Saturday, August 15, 2009

Nat'l Health Care: from the horse's mouth - Update


This got the Tory furs flying on the other side of the pond! A must read for fans of the health care debate! Note it's about quality, not about principles. Check out:

Daily Record: "Tory NHS attacks leave Cameron on back foot", by Kevins Shofield

David Cameron claimed yesterday that the Tories are the party of the NHS - as Labour warned that many of his MPs want to destroy it.

The Tory leader had to interrupt his holiday to distance himself from Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, who has launched a string of ranting attacks on the NHS in America.

But Labour said Cameron was "rattled", and told voters Hannan had revealed "the real face of the nasty party".

Hannan, a former speech writer for William Hague and Michael Howard, called the NHS "Marxist" in a speech in Washington and went on the right-wing Fox News Channel to brand it "a terrible mistake".

He claimed the health service had "made people iller", and he wouldn't wish it "on anyone".
Cameron tried his best to dismiss Hannan's outburst.

He said: "He does have some quite eccentric views.

"Millions of people are grateful for the care they have received from the NHS - including my own family.

"The Conservative Party stands four-square behind the NHS. We are the party of the NHS. It is our number one mission to improve it."

Cameron's PR efforts were quickly undermined when a second Tory MEP praised Hannan's attack. (...) >>>

Click here to read Kevin Schofield's blog with some background on the Tory 'detox' in which Hannan has now cast a spanner.

Aug. 15, 2009


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