What happens when you let the nutters take control

Dr. Farley, the city’s health commissioner, exercises seven days a week, loves his vegetables and has never smoked a cigarette. He has barely a ripple of fat and has run 15 marathons over the past 34 years,

His actions?

He has urged what he calls curve shifting, an overhaul of human behavior toward healthier living. But to do this, he says, the entire cultural landscape must be changed to make bad choices harder and good ones easier, even if it has to be engineered by the government.

The commissioner wants New Yorkers to quit smoking in parks and beaches, take the stairs, cut the salt, lose weight, swear off sugary drinks, have safe sex and drink less alcohol; and he advocates legislation, taxes and industry regulation to help them do it.

What we actually want of course is Ken Clarke as the health supremo. A puff and a pint helps you relax, nothing wrong with a few middle aged pounds, is it one or two sugars in your tea?

Of course, these things can be overdone but moderation, not fanaticism, is what allows a 70 year old like Ken to still have the energy for Cabinet….

7 thoughts on “What happens when you let the nutters take control”

  1. How about a radical idea: linking health insurance premiums to lifestyle choice health risks ?

    Oops, can’t mention that sort of thing in these pro-socialised medicine times can we ?

  2. “What we actually want of course is Ken Clarke as the health supremo. A puff and a pint helps you relax, nothing wrong with a few middle aged pounds, is it one or two sugars in your tea?”

    The only reason for Clarke as health supremo would be because anything preachy on healthy living and vegebles would sound utterly ridiculous coming from him. It is utterly ridiculous anyway but would help to highlight the interfering busybody nature of the state.

    So long as there is coerced socialism in healthcare there will be the Man from the Ministry squeaking about what is and isn’t good for us.

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  4. 15 marathons in 34 years, what a ponce. In my prime I used to run that number every year, often having a few extra km to go at the 42.2km mark (up to 117.8km extra). I certainly don’t feel in need of advice from someone who needs over two years to recover from a gentle morning jog.

  5. Considering he’s this country’s pre-eminent traitor, I would have thought it was to diabolical means that Ken Clarke owed his political longevity.

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