Saturday, 11 January 2014

Being Bored Is Your Public Duty

That's it guys and girls, we're screwed.

When debating with ban-hungry morons who quote costs to the NHS as to why tobacco, alcohol, fast food - oh yeah, and now sugar - should be banned, we used to have great trick. Simply go to extremes (learned from years of prohibitionist claptrap) and mention that extreme sports are dangerous too, and cost taxpayer cash to treat when something goes wrong. Worked every time, didn't it? No-one in their right mind wants to penalise that kind of healthy thrill-seeking behaviour.

Well, err ...

Nuts! That's the argument busted, because it seems public health is on their case too!

Perhaps she is just a crank, I thought, but Martin McKee follows her so apparently not. Oh, hold on!


16 comments:

Ivan_Denisovich said...

All hail the Gods of the medical profession! Particularly those who repay our massive investment in their oh so important and worthy careers by giving up practice in order to tell us mere mortals how to live our lives. How could we ever get by without them and their comfortable salaries?

Jax said...

I actually read the second comment as a sarcastic jibe against Public Health. But then, I'm not a Twitterer (or whatever they're called), so maybe I just don't "get it."

Dick_Puddlecote said...

Yes, I did think at first it might be a spoof account, but looking at the rest of her feed it doesn't appear to be.

Curmudgeon said...

You might have hoped this would be the "jump the shark" moment for the public health lobby, but obviously not. No doubt they'll pick off the less politically correct sports first, like motorcycle racing.

Of course, from a narrow public health perspective, rugby would be banned, but it'll take some time to get people to see that as acceptable.

They'll have to break through another barrier of political correctness to attack the health risks of highly promiscuous sexual lifestyles, though.

Sunex Amures said...

They seem to try with boxing now and then. Haven't heard anything lately though - perhaps it might be because it is no longer an all-male preserve these days.

Steve said...

look forward to them trying to tell our Front Row that scrummaging is now banned, together with post match beers.

Anonymous said...

How come,we dont have
OPEN AIR FOUNDRIES
OUTSIDE EXHAUST REFIT GARAGES
TOPLESS BUS DEPOTS
and a thousand other toxic employment venues
Can we imagine ASH and their SPONSORS demonstrating outside
a ferrous foundry where the fumes(SMOKE)can make your eyes bleed
before they torture your lungs.
No chance ,,,,no cash in it

Ex Union Safety Official

Dick_Puddlecote said...

I expect that will come sooner rather than later. Most probably with calls by the health lobby first, before rugby authorities get spooked and implement uncontested scrums voluntarily - I've already heard the odd suggestion on that subject in commentaries etc.

Anonymous said...

How come,we dont have OPEN AIR FOUNDRIES OUTSIDE EXHAUST REFIT GARAGES TOPLESS BUS DEPOTS and a thousand other toxic employment venues Can we imagine ASH and their SPONSORS demonstrating outside a ferrous foundry where the fumes(SMOKE)can make your eyes bleed before they torture your lungs. No chance ,,,,no cash in it

Ex Union Safety Official

Ivan_Denisovich said...

Agreed. Public health doesn't do irony and she claims to be proud that she is mentored by Martin McKee.

JonathanBagley said...

Haven't the scrummaging rules been changed in schoolboy rugby?

Manx Gent said...

Know of her, I'm afraid.
She produces the Isle of Man section for that regular European survey on underage drinking and drug-taking. The last one had our health department (i.e. her employers) all in a tizz because it appeared to show that our little darlings had worse coke habits than London merchant bankers, which was inevitably picked up by a tabloid....you can guess what happened next!
Inevitable response from our clueless health nazis was to denounce a study it had been solely their idea to take part in, and whose local results were totally under their control, because the wrong people were reading it and, instead of justifying their further existence, the 'evidence' was now showing that things were getting worse since they imposed themselves on us in the first place!
Makes I laugh that on the one hand this place has no speed limits outside towns and gives honest working lads a chance to test and scare themselves silly at the TT, on the other, we have an evangelical Christian led temperance lobby which has managed to get itself appointed by government to 'advise' on pleasures it believes none of us have the right or the self- control to enjoy responsibly.

Dick_Puddlecote said...

Quite possibly, I'll ask the boy later.

Dick_Puddlecote said...

Ah, I see. The Isle of Man link explains her eagerness to get sport onto the public health radar.


Nice anecdote too, MG, the dangers of ever-escalating public health extremism, eh? Very funny. :)

Steve said...

Schoolboy rugby yes - makes sense for growing boys. Adult, has become a proper contest rather than one big hit at the engage. Still bloody hurts (so I'm told - being a fullback, as far away from the pack as possible!)

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