Hall of shame for Mike O’Brien

Health minister Mike O’Brien has made another reasoned contribution to the advancement of public debate – an incisive and insightful Twitter posting:
“The sacking of Terry is crass. Capello has bowed to tabloid pressure. Infidelity is bad but I saw no signs of fatigue in his football.”

Presumably Capello did what he thought was the right thing because Terry appears to have undermined his own leadership credibility through his recent behaviour. Given the rather bizarre hero status afforded to Terry in this country until recently (and still the case in some quarters), Capello’s decision could be described as brave rather than crass. And, so far as I know, JT has been stripped of the captaincy, not of his place in the team, so it’s hard to understand the point of O’Brien’s comment about “no signs of fatigue in his football”.

O’Brien’s own crass comments serve only to confirm the suspicion that some members of parliament really do fail to appreciate the need for someone holding a position of  leadership in national life to earn and retain public respect.

Mind you, this is the same guy who made waves in November 2009 with his rather strange threats to “name and shame” those NHS managers who he declared were conspiring to make “slash and burn cuts” in response to the need for the NHS to save £15 – 20bn between 2011 and 2014. More coverage of this in the Health Service Journal.  How odd to present managers as planning to undermine health services for no reason other than their own incompetence or their politically motivated desire to undermine the government look bad. All very reminiscent of Stalin’s paranoia, show trials, and blame shifting.

Mike O’Brien has truly earned his place in this blog’s Hall of Shame.

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