 act is not a realistic political option but its worst aspects can and must be excised, and the best opportunity to secure a commitment to doing that is before the 2015 election.”

Buy a copy of The Health of the Nation: NHS in peril from the Book Depository here: The health of the nation

Or, order direct from the publisher Methuen. Search for ISBN 978-0413777720

All profits from the book between now and the May 31st 2015 will go towards the  Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015

Way With Words Speech: Coalition

Speech by Lord Owen at the `Way With Words’ Festival

Dartington, Sunday 10 July 2011

‘THE COALITION’

The present Coalition Government that emerged after a few days negotiation owed almost everything to the openness and generosity of the speech that David Cameron made on the Friday once he realised he had lost the General Election.  It was the surprising nature of his words that made it possible for Liberal Democrats to set aside merely supporting a Queen’s Speech of any party that had both a majority of the seats and a majority of the votes and instead actually become part of a Conservative-led coalition government. To read the full speech  please click here

Speech by Lord Owen: Learning From Opposition

Speech by Lord Owen: Learning From Oppostion. How Does Labour Avoid The Mistakes of  The Past

Click here to read full version of the speech

“31:51:81” Progress Meeting with Political Historians, Monday, 16 May 2011

30 years on from the SDP

CentreForum debate to mark the 30th anniversary of the formation of the SDP, Monday, 22 March 2011

A Message from David Owen

I wish I could have been with you to hear and contribute to the debate but I am in Germany.

I genuinely believe that all of us who were in the SDP can in our individual ways justly claim to be its heirs.  No one political party, member of one of the existing parties, or those who never joined another political party after the demise of the SDP can claim exclusivity.  And the reason I believe is that we never really succeeded in achieving an uncontested definition of what the modern social democratic party was.  This was both a weakness and a strength during the political turbulence of the 1980s.

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