Apparently, as part of my councillors Code of Conduct I am supposed to treat everyone with respect (including the idiot Elsby?) but sometimes you just have to respond to provocation.
Firstly, the good news. Andrew Lansley, the most disastrous and duplicitous Secretary of State for Health has finally been kicked out of his job. Cameron obviously doesn’t trust the man who made a complete balls-up of the Health and Social Care Bill to actually try to make the hotchpotch work now he’s done it, and with every single professional and patient group in the NHS showing a complete lack of confidence in his abilities, Lansley has been put out to grass. He will almost certainly be remembered in perpetuity as unquestionably the worst Secretary of State for Health in the whole history of the NHS… and I say that bearing in mind Hewitt and Milburn.
The bad news is that he has been replaced by someone who may eventually be able to claim that title for himself. The new Health Secretary is probably the only other Minister to show even greater levels of incompetence and duplicity, Murdoch’s little pet, Jeremy Hunt, the man who laid down his Spad’s career to save his own. After Lansley it was perhaps just too much to hope that his successor would be someone of integrity, it is so much worse that Cameron has managed to find someone without an ounce of the stuff.
Some of the other bad news includes the runt Gove, who even managed to accept his own decision making was useless… Gove says ‘terrible mistake’ was made in Sandwell school fiasco, but apparently the other contenders for his post are even worse because the cowardly little sod is being allowed to stay in his job.
The other standout feature of Cameron’s deckchair shuffle sees the return as a Minister (in Gove’s department, God help us all) of the the Lib Dem expenses sneak David Laws, presumably as some sort of sop to Clegg.
Of course, like most Cabinet reshuffles that aren’t actually forced on the Government by someone like Laws being caught on the fiddle, this rearrangement of the deck chairs on the Titanic will make little or no difference. The Tory leadership around Cameron and Gideon will keep on heading blindly towards the iceberg and kicking the rats around on the poop deck won’t do anything to change that.