Cancer. It's hard to make that a word with any sort of positive association. But in fact it's a word that has changed in meaning. No longer does it mean certain death or disability. Today more than 60% of people will live longer than five years after their treatment has finished.
Last week the Education Secretary Michael Gove courted controversy when it emerged he strongly advocated the presentation of a taxpayer-funded yacht to the Queen, to mark the occasion of her Jubilee this summer.