Boris Johnson has chosen former Aussie prime minister and rightwing nutjob, Tony Abbott, to become a UK trade envoy.
Abbott, an ultra-conservative Catholic, has strange ideas that now extend to what to do with old people in the age of Covid-19. Abbott's view is that they're just going to die from something or other anyway, so why waste money on hospital bills when we can leave them home to die.
He claimed it was costing the Australian government as much as $200,000 (£110,000) to give an elderly person an extra year’s life, substantially beyond what governments would usually pay for life-saving drugs.
Abbott said not enough politicians were “thinking like health economists trained to pose uncomfortable questions about the level of deaths we might have to live with”. More politicians should have asked whether the cure was proportionate to the disease.The kids know best. It should be their call.
“In this climate of fear it was hard for governments to ask ‘how much is a life worth?’ because every life is precious, and every death is sad, but that has never stopped families sometimes electing to make elderly relatives as comfortable as possible while nature takes its course.”The kids, hmm. Oh yeah, the heirs. They wouldn't speed old mum on her way, would they?