Among his suggestions are a proposal for 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.
What the... I mean... I... ach... gaaaarrrrr... what the fucking fuck-fuck? What the fuck is this shit? A fucking smoking permit? An "exercise hour"? I... I... You fuck, Le Grand; you fuck.
And the big fat lolly stick sticking jauntily from the top of this fresh turd is what this cunt scientist has decided to dub his fascistic ideas.The idea, dubbed "libertarian paternalism", reverses the traditional government approach that requires individuals to opt in to healthy schemes.
What the fuck is libertarian about forcing people to buy licenses to buy and consume perfectly legal products? What is libertarian about either forcing people to partake in an exercise hour or forcing companies to have one? What the fucking shit is this cunt on?
This is totalitarianism, this is fascism. You are beholden to the state and the state tells you how you should look and live; the state is your lord and master and you must serve your master until you die.
Trixy has alerted me to the fact that this shit is being stirred up again by the totalitarian's newspaper of choice.
A ban on the sale of cigarettes to anyone who does not pay for a government smoking permit has been proposed by Health England, a ministerial advisory board.
The idea is the brainchild of the board's chairman, Julian Le Grand, who is a professor at the London School of Economics and was Tony Blair's senior health adviser. In a paper being studied by Lord Darzi, the health minister appointed to oversee NHS reform, he says many smokers would be helped to break the habit if they had to make a decision whether to "opt in".
The permit might cost as little as £10, but acquiring it could be made difficult if the forms were sufficiently complex, Le Grand said last night.
His paper says: "Suppose every individual who wanted to buy tobacco had to purchase a permit. And suppose further they had to do this every year. To get a permit would involve filling out a form and supplying a photograph, as well as paying the fee. Permits would only be issued to those over 18 and evidence of age would have to be provided. The money raised would go to the NHS."
Le Grand said the proposal was an example of "libertarian paternalism". The government would leave people free to make their own decisions but it would "nudge them" in the right direction.
It is difficult to articulate how fucking offensive I find this whole idea. Quite apart from creating yet more vast swathes of civil servant jobs, it is just absolutely beyond the fucking pale as far as freedom is concerned.
Tobacco is a legal product and the idea that one should have to apply for a permit in order to indulge in a perfectly legal past-time—and pay for that permit, on top of all the tax on cigarettes and the fact that smokers cost the state less than a healthy person in any case—is an appallingly illiberal idea.
To then attempt to twist the word "libertarian"—in the same way that the illiberal Left have already appropriated the word "liberal"—is just unbelievable.
The paper also proposes incentives for large companies to provide a daily "exercise hour" for employees and a ban on salt in processed food.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said last night: "We will be consulting later this year on the next steps for tobacco control. Ministers are looking for input from a full range of stakeholders."
For fuck's sake, the world of 1984 is being created even as I write.
There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this, Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
Julian Le Grand: 1984 is a warning, NOT A FUCKING INSTRUCTION MANUAL, you terrible cunt.
Despite my anger and your humble Devil's strong rhetoric, I am a libertarian: I believe in letting people choose their own path through life. As long as they do not infringe on the rights of others—that is to say, their life, liberty and property—people should be free to pursue happiness in whatever way they choose.
There are just over 60,000,000 human being on this island and, unlike Julian Le Grand, I am not arrogant enough to assume that I should be able to tell them how to live—far less encourage others to legislate to do so. As Timmy has so often pointed out, we should be able to go to hell (or heaven) in our own particular handcart.
As I said a couple of days ago, it is those who, arrogantly, think that they know best who are the real threat to freedom (although, as Chris Dillow pointed out, I should probably have used "statism" rather than "socialism" although I would maintain that, in the end, one always leads to the other).
The entire concept of socialism is based around the idea that a large part of the population is to fucking thick to be able to look after themselves. Because these people are so fucking thick, they need wise leaders to look after them and, naturally, everyone seems themselves as that wise leader.
It is an irritating and patronising attitude but is just another reason why I hate bloody socialists. It's also one of the main reasons why Leftist governments always move inexorably towards totalitarianism: after all, if you know better than the general populace on one issue, why not all issues?
A libertarian movement is desperately needed in this country because, ultimately, all three main parties think that they know better than you: they all regard you as too fucking thick to make decisions for yourselves. Fundamentally, they all want to make those decisions for you.
Will you let them do that?
UPDATE: Trixy is suitably enraged.
Words cannot describe the hate I feel towards people who think that they must control every aspect of our lives. Julian Le Grand, who is a professor at the London School of Economics and was Tony Blair's senior health adviser, thinks it would be a jolly jape to make people buy a permit for purchasing tobacco.
I am literally shaking with rage. It's not enough for them to force us all outside into the cold and to damage pubs with their fascist policies, but to have to buy a permit and for Le Grand to say that they should make the form sufficiently difficult so people couldn't fill them in is the product of a sick mind.
Hear that, Julian, you are a sick individual.
I'm sure that Julian will comfort himself with the thought of his surely-soon-to-be-awarded peerage...
UPDATE 2: England Expects is also incensed.
Saving us time...
Oh I can see it now, all that lovely paperwork, and with photo ID as well. Now we must of course streamline the system. So lets have all the paperwork and photo IDs uploaded onto a national smokers database. This of course can be cross referenced to tha nice idea the government just had about the Children's database (with exam results that will never be deleted as it is designed to act as a Government approved national CV); which dovetails with the Children's Index (which due to security reasons will not carry the details of the children of celebrities and politicians, but will have all sorts of social information about parenting and propensity to commit crime - and whether you eat your greens). Then add the fingerprints that have been taken from all our children in schools. Tie that to Franco Frattini's idea of only the day before yesterday to have a complete satellite tracking system that will track all visitors to the EU...
I love this though,Le Grand said the proposal was an example of "libertarian paternalism". The government would leave people free to make their own decisions but it would "nudge them" in the right direction....
Oh sod it, could somebody just design a badge for me that I will wear at all times on my top garment. I am prepared to have a tattoo as well, just to get it over with.
Bet we will be made to pay for those badges and tattoos though...
UPDATE 3: Dizzy is fucking annoyed.
What the hell is wrong with this country? What in God's name is going on? I have to buy a permit each year and get a photo ID card in order to smoke? I have private health insurance, I'm not using the bastard NHS. Le Grand and the Government can stick their permit up their pipe and smoke it - but only outside of course.
You might notice that all four of us are smokers. But, believe me, once they've fucked us over, you're next...