The National Audit Office has just announced it is to launch an investigation into the Conservative Party’s 2019 general election manifesto pledge to build 40 ‘new’ hospitals by 2030.

There’s also Bob Seely’s promise of an Island Deal. Has anyone seen anything yet?

And of course there’s the latest Tory work of fiction and promise to build a nuclear power station every year.

The government's lies and spin becomes bigger and more bizarre daily, and when things don’t go their way they simply change the rules, like the triple lock that’s been shelved to the financial detriment of millions of pensioners who are reliant on the state pension keeping pace with inflation and the rising cost of living.

This is going to have a huge detrimental impact on many of the elderly in our society, and coincidentally is something that is likely to disproportionately affect the Isle of Wight given recent census findings that show the number of Islanders over retirement age has increased by over 20 per cent.

The government has just finalised the introduction of its Integrated Care Partnerships (IPCs), which will force NHS Trusts to put out to tender many of their services.

The private health service has been, for some time now, cherry-picking the most financially lucrative areas of healthcare to deliver for the NHS.

Coincidentally, last week the highly respected medical journal, the Lancet, published its report into how the private medical sector was performing in this regard.

It didn’t make for comfortable reading. Many of these ‘for profit’ organisations were found to be providing a substandard service.

Their purpose, of course, is to line the pockets of their owners and shareholders.

A government that truly cared about its people would invest in their health and wellbeing, not plunder and divert the public money that funds it into the pockets of its friends, many with holdings in offshore tax havens.

But, as we all know, we stupidly elected a UK government, and political party, that wherever you look is shown to be both intellectually and morally bankrupt.

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