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Boris Johnson can unite Britain by protecting our NHS

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Boris Johnson will have to work quickly if he wants to convince a nation that hasn’t voted for him that he can lead Britain through one of its most challenging periods in a generation.

This starts with unifying a country that is painfully divided along both party political and Brexit lines.

The institution that can create this unity is the NHS – if Boris can commit to protecting it. Its survival, at least in its current form, is far from guaranteed.

There’s ongoing speculation that it will be included in a bumper US trade deal, leading to privatisation, but support for the NHS is one of the few things that the vast majority of Tories and Labour, Remainers and Leavers, can agree on.

This makes it a political magic wand that Johnson will need to start waving soon.

He’s made it an early priority, using one of his first speeches as prime minister to announce ’20 new hospital upgrades’ and a commitment that ‘the money for the NHS really does get to the frontline’. There appears to be a big NHS rebuilding programme underway, to tie in with Johnson’s infamous Brexit bus pledge.

The NHS is one of the most emotive subjects in British politics, and understandably so. It is seen not just as an essential public service but an expression of national character.

It is a national treasure that is........

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