Britain’s cherished NHS turns 75 today and, in a further sign that it has all but replaced the Church of England as our national religion, its birthday was marked by a service at Westminster Abbey.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer both gave bible readings during the service, competing – as ever – to prove they are a safer pair of hands to preside over the country’s most treasured national institution.

Free healthcare for all, introduced by post-war British prime minister Clement Atlee, embodies, as the FT’s Sarah Neville puts it, “the most visceral form of security: eliminating money worries in time of serious illness.”