In terms of the government and police response to the horse meat scandal it seems that all acted with the requisite alacrity. Within days of the story breaking, plod were breaking down doors and questioning arrested suspects. The minister, Owen Paterson, displayed clear-sighted leadership that drew approval even from Christopher Booker. Supermarket shelves were cleared of products containing horse meat within days. The evidence has been made public and the responsibility established to a high degree of probability that awaits only criminal trials to test. And not one single person has ever died from eating horse meat.
Contrast, if you will, with the far more significant Mid Staffs NHS failure that cost the lives of over a thousand people and not one of those on whose watch the deaths happened have even been arrested. Not Dr Helen Moss, the Director of Nursing, deaf to pleas of junior nurses, acquitted by her peers. Not Martin Yeates, the Chief Executive, who left with a £400k goodbye. Not Sir David Nicholson, who ran West Midlands SHA, who has been promoted and now runs the entire NHS. And not Cynthia Bower, also head of the SHA, who beyond belief until last year ran the Care Quality Commission.
The Telegraph suggests this morning that the local police and senior CPS lawyers are looking again at the evidence. It also emerges that successive Labour Health Secretaries were complicit in ignoring the issue, no criticism of the sacrosanct NHS being permitted in that Party. Maybe something will happen. But not, I fear, with the speed at which the authorities have demonstrated they can act when prodded.