From Daniel Hannan, the man that likes considerably more than his own voice, there is this morning in his Telegraph blog entitled, ‘The NHS: my final word’. Except, of course, it isn't his last word as he advertises his availability to the media:
Anyway, if you’re a journalist, I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with this as my last word on the subject until I get back. If you want a dispassionate discussion of healthcare - rather than a “Tory row” story - please get in touch after 25 August. The rest is silence.
The only appointment that Mr Hannan should have on 25th August is one with the men in grey suits. He should be politely told that the Tories have an election to fight and win and period of prolonged silence is the only option open to this young man.
Not only does Cameron have loose cannon Hannan to deal with but another Tory MEP has broken ranks. Roger Helmer told the BBC:
Now we all love the NHS, but I think we all know in our hearts that it is no longer the envy of the world. If the Americans came to me and said, 'Would you recommend us taking up a system just like the British NHS?', I think I would have to say 'No'
This is just what Mandy has wanted and these two naive gentlemen – not to mention Alan Duncan - have played right into his hands. It doesn't take a genius to work out his strategy for the rest of August. He will tease and bait the Tories at every available opportunity.
Oh, the rest of August will be such fun except if your David Cameron. How a rested and refreshed Brown must be smiling up in the Lake District. One can only imagine what thoughts are going though his mind as he lists out those dividing lines he will use in the autumn, if not before. If it goes on like this Our Dear Leader will have to be restrained from breaking off his holiday to join in.