In a whole host of countries – Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland – A&E waiting times are typically under an hour.
Brexit looms large, of course, but now Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are also fighting with the EU Commission over self-determination.
As Michael Gove hints this morning, the Cabinet must finally debate and decide which route it prefers.
We cannot be the tired heavyweight in the twilight of their career landing a few punches. We need the energy and urgency of the underdog to go on the attack.
Those who still refuse to accept we’re really going to leave the EU are misreading the process, the politics, and the people.
The modern state is intended to restrain those who seek a monopoly on power. Such people naturally resent it when that system works.
Dissidents in Eastern Europe could look to Thatcher’s Britain to stand up for their liberty. Are we still the sort of people to whom democrats turn?
Is it truly necessary to keep reciting these arguments? Sadly, yes – in each generation some people are drawn to brutal ideologies.
The overwhelming evidence, after years of trying, is that the political will and courage simply is not there.
Wales has held the dubious accolade of the worst education system in the UK for a decade.
When the moral case is made for high levels of immigration, the negative impact of mass emigration on the countries left behind always seems to be forgotten.
The EPP Christian Democrat group now believes that the Union can reconnect to people by giving richer middle class kids free summer holidays backpacking around the Dordogne.
By appeasing blackmailing autocrats such as the Turkish President, the EU is undermining the democratic and liberal values which it’s supposed to support.
Whether reform can be delivered in time to convince us Brits to vote to stay in the Union remains to be seen.
A boost for Len Pen. A blow to Merkel. More Europe-wide security measures. No Commons vote on bombing Syria. And, more distantly, the end of free movement?