…It sparked calls for a cull of the “high priests of the nanny state” behind calls to stay out of the sun, drink less at Christmas and exercise more.
Taxpayers’ Alliance chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: “The pernicious influence of the public health lobby has spread ever wider in recent years, with health quangocrats pushing for more regulations and higher taxes that hit families and businesses.
“Not only do the patronising diktats and demands of these unaccountable quangos raise household bills, but taxpayers are also paying for the enormous remuneration packages of hundreds of meddling busybodies, many of whom have obscure job titles.”
Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, added: “As bad as it is to be bullied and harassed by these joyless puritans, it is worse when you see how many of them are getting filthy rich from it.
“It is bewildering that this gravy train keeps rolling at a time of supposed austerity. Most of these jobs could be axed without having any effect on people’s health whatsoever.”
Nothing remarkable about this. Chris Snowdon has written as much about them hundreds of times.
But what particularly delighted me about this was that, given that it was published in the Sun rather than on some blog, it was probably actually read by the aforementioned Public Health fat cats.
So at least these bastards know what we think of them now, if they didn’t already.