Ha ha ha - proof that David Cameron DOES have a sense of humour - he has replaced Lansley at Dept of Health with Jeremy Hunt

(43 Posts)
breadandbutterfly Tue 04-Sep-12 11:58:30

If it's not a smashing sense of humour, then my only other guess is it's a desperate attempt to curry favour with Rupert Murdoch - the only man left in England who doesn't think Jeremy CHunt deserves his name.

If you thought the Tories couldn't do any more to trash the NHS...

breadandbutterfly Tue 04-Sep-12 11:59:01

Perhaps Rupert Murdoch wants to buy the NHS?

iseenodust Tue 04-Sep-12 12:09:01

I bet William Hague is not laughing - he's been given Baroness Warsi whose diplomatic skills have yet to shine out.

Lottapianos Tue 04-Sep-12 12:09:18

Jesus wept. What in the name of sanity is going on?????? shock

slug Tue 04-Sep-12 12:12:58

Jeremy Hunt. A forced birther with a belief in homeopathy. <<bangs head>>

OrangeKipper Tue 04-Sep-12 12:13:31

Yes, yes, laughing bleakly when I saw that, too.

Isn't it reassuring that at this time of NHS privatisation, the Dept of Health is going to a man with a history of complete integrity in the face of lobbying by commercial interests?

Extrospektiv Tue 04-Sep-12 13:39:50


@slug LOL! "Forced birther"! He does not even ban abortion providers from offering pregnancy services on television ads, as long as they don't mention the A-word in the advert itself. Some abortion supporters will say "it's a legal medical service, so why not advertise it?" That's not much use as it has been legal in most circumstances since April 1968 with the advertising rules not being relaxed for another 40 years.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Sep-12 13:42:00

I wanted lansley out but Jesus wept.

Gove is out of education isn't he? But I read the new bloke is a good friend of Goves. Is education shafted as well?

azazello Tue 04-Sep-12 13:49:29

Viva - Gove seems to be staying. I loathed Lansley and wanted him gone but to replace him with that lying little spoonerism. Gah.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Sep-12 13:52:21

That's odd. It was on the BBc live update bit that gove was going but now it isn't. Ah well, he can stay and fuck up ks4 a bit more then.

DisabilEightiesChick Tue 04-Sep-12 13:56:23

Gove is staying angry not sure he was ever going, he's one of Cameron's key people so not sure what the BBC were on to there.

The Hunt move angry angry is proof that the govt want a useful, sycophantic idiot in charge of the NHS. Bloody ridiculous. And we have 3 more years of this <weeps>

slug Tue 04-Sep-12 14:27:57

Extrospectiv, any person who seeks to force women to stay pregnant against their will is a forced birther.

FrankieHeck Tue 04-Sep-12 15:22:49

Guess Cameron will take all the media PR Murdoch Hunt will give him.

This is only the man who called the NHS a 60 year old mistake.... angry

jenny60 Tue 04-Sep-12 15:23:03

I know, just when I thought it couldn't get worse, we have hunt 'looking after' the NHS. Whatever your political view, you've got to be outraged by a clearly incompetent man being put in charge of the health service at this time. Cameron, your judgement is something else.

noddyholder Tue 04-Sep-12 15:24:22

Women out all over the place

OodHousekeeping Tue 04-Sep-12 15:26:50

People promoted from housing/employment/disability , 3 of the most fucked up areas ....

EauRouge Tue 04-Sep-12 17:00:57

Fucking hell, and there was me thinking the government couldn't get any worse. Seriously, how do we get rid of these guys? A gang of monkeys throwing poo at each other would be more trustworthy and probably do a better job. Revolution?

<<mans barricades>>


colleysmill Tue 04-Sep-12 18:23:09

I'm glad I'm not the only one who recalls Mr Hunts comments about the NHS.

I fear the bell tolls loudly ........

Extrospektiv Tue 04-Sep-12 21:26:38

@Slug now I have seen his comments, I understand your point.

But this ain't the Supreme Court of the USA under a Democratic president. So sorry, but there is NO abortion litmus test for this position. He has the right to whatever beliefs he wants on this; it's not even an issue that can be whipped in votes due to the primacy of conscience being recognised.

Keep your abortion litmus tests off our (legislative) body.

radiohelen Tue 04-Sep-12 21:56:04

I can't believe the Conservatives couldn't find a doctor, a nurse, someone, anyone with experience of the NHS to do the job rather than Jeremy Hunt. A man who the public perceives to be a twisty, slimy, lying twunt who will make his advisor resign so he doesn't have to take responsibility for his own actions. Yes Mr Cameron, top appointment!

Devora Tue 04-Sep-12 22:00:00

When I heard, I didn't know whether to be shock or grin.
Mild hysteria, I think.

PseudoBadger Tue 04-Sep-12 22:02:55

Hunt will dilute the NHS budget to make it stronger grin sad

BonnieBumble Tue 04-Sep-12 22:06:50

I'm going to bed and putting the covers over my head. Please wake me up after the revolution.

colleysmill Tue 04-Sep-12 22:11:43

On a lighter note I still chortle at the memory of that unfortunate newsreader who got his name wrong. Not the fact he got the name wrong but the sound bite of him trying not to laugh was hilarious. Childish I know.

OodHousekeeping Wed 05-Sep-12 07:34:45

I always say Jeremy Cunt now and have to concentrate not to blush

FrankieHeck Wed 05-Sep-12 16:28:16
FrothyOM Wed 05-Sep-12 16:37:11

The Guardian is reporting that Jeremy Cunt tried to get the NHS tribute removed from the olympics opening ceremony!

But hey, who needs the NHS when we can have herbal tea? hmm

FrankieHeck Wed 05-Sep-12 17:12:14

i think we might as well start stocking up Frothy...

NightLark Wed 05-Sep-12 17:22:22

I want a LIKE button for PseudoBadgers post.grin

Solopower Wed 05-Sep-12 17:25:19

Apparently he's here to 'sell' us the changes (why does even the BBC - which should be neutral - call them reforms?); because Landsley was having a hard job persuading us that they're for our own good.

Maybe Hunt finds it easier to lie with a straight face.

FrothyOM Wed 05-Sep-12 19:38:30
Solopower Wed 05-Sep-12 20:51:04

'Jeremy Hunt co-authored a book in 2009 calling for the NHS to be dismantled & no longer relevant'

Well, to give credit where it's due - he's not lying about it, is he? In fact, I rather suspect he's proud of it ... And at least we know where we stand.

The NHS is being dismantled, and it's going exactly according to plan for the Tories. Until one of them gets ill.

FrothyOM Wed 05-Sep-12 21:00:26

I can't understand how people can't see that the NHS is being dismantled.

It's what the Tories have wanted to do since it was created. And now they have the chance, people don't seem to notice.

What the fuck is wrong with this country!!! angry

FrothyOM Wed 05-Sep-12 21:03:38

The ones orchestrating this are either wealthy or comfortable enough to afford insurance. Getting ill isn't a problem for them.

Just for millions of other Brits.

Anyone who votes Tory after this is either selfish or a fool.

Extrospektiv Wed 05-Sep-12 21:05:37

One of the world's greatest anti-Romney figures backs the NHS:

iseenodust Wed 05-Sep-12 21:11:35

Frothy to be fair it's both sides. Remember Labour started this most directly by letting Branson & others in to provide GP services? I would prefer a proper whole NHS and recognise both sides have the knives out because demographics make the figures just to large to sell to any taxpayer.

Solopower Wed 05-Sep-12 21:35:17

Iseenodust, maybe so, but tbh I don't care who started it. I just want our NHS back!

Demographics. How is it that the population has increased so exponentially without a corresponding increase in the amount of taxes paid into the exchequer that can be allocated to the NHS? What on earth is the govt doing with our taxes? Why isn't it using them to look after our health and education?

iseenodust Thu 06-Sep-12 10:00:51

The point to Frothy was that voting Tory or Labour the die was already cast and voting Labour in future isn't going to turn any clocks back.

The demographics are not so much population increase/tax pot but population increase in age 65+ which is draining funds faster than ever. Most of us are living many years longer but with a mix of chronic illness. Also all the lovely new hi-tec operations / drugs that give us those extra years are complex and expensive....and we'd like them in nice facilities with plenty of qualified staff.

Solopower Thu 06-Sep-12 18:07:36

You're right of course. But it's the elderly who will suffer most under the reorganisation, as I can't see the private companies queuing up to fund the expensive long-term care that people will chronic conditions suffer from.

rabbitstew Wed 12-Sep-12 16:37:52

Well, I always predicted they would start allowing more euthanasia, dismantle the NHS and then start offering free end-of-life pills to the over 75s, so that they can go when they "choose," cheaply... it's just so much kinder... particularly when there's no longer an NHS or state pension...

iseenodust Wed 12-Sep-12 16:59:34

Lord Falconer (Blair's BF) is the one who has just lead a commission made up of 'suitably minded friends' (his own view previously recorded), sponsored by Terry Pratchett, lacking in representation from all the major disability charities, that found ooh yes euthanasia is a good thing.

People need to look beyond party lines and see the agenda of individuals to get an informed picture.

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