When lefties tell me how much "better" Britain is these days, one of their favourite references is how much better our health system is compared to, say, the pre-NHS days. I like to retort that the reason why health care has improved and so many people recover from illnesses which were once considered life threatening has nothing to do with the NHS, but is entirely down to medical advances and often due to the development of new drugs by those "evil" (and privately operated) pharmaceutical companies who - if the left got their way - would be bled dry of the profits that pay for future drugs.
There is no doubt that people died of illnesses back in the forties which are easily treatable these days - but I'm equally sure that nobody died of thirst while in hospital in the pre-NHS days.
Another of the lefties favourite references are the much vaunted "benefits" of immigration. Well, it certainly wasn't much benefit to this chap. Britain has become a dangerous place to grow old in. If the out of control youth and foreign criminals don't get you then the NHS probably will.