Monday, January 17, 2011

"Eccentric" Cameron?

So let me get this straight, this morning, on the Today programme, David Cameron cited the OECD that damned Britain’s cancer survival rates and coronary care and said it was one very good reason for reforming the system, noting,
"We have fallen behind the rest of Europe. We are more likely to die of cancer or heart disease."
Now shoot back to August 2009, when Dan Hannan was interviewed on Fox in the US and said, quite sanely and rightly that,

"We have a system where the most salient facts of it you get huge waiting lists, you have bad survival rates and you would much rather fall ill in the US."
What was Cameron's response? Well, he went on Sky News personally and described Hannan as having "some rather eccentric points of view" and CCHQ were briefing he was jolly angry about the whole thing.

Clearly Cameron has become eccentric himself or has had a Damascene Conversion to sanity.

Ironically of course, at the time of the Hannan nonsense, Peter Mandelson said,

"You are seeing two faces of the Conservative Party. The one that David Cameron would like everybody to see and the one that is the truth."
No doubt they'll point to this and say "see we were right all along!" - although they were of course wrong on the argument, because only a complete moron could actually argue that if we were building the NHS today we'd do it the same way it was done in 1946.

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