Last week I wrote about Great Britain's problem with obese citizens. Certain people in government positions over there have determined that it's no longer the personal responsibility of the peasants- staying at a healthy weight- and that the government must take over this area in life.
Half jokingly I mused:
What’s a government to do though? Mandate that everyone march to and from work and or school? Outlaw remote controls, cell phones and the like? Force employers to hold exercise sessions every two hours for the workers?
Today I found this article:
Make all staff exercise for an hour, says top health adviser
A radical plan to improve the nation's health - including a workplace "exercise hour" - has been unveiled by a leading Government
New figures today show England is the fattest country in the EU. Now Professor Julian Le Grand, chairman of Health England, hopes to encourage people to improve their diets, give up smoking and exercise more.
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."
Oh puleeze. It's more than this. It's more than government interference and meddling. And it's more than socialism...I doubt the people of Britain will tolerate such non sense but one never knows. Remember all this when Hillary Care comes. She will try to change the way we live- and every aspect of our lives.