I've just seen a report on Channel 4 News this evening which seems to be suggesting that Tony Blair has proposed introducing Patient Passports in the NHS to allow people to use the money and go to private hospital if they choose.
The whole theme of nicking a Tory policy a year or so after deriding it is hardly unusual, but Blair has clearly lost it. Trying to out flank the Conservative Party from the Right on a policy that can and will never come to fruition as he's leaving in a few months is the sign of a desperate man surely?
As he's never going to follow it through, and it unlikely his successor (whoever that is) will be bound by what he says in these last months, I can see no political purpose in such an announcement. It certainly will not have any electoral impact on Conservative votes. Basically, he's delusional about the credibility of his own position and power.