22 Jul 2014
Well, UKplc has plumbed new depths regarding taking responsibility for your own actions with assessments made by the Health and Safety ‘Stasi’ Public Health England to keep people ‘safe’.
This quango’s top ten tips include advising people to keep cool by drinking ‘lots of cool drinks’.
Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks”.
His top advice tips for being sun safe:
Dr Cosford has obviously never heard Noel Coward’s song ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen’. Verse seven goes:
“Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it.
In Rangoon the heat of noon is just what the natives shun,
They put their Scotch or Rye down and lie down.
In a jungle town where the sun beats down to the rage of man and beast
The English garb of the English sahib merely gets a bit more creased.
In Bangkok at twleve'o'clock they foam at the mouth and run,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”.
Does society need to pay a man some £160k plus a year to come up with this? He may be highly qualified (MBBS MSc MRCPsych FFPHM) but surely these qualifications could be better used and at somebody else’s expense rather than the state’s.
The same organisation is also is lobbying for obesity warnings on till receipts at supermarket checkouts if your shopping choices are not deemed to be of a high enough nutritional standard. The till message says “you are a ‘fat bastard’ go back and shop again”!
Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, said: ‘It seems the NHS now stands for the Nannying Health Service. No doubt they will next be proposing the tills refuse to scan any item that might be unhealthy.’
I think I can safely say that for those of my ‘fifties and sixties’ generation, common sense was a life skill that was part of your DNA. It is either fast disappearing or is being engineered out. In either case only disaster will ensue unless UKplc get’s a grip on the ‘Nanny knows best’ squad.
The state must be spending a fortune on employing people to encourage what they must clearly see as seriously stupid people, who do not know they are being stupid, to not be so stupid.
But as we know, stupid is as stupid does and that event in society today is normally followed by a lawyer demanding compensation because…..well I will leave that blank for you to fill in.
Tough new laws are being proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to ‘slay the health and safety culture’ epidemic, which has created a tsunami of legal claims for big stupidity payouts.
Public Health England is following in the footsteps of other ‘great and the good’ quango or regulatory-based stupidity preventers, all egged on by no win no fee litigation opportunity.
If I start the list of with the Money Advice Service (an organisation needing Philip Davies’s attention) who this week has managed to put a quarter page advert in Metro advising people of the dangers involved in buying a second hand car, would others like to follow with other examples of ‘state sponsored stupidity prevention’ (SSSP)?