The temptation following the rushing-out of a social care policy for the election, with fatal consequences for Theresa May’s hopes of an increased majority, is to abandon all hope of reform altogether. But as Robert Morritt wrote on this site recently, doing nothing is not an option.
But nor is radical legislation in this Commons. So, as with the smaller-scale problem of tuition fees, all that remains to the Prime Minister is a review. (Yes, yet another one: remember the Dilnot Report?)
In this case, however, she could and should make it a really big effort. Part of an Affordability Commission, perhaps, as previously floated by this site: setting one up would at least help to get the political conversation back to living within our means, from which Jeremy Corbyn is presently helping to take it. Or maybe a fully-fledged Royal Commission.
As John Godfrey suggested yesterday on this site, one of the choices at the heart of social care is whether the generation using it will pay themselves, or whether the costs, as with the NHS, are met by the taxpayer as a whole.
There is no ultimate way round a stark decision, one way or the other. Any government would search for political cover early. This one should start now.