The media reporting of the scandal at Worcestershire hospitals has been no more illuminating than the chronicling of the floods in SW England, with evident copying of press releases and no attempt to look under the surface.
The Trust managers are keen to stress the settlement with complainants is amicable, even though some incidents date back to 2002 and lawyers became involved.
Evidently the Trust has new management but we are not told who the previous managers were or what happened to them. Similarly the regulators seem to have been, shall we say, off the ball, but we are not offered anything about that. Nor do we know what local MPs or the local press were up to, when they should have been raising a stink.
Is it too cynical to think that the timing is good for the management, coming just before Christmas, when such detail as we are offered may disappear into a fug of general over-indulgence?
Maybe state oppression comes not from ministers but from the taxpayer-funded masses of state workers whom no one can control. It applies to the NHS, it applies to the police. And did anyone mention the BBC? All paid for by us and doesn't it show.
It's not a matter of management structures. The state organisations rally round to protect their own against us outsiders, their paymasters. They run themselves laxly and inefficiently, and when someone fails they protect their own.
And where do NHS regulators come from? Why, the NHS.
The BBC, the police, the NHS - all fortresses.