Fool (verb): deceive, trick, hoax, dupe, take in, mislead, delude, hoodwink, sucker, bluff, gull; swindle, defraud, cheat, double-cross; informal con, bamboozle, pull a fast one on, take for a ride, pull the wool over someone’s eyes, put one over on, have on, diddle, fiddle, sting, shaft, snooker, stiff, euchre, hornswoggle; literary cozen.

So who’s been fooled?
Not, I suspect many readers of my blog item below
The great British public have, I fear largely been fooled. Can we blame them for believing all the bland reassurances of the politicians? I don’t know.
Many of the public are still being fooled.
Remember the frog. If you drop a frog into very hot water, it will jump out. But if you put a frog in cold water and slowly bring the water to the boil, the frog will not notice what is happening. It will make no attempt to escape and it will die.
Many of the Press and broadcasters have been fooled. That is less easy to forgive. It is their job to be suspicious of politicians.
Some of the healthcare professions were fooled initially. This may have slowed the development of the opposition to the Health and Social Care Act 2012. However, by the time the act was passed pretty well every branch of all the healthcare professions had come out clearly against the Lansley plan. Doctors of every specialty, nurses, midwives, and allied health professions, but also academics, Public Health experts and health economists all opposed what was being done to our NHS.

Many of our MPs and Peers have been fooled.
Some, alas are guilty. They genuinely wanted to do this. I would not deny someone the right to believe that it is in the best interests of the UK to break up the NHS and offer its constituent parts up to the private sector. What is harder to forgive is to do that while pretending otherwise.

Just remember the frog.

Happy Easter everyone.

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