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'We're all doomed' say the Tory and Lib Dem merchants of misery

The opposition party spin doctors are literally falling all over each other at the moment to be the leading NHS merchants of doom. The question appears to be not whether the health of the nation is under threat but who can manage to bring us the bad news first on a daily basis, the Tories or the Liberal Democrats?

By Ian Quinn

The opposition party spin doctors are literally falling all over each other at the moment to be the leading NHS merchants of doom. The question appears to be not whether the health of the nation is under threat but who can manage to bring us the bad news first on a daily basis, the Tories or the Liberal Democrats?

As if the nation needed any more gloom- and God yes its even started to rain now-medical and political journalists are facing a seemingly endless torrent of statistics showing how as a country we are falling apart, quite literally, at the seams.

This morning the ever sunny Lib Dems –this would never have happened under David Steel-brought us the gory revelation that in the past five years there had been a near 50% increase in people having organs cut or punctured during surgery, while 722 unfortunate souls had to go back to hospital having had objects left inside them-think surgeons gloves, scalpel, Darzi robots etc.

Not satisfied with that, a couple of hours later the party was declaring that 11,294 children under-16, to be precise, had been treated for alcohol and drug dependency last year.

The young people roll of shame, ‘highlighted by the Liberal Democrats' they said, showed, among other things, 6,075 children under-16 being treated for cannabis dependency - with 102 of those under 12.

At least they might be so out of it they can ignore all the bad news going down.

For less than two hours later the Conservatives issued a press release with the exact same figures, revealed, they said, by shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley.

He may be in need of a bit of a PR boost, having been apparently running the gauntlet of late at Tory HQ over remarks which may or may not have been taken out of context by a well connected health journalist, in Mr Lansley's latest gaffe.

But it's not really much of a coup to fight with the Lib Dems over who got the figures for Britain going to the dogs first.

In all honestly, there are many who would probably rather not be told - or at least not quite so frequently.

We all appreciate it's part of the job of the opposition to tell us when things are going wrong-and even more radically to come up with a few ideas to fix them - but witnessing the stream of ammunition being used to bash Gordon Brown around the head in what could be his dying days as PM, is starting to make Dad's Army's Private Frazer look positively Timmy Mallet-like compared to our opposition MPs.

Yes, we're all doomed, but let us forget about it, for a day at least.

Smile, we're all doomed Smile, we're all doomed

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