Monday, 25 October 2021

The government's obesity app

The government is going to start trialling a new obesity app in January. Taxpayers are going to be forced to pay people to eat vegetables and go for a walk. I'm against this, as I explain in the Spectator...

There is a good chance that the HeadsUp app will be another government IT disaster and will never be heard of again after the trial ends next summer, but it should never have been given the green light in the first place. Not only is it Orwellian for the state to track your footsteps and monitor your shopping and eating habits, it will create a two-tier society in which those who follow the often dubious advice from public health authorities will be subsidised by those who do not (or indeed cannot). Ludicrously, Health Secretary Sajid Javid is portraying this scheme as part of the ‘levelling up agenda’.

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