One of the things I like the least about them is their drive to privatise everything they can, seemingly regardless of whether it is a good idea to do so. The most offensive of these is the NHS. "Oh no, we're not privatising the NHS" says Lansley. But they are. Surreptitiously. Insidiously.
I'm no expert on stuff like this. I'm not really clever enough to understand all of what's going on. The to and fro between commons and lords, the revisions, alterations and re-wordings which go into policy changes. I watched the final of University Challenge this evening and didn't answer a single question. Not one. So I have no chance when it comes to politics.
But what I do know, is that there are a lot of people in this country who can't afford private healthcare. I don't think I'm one of them, though I haven't looked into it. I'm reasonably young, reasonably healthy, don't have a raft of "existing conditions" which an insurer could use to ramp up my premiums. But I'm lucky. I know people who would be laughed off the phone if they tried to get a quote for medical cover.
So what happens to those people? Let's (briefly) drift onto the topic of parenting shall we? Let's say that your medical insurance quote was prohibitively expensive and you had no choice but to hope you were lucky with your health. Then you get pregnant. A quick Google suggests that this is not something you should undertake unless you are the possessor of some pretty deep pockets:
I don't know. Pregnancy probably isn't the best example of how bad it could be, but this is meant to be some kind of parenting blog.
I hate the idea of the UK moving toward a US style system, where hundreds of thousands of people are just one serious illness away from having to make a choice between bankruptcy and death. In a world where there is a workable alternative to that situation, no matter how imperfect that alternative may be, surely that alternative (especially when it represents the status quo) MUST be the preferred option?
Apparently not if you're a Tory.