Panic Among the Health Professionals

The reaction to the news that ‘The Government’ (meaning the politicians rather than the apparatchiks in the departments) has decided to shelve a sugar tax has been rather comical. One teat-sucker described it in tragic terms as ‘a lost chance for Cameron to go down in history as the saviour of future generations of children’, or words to that effect. According to that charlatan, a sugar tax would put an end to the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes.

There is something wrong with the logic of these people. Let’s just think about it for a moment.

Suppose that the Government imposed some sort of extra tax on ‘sugar’ in the form of a tax on foodstuffs which had a sugar content over some ‘plucked out of the air’ percentage. Would anyone who could afford not to bother, change their eating and drinking habits as a result of that tax? I doubt it. So who would? I cannot see how it would be anyone other than people who would not be able to afford such ‘luxuries’ as cakes bought from a shop. Of course, they could always buy the ingredients and make their own cakes and stuff their faces with them to their heart’s content. Would that save them money? I’m not sure. Those people might cut down on sugary stuff, but those people would be the poorest of people who have to watch every penny and have to religiously check prices.

The faulty logic lies here: “How is it that those people can afford to buy sugary drinks and foods at present?” It can only be that there are people who have so little income that they just about afford a treat once a week or so. Let me put it this way. My Dad was a miner. I remember an incident which has stuck in my mind for no apparent reason. The date must have been around 1949 when I was ten years old, or thereabouts. I just happened to be in the living room at the time when Dad handed his wage packet over to Mum. That’s why I say that I must have been old enough to know what was happening – the handing over of the wage packet. I think that what made the memory stick was the look of deep concentration on Mum’s face. It was not something that I had ever seem before. She studied the money, moved it around in her hands, looked into space, looked back again at the money and thought and thought. Then she handed some of the money back to Dad, presumably, his spending money. We were dirt poor.

Mum and Dad did not go out midweek. ON Saturday evenings, they took my sister and me to the pictures early evening, then went for a couple of beers when we were asleep. Dad went to the club and played cards with his mates on Sunday afternoon. That was it. Money was too tight to do otherwise. An annual week’s holiday in Blackpool had to be saved for.

For them, expensive sugary drinks and sweets for us children were out of the question. We had to but them ourselves out of our weekly spending money of TWO PENCE. Two pence would buy you a quarter of dolly-mixtures, or some such. That was it.

We can see that my parents were a particular subset of people. They were poor and had a family. Can we see the equivalent today? Well, yes we can. It is those parents, whether single parents or not, who cannot afford more than a small, weekly treat for their children. Only they, and possibly those parents who are just a little better off, will be affected – a subset of a subset of the population.

Further, in order to achieve a set of regulations on the amount of sugar which triggers the sugar tax, there would be required a massive bureaucracy. Any organisation, even the local, small business takeaway, would have to register and spend fortunes on calculating the sugar content of their own recipes. The complexities are enormous.

The charlatans would claim that the sugar tax would only affect Big Food, but that would be illogical, since sugary food is sugary food, wherever you buy it from.

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Does the flip-flopping of Cameron et al signify anything? I could imagine a situation in Cabinet where Hunt, the Sec of State for Health, was pushing a sugar tax for all he is worth, on behalf of all the Charlatans, Zealots and Jobsworths who surround him. I can also imagine other Cabinet Ministers asking awkward questions about costs and implementation. The Charlatans have been trying to use the tobacco template, but in this case, it does not work. Tobacco products have been produced by Big Tobacco for decades, with only a few tiny, private operations. Big Tobacco was an easy target and low hanging fruit. But we note that BT has been silenced, but not destroyed, or even significantly damaged.

In the heading, I used the phrase ‘health professionals’. It is tempting to include doctors and nurses as health professionals, but that is not what I mean. I mean something like ‘golf professionals’ or ‘football professionals’. That is, people who acquire income according to their performance. Generally speaking, nurses and doctors are not self-employed ‘professionals’.

It seems to me that there is a subset of people who are salaried, but who are essentially self-employed. A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT is a typical example. University Academics are another. The critical thing is this assessment is that, even though they are salaried, they can do whatever they want, or not. The highest example is someone like the Ausie git, X (I have momentarily forgotten his name – the ‘advisor’ of Soubry MP, when she said that she thought that ecigs had been dropped from the EU tobacco directive).  He receives a salary from the Health Dept but has no specific productive duties. All his duties are unspecific and destructive. He conduct witch hunts, on behalf of the EU and the WHO.

HOW DO THESE PEOPLE SURVIVE FOR A MOMENT? Why is it that their ‘Conflicts of Interest’ are not spotted right away?

In my own mind, the capitulation of Cameron et al to the FCTC Dictats over plain packaging spoke volumes. Cameron et al are weak. There was never any urgent reason to give Plain Packaging parliamentary time. Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

But it is precisely because of the illogical acts of Cameron et al that the nature of politics is changing. Vast numbers of people are just getting somewhat queasy about the waste of resources, without knowing what waste of resources is involved. Con/Lab/Dem do not talk about it, and yet it is critical, especially because the waste of resources on monitoring the  import of the agricultural product, tobacco leaf.

The import of jihadists is millions of times more important than the import, by gangsters, of large quantities of tobacco leaf.

 

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2 Responses to “Panic Among the Health Professionals”

  1. artbylisabelle Says:

    Great analogy, I completely agree. They are as greedy as ever, their tactics are the same in every sphere that the public pays for. Tobacco, Nutrition all of it is corruption, follow the money. The food pyramid is upside down, causing diabetes type 1 & 2 to rise, causing heart and liver diseases. When the crowd themselves changes directions themselves, they get all penny pinching nervous and start threatening bans, sin taxes and more regulations.

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