Maugham states that his case against the Tavi regards the lawfulness of waiting list times for first appointment.

Take him at his word. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s any kind of political fight against other groups.
If he wins, and he may well do, I don’t think it would be a bad outcome.

Wouldn’t we all want children to see medical/psychological specialists as soon as they can?

But it’s only that (which may be a good ‘that’).
He seems happy to create the idea that a victory would be a political one, against his ‘dark money-funded hate groups’.

It is not. That’s his own personal crusade shining through.
We shouldn’t give him space to set up a situation where a straightforward legal victory will be turned into a political and personal victory.
Of course, if I were the ‘unnamed’ target of his personal crusade, I’d be seeking legal advice regarding defamation.

But that’s a separate context to the legal case he’s bringing, which is no more than a challenge to NHS waiting time targets for a specific service.
This is a very vague collection of thoughts 😂

I think what I’m saying is that we shouldn’t be tricked into his propaganda that this is somehow a big old fight against an ‘unamed’ group whose scalp he will then claim if he wins a fairly boring legal case.

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