Hunt in the saddle

Who's that on the news? smart young man with a helmet, getting on to his bike. Looks at the camera, earnestly hopes that the dispute can be settled without a damaging strike, and off he pedals. You got it. Jeremy Hunt, widely praised by Tories as being good with the media.


He's not good with young doctors. His approach to negotiation - undermine agreements, distort their case, threaten them with an imposed contract - don't seem to go down so well. And he doesn't seem to hear when they suggest that scrapping limits on the hours they work might have a damaging effect, not just on them but on the service they provide.

There was a time when good ministers of state built up the moral of those who worked in their departments - but maybe i'm just showing my age...