By Caroline Lucas
The week before Christmas I spent an evening as an observer with an ambulance team in Brighton. The shift started at 5pm and continued well past its technical finish time of 1am.
The calls came in thick and fast. Whether it was dealing with the immediate aftermath of a sudden stroke or the effects of under-age drinking, the team were unfailingly polite, professional, respectful and – something that struck me more than anything – simply kind.
All of us have at some point been inspired by the compassion, commitment and professionalism of those giving of themselves in public service – whether it's a doctor, nurse, teacher, firefighter or a policewoman. Politicians know that, which is why almost every Westminster debate about public services rings with glowing praise for those who work on them.
Yet while they'll profess admiration for individual public servants, mainstream politicians have over the past three decades relentlessly promoted a narrative which has taughtRead More »from We need a law to protect us against privatisation