Discipline and the NHS
I can see from your comments that the fans and foes of the NHS among you have equally vigorously-held views, and a debate about the merits of the service now seems to be in full swing.
Andrew Lansley joined his boss in trying to hold the party leadership's line this morning, defending the party's commitment to the NHS after Daniel Hannan's distinctly off-message comments.
And of course, Labour have jumped in feet first. Lord Mandelson, the "other PM" while Gordon Brown's away, claimed that the "two faces" of the Conservative Party had been exposed. And the health secretary Andy Burnham said Mr Hannan's intervention was Mr Cameron's "worst nightmare".
Now, Daniel Hannan would be regarded by the majority of Tories as on the right of the party - his views aren't typical and any attempt from Labour to portray them as such should be seen in that light. But after David Cameron's particular efforts to portray his party as sincere supporters of the NHS, the Conservatives did not want to be having this conversation now.
Pundit and punter Mike Smithson speculates about this row at Political Betting: in the quiet summer period, might it just push things a little towards Labour? We'll see.
PS: Incidentally, whatever you think of the Republican campaign criticising the NHS, it has certainly caught the imagination of thousands of Americans. Sunny at Pickled Politics has written an interesting post about its effectiveness as a campaign [some mildly strong language]: are there discipline lessons for British politicians?