These days we live in a world in which we are being told that everything is poisonous.
It started with tobacco. We’ve been being told for about 100 years that tobacco companies are “merchants of death”. We’ve been being told that they’re selling us a poison that will kill us.
But tobacco was just the start of it. For we’re now being told the same thing about alcohol. In addition to the tobacco companies trying to kill us, we learn that the brewers and distillers and wineries are also trying to kill us.
Do as I do, think about cancer before you have a glass of wine, says chief medical officer
Dame Sally Davies urges the public to follow her example, and think about the risks of cancer before deciding whether a glass of wine is worth it
And it doesn’t end there. For we’re also being told that meat and fat and sugar and chocolate and salt are killers too.
Walk into any bakery and you’ll find on sale all manner of cakes and buns and loaves. And all of them lethal. All of them carefully designed to kill you softly with each sweet mouthful.
And it’s not just food and drink that’s killing you. Every single car on the road is a death trap, and they all spew out thousands of tons of soot and carbon monoxide and, worst of all, carbon dioxide which is causing the Global Warming that is going to boil us all slowly to death.
We are told that oil companies and coal mines are almost as murderous as tobacco companies. And so are all the other industries churning out nothing but poison.
You can’t trust anyone, it seems. You can’t trust politicians. You can’t trust bankers. You can’t trust experts. And all news is now “fake news”.
Is it any wonder, in such a poisoned world, in which more or less everything is lethal, that there are people desperately searching for “safe spaces?”
Dame Sally Davies, who [no longer] happens to be Chief Medical Officer, is telling us that we can’t trust the food industry to sell us healthy food. And yet she wants to be trusted herself. Isn’t that what she’s doing when she “urges the public to follow her example”? Isn’t she saying “Trust me. And don’t trust any of the food and drink manufacturers I’ve been denouncing”?
But why should you trust someone who clearly has little or no trust in anyone else? Dame Sally Davies has been teaching distrust of entire industries. And if such distrust is taught by teachers, can it be any surprise if the teachers themselves become distrusted.
And, oddly enough, perhaps that’s exactly what has happened to her. BMJ 8 February 2019:
Sally Davies steps down as England’s chief medical officer
Maybe it was just that her hypocrisy caught up with her in the end:
Britain’s top doctor has been terrorising moderate drinkers into giving up wine and lecturing women to consider every sip of alcohol a deadly step towards breast cancer.
But it appears Dame Sally Davies – the UK’s ‘nanny in chief’ who only this week urged others to ‘do as I do’ – has relaxed her killjoy approach to booze at home.
New photographs show the chief medical officer clutching a half-full champagne flute in the lounge of her £3 million London townhouse.
Will her replacement be any better? Probably not. After all, her predecessor was Sir Liam Donaldson, CMO from 1998 to 2010. Remember him? He was one of the prime movers for the UK public smoking ban and the swine flu fiasco.
Sally Davies is really just one of a long line of killjoys, the greatest of whom was none other than Sir George Godber, CMO from 1960 to 1973, and about whom I’ve often written. And about whom there is more here and here and here and here.
So bye bye Sally, and good riddance. I wonder if there’ll be a bronze bust of you in the RCP like the one of Sir George Godber?