Bordering on the ridiculous

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Humpty Dumpty always knew what he meant; the trouble was no-one else did. Right now Humpty’s use of language looks like the very epitome of plain speaking when compared with the equivocation that has come to pervade everyday exchanges between our politicians. For example, an MP who enquired how different sets of national minimum standards for care homes on either side of the Welsh border could possibly square with the Government’s commitment to eradicate the postcode lottery had the testy answer “devolution” hurled back at him like a stale bun. Devolution? Even allowing for the division of responsibilities between Cardiff and Westminster, how can it enable the same Act, and presumably the same set of regulations, to produce two different orders of fundamentals? And where is the fit with other, so-called “national”, developments? These days the description “national” appears to be infinitely elastic, capable of being stretched this way and that to embrace just about any land mass on the planet – as long as it

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