Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Quote of the Day

'Nevertheless, to this government, the private sector is automatically better. To suggest otherwise is heresy. That's why they're restructuring the NHS, in a way that will encourage more private enterprise, three weeks after the Commonwealth Fund declared it the most efficient health service out of the seven it had studied – that's ahead of Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, all systems with more private sector involvement. The NHS might well be, in terms of the results it delivers with the money it gets, the most efficient health service on earth. And yet the Tories are convinced that hasty and sweeping organisational reforms will make it even more so.'

I've always had a soft spot for David Mitchell. Perhaps it may seem ironic, but I like his portrayal of modern British conservatism as being rooted in misanthropy, shyness and awkwardness rather than any Hayekian idealism or Randian amoralism or even Churchillian nostalgia. I also respected his honest rebuke to fellow comedians who pointed the J'accuse finger at him for appearing in a commercial (shock horror) as if British popular culture really was a hotbed of revolutionary anti-capitalism not a pillar of consumerism.

Still, the comedy conservative seems to find it difficult keeping up with the pace of Cleggaron's 'progressive coalition'. Says it all really. Whilst I'm generally astounded by how inarticulate David Cameron is, his quip about Nick Clegg being his favourite political joke was actually cleverer than it appeared, as the little rich boy who claimed that the Lib Dems were the true progressive party sits vacantly and quietly as the Tories speak of tearing up the NHS.


  1. I have read a bit about Cameron's "Big Society." It really looks like a PR campaign to put a happy face on brutal austerity. What I find really scary about it is the opportunity it might give the Hyacinth Buckets of the world to lord it over the proles in the way Victorian philanthropists tried to make acceptance of private charity contingent upon accepting temperance.

  2. @John

    In a way that's quite sad (in a weird way) I'd actually say that the Penelope Keith type of Tory are dying out. Apparently The Mail has been very critical of the Cameron government, don't know if for the right reasons. I'd guess the new Brit Tories are more Reaganite 'people choose to be poor/ unemployed etc' than the modern American right.