Hayden: [stopping his horse and drawing a pistol] Good night Mr. Breen
John Breen: You mean I can go?
Hayden: Anytime
John Breen: [looking at the armed men around behind him] What makes you think I will?
Hayden: Because that way you’ve got a chance, a small one, but a chance
John Breen: [griping reigns of his horse] Well never let it be said I didn’t take it

The Fighting Kentuckian 1949

On May 10 1941 Rudolf Hess flew solo to England to propose peace between England and the Third Reich. It had been a plan he had been working on since Sept of 1940, running short of fuel he had to bail out and was captured the next day making the case for peace between the British Empire and the Third Reich.

From Sept 1940 to May 1941 England had been standing alone against the Undefeated Reich, Italy and Japan, their army and not recovered from the loss of their equipment at Dunkirk. The Battle of the Atlantic against the U-Boat fleet was still very much in doubt and the prospect for help was not good. The non-aggression pact between Russia and Germany was still in force and the American public was not inclined to enter another war in Europe and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which would change their minds was still seven months away.

It’s a good thing for the world that Britain in 1941 was not run by the folks at Alder Ray Hospital in charge of Alfie Evans, the people at the NHS, the Judges in charge of his appeal, or the British Government of today that let it happen. For those folks and those on social media who have steadfastly defended them, the idea of costly fighting on with the odds against them would have had no appeal when you had a no cost alternative that guaranteed their existing empire.

Much easier to keep what they had and give up the freedom of France, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Norway and Poland. then take the long shot risks for the sake of their freedom.

The world is very lucky that the half American Winston Churchill was in charge at the time and was able to lead and inspire his people to fight on.

Alas for Alfie Evans that Churchillian “never say die” attitude while expressed by thousands of Americans online and in person was not present in the British Government in general or in the NHS in particular. A single hour of Winston and Alfie Evans would have been in Italy weeks ago given food and water with a chance, however small, for survival.

How incredible is it that the we have the spectacle of a German Doctor saying that this decision would be unthinkable in modern day Germany

A leading German pediatrician is saying that the way the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is dealing with disabled toddler Alfie Evans and his parents would never happen in his country given its history with the Nazi regime.

“We have learned in Germany because of our history, that there are things that you do not do with severely disabled patients,” Professor Nikolaus Haas, head of the Child Cardiology and Pediatric Intensive Medicine Unit at Munich University Hospital, told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper in an April 26 article.

“Our ethical understanding in Germany is different, I mean – thank God. The [hospital’s] logic that it is better for the child to die than that someone else looks at it, and even to sue [for that] in court, this is an unimaginable behavior for me,” he said.

Alas this is not unimaginable this is reality. Alfie Evans is dead, a bit shy of his 2nd birthday and the risk to the NHS and it’s defenders posed by his continued survival has died with him, ironically the same week that the newest son of British Royalty was named.

I regret to say Alfie Evans is not the first British Child to die this way and it’s unlikely he will be the last British child dead after his parents pleas for the chance to save are denied by the British NHS and courts.

I can’t imagine The Few who risked all against enormous odds to save Britain nor their leader who made the fight rather than giving up would have approved. would

a death sentence in England circa 1912 via Wikipedia

Nicholas Angel: You should be ashamed! Calling yourself a community that cares!
James Reaper: Oh, but we do care Nicholas!
Joyce Cooper: It’s all about the greater good!
NWA Members: [echoing in agreement] The greater good…
Nicholas Angel: How can this be for the greater good?
NWA Members: [echoing] The greater good…

Hot Fuzz 2007

Yesterday I told you about Alfie Evans the 23 month old Toddler who was removed from life support but kept on living. Alfie Evans spent the feast of St. George, Patron of England defying the odds by continuing to breathe on his own despite a court order removing him from life support the British Government, apparently upset that this 23 month old British subject refuses to surrender is life  has decided to go with plan B.  They have decided to deny him food.

toddler Alfie Evans is being starved to death by the hospital looking after him, the boy’s father Tom confirmed.

The 23-month-old is now approaching 24 hours since being removed from his ventilator. Tom says his son is still fighting, but he needs food. 

Mind you Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship, the Pope has appealed to the country and an ambulance is waiting to take the child to Rome for treatment without delay the moment the UK will allow it.

They will not.  This comment is from a self described: “passionate and unapologetic defender of the NHS”

Given that this doctor and the NHS has given up on young Alfie there is no logical reason prevent his parents from seeking treatment outside the UK as it as the only shot he has for life. To the normal sane person (and to Brits of just few generations ago) such a decision to deny parents such this option which has been freely offered would be inexplicable but there is actually, in my opinion, a very simple explanation.

I submit and suggest the British government is not afraid that treatment in Italy to save Alfie’s life would prove futile and result in his death, they are afraid that it would prove successful and he might live.

You see if Alfie Evans lives then every patient whose parents, friends or spouse have been convinced by the NHS that treatment for their loved one is useless will be asking themselves if that was really the case in their situation. Was the NHS simply trying to conservative their budget at the cost of their parents, friends, spouse, or children’s lives?

And if enough brits decide that the NHS is less concerned about preserving the lives of British Subjects than protecting the bureaucratic system spawned by the NHS,  then those who profit the most from that system might see a risk to their jobs, reputations and political future and power.

Now it’s fair to say that Alfie’s odds are not good and if he is allowed to go to Italy for treatment it is very probable that he will still not live to see his second birthday or much beyond it.

But Her Majesty’s Government and those who worship at the altar of the NHS can’t take even the slightest chance that Alfie beats the odds, because if he manages to survive, or even worse grows up to be a useful and productive citizen he will be a living breathing indictment of their system.

Therefore the courts of England have sentenced Alfie Evans to be slowly starved to death and the NHS and the Doctors and Nurses within it along with the pols who back it will insist that doing so is for the child’s own good. He gets the Black cap that the villains of Rotherham will not.

And the NHS will be safe for another day.

Erick Erickson has England pegged.

Closing thought #1: If you’ve ever wondered what those Death Panels Sarah Palin was talking about might look like, this is it.

Closing thought #2: Does anyone think for one moment that if this child’s last name was “Windsor” and his mother’s maiden name was “Middleton” that there would be no question of leaving the nation as Her Majesty’s Government would spare no expense to provide any treatment his parents requested?

Closing thought #3  Why is it every time I hear someone defending starving #alfieevens to dead I hear the NWA members from the movie #hotfuzz chanting “The Greater good”?


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This story from London was bad enough:

Officials from the South London NHS Trust have apologised to the family of Derek Sauter, who later died in hospital of pneumonia.

The 60-year-old did not receive a “proper and professional standard of care” when he was admitted with a chest infection in June 2008.

A formal investigation is being conducted into his death, after it was found his oxygen levels went unchecked for 11 hours and were 35% lower than recommended.

But this in comments was particularly interesting:

The problem was, when I noted what they did wrong, my boss quickly got with me to tell me that the hospitals do not like change on their reports. Basically, I found that the hospitals would break the contract with my employer if I gave them bad scores…and get another third party to cover their ass. Basically my job was fake, and I had to give out fake scores so I quit. The things I saw were unimaginable. How educated doctors and nurses could act that way is unbelievable.

This is just a blog comment and one would need to investigate to find how reliable this is, but consider. If a company worried about its bottom line is willing to play with data (and I’m sure our friends on the left would certainly concede that possibility) imagine how much more an inspector for a government agency empowered to direct millions of dollars of taxpayer funds or to affect the political future of someone who votes on said appropriations?

Repeat that nationwide and you get the picture.

The Lonely Conservative via the astute blogger tells the tale from the Telegraph.

Documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph disclose that staff at Britain’s largest ambulance service have been encouraged to maximise the organisation’s income, by securing payments for diverting patients to telephone helplines.

but that’s not all

Another plan uncovered would see thousands of 999 calls currently classed as urgent downgraded so that callers receive telephone advice instead of an ambulance response.

If you are surprised at this type of thing its only because you haven’t been paying attention. She concludes:

If the progressive Democrats really gave a hoot about the uninsured in America, they could have just done another stimulus program to buy them all insurance. But it’s not about that. It’s about control. History proves that when governments start controlling things there is epic failure. Just look at the two stories above. That’s our future if Obamacare stands.

Exactly right. Just remember it took years for this type of stuff to start happening. Our friends on the left will insist where’s the fire? Have no fear, if we fail to repeal we will not only see these same effects but as we were forewarned we will deserve them.