Only an idiot or a far left liberal would have inserted Britain's health care system into the Olympic's Opening Ceremony. But, Danny Boyle, the very liberal producer of that very odd Opening Ceremony, did just that. Britain's system of socialized medicine is nothing to be proud of. It literally takes weeks to see a specialist. Because of that, the death rate for cancer and heart attack victims is the highest in the Western world. Emergency room waits, following an emergency or accident, can take hours.
Maybe the Brits should think about socialized mortuary and burial services with that kind of record.
Lastly, the Olympics should not be some kind of platform for politics. Didn't the world get enough of that when Nazi Germany hosted the Berlin Olympics of 1936?
A celebration of free healthcare, the trade union struggle, the battle for women's rights and a fleeting lesbian kiss: the Olympics opening ceremony Friday did not shy away from weighty social issues: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hK3ZHgHyRLFGgFylJyPxUfH0kOtg?docId=CNG.2249ee77cd214cd016f6cfc488472e87.2a1
UK cancer survival rates 'the worst in the Western world': http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2001248/UK-cancer-survival-rates-worst-Western-world.html
Britain, the sick man of Europe: Heart and cancer survival rates among worst in developed world: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1234276/Britain-sick-man-Europe-Heart-cancer-survival-rates-worst-developed-world.html
NHS waiting lists: how long are patients waiting? New data journalism shows exactly how much worse NHS waiting times have got: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jul/11/nhs-waiting-lists-data