Volkswagen: the human cost

Emissions standards are designed to save lives. When the world’s largest car maker cheats those standards, people are likely to have died as a result. Why then, does the media choose to cover this as mainly as a “consumer rights” issue, rather than a public health one?

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Like Mao’s China, Britain’s National Health Service exists in a state of permanent, institutionalised revolution. Underneath it all, the very peculiar relationship between health and money is to blame. But this has also given rise to a world-leading experiment in health rationing.

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