David Hockney's impassioned rail against Boy Lansley, reported in the Mail today, demands that Lansley keep his 'mean, dreary views out of my life'. And that's the problem with the entire Cameron government; it's full of petty, spiteful, jejune, immature, bigoted and dreary ministers dosing out exactly the same petty, spiteful, jejune, immature, bigoted and dreary policy that we had under Incapability Brown. There is no renaissance, no localism, no rolling back of the State, just more of the same old. More and more traditional Conservative voters are now thinking 'Why the hell shouldn't I vote UKIP in 2015? Who cares if Miliband wins? What's the difference?'
Lansley is a minister of almost unbelievable stupidity. Early in post he floated a scheme for fitting RFID readers to all the nation's lamp columns, and issuing smart cards to the nation's school children. Kiddies who 'captured' a certain number of lamp columns - supposedly proof that they'd been running around outside shedding fat - would be rewarded with a new pair of trainers. Seriously. You couldn't make it up. Then he signed the department up to a £250m schools sponsorship deal with Unilever, Kelloggs, Nestle and BirdsEye - purveyors of high fat, high sugar, salty convenience foods - that would allow them to capture the under 10s with a degree of brands awareness previously unimagined.
If common sense is so far beyond Lansley one can hardly expect consistency except in witlessness.