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Thomas Conolly

But if you disagree, why should we value the lives of relatively wealthy British people above the lives of desperately poor Africans? Surely the only reason is that "we're British" - i.e. nationalism.

I'm not sure that this is true. Is it perhaps the case that the NHS is not in place to provide service for the British, but rather for those 'living in Britain', and this seems to be a little different. As a British citizen living in Japan, i had to pay for private medical treatment, but a Japanese national at a British university could presumably visit their nearest A&E free of charge.
The point being (though it may be based on false information) that people support each other not because they share the same nationality but because they have to share a country and hence lives affect each other and circumstances intertwine. The health of those living amoung us, british or not, may have a direct influence on our own lives that the health of an African may not. So the rationale behind a national health service seems more about the useful aspects of helping those we live rather than with than any instictive 'nationalism'.

TC

2nd paragraph, line 9 - I meant 'among', not 'amoung'
line 11 - should read 'may not have'
line 12 - 'live with' or 'live among', your choice readers!

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