After Woody Johnson, the US Ambassador to the UK, told Andrew Marr last Sunday that “healthcare” would be “on the table” for discussion as part of a post-Brexit trade deal, Government spinners went into action. As Adam Bienkov at Business Insider observed, “UK ministers were forced to repeat that the National Health Service would not be any part of a trade deal, after the US ambassador Woody Johnson said on Sunday that ‘the entire economy’ including healthcare should be ‘on the table’ in future talks”.
Moreover, he reported that “Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who is among the 13 candidates running to succeed May as prime minister, insisted the NHS was ‘not for sale.’” Someone was not listening to Hancock, and that someone was Combover Crybaby Donald Trump. He has just endorsed every word Johnson uttered.
Donald, where's yer hairspray?
Sky News has announced “When asked if the NHS should be on the table for a post-Brexit trade deal, Donald Trump says ‘everything will be on table’”. More specifically, he asserted “I think we’re going to have a great trade deal … We’re going to have a great and very comprehensive trade deal”. Cue mention of the NHS. “I think everything with a trade deal is on the table. When you’re dealing with trade, everything’s on the table”.
Squeaky 21st Century Guilty Men finger up the bum time
Do go on. “So NHS or anything else … a lot more than that, but everything will be on the table”. It was no mere mis-step from Woody Johnson. The NHS, our NHS, is expected to be up for grabs as part of a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA, the country whose President is urging the UK to tear itself from the EU … so that its economy and institutions can then be torn apart by rapacious Stateside business interests.
Thus the final Brexit end game is now in sight. It is what Nigel “Thirsty” Farage and his fellow spivs have been advocating all along. It is what has been supported by all those Astroturf lobby groups - the TPA, ASI, CPS, IEA and all the rest, along with their retinue of talking heads who turn up with monotonous regularity on the BBC and Sky News.
As Louis Barfe put it, “I wonder how many people would have voted Leave if that bus had said ‘Let's give the NHS to America’?” Maybe not enough to sway the vote. So a little lying was called for. The kind that was being practiced by Woody Johnson on the Marr Show.
Johnson claimed “the EU has taken a position on things like chlorinated chicken and said the American food supply is as safe as anything in Europe”. It was? “Completely safe”. Well, let’s take Salmonella as an example. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates “Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses”. And for the EU?
In 2016, the number of hospitalisations was 1,766, and there were 10 deaths. None of those deaths was in the UK. The population of the USA is 327 million; that of the EU (including the UK) is more than 512 million. Do the math, as they say.
Not only is the food going to be more dangerous, it’ll cost you to get treated once you get bitten by the bug. For some reason, Farage and Bozza forgot to mention this bit.
Still want to go through with it, Brexit backing proud patriotic Brits? No pressure, now.
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