Should society let uninsured people die? "YEAH!"

Crowd at Monday night's Republican presidential debate cheer at suggestion that society should allow


Once again, one of the most memorable moments in Monday's CNN Republican presidential debate came from the audience. Hot on the heels of jubilant cheers at Rick Perry's record number of executions as Texas governor in last week's debate, some members of the audience cheered at the suggestion that society should allow uninsured Americans to die.

The host Wolf Blitzer was pushing candidate Ron Paul about a hypothetical man without insurance who goes into a coma. "That's what's freedom is all about," replied Paul. "Are you saying society should just let him die?" asked Blizter -- at which point several members of the Tea Part-heavy audience interrupted with "YEAH!"

None of the candidates took issue with the cheers, although it has been reported that Perry said he was "taken aback" by the response, adding "we are the party of life".

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.