Thursday 2 January 2014

Lifestyle regulation? No thanks

An Ipsos MORI poll of 19 major countries has found that the majority of the population everywhere (except Russia) thinks that the government has no role trying to "encourage healthy lifestyles".

It's heartening to see that support for the public health racket is nice and low in the UK (and God bless America!) Moreover, the researchers note...

Whether or not we support government involvement, we clearly believe responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle remains in the hands of individuals, at least to a large extent. Only five per cent of the British public strongly believe it is the job of the NHS to keep people healthy – this compares to a far greater proportion (39%) who strongly believe it is the individual’s responsibility to keep themselves healthy.

The public health lobby has never sought a democratic mandate, but it's worth remembering that their ugly brand of social engineering is only supported by a minority.


Junican said...

It's interesting to note that most of the countries who agree with the statement are those which have the least interference - at present.

jredheadgirl said...

Indeed, God bless America and the UK!!

Although, Junican points out an interesting juxtaposition between Nanny State govt and public perceptions of such:-)