Friday, 14 August 2009

Cover me, I'm going in

I would like to assure my readers, especially those based over the Atlantic, of my wellbeing.

I understand that you may be worried about me. After all, I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon. And if the reports circulating around the US are to be believed, our National Health Service consists of white-coated facsimiles of Vlad the Impaler. I fully expect to spend the next 72 hours on a trolley, sorry, gurney, drenched in various fluids, only some of which will have come from me.

At least, that's what Fox News is saying will happen.

I was particularly interested to hear of the following assertion in something called the Investors' Business Daily (I'll be honest, it's not in my Favourites list):
"People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless"
That'll be the same Stephen Hawking who was born in the UK and has lived his entire 67-year life here. In fact he was recently quoted as saying: "I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.”

Perhaps the good people at IBD were confused by his accent?


City Girl said...

FOX news if Evil. Capital "E" Evil. And the rest of the American media, combined, is not worth a fiddler's fart. Republicans (sorry, Tom and Comet) are Evil. Most U.S. politicians are Evil.

This can be one, ugly, Evil place.

Is it any wonder we have the highest infant mortality rate of any first-world country? ::shakes head sadly::

Anonymous said...

OOOoooOOOoooo, good call, Fabs!

fatboyfat said...

Don't get me wrong, I have no intention of getting involved in US politics. Evil is officially A Big Word to use.

But when people over there start casting around blatant untruths, I'm going to have to call it.


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