Wrong framing can often just be a subtle influence…

The headline in yesterday’s Observer was ‘NHS chiefs in standoff with Treasury over emergency £10bn’.


The row piles pressure on Sunak to find more money for the NHS ahead of his summer statement on Wednesday.

The article says that, according to the NHS:

“There’s a very, very significant difference between the phrase ‘the NHS will get whatever it needs’ and the behaviour now being exhibited by the Treasury.”

Which is no more than the truth and also indicative of Cummings’ bullying methods and failure to stick to his word.

But going back to the Observer comment, they could have framed the article – say – so as to draw on the likelihood of better success if the NHS just gave a couple of thousand to the Tory Party. On past experience government money would then cease to be a problem. Instead their narrative indicates that Sunak (or his boss, Cummings) has to find the money.

Of course, they don’t at all – they just tell the Bank of England to enter up the numbers and create it for them.

The mere use of the word find indicates insufficiency, difficulty, scarcity – when none of these is the case, because Sunak, unlike the journalist who wrote the article, never has to find money as he is in charge of creating it.

Unless the Observer really does believe that the government creating money is the same as an Easter egg hunt, then ‘finding’ money should never be any part of the narrative.


  1. Bill Hughes -

    It should be allocating the money that is created by the BOE.

  2. Coinneach -

    “….better success if the NHS just gave a couple of thousand to the Tory Party.” Ideal! It would automatically put the NHS on the preferred list for a Gov’t contract to supply itself with PPE, thereby avoiding any future problems with supplies, like those that hamstrung the NHS’s task of protecting its employees and containing Covid19. Job Done!

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