Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hunt Won’t Like His Medicine

Sarah Wollaston has been on the Daily Politics telling viewers how about her lovely texts from Jeremy Hunt since becoming Health Select Committee chair last night. It might be all smiles now, but the Health Secretary isn’t likely to forget the time Wollaston described the government’s NHS reforms as “completely unrealistic” and “doomed to fail”. Or when she piled into ministers for cocking up redundancies in an article for the Telegraph. Or in the same piece when she directly criticised the Prime Minister and attempts to tackle NHS bureaucracy as “part of the problem”. Not to mention the time she said the government’s reforms were “a bit like someone had tossed a grenade” into Primary Care Trusts. This is going to be fun.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

London Live Sole Viewer Revealed

Localised TV stations were one of the few things that Jeremy Hunt managed not to screw up during his spell as Culture Secretary, so it’s not surprise to see him still drinking the Kool Aid:

We’ve finally found the one person who was watching London Live

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jeremy Hunt’s Heavy Eyelid Syndrome

The Health Secretary struggling through Osborne’s budget this afternoon…

Via @suttonnick

Monday, January 6, 2014

SKETCH: Play Up, Play Up and Play the Game

With his lopsided grin, easy manner and tousled hair Tristram ‘Hereditary’ Hunt, did his duty impeccably, providing public school leadership to his dogged, working class party this afternoon in the Commons. He treated the sortie with the casual grace of a subaltern in vicarage garden, and ignored the terrible casualties around him.

Disdaining the enemy’s firepower, he went elegantly over the top to launch his deadly question – how many Free Schools had been approved against official advice?

The answer: “None.” Bang, one leg taken off.

Undeterred, he threw himself forward. “Was Al Madinah school approved against official advice?” The same answer took his other leg off.

Lying there in the mud but full of pluck, he waved his troops forward. Labour MPs threw themselves into the raking machinegun fire one after the other and met the same fate. Same question, same answer.

These young class warriors in the Battle of Education. Magnificently unprepared for life. You can’t help but admire their lionlike behaviour, whatever the donkey qualities of their generals.

But what arrogant, out-of-touch elite is sending them out equipped like this? What incompetent strategist has conceived their anti-Free Schools campaign – motivated by sheer loathing of the enemy and unconcerned with massive educational casualties among their own people?

Back behind the lines, as the guns pound on: Ed Balls pours himself a brandy and broods on the destruction of his enemies.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hunt Privatises His Circle

When Jeremy Hunt was appointed as Health Secretary it was seen as “up yours” to his countless enemies on the left and in media. After his car-crash encounter with Murdoch, many saw him as a wounded beast, and Leveson could well slaughter him. What with going on holiday in his first few weeks in the new job, it now appears as if the “up yours” attitude is here to stay.

The Guardian are sobbing over the fact that Hunt is set to appoint the gorgeous Christina Lineen as his Special Adviser. Who? Well that is the problem, Lineen is the Communications Director of Circle Health – the group that set to benefit from the NHS reforms and are currently running their first hospital. The fact that Lineen used to be a Lansley SpAd, before moving to the group two years ago, is being somewhat overlooked in the fuss. It’s a ballsy move though, and upsetting all the right people…

UPDATE: Guido can’t help but laugh at the fact that in all their anger the Guardian have forgotten to check what Ms. Lineen’s name is. It’s Christina not Christine.


Seen Elsewhere

David Cameron’s Draft Resignation Letter | Speccie
Labour HQ to Be Demolished | Asa Bennett
Dirty Politics is a Good Thing | Harry Cole
Media Fear and Loathing in Scotland, Labour Next | Owen Jones
UK Top 10 Influencer Political Blogs | Cision
Redwood Exposes Constitutional Vandalism | Nick Wood
No Campaign Has Been Inept | Mail
PM Faces Friday Bloodbath | Mail
Will Miliband Bottle English Devolution? | Mary Riddell
Why Pollsters Could Be Wrong | John McDermott
Cameron Faces Vote of No Confidence or Rebellion | FT


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