David Cameron returns from Cornwall next week. Ahead of a second holiday, in Turkey, he will hold a series of public events and private meetings. The economy and crime are expected to be his big themes.
He is determined to keep Labour under pressure over the summer and the Tories have announcements planned throughout the period once known as the silly season. Chris Grayling and Grant Shapps led for the Tories last week with news initiatives on inequality in cities and Labour’s HIPS failures. This week Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley are in the lead.
Mr Lansley’s exposure of the appalling extent to which Britain’s hospitals are infected with vermin features prominently in today’s media. Here is BBC Online:
"The cleanliness of most NHS hospitals in England is threatened by
frequent invasions of rats, fleas, bedbugs, flies and cockroaches, a
report claims. Figures released by the Conservatives show that 70% of
NHS Trusts brought in the pest controllers at least 50 times over a
two-year period. Vermin were found in wards, clinics and even operating
theatres. A patients’ group said the situation was revolting."