Friday, 20 March 2009

Snoop On Thy Neighbour – Public Health "Mentors"

In another amazing act by the government, public health "mentors" are being recruited by the NHS to offer 'on the spot' advice to their colleagues, family, friends and neighbours. These informants will preach the government advice of just how to live a happy and healthy life under New Labour, the reason for this:
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.
No, people are turned off by a nannying state, just when did the British public become so unable to make decisions for themselves? Yes it's the states job to inform and educate, but not take away all options bar the ones it likes. Try a little change of tone you might find people more inclined to respond rather than just rebel or become apathetic.

What really strikes me about this act is how divisive it is, now we're being split into groups of people who embrace the government and those that don't. What's next punishment for those that don't share the states thoughts? Increased tax for people that don't sign up to be a mentor? Wait a minute, better not give them ideas.

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