I must say that I’m not surprised by this latest proposal for collective punishment.
Overweight or unhealthy people who refuse to attend exercise sessions could have their benefits slashed, in a move proposed by Westminster Council.
GPs would also be allowed to prescribe leisure activities such as swimming and fitness classes under the idea…
Under the proposals, overweight benefit claimants could have their money docked if they refuse exercise regimes prescribed by doctors.
Smart cards would be brought in to monitor the use of leisure centres, meaning local authorities could reduce welfare payments for those who fail to follow their GP’s advice.
So now they’re going to punish fat people for being fat. That’s what it boils down to. The exercise will do them no good, of course, and will most likely injure them, and may even kill them. But that’s the intention. The aim is to make the fatties sweat. It’s pure spite and hatred that drives this. Just like it was pure hatred that drove smokers outdoors, to shiver and freeze.
It doesn’t surprise me that they want to punish the fatties. After all, they want to punish smokers and drinkers. They want to punish everybody.
British Medical Association GP committee chairman Dr Buckman, a GP in north London, called the proposals “some of the silliest things I’ve heard in a long time”.
“When I was first told about this I thought it was a joke,” he said.
I didn’t think it was a joke. After a while, you get to realise that these sorts of public announcements are just a way of softening people up for what’s coming next. First Westminster city council, and then others. There’ll be the usual public consultations in which the public isn’t consulted, and then GPs will start handing out exercise prescriptions. Like 50 press-ups a day. Or a 5 mile cross country run.
But if this Dr Buckman sounds like he’s got his head screwed on the right way round, he immediately corrects that misapprehension:
He added: “The best way [councils] can intervene is to stop restaurants and fast-food chains providing the kind of food that make people put on weight, and interfere with the way foods are sold in shops.”
Well, that clears that up! It’s not that the little shit doesn’t want to intervene and interfere. He just doesn’t want to intervene in that way. No, he wants to walk into restaurants and make them take ice cream sundaes off the menu. And sausages, and pancakes, and wine, and beer. He’s just as tyrannical as the people he’s criticising.
Obesity support organisation Big Matters spokeswoman Susannah Gilbert said: “It would be fairer to use the money to support people rather than to penalise people.
Penalising people is what it’s all about, Suzie. People must be punished, and must keep on being punished, until they finally shape up, and comply with government requirements.
But Jonathan Carr-West, acting chief executive of the LGiU, said the proposals offered “a win-win” solution.
He said the proposals were about “finding innovative ways to both improve people’s lives so they don’t suffer from these conditions, while also saving money for the public purse”.
“We have to look at ways of managing demand, of helping people not to need such expensive health interventions,” he said.
He said the proposals would “help people lead healthier, happier lives”.
Yes, once all the fatties are being made to run marathons, they’re going to be so happy. And a lot of them are going to be dead. But that’s how demand management works. Death is much cheaper. It saves a lot of money to just put people in coffins than treat their illnesses.
Westminster council leader Philippa Roe said: “This report contains exactly the sort of bright, forward-thinking and radical ideas that need to be looked at.
“The potential improvements to the nation’s health and to the public purse could be significant.”
Well, I guess it’s what passes for “bright”, “forward-thinking”, and “radical” these days in a Conservative-controlled council that’s just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament. But I think they’re sick and twisted ideas, from sick and twisted people.
I worked in Westminster Council for a year, some 40 years ago. I wonder if the lifts work any better than they did back then. Probably not. But what’s wrong with walking up the stairs to the 20th floor? It’s good exercise. Keeps people fit.