As Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn launches a “rock star” tour of Britain, addressing rapturous audiences in packed meeting halls, I thought I’d check to see whether he was the antismoker I thought he probably was. It was just as I had expected:
How Jeremy Corbyn voted on Social Issues
Consistently voted for equal gay rights
Consistently voted for smoking bans
Consistently voted for the hunting ban
Consistently voted for allowing marriage between two people of same sex
Generally voted for laws to promote equality and human rights
So long Jeremy. With luck, you’ll lead the Labour party into oblivion.
Which left me wondering once again why the Conservatives don’t become a bit more, well,… conservative. H/T Harley for this report from last month, which may signal first moves to throttle the bloated public health industry:
A 6.2% across the board cut in public health grants to local authorities threatens to undermine attempts to reduce levels of obesity, drinking and smoking in England, councils have warned.
The Department of Health plans to achieve £200m savings demanded by the Treasury this year through one flat rate measure.
Its month-long consultation, published on Friday, says this would be simpler to implement than adapting cuts to local circumstances.
Towards the end of the article, somebody says:
“With further reductions in public spending expected next year we need to move away from a focus of treating sickness to actively promoting health and wellbeing.”
That should be the other way round. They need to move away from a focus of promoting health and wellbeing to actively treating sickness. That’s the problem with the medical profession these days.
Which reminded me that the medical profession is the only profession with which an encounter can leave you minus an arm or a leg. You don’t have that problem with accountants or solicitors. If they chop off one of your arms, they’ll go to prison for a long time. But, if it’s done to “save lives” or “improve health”, medics can carry out more or less any atrocity they like (including killing you) with complete impunity. Nobody will bat an eyelid.
If you want to be a serial killer, becoming a doctor is the perfect cover. For example Harold Shipman.
Smoking bans are atrocities. “Exiling smokers to the outdoors” is an utterly vicious thing to do to smokers. But since it’s all being done to “save lives” and “improve health”, it’s perfectly okay, and nobody will bat an eyelid. Even though most of the public health activists – like ASH boss Deborah Arnott – aren’t even doctors.
Anyway, a 6.2% cut in public health funding is a start. Only another 93.8% to go.