This Is So “Hitleresque” It’s Not Even Funny!
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, American philosopher – (1863-1952)
Winston Churchill must be spinning in his grave to see all he fought against being utilized in what was once a free country.
You have to ask yourself what exactly WWII was about. Did all those fighting men (and women) die for nothing?
The UK is starting to look more like Hitler’s Germany than any semblance of a free society.
Well-meaning ‘snoops’ are being recruited by the Government to nag their colleagues, family and neighbours into living healthier lives.
By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
Last Updated: 8:18AM GMT 20 Mar 2009
Public health “mentors” will be enlisted by the NHS to offer ‘on the spot’ advice in their local neighbourhood when they see people smoking, eating or drinking too much.
The Government hopes that the volunteers will help to get across its messages on healthy living in a new and influential way but the plans have been criticised as evidence of the creeping ‘nanny state’.
While this might sound all well and good, how many people appreciate their family, friends, neighbors “preaching” to them about their personal lifestyle habits, etc? We used to call people like this “busy-bodies”.
The article goes on to say:
The mentors, who as volunteers are not paid, are expected to work to influence the people around them, offering advice to workmates, family and friends about how they should change their unhealthy habits.
Eating a third fried breakfast of the week in the office canteen, having a drink ‘for the road’ at your local pub or chain-smoking another cigarette while waiting for the bus could all see the mentors spring into action to offer the Government’s advice.
Considering how I was the only one in my office who smoked, ate all the so-called “wrong” foods, and was overweight………….it is amazing to me that I was also the only one who never got sick, wasn’t always running to the doctors office for a sniffle or ache. Seems to me that my co-workers’ “healthy” habits were rather unhealthy.
I’ll go on with what I know works for me and keeps me healthy. I’ll go on using natural remedies for those times that I don’t feel well, and can still not lose time from work because of it.
The government really doesn’t know me or my body and therefore is in no position to tell me what is healthy for ME.
This new “one size fits all” mentality is going to do more harm than good and in the end cost a whole lot more than just leaving people alone.
Then there is also this to consider:
Ministers are concerned that some people are turned off by its traditional methods of advising on public health, including large-scale advertising drives such as the recent £75 million Change4Life campaign.
Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, said: “If local health bodies have got spare money to spend they should really be focusing on higher priorities like recruiting more school nurses and health visitors.
Susie Squire, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “When the struggling NHS cannot provide taxpayers with prompt doctor’s appointments or the right drugs for their ailments, there is no way the Government should be pouring money into costly gimmicks.
The NHS is crying broke….BUT they always seem to find the money for programs that have little to do with providing the care they are set up to provide. It’s amazing they have the money for this stuff, but don’t have the funds to hire on more medical staff to handle the amount of people in need of real care!
But then this is what can be expected when you allow government to provide for your needs. They then feel the “right” to tell you how to live since it is all taxpayer monies being used. No matter that you yourself ARE providing the taxes and paying your way, so to speak.
IF this is what Obama has in store for us in this country in terms of healthcare……….I’ll take my chances without his help then. Thank you very much!
Read the FULL STORY here.
The UK isn’t the only “free” country invoking “behavior modification via peer pressure” on its citizens. The U.S. is doing the same thing, just taking a different route.
Under the guise of “Wellness Programs” many companies are not only providing such services but many are offering financial incentives to participants OR charging those who don’t participate (or don’t meet the “one size fits all” healthy standard) more for their health insurance.
Even Japan is getting into the act with it’s “Metabo” rules for employers, who will be fined IF their employees don’t meet the appropriate “waist” size mandated by the government.
One size does NOT fit all, and sooner these busy-bodies learn this the better, AND healthier, we will all be!
Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind…. Henry Grady Weaver
Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it, and they will exercise it most undoubtedly in popular governments under pretense of public safety….Daniel Webster
If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life….Henry David Thoreau
~ by swfreedomlover on April 8, 2009.
Posted in big brother, Controlling Liberty, health, Nannyism
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