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Yes I know that it is a terribly sad story and we all feel sorry for the girl concerned BUT….why this?

 The 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week is being flown to the UK for medical treatment, the Pakistani army has said. Malala Yousafzai has until now been at a military hospital in Rawalpindi, with doctors saying her progress over the next few days would be “critical”. The girl wrote a diary about suffering under the Taliban and was accused by them of “promoting secularism”. The UK said Malala’s transfer followed London’s offer to help her in any way. The Pakistani army said Ms Yousafzai’s trip was being sponsored by the United Arab Emirates.

Don’t they have hospitals in the UAE? Why is the UK picking up the responsibility for this, and the cost? Doesn’t Pakistan have hospitals either? I can understand the humanitarian imperative but I do question why it is that the United Kingdom gets so involved in this sort of thing.

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33 thoughts on “WHY BRITAIN?

  1. I have one or two comments about this particular story,(well, alright, I have lots more, but most of those contain ninety-percent obscenities), but we shall concentrate on the printable ones!

    This young girl is being transferred to a British hospital because the Pakistanis probably know that if she stayed, some wild-eyed clown would attempt to kill her, and himself, for the greater glory!

    As with the Saudi Royalty, so with high profile casualties of Islamic intolerance. When the Saudi King needed heart surgery, where to? Riyadh? Mecca? Nope; New York! The hospitals are rudimentary at best, useless at worst, because the hospitals and medics all run on a ‘Religious Training’ basis, and therefore everything is in that bloke Allah’s gift, and if the kid kicks the bucket, they want to blame the Brits, not Islam!

  2. Islam believes everything that happens, everything -is Allah’s will. Quite logical if you believe in an all powerful “I’ll do what I darn well want!” kind of deity. So it’s not down to the skill or knowledge of the surgeon, it’s really down to whether Allah wants you to live or not.
    Horribly negative, horribly fatalistic. No wonder they can’t keep a little schoolgirl safe. And btw if we keep on importing surgeons and doctors and nurses, all NHS hospitals will have “Insha’Allah written next to Accident & Emergency….

  3. A downside of bringing the child to the UK is that It will enable the Islamics to say that she is embraced by the West because her values are ” western ” and not ” muslim “

  4. She is being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham – an NHS (National Health Service) hospital which has a specialist major trauma centre.

    The cost of her care and rehabilitation is being funded by Pakistan.

  5. Why is the UK picking up the responsibility for this, and the cost?

    Because the UK has specilist treatment unavaialble in Pakistan. And we are not picking up the cost, they are.

  6. But don’t tnink that tne Taliban won’t be playing up the fact that she is in the custody and protection of the ” evil British ” westerners

  7. I realise you’re a busy man David, but you really need to research some of these stories better before you post. A lot of you recent post seem quite knee-jerk.

  8. The cost of her care and rehabilitation is being funded by Pakistan.

    Good.

    Bump up the bill and get back some of our aid money.

  9. This girl deserves every bit of help and protection she can get to protect her from the revenge of the Pakistani/Afghanistani Taliban who will kill her if they get the chance. I have nothing against her coming to Britain, I would love to offer my admiration and support.
    What concerns me is this: here we have this huge Islamic nation called Pakistan. It is poor. It has all kinds of problems, its hospitals are not thought to be of the best, there are areas NEAR but not part of Afghanistan, where such is the Taliban’s fear of them, according to Mahons they SHOOT teachers.
    An unstable, poor country, unable to secure its borders and keep its people safe:
    but at least it has a nuclear arsenal…..

  10. If our hospitals are so superiorto those in Pakistan, how is it that almost all of the doctors will be of Pakistani origin?
    Did we cherry pick the good one’s leaviong behind just the dullards?
    If so look what a mess those geniuses have made.

  11. DIG,

    I’m not sure, I s’pose there are a number of factors. Maybe Aisian doctors are better than European doctors or maybe there’s a shortage of doctors in Europe? How many unemployed doctors do you know?

  12. Paul,
    You doughnut!
    There is a shortage of European doctors because European governments either (stupidly) figure it’s cheaper to import foreign doctors and therefore don’t encourage European young people to study medicine, or else something more political is going on.
    There are ample cases of Asian doctors in the UK who turn out to either have bogus qualifications or inferior qualifications.

  13. Really Agi? So it’s a conspiracy by Euro governments to import foreign doctors or ‘something more political’?

    And I’m the donut? Are you really Alan in disguise?

    There are ample cases of Asian doctors in the UK who turn out to either have bogus qualifications or inferior qualifications

    There are similar cases in other cases in other countries with both Euro and indigenous people too.

  14. “There are similar cases in other cases in other countries with both Euro and indigenous people too.”

    Paul,
    I said you are a doughnut , not a donut. Donut is Simpson speak for “Don’t”
    Governments may decide that is cheaper to encourage foreign trained medical staff rather than promote home grown home trained people. (Economics)
    Or else there may be a policy which promotes multiculturalism within the EU, and encourages overseas staff to come and work in Europe and the UK.
    Policy, Yes.
    Conspiracy, No.
    You aren’t really Allan by any chance? 😉

  15. Yeah but the operative modal verb there is may which denotes possibility. So it’s an opinion then? You shouldn’t present it as fact.

    Sorry about the Simpson’s gaff. I’m not down wif da yoof.

  16. Ahh I see. She is being flown to the UK not for the excellence of our overwhelmingly Pakistani staffed National Health Service but because she when she wakes up will be surrounded by more of her family here, than she would of back home in Pakistan.
    Understand now.

  17. ” So it’s an opinion then?”

    No.
    I moot it as a possibility.
    Personally I do not accept that the country which gave the world the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions, no longer has the talent to produce doctors, engineers, lawyers, scientists or plumbers.
    What HAS changed is that we have become lazy and complacent.
    But if we were to give our young the right incentives, we would never need to import the numbers of professional people that we do now.

  18. I moot it as a possibility

    Then you shouldn’t present it as policy.

    Policy, Yes.
    Conspiracy, No

  19. Incidentally,
    I found a way to send Malala a get well email from the Agit8eds. I was going to post how, but then it occured to me…
    “Agit8ed, there’s some weird weirdos out there, maybe not a wise thing to do..
    What say you McMahons? 😉

  20. Paul,
    I shall say zis only once..

    I said,
    “There is a shortage of European doctors because European governments either (stupidly) figure it’s cheaper to import foreign doctors and therefore don’t encourage European young people to study medicine, or else something more political is going on.”

    So it could be that European governments think it’s CHEAPER to import foreign medical staff,
    or else something more political is going on. That is they may be encouraging more multiculturalism within Europe.

    I don’t present it as fact, but as a possible explanation. I do not present it as a policy, only as a possibility.

  21. Paul,
    I followed your lead at 10:00.
    Actually you are sort of right. I should have said “if” there’s a shortage… “it may be because”….
    So big apologies for asserting an assumption Paul.
    Have a pint on me!

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