I must admit that I am just passing the time with this post. I am a bit bog-eyed again. Smoking Scot was a bit concerned about my health in view of my apparent fatigue and the fact that I visited the doctor a couple of days ago. I have reassured him that all my ‘smoking related diseases’ seem to be in abeyance at this time. Or should the words be ‘in remission’? Although I have not been diagnosed to have a ‘smoking related disease’, like LC or heart problems, etc, I must have those diseases since I am a smoker and have been since about the age of 17. Therefore, all those diseases must be hanging over me like the sword of Damocles, held aloft by a single strand of hair, and about to riddle my body with nasty boils, blotches, cripples, coughing fits, deathly pallor, obesity, diabetes, mental illness, addictiveness, anorexia, zombiness, and so on.
I am fine, but, as is the case with most male old farts, I have some tiny ‘issues’…
But is it not weird that obesity and enjoying alcohol seem to produce exactly the same ‘X’ related diseases’? Is that not strange? It is almost as if loneliness might produce the same ‘X’ related diseases’. In fact, I am sure that whatever fake charity and quango which emits press releases and uses tax monies to lobby compliant Ministers deliberately quote the same indeterminate ‘related diseases’, just because they ARE indeterminate.
A scandal has been revealed. The Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, consorted with a certain academic, one Gerard Hastings, to bugger up Public Health England’s enquiry into ecigs safety. This situation is extremely weird. It seems that he readily acquiesced, rallying a quango to poo-poo the efforts of PHE.
The question that rose in my mind was: “What is the job of Chief Medical Officer?” Being too lazy to make in depth enquires, I check Wikipedia:
The ‘job description’ seems to be woefully inadequate. The CMO seems to have little to do. It is a figurehead, a ‘voice of authority’ with little actual substance. The job may have had some substance when it coordinated attempts to combat cholera and such ‘public health’ contagious diseases.
So what does the CMO actually do? It seems to have no purpose since the appearance of Public Health England. In fact, the attempts to undermine PHE suggest that the CMO is just an extension of the grip that academics have on the bureaucracy. She is one of the academics, and nothing else.
Is the academic grip beginning to loosen?
Who knows what is going on behind the scenes? Quite a lot of Public Health has been downloaded to Local Authorities and quangos like PHE. What does the Secretary of State for Health have to do? Perhaps his job is becoming more concerned with the economics of the Department. It is easy to see how there has been a conflict, a dissonance, especially in recent decades, between keeping people alive for as long as possible, and paying for their pensions and old age health care. In that context, things like cigarette plain packaging and car smoking bans are trivial. And the same applies to ecigs. In the big picture, they are trivial – a nuisance. Better to swat them before they get any bigger.
I read somewhere that Sally Davies is about to retire, but that might not be at all true. It was just something said.
Personally, I don’t give a shit who occupies these positions, unless they start to talk sense. First, whoever might be appointed, must say that SHS is not dangerous within a normal human life-time. What are the chances of that happening? Zero. So those people do not matter. They are alchemists, turning tobacco smoke into radon gas.
Let it develop…