Monday’s Daily Mail treated readers not only to “Cliff [Richard]: ‘why I’d consider euthanasia’” but a bumper column from Melanie Phillips on nursing.
In response to last week’s Care Quality Commission report on the care of older people, Ms Phillips let loose on the profession, which she said had “been all but engulfed by a fundamental moral crisis”.
The blame, she said, lies with “modern feminism”. Her argument runs that in the 1980s, “under the influence of feminist thinking, [nursing’s] leaders decided ‘caring’ was demeaning”, and nurses stopped doing it.
Ms Phillips also found space to attribute “the crisis in nursing” to “a far broader and deeper spiritual malaise”.
It was not nurses alone under attack. The Health Bill coasted through last week’s key House of Lords vote but Andrew Lansley was, as usual, taking flack. The health secretary was openly mocked for his revolutionary new approach to the obesity crisis: “Eat less.”
Having not announced any cuts for a while, the government launched a plan to “get the nation to cut five billion calories a day from its diet,” the Guardian reported.
According to the Sun, chef Jamie Oliver said the plan was “just worthless, regurgitated, patronising rubbish”.
Mr Lansley, perhaps unwisely, agreed to appear on BBC1’s Question Time. He was forced out of his comfort zone to defend the government’s handling of the economy and his besieged then-Cabinet colleague Liam Fox.
Mr Lansley was seated next to GP-cum-comedian Phil Hammond, who waved the 367-page bill around and dismissing it as “wonk”. Political euthanasia might be another description, although it is hard to envisage the saintly Sir Cliff endorsing it.