Professor Hugh McLachlan, expert on the ethics of public health at Glasgow Caledonian University's School of Law and Social Sciences, said the government's role was not necessarily to mould or direct the general health.Did he just fart in Jockland's public health spacesuit? I think he did, you know.
"I think they (the figures] have a sociological interest, they give us a snapshot that you can compare over time, but whether its the government's responsibility to influence public health over time, it's arguable.
"The state does provide health care and it's required that it treats individuals impartially and I think that's the end of its responsibility."
Prof McLachlan said that he doubted whether it was the state's task to adjust the aggregate figures of the NOS, rather than offer people the opportunities and information on how to lead a healthy life and allow them to make an informed choice.
The good Prof must feel as isolated as Robinson bloody Crusoe up there amongst the celtic bansturbatory hordes.
And having done, oooh, at least 5 minutes research, he appears to revel in opposing the 'consensus' in other areas too, if the teasers to these two articles are anything to go by. Shame that only subscribers to the Scotsman's premium content (I'm not sniggering, honest) are able to read further.
If The Free Society ever replicate their London debates north of the border, I'd wager that Prof Hugh's presence on the panel would make for a good night out.