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Phew wotta scorcher

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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:

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
  • drink lots of cool drinks
  • look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children, babies and those with serious illnesses
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

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)?

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Comments (2)

At least general taxation pays for most quangos. Perhaps we should issue a warning (your business and individual financial health could suffer etc etc)to all financial advisers because Regulation, The FCA (through increasing paperwork) FSCS, FOS, MAS, Data protection licence, consumer credit licence and professional indemnity insurance could cause you to seriously overspend and place your business at risk because of unknown future costs.

When quite a lot of us came into this industry we still managed to do a good job for our clients (and more of them because we had more time to spend with them instead of on regulatory impositions) --- anyone coming into financial advice services now should be given lots of financial health warnings. Then, of course there are the personal health warnings -- the worry of potential claims up to our deathbeds for not following every rule in the FCA rulebook, all those years carrying heavy briefcases, sitting in cars in traffic jams, sitting in front of computers, getting depressed when stockmarkets go down, and the "Mafia" boss tells you to "be afraid" Hang on though -- who would pay for these warnings ???

Frank Dennis   22/07/2014   21:35
We need to pay people to tell us this?

What about every business (modes of transport and homes too) having to stick a sign on every outside opening door saying, "Take care, too much sun, inhaling bad things from the air and being assaulted in the street can seriously damage your health?"

Shoes and other footware should also carry a warning on top of the toe caps saying, "Danger, tripping over unfastened laces, or even your feet can cause injury?"

Parents, teachers and others who tie shoelaces for children and the elderly should be forced to take out liability policies, with a national database to enforce compliance. We could name it the Footware Control Authority. winking smiley

Richard Brown   20/08/2014   14:10


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