Taking “Fitness” to an Extreme

This has to be one of the biggest wastes of taxpayer money I’ve heard of yet. AND it’s not even happening here!

Buttock-clenching at the bus stop: The nanny state’s new bid to get us all fit

By Polly Dunbar
Last updated at 1:58 AM on 17th August 2008

A bizarre Government-funded campaign is being launched to encourage people to exercise while they’re waiting for a bus.According to the campaign’s organisers, those minutes spent at the bus stop watching the traffic go by could be spent more usefully – by standing on one leg, pointing your toes or clenching your buttocks.

But the latest attempt to get Britain fit has been slammed by an MP as ‘a shocking waste of taxpayers’ money’.

And one angry passenger said last night: ‘Fares are ridiculously high as it is. So why don’t they use the money they’re spending on this nonsense to cut the cost of bus travel?’

Leaflets and posters setting out six Pilates-style exercise moves to do at the bus stop are being distributed to passengers travelling on buses between Blackburn and Manchester.


Workout: Two women try the exercises while they wait for the X41

Anyone concerned about looking ridiculous as they balance on one leg in the middle of the street are reassured that the exercises are ‘discreet’ and that ‘there will be others doing just the same all along the route’.

Part of the Every Stop Helps campaign, the leaflet tells passengers: ‘Healthy living is all about having a good diet and getting the right amount of physical exercise.

‘Make exercising on the X41 part of your everyday bus travel. The exercises are easy, fun to do and discreet!’

The campaign is part of a project funded by the Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Organisers claim it will help people with busy lives to fit exercise into their day and avoid health problems such as heart disease and obesity.

But Tory MP Philip Davies lashed out at the move. He asked: ‘Is this April 1st? The Government is virtually bankrupt and yet it is spending its last few pounds encouraging people to do Pilates at bus stops.

‘It is the nanny state gone completely mad and a shocking waste of taxpayers’ money.’

However, Les Lumsdon, director of the Institute of Transport and Tourism at the University of Central Lancashire, which is promoting the scheme, said: ‘The response from passengers has been very positive.

‘Many people have busy lives and struggle to fit regular work-outs into their day. We’re giving them the information needed so they can choose to add value to the time spent using public transport.

‘Eventually, we’d like to see Every Stop Helps extended to other bus routes and train journeys.’

And Russell Revill, managing director of the bus company Transdev, said: ‘We thought it was a good idea. Doing exercises while waiting for the bus is a good way to pass the time and beneficial to your health, too.’

© 2008 Associated Newspapers Ltd

Anyone who wants to can exercise anytime they want to……..including bus stops without taxpayer money being spent for posters and leaflets. Seriously, what is the world coming to that politicians don’t have more important things to concern themselves with………….like the general welfare of the public at large? Have they completely obliterated ALL crime that they have all this time and money to waste on this bullshit? Do they really need to control our personal choices and lives?

Of course, one could argue that it is voluntary and not mandatory. Well the way things are going, and apparently the UK is the front-runner in this race for control, I can see them trying to make it mandatory. But how would they monitor it? Well, considering the people of the UK basically have privacy ONLY in the own homes (for now), mandatory exercise while waiting for a bus will be a walk in the park. Check out just how easy this can be done.

How Big Brother watches your every move

In our ever-growing surveillance society, the average Briton is being recorded 3,000 times a week. Richard Gray reports.

Last Updated: 9:33AM BST 17 Aug 2008

How Big Brother watches your every move

In many cases information is kept by companies such as banks and shops, but in certain circumstances they can be asked to hand it over to a range of legal authorities Photo: ANTHONY UPTON

With every telephone call, swipe of a card and click of a mouse, information is being recorded, compiled and stored about Britain’s citizens.

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has now uncovered just how much personal data is being collected about individuals by the Government, law enforcement agencies and private companies each day.

In one week, the average person living in Britain has 3,254 pieces of personal information stored about him or her, most of which is kept in databases for years and in some cases indefinitely.

The data include details about shopping habits, mobile phone use, emails, locations during the day, journeys and internet searches.

In many cases this information is kept by companies such as banks and shops, but in certain circumstances they can be asked to hand it over to a range of legal authorities.

© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2008

Read the FULL STORY here.

More insulting is that it is all government funded, which means the peoples’ taxes are paying for this harassment and intrusion into their lives. Talk about arrogant and stupid!

<sarc>Maybe they can go after elderly women wearing hair curlers in their hair in public? That is sooooo out dated it should be banned. Or maybe passing a law that all females MUST wear a bra or use bandaids to cover their nipples (males too for that matter – after all, nipples are nipples), and shave their armpits! </sarc> LOL

WHEN are the sheeple going to come out of their stupor?


~ by swfreedomlover on August 19, 2008.

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