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.