Tories get a grip on language skills of doctors

Thank goodness the party conference season is almost over. I actually enjoy watching the cut and thrust of politics but the amateur politician appearing on stage introducing some composite motion no one really gives a toss about makes me cringe with embarrassment.

True there have been some notable exceptions in history. A 16-year-old William Hague in the Margaret Thatcher era is one such example, as indeed was my late step-father who silenced the audience by claiming that he did not want to reduce the Selective Employment Tax – only then to bring rapturous applause by raising his oratory to a high “I want to abolish it altogether.” Hands up who remembers the Selective Employment Tax?!

This year seems to me to have pretty lame and tame. No Neil Kinnock lambasting the Councils for delivering redundancy notices by taxi, no Michael Heseltine wooing the Tory faithful, and certainly no David Steel preparing the Liberals for government. What we got was pale by comparison.

But I fret not! I am content that our ministers and opposition shadows have our best interests at heart. I am encouraged that it is proposed that our doctors should be able to speak English. That’s quite a difficult policy to sell but shows this government is up to making hard and difficult choices.

I am impressed with the economic argument that we should not live off credit cards (why didn’t someone tell that to Gordon Brown or debt ridden university students). As for human rights it is pleasing to know that cats in the UK will not be abandoned by their Eastern European owners facing deportation.

In these recessionary times there is a case to be had for all political parties to reduce their spending on such junketing. Given the level of debate I reckon there are plenty of other reasons to curtail this expense!

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