The Tories are today claiming that their plans for changing the structure of hospital bureaucracy are better than Labour’s. As I understand it, they intend to allow Hattie Jacques to overrule Kenneth Williams, at least when it comes cleaning the wards. They reckon it will help matron get on top of MRSA. Not to mention getting on top of Dr Willie.
Will it work? Personally, I’m still concerned about who’s going to deal with Sid James when he asks Barbara Windsor to plump up his pillow. Or Charles Hawtry when he gets that daffodil stuck up his bum again.
The thing is, I don’t know if it will work because I don’t manage a hospital.
And of course, neither do any of our politicos.
So why on earth do they imagine we will believe their plans for yet more disruptive internal hospital reorganisation will do anything useful?
For voters, this kind of big-end/little-end squabbling is not a coherent political choice, but just so much stuff. No wonder they've been turning-off in droves.
According to a poll in today's Independent: ‘…voters see less difference between the parties, in spite of Mr Blair's strategy for picking a fight with the Tories on Labour's main issues. Just 21 per cent think that there is a difference between the Tories and New Labour.’
With only 55 per cent saying they are ‘certain’ to vote, it seems very likely that turnout will be even lower that the previous rock bottom of 57 per cent in 1918.
Well done Tony, and the all the cynical manipulative vacuous legions of New Labour.
But well done Tories as well. For failing to give us any real choice, on public service reform, tax and spend, and the whole morass of ruling elite groupthink.
Surely there’s something we can do. Something that is, other than voting for Kilroy or those Carry On Round The Bend guys who want to have their women behind the fridge.
Could the blogosphere really be our only hope? Oooh, matron.