“All the members of the committee deserve to be congratulated on the report and on the tone that they have brought to this discussion…. We have to develop a much greater understanding of the complexity of the issues and we must do so fairly urgently….
“A great deal has been said about this whole issue of why Russia feels encircled. History shows us exactly the same: if you look to the origins of the 1914 war, there is no question but that encirclement was a big factor. It was felt not just by Russia at various stages but byGermany and by other countries…..
“We must return to this area to try to find our way through these difficult questions.”
View the full text here: H.LDebateonEU&Russia24.3.15
Lord Owen says the “limited, tinkering reforms” of the EU which David Cameron envisages by 2017 will not suffice.
“The situation will be very different to the 1975 UK referendum. BREXIT will by then be forced on to the agenda in a very risky way.”
Speech by the Rt Hon Lord Owen to LSE German Symposium on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 in reply to the Symposium question, “to what extent is the nation state an antiquated notion?”
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
On 21 January 2015, Lord Owen featured in the “What makes us Human” series hosted by Jeremy Vine on on BBC Radio 2.
To listen to the podcast, please click here: What makes us Human interview
Article, published in The Guardian 19 January 2015
Hinchingbrooke has been a heavy defeat for an ideological solution that can work well in manufacturing or retailing, but runs into problems in healthcare.
Advocates of a market-led, partly privatised NHS for England have been saying for years that “what matters is what works”, dismissing those who believe in the 1948 NHS concept as ideological, old-fashioned or plain wrong.
Now that their flagship, Hinchingbrooke hospital, the only privately run NHS hospital in the country, is losing its private contractor, Circle, one might have expected the zealots to acknowledge the flawed nature of their policy? Not a bit of it. The arch priest of markets everywhere, the Economist, merely records that it “is just one of dozens in financial trouble”.
To read the full article please click here: Hinchingbrooke.
A new book by Lord Owen entitled The Health of the Nation: NHS in Peril will be published on 4 December. It details the damage done by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the reasons why the worst aspects of it must be repealed.
The six chapter headings covering the main topics are as follows:
“The Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015 is an all-party and no-party campaign* whose aim is simple: to ensure a sufficient number of MPs are returned to Parliament in May 2015 so that whichever party or combination of parties form the government the marketisation of healthcare is removed from the Health and Social Care Act 2012 – which in essence only applies to England. This Act was likened when it was published to tossing a hand grenade into the NHS. The damage it has done already is hard to exaggerate, let alone quantify. This legislation must be repealed but it will have to be done carefully in an enabling way, with no single appointed day when everything changes.”
Action Sheet p. xvii
This explains the Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill:
Chapter 1 The Hung Parliament of 2010
Chapter 2 Fatally Flawed NHS Legislation
Chapter 3 A People’s Commission
Chapter 4 NHS Marketisation – EU and US
Chapter 5 SOS: Save Our Surgeries
Chapter 6 A One-nation NHS
For more details regarding specific sections within the book please click here
To buy the e-book or paperback please go to the book section or click here
Prime Ministers should stay in office for no more than ten years or eight years if the Fixed Term Parliament Act is changed from five to four years, according to former Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen. He believes limitation would curb the hubristic behaviour of Prime Ministers who become intoxicated with power. Speaking at a conference on Leadership: Stress & Hubris on 17 November, hosted by the Daedalus Trust and the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society, Lord Owen outlined his Private Member’s Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 11 November, to provide for a maximum limitation related to the period during which a Prime Minister can hold office of two terms of Parliament under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. For a full copy of the Bill and the Explanatory Notes please click links below..
Speech (with video) by Lord Owen at SOL Global Forum, May 2014, Paris
How to curb the hubris or narcissism of leaders, without them losing other essential characteristics of leadership has exercised many minds over the last few centuries. It is not just a subject that fascinated the Greeks. John Adams, one of the famous Founding Fathers of America, who helped draft the Independence Constitution, in A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, written in August 1765, wrote about “a general knowledge among the people” which he believed meant “they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefensible divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge. I mean the character and conduct of their leaders”…
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