Envy the Cubans
Published 17/02/2012 | 05:00
When Fidel Castro swept from his 'Sierra Maestra'
Hilltop base in 1959 to overthrow the brutal Batista regime, his first speech, to a cheering crowd of downtrodden peasants, culminated with the words: "The first thing we will do will be to end the Irish-style health standards in this country".
Okay, so he didn't say that, but he might have done. For Enda Kenny to deride the achievements of Castro, who, from an unimaginably low base, established one of the most advanced health care systems in world history, is quite astonishing, especially from a leader of a country that has always put profiteering above the welfare of all the people.