Unintended consequences. The attack on Hilary Mantel's speech about royal women. Must have seemed like a no-brainer for the PM, defending Kate against the media version of a long and closely argued speech given a month ago. But didn't they turn on him? All I heard was the backlash: he can't have read all of it, not on a trade mission to India. Although maybe he did read it, in the month since it was delivered, before the media picked it up. A pity to deliver the apology for Amritsar (or was it an expression of regret?) on a trade mission.
But the sincerity, or lack of it, isn't the point. What's interesting is the not very straight line between action and consequence: comment on a speech; ah, he can't have read it. Strikes me sometimes that we meddle too much. Once upon a time, systems, customs, principles evolved over time. They may have needed fixing, but the parts that didn't need fixing - they were long-standing enough to qualify as tried and tested. Now we seem concerned to fix absolutely everything, whether or not it needs it.
A lot of it ain't broke. So we're going to fix it.