This is why no-one trusts you, doctor tells Lansley

Dr Phil Hammond hammers the Health Secretary on <em>Question Time</em>.


Dr Phil Hammond, the comedian and GP, told Andrew Lansley exactly what he thinks of his health reforms in a heated exchange on last night's Question Time. "It's absolutely impossible to understand it, it is unreadable, there's no narrative, there's no convincing story," he says, as the Health Secretary mumbles.

Hammond criticises Lansley's obsession with competition, pointing out that the word competition appears 86 times in the bill, while co-operation appear four times, and integration and collaboration do not appear once. The Health Secretary is probably used to coming under fire by now, but still appears lost for words.

Hat-tip: Left Foot Forward

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.