Clegg: I love it when we go outdoors together, Daddy. Where are we going?
Cameron: To have our photo taken sitting next to some poor bastard who can't get out of his hospital bed.
Clegg: That's so exciting! What shall I say to him, Daddy?
Cameron: That you love me very much, that I'm a very listening kind of Daddy and that you love my new NHS reforms.
Clegg: I do, I do! But I also loved the old ones that you and Andy tried to rush through last year. That's why I voted for them.
Cameron: I know you did, Cleggster and I appreciate that. But I've done a lot of listening since then and what I've heard is the public don't think I know what I'm doing which is why I'm going to do what the public wants . . .
Clegg: And what's that?
Cameron: Buggered if I know, Cleggster. I've no idea what's in the new bill, but as long as I keep saying we're creating a more streamlined, more bureaucratic, less market-driven, more competitive NHS in which patients have a right to see their GP at any time he or she isn't comparing tenders for healthcare provision, everything should be fine.Clegg: You're so clever, Daddy.
17 June 2011
Cynicism rules OK
The coalition's health policy is explained in The Guardian: