Blogging Bromsgrovian Trust People points out that there's a strange contradiction in David Cameron's speech on healthcare.
"Try and buy a newspaper at the train station and, as you queue to pay, you're surrounded by cut price offers for giant chocolate bars.
The check out staff have all been trained to push this product, whatever the customer is actually trying to buy."
This might sound better if it didn't come from someone who until recently was being paid by these people.
According to Edward "A vital part of the Urbium stable was the notorious Tiger Tiger chain. They've been keeping the cash rolling in by paying incentives to their bar staff who meet sales targets. 50% on top of your regular salary seems a pretty good way of getting booze thrust upon bingeing drinkers.Even now, London Tiger Tiger has a two hour Happy Hour flogging cocktails for £3.10 , jugs for just £8.50 and £2 off doubles of spirits.
Then chairman John Conlan called Urbium "a highly reliable and substantial cash-generating machine".
One Urbium bar is Sugar Reef. Yes, that's it, the one drunken West Ham players were chucked out of after one urinated on a bar top and another was sick."
Perhaps Mr Cameron could make another speech, linking such promotions to the rise in cirrhosis.
There's another line that rings a little hollow. Remember the Civitas pamphlet on political correctness ?
"... the exponential rise of HIV in Britain since Labour was elected in 1997. Figures from the government’s Public Health Laboratory Service were being published showing a 25 per cent rise in just one year, with almost all the increase being among hetero-sexuals. The government and media had been warning for years about the dangers of the new complacency among heterosexuals, ever since the number of heterosexual cases had swept past the number of homosexual ones, a well reported and much commented-on phenomenon. The government minister was responding on the Today prog-ramme to the latest increase with a new sexual health campaign telling people to practice safe sex. If teenagers would just wear condoms, it would put a stop to the rise. But the trouble is that the increase in HIV had virtually nothing to do with British people practicing unsafe sex—it was almost all the result of HIV positive people (mainly Africans) coming to the UK, and being diagnosed with HIV once here.
One of the government’s own medical advisers phoned me up secretly from within the Department of Health thanking me for highlighting the issue, and urging me to carry on: Britain was facing a massive explosion in HIV and ministers and civil servants simply refused to discuss the cause of it. ‘Ministers just won’t listen because they think it is racist’ he said, ‘but the public deserve at least honesty.’"
This is the Cameronian view :
Government should play a leadership role when it comes to public health.
The last Conservative Government's hard-hitting HIV/AIDS campaign of the late 1980s and early 1990s showed the way.
An environment was created in which everyone was made aware of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections.
This campaign helped hold infection rates constant until the mid 1990s.
But they have soared since the campaign ended: new diagnoses of HIV have increased by 168 per cent since 1997.
The lack of anything like the HIV/AIDS campaign since the early 1990s is indicative of a public health apparatus which has fallen into disrepair.