It’s true. Social Policy Professor, Mark Drakeford, has just been appointed the new head honcho for the accident prone Welsh NHS.
Those boyos up at Cardiff Bay who run Wales (at least they like to think they do), have come off their cruiser pleasure boats to announce that a Social Policy academic is now to be responsible for your life expectancy.
Now, believe it or not I used to train CAB advisers in Social Policy, indeed my own step-daughter has obtained a degree in the subject from Bristol University no less – she still thinks Beveridge is a cup of tea but we won’t go into that. Anyway, I am still trying to work out what the evolution from the Poor Law to the Welfare State and all the academic fluff that goes with it, has to do with a hernia or for that matter diabetes?
The Welsh government never ceases to mystify.
As usual, Carwyn has put style before substance and allowed Mr Drakeford to be filmed wandering around the empty caverns of the Assembly building wearing Welsh tartan trews and a jumper, his statesmanlike elan on show for all to see. In fairness though, I’m told that AM’s have apparently been instructed to go all casual, you know, men and women of the people etc etc, also such attire is easier to wash, particularly after a night out on the town. Funnily enough, our very own Keith Davies AM, has always been ahead of the game in this respect and is to be commended.
So, a Cardiff University academic will now decide on your health care. God forbid that Carwyn and his Merry Men, should recruit someone from the hard-core world of private sector business administration or even NHS administration for that matter, can’t have that now can we? Some talent from across the Severn Bridge? Don’t be silly, this is the Welsh public sector for heaven’s sake, and must be kept exclusively for the Welsh-speaking Welsh, to hell with everyone’s health.
Before I go, and I hate to harp on (I don’t really, I’m just being politically correct), but I hear on the grapevine that our Carwyn is about to try and pass an haute couture Bill, that will make all AM’s wear tall, black Welsh hats (regardless of gender) from the moment they enter the Assembly building. Outdoing Paris, Milan, New York and London in the fashion stakes is the name of the game apparently.
Carwyn’s Peelers will enforce this new cultural diktat, I’m told.
NB A fan of this column sometimes provides me with amusing and perceptive material on Welsh politics for me to play around with. He wishes to remain anonymous, but I thank him all the same.