Professor Stephen Hawking, the intellectual giant of theoretical physics who confounded medical expectation and campaigned for the NHS, has died aged seventy-six.
This morning, the BBC’s John Humphrys, on his Radio 4 Today programme, provoked outrage with an astonishingly crass question to physics professors Brian Cox and Carlos Frenk:
I wonder whether it was ever said of him in your profession that he was cut a bit of slack because he was so desperately disabled but fought through it?
If only it was unbelievable.
In addition to the many thinks that Hawking did not need ‘slack’ from anyone to do, at the time of his death he was also involved in a legal case to protect the NHS from yet another damaging reorganisation by a Tory government preparing it for easier privatisation.
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