There used to be a time when Mrs Palin was pretty much a day-to-day fixture on Idea IS the format. Then she went away. And, when I saw her (ludicrous) resignation speech a few months back, I figured maybe she was going to return to the Alaskan wilderness from whence she came.
Apparently not. Her latest achievement in a glittering career has been to unite the British people behind none other than our National Health Service. Following some typically firebrand remarks regarding the implications of Obama’s healthcare plans, the Twitter-using UK populace have responded in force by rapidly propelling the hashtag #WeLoveTheNHS to the top of Twitter’s trending topics.
Mrs Palin’s comments have spearheaded a larger wave of conservative vitriol seeking to deliver an exacting blow to Obama’s administration, by derailing one of his first significant attempts to deliver on his electoral agenda.
As usual, the right-wing aren’t too bothered with the facts. The author of one article in Investors Business Daily wrote that “people such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.”
Mr Hawking – who was born in the UK, and has lived and worked here his entire life – was quick to respond that he “wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS”.
Here’s hoping that the death throes of the Republican party continue to inspire these sorts of benevolent outpourings towards the various organs of our long-suffering welfare state. After all, it could be worse. It could be so much worse: