I suspect if there was an objective way of checking if first impressions were correct, the result would be massively positive. Over my far too many years one impression I have learned to respect is the one where I feel if my wallet is still in my back pocket as the then present company strikes me as someone who wouldn’t think twice about lifting it out for themselves.
The first time I saw Emma Harrison on TV I had a feeling this was a women aiming at coining in as much as possible in as short a time as possible. Back then there was some sort of business relationship with David Blunkett which carries its own distinct smell. With the incoming Tory government the public purse was there for picking and Emma did just that. Her share of the profits last year was £8.6 million. What is the tax on dividends? Much less than the 50p rate I guess.
Anyway maybe first impressions are right as she has just resigned as a Cameron’s problem family tsar. The reason is it looks like her company, or people working for it, have been cooking the figures and the police have now got involved. The figures were about getting people back into work and her company was one of the private companies that the government has been giving lucrative contracts to.
Still that was all to be expected, but what did get my goat was Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph making excuses for her. In fact not only for her, but for corrupt private business everywhere, even including Enron. His argument is that the state sector is also corrupt, whether more or less I’m not sure, so we shouldn’t be too hard on corruption or self serving among business executives.
So first impressions again. Fraser Nelson is one, along with others like Toby Young, who comes across as a sneering bully boys, true Flashmans. You can’t call them apologists for the Tories because there’s no apology in them. They really do believe attack is the best form of defense. If they were dogs they would be pitbulls with their teeth clamped round your ankle.
Looking at A4e and Emma Harrison we are getting a glimpse of the Cameron future for the NHS. Looking at Fraser Nelson we get a glimpse of how they will defend their policies.