Posh boy “progressive” David Cameron has acted swiftly to distance himself from the anti- NHS views of Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, poster boy of the hysterical Republican anti-Obama and anti-health reform loonies.
Unfortunately for Cameron, who has denounced Hannan as an “eccentric”, it turns out that a significant number of senior Tory front benchers also have links to the US loony right. The Daily Torygraph has once again shown itself to be a proper newspaper, by breaking the news that George Osborne, William Hague, Michael Gove and Chris Grayling, are all advisory council members of ‘Atlantic Bridge’ , the US organisation spearheading the present assault on Obama’s modest health care proposals, by comparing them with the British NHS. Even more embarrassing for the posh boy, are the facts that Atlantic Bridge is chaired by Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary and has Thatcher as its patron.
And Hannan is not the only prominant Tory willing to publicly question the desirability of the NHS. According the The Times, “Last night Roger Helmer, another Conservative MEP, said that his colleague should be congratulated for reopening the debate in the party. ‘If the Americans came to me and said, “Would you recommend us taking a system just like the British NHS?”, I think I would have to say “No”, ‘ he told the BBC.”
Here’s Mr Hannan in full flow: