Brown Answers US Health Attack on Twitter

PM, wife hit back at Republicans bashing UK's health service
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 6:01 AM CDT
Gordon and Sarah Brown at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The prime minister and his wife both used Twitter to respond to attacks by America's right wing on Britain's National Health Service.   (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
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(Newser) – When a few Republicans called Britain's National Health Service "evil" and "Orwellian," the UK's Twitter users erupted. The hashtag #welovetheNHS has been trending for days now, at one point crashing the site. Yesterday the campaign got a high-profile supporter: Gordon Brown, who tweeted: "NHS often makes the difference between pain and comfort, despair and hope, life and death. Thanks for always being there."

While the prime minister is not a frequent Twitter user, his wife, Sarah Brown, is a keen microblogger with more than half a million followers. She followed his tweet with her own: "#welovetheNHS – more than words can say." The Browns have a long personal history with the health service. Gordon nearly went blind as a teenager but had one eye saved by NHS doctors, and the couple have praised NHS for its support after the death of their first child.