The other thing that really infuriates me about this whole debate is the idea that the responsible thing to have done would have been for the three main parties to hammer out some compromise deal and then just present it to the public. How we pay and provide care for an aging population should be a matter of vigorous debate and discussion not sorted by a stitch up.
The Tories did, though, turn up to meetings between the three health secretaries which tried to find a consensus. But Tory sources are saying that Lansley has always made clear on these occasions that the Tories would never sign up to a straight levy or to taking away disability benefits form. In other words, Lansley has not reneged on any deal.