“This is from ‘The Independent’ newspaper and it says here: ‘Unveiled: radical prescription for our health crisis Obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking: Britain is among the most unhealthy countries in Europe. Now a pioneering National Health Service adviser is proposing a revolutionary cure for our ills.

By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, 23rd October 2007 A radical plan to persuade people to stop smoking, take more exercise, and change their diets was proposed last night by a leading government adviser. As new figures were published yesterday showing that England tops the European league as the fattest nation in the EU, Professor Julian Le Grand, chair of Health England and a former senior Downing Street aide to Tony Blair, said a completely fresh approach was required by the government to reverse the epidemic of obesity and to tackle similar ills caused by ‘excess consumption’. Ina speech to the Royal Statistical Society…’

They even had a Department of Statistics in Orwell’s ‘1984’. ‘…Professor Le Grand said instead of requiring people to make healthy choices — by giving up smoking, taking more exercise, and eating less salt — policies should be framed so the healthy option is automatic…‘ In other words, mandatory. ‘…and people have to choose deliberately to depart from it.‘ Now here’s what he’s suggesting here. He wants: ‘… a smoking permit, which smokers would have to produce when buying cigarettes, an ‘exercise hour’ to be provided by all large companies for their employees; and a ban on salt in processed food. The idea, dubbed ‘libertarian paternalism,’ reverses the traditional government approach that requires individuals to opt in to healthy schemes. Instead, they would have to opt out to make the unhealthy choice, by buying a smoking permit, choosing not to participate in the exercise hour, or adding salt at the table. By preserving individual choice…

Ha-ha. ‘…the approach could be defended against charges of a ‘nanny state,’ he said. ‘Some people say this is paternalism squared….‘ I like that, ‘paternalism squared’ is a Mason talking. ‘… But at a fundamental level, you are not being made to do anything. It is not like banning something, it is not prohibition. It is a softer form of paternalism.’ So it’s not totalitarianism, it’s paternalism. This goes on and on, goes through all the justifications as to why they should do this. Now those who don’t smoke miss the whole point of this, because the old saying is they came for the socialists, and there wasn’t a socialist, so they left me alone. Then they came for this other one and all the way down until they came for the gypsies, Jews, and so on and the Slavs, but I wasn’t one, but they grabbed me anyway at the end because there is no one left to stand for me. It’s the same old thing here.

This is the beginning of the movement to control everything in your life, because now they want to bring everyone in annually (this is adults too) and weigh you and keep records on you. That’s what it’s all about, totalitarianism. You are property because they’re the shepherds you see and you’re the sheep and they always take care of their animals. I’ll continue with this particular piece I’ve been reading here. It goes on to say here: ‘…permits for smoking could be issued annually and the signature of a doctor might even be needed. This would require individuals to ‘opt-in’ each year to being a smoker, rather than ‘opting out’ by choosing to give up. Sellers of tobacco, from supermarkets to tobacconists, would have to see the permit before any sale. To get a permit would involve filling out a form and supplying a photograph as well as paying the required fee. Permits would only be issued to those over 18 and evidence of age would have to be provided. The money raised for the permits would go to the National Health Service.’

Sure it will. ‘Time for employees to take exercise during the working day, a ban on salt in processed food, restrictions on the sale of alcohol, and an extension of the free fruit scheme for children, are also among ideas that deserve investigation, he added. Betty McBride, public affairs manager of the British Heart Foundation said: ‘This sounds like nanny as Major General. We would have a problem with the smoking permit because it might suggest smoking was alright once you had the permit.’ It’s amazing how control freaks think though, isn’t it? ‘.,.But overall this is exactly the kind of thinking we need to be doing, asking tough questions and turning things on their head.

They certainly would, wouldn’t they? Because they’ll also give you a permit for food you see and if they claim you’re obese, you would have to have a special permit if you wanted anything with a little fat in it, you know, something tasty. Now where is all this coming from? The war on smoking you see first came from the United Nations. They were the ones who backed it and they now have a war on obesity.

That also comes from the United Nations. The United Nations is our big nanny and they have a big stick as well for other different purposes, but at the moment they are being the nanny in the socialized countries. It is only a matter of time before this same mandate is pushed in Canada and everywhere else in the world. They never go after the big companies. Now for 40 years, they’ve been pushing nothing but ads for big fast-food companies that put all that junk in their food. There is very little nourishment really. That’s why people are obese. Their body craves vitamins, minerals and proteins and that big burger there looks like a burger and smells like one, but it’s not really a burger. It’s had all of its nutrients removed from it and people are really hungry you see and that’s why they eat a lot. What they fill them full of is that monosodium glutamate (MSG) and that is the stuff that really makes you think you have a taste there. It’s a chemical that goes right into your tongue. It goes deeper than any natural food and stimulates it and makes you think you’ve actually had some tasty food there. Now there’s no bans against the use of that apparently, but the big corporations can get away with pretty well anything they want.”

[Alan Watt, from his radio program Cutting Through the Matrix, October 2007]

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