Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mary Poppins, James Bond and the Queen

Mark Steyn has a grand time dissecting the Olympics opening ceremony, Britain and (among other dysfunctions) its National Health Service.

"Years ago, in London’s Daily Telegraph, I carelessly remarked that, while one might be able to find a Bhutanese yak farmer somewhere upcountry who envied Britons the NHS, nobody else on the planet did. A couple of days later, the paper printed a letter from Mr. Sonam Chhoki, a Bhutanese gentleman who, while not a yak farmer himself, came from generations of sturdy yak-farming stock. He reported that his British in-laws were still waiting for their operations after two years, and that based on his experience Bhutan’s health service was superior."

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