Thursday, January 03, 2008
A Rod for Mr Cameron's Back?
Interviewed on the Today Programme an hour ago, David Cameron said that Andrew Lansley would definitely be Secretary of State for Health in a Conservative Government. Any other Shadow Cabinet member listening to that will have pricked up their ears and wondered to themselves if they too would be getting a similar guarantee. Cameron's argument that there has been so much change in the NHS, with so many different Secretaries of State that the NHS needed a bit of stability and to know who they were going to get. He pointed out that there have been five Health Secretaries in the first ten years of the Blair/Brown administrations compared to the six in the 18 years of the Thatcher/Major governments. While it's undoubtedly correct, this argument could also be used in transport, education and other portfolios too. Has David Cameron made a rod for his own back?