David Cameron (seen here with Boris Johnson) has referred to Daniel Hannan (Right) as an eccentric.
Some time ago I encountered a Youtube video of an interview in America by Daniel Hannan, the Conservative, (God knows why, he belongs to them) MEP. During the discussion Hannan was strongly critical of the NHS in Britain and urged Americans to reject the idea of National Health in its entirety.
Asked why it had not been wound back over the years, he pointed out that the NHS as bad as it was has become a sacred cow, and that no government including that of Margaret Thatcher had dared to touch it. In fact, he maintained it was forever expanded.
It appears that he was completely correct including for the current government. David Cameron has been taking some heat from elements of the left over these remarks, and has decided that rather than make a stand that might be seen as controversial, (that leftie swear word,) it is a better proposition to repudiate one of the most lucid if not the only lucid voice in his party:
Mr Cameron brushed aside an attack on the NHS's record by Mr Hannan, who told American television viewers that he "wouldn't wish it on anybody."
"He does have some quite eccentric views about some things, and political parties always include some people who don't toe the party line on one issue or another issue," the Tory leader said.
In an email to Conservative Party workers, details which were published on his blog, Mr Cameron said millions of people, including his own family, were grateful for care they had received from the NHS.
Hannan is probably the best thing the Conservatives have going for them, especially now that Gordon Brown has gone. He is an international sensation, a libertarian hero although he may not see himself as such, and one of the most articulate politicians Britain has produced.
Who could forget the put down of Gordon Brown in the European Parliament with his “Devalued Prime Minister…” speech:
“And when you repeat in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we’re well placed to weather the storm, I have to tell you, that you sound like a Brezhnev era apparatchik, giving the party line.”
Oh hell, just in case you have been on another planet for the last couple of years here is again: