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The Worst of Both Worlds

In a key speech today, David Cameron will say he wants more “competition” and “greater independence” for hospitals and schools. And in a worrying sign for thousands of workers, Mr Cameron is to claim he wants “one of the great legacies of this Government to be the complete modernisation of our public services”.

Presumably henceforth to be known as private services.

I don’t know whether its just my mindset but I have never considered competition or independence to be particularly necessary when discussing health and education. Expect the word choice to feature a lot in the speech too.

And then there’s Nick. Good old Nick is set to announce his plans for giving fathers up to ten months paid paternity leave. Of course once again the burden will fall on business to cope with the consequences of this. Not least it will put further pressure and costs on the owners of small businesses currently trying to survive in the teeth of very very difficult trading conditions and a 2% rise in VAT.

Good on ya David and Nick – everyone gets what nobody wants – that’s democracy!

Here’s an idea you pair of chanty wrastlers. Why not allocate the cost of implementing paid paternity leave to saving jobs in the NHS and education?

But at least it’s good to see this government has a clear direction.