I love a good magic show. Derren Brown – he’s good. I wouldn’t want to be his GP – would he know which antibiotic I’d chosen before I did?
That Dynamo guy, he’s another good one, I’ve seen him walking on water, but I’m clueless as to how he did it.
My problem is that there is nothing as bad as a bad magician.
The whole art of magic is to be able to do something which looks clearly unbelievable but to demonstrate that it can be done.
Now, modern magic has always involved some technology, sawing a woman in half, hiding a rabbit in the box, there’s always a gadget.
Arthur C Clarkes third law is that ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ and so we move on to care.data and Mr Magic.
Mr Magic has told his audience that he will seamlessly connect the several strings of NHS data and Voila! A fully connected rope appears.
This rope is also magic, it will fix the NHS, bind tighter links between hospitals and GPs, turn lead into gold and mean that patients will live longer and be healthier.
Usually with a good magician you end up looking where they want you to look, you miss the léger de main which accomplished the trick. Mr Magic is used to this, he used to be a journalist, you know – the people who are appalled it takes two visits to a GP to get diagnosed with cancer, the people who tell us that mad dogs, immigrants and aliens ate my dog.
Unfortunately the British public has spotted the sleight of hand, the rabbit in the hat, the purse being cut. Mr Magic is a bad magician.
And bad magicians don’t last very long, especially when your soon to be ex-Boss extracts the data on youtube… at least according to the Mirror!