Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Nanny Logic from the UK

Professor Julian Le Grand, chairman of Health England, wants the British government to legislate good health into being.

He proposed the introduction of a smoking permit, which smokers would be required to show each time they bought tobacco. It is then their choice to go smoke free and not buy a permit.

Companies with more than 500 staff would have an "exercise hour". Employees would have to deliberately choose not to join in. The proposals are the opposite of the Government's approach which requires people to opt in to healthy lifestyles. Instead it would be up to them to make the unhealthy choice.

In his speech to the Royal Statistical Society last night the professor, a former aide to Tony Blair said: "It is not like banning something, it's a softer form of paternalism."
Of course, it is currently up to smokers and fatties to continue or discontinue their unhealthy habits. There is no one forcing them to opt in or opt out of one sort of lifestyle over another. But Big Nanny doesn't believe people can be trusted to run their own affairs without government interference and subsequent governmental profit, thus the idea of smoking permits and exercise hours. Will exercise hour replace lunch hour?

cp: The Broom

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

I see this as a good news, good news thing. It would be imprudent for the British government to neglect the wellbeing of their property, ness paw?