The Curmudgeon


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sugaring the Pill

Whether because her own minions have advised it on public-relations grounds, or because of the media's recent excessive sympathy towards the immigrant family of Saxe-Coburg-Middleton, Theresa May has come out as a diabetic. Whatever our personal regrets about her continuing immunity to pellagra, elephantiasis or stomach cancer, this is possibly the first intelligent thing she has done during her dismal career as Home Secretary. Type 1 diabetes may not push the sympathy buttons like a Death of Little Ivan, but it does call attention to the plight of the deserving non-health-tourist; it has enabled May to blather a bit in the Stürmer on Sunday about keeping calm and carrying on; and it's almost certainly a cheaper option than adopting a white working-class baby. It would, of course, be uncharitable in the extreme to suggest that May has made the announcement purely because Lynton Crosby has some clients in the insulin racket.


  • At 4:05 pm , Anonymous The Judge said...

    As a Type 1 myself (which is why I had a disturbed night last night, and could be found at 03:30 this morning in the kitchen stuffing myself with wine gums), this is probably the only time I'm going to have any sympathy with Madame Le Chat.

    Nonetheless, the timing of her announcement is suspect, given that it seems she had the diagnosis two months ago; presumably 'Bloke told her to hold off until there was something sufficently inconvenient which required a distraction.

  • At 11:53 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    How charitable of you to sympathise with her just because you have a condition in common. My own mind works quite differently: if it turned out that someone in the British Neoliberal Party suffered from intermittent Black Dog and eczema on the soles of the feet, I would most likely rejoice at the news that the plagues had found a more deserving target than myself.

  • At 12:20 am , Blogger J Sewell McEvoy said...

    I'd like to see her next private health insurance quote, pre-existing condition and all that.

  • At 9:17 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    She's probably an executive director of the company that insures her. Many people and most Conservatives seem to go into politics these days purely in order to benefit from such convenient coincidences.


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