If you think British politicians are unhelpful in their tendency to pay more attention to Daily Mail headlines than rational decision making, pity the poor Dutch.

Professor of health economics Han Bleichrodt of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam told an audience at the LSE last week that the Dutch health secretary believes it is inhumane and immoral to place a value on human life.

Sounds nice, until one ponders the need to somehow ration healthcare spending. At least the pharmaceutical companies will be happy.