Life before the Nanny State

There was a wee article in one of the papers recently.

Young Europeans ‘may lead shorter lives than their grandparents’

Being a grandparent, it naturally caught my eye.

So let's look at the "facts" as laid down by our good friends in the WHO –

Young people are likely to have a shorter lifespan than their grandparents because "over half of the population is overweight or obese, and that alcohol consumption and tobacco use remains ‘alarmingly high’".

The corollary of this argument surely must mean that the grandparents' side of the equation wasn't obese and had much lower alcohol and tobacco consumption?

I grew up in the latter half of the last century at a time when smoking was so common it was the norm.  The only places where smoking was banned [as far as I remember] was in churches and the lower deck of a double-decker bus.  Everyone smoked, from doctors to shopkeepers, from teachers to farmers.  When people came around to the house, the polite thing was to offer them a cigarette and a cup of tea.  When it came to diet, we had such delicacies as "dripping toast" [toast spread with the fat off boiled meat], we fried our food and fat was a normal part of our meat diet.   Anyone remember boiled bacon and cabbage?  We drank at a rate of pints and no one turned a hair.  In fact you could argue that our lifestyle was the very opposite of the lifestyle being rammed down our necks by the Nannies.

So here I am, a product of that generation, and I am supposed to have a longer lifespan that my grandchildren?  And their reason is that alcohol consumption and tobacco use remains ‘alarmingly high’?  Well, seeing as the pubs are closing at an alarming rate, I can only assume that most alcohol consumption takes place in the home, and hardly at the same rate as in the pubs in the old days.  As for tobacco consumption, that is only a fraction of the old levels and still falling so I don't know where the "alarmingly high" bit comes in except in the minds of the Nannies.

So smoking is way down, people have never been more diet conscious and alcohol is under attack.  Yet cancers are on the increase and they are worried about reduced lifespan?  There is something radically wrong here?

I see our Nanny doctors are on the warpath now.  They are demanding a tax on alcohol and fatty foods and an increase of €1 on a packet of fags, as if they weren't taxed enough already?  When are these arseholes going to realise that all their efforts to control us have either had no effect whatsoever or in most cases have been counterproductive and have had dire consequences?

They love to tell us that it's the Lower Orders with the lowest incomes who are smoking and drinking to excess.  Their efforts not only add to the financial burden of the poorer in society but try to deprive them of the few pleasures they have left.  Take away their rollies, their cans of gnat's piss lager and their pizzas and what do they have left?  Are they supposed to pass their winter evenings by going for a jolly old jog around the estate?

The one thing the WHO report got right is that life satisfaction is a good path to longevity.  Let people be happy and not only will they enjoy life more but will probably live longer.

Constant nagging, cajoling and bullying will only make people miserable.

Draw your own conclusions.

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Life before the Nanny State — 19 Comments

  1. The headmaster at my secondary school was a heavy smoker and I heard several accounts of pupils being caned for smoking.He wielded the cane in his right hand whilst holding his cigarette in his left.

    • Typical hypocrisy!  We had the ubiquitous bicycle shed, though the year after I left they set aside a smoking room for the sixth-formers.  I wonder if it's still in use!!

    • You didn't go to Forest Grammar by any chance, did you? 🙂

      I was, unfortunately, a regular visitor to the headmaster's office, more often than not for 'six of the best', and he always chain smoked throughout. Player's Navy Cut was his brand, and his office was always a fug of tobacco smoke. Likewise the staff room. The head of the French department, a truly fearsome individual by the name of Mr Fletcher, would stride through the corridors, black cloak billowing behind him, furiously smoking his pipe and leaving the pungent aroma of St Bruno in his wake. And woe betide any pupil who interfered with his passage. It was rumoured that he had spent some years working behind the lines in France for SO during the war. He was one of the teachers that you emphatically DID NOT piss off!

      School must be a truly banal affair these days.

  2. The problem started when the Dietary authorities (supported by the Medical authorities) pushed the eating of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) and and urged the reduction of animal fat.

     

    When will 'they' ever learn what is natural for humans to eat ?

  3. It's not diet that causes a lot of obesity but lack of outdoor exercise. In recent decades girls and ladies Gaelic football has become very popular, if not fashionable. Some girls like clattering each other with hurley sticks, which is not exactly ladylike but prepares some for the rigorous tussles of marriage. Another good development has been serious long distance cycling in suburbs and countryside. It is good to wave the summer peletons through the villages. These people aren't going to get obese. Governments should spend less funds on anti-smoking propaganda and more on promoting sporting infrastructure. Lifestyle, not booze and tobacco is the cause of bad health.

    • Part of the problem is that exercise these days tends to be purely recreational.  Kids for example are more often than not driven to school.  From the age of five, I had a mile walk to the primary school, and secondary school meant a three mile cycle.  Roads are more crowded these days I grant, but some of the blame must lie with the irrational fears pumped out about kidnappings and paedophiles.

      And computer games should be banned with the severest penalties!

      • Agreed that computer games should be verboten to kids under 18, and actively discouraged for ages above that. Kids should walk to school if less than 1.5km from home. I walked 100m to the primary school around the corner, and ran home for lunch while the country kids tucked into their mashed banana sandwiches and bottled milk. After school we played marbles (good for knee muscles and eye focus) or we went looking for conkers fallen from chestnut trees. I cycled 7km to secondary school and back 6 days a week.

        • Ya Your not taking my computer games and any suggestions to make it forbidden or *actively discouraged* makes you sound just as bad as these guys trying to dictate to others what they should do with their time and lifes tbh

  4. Wut? I love boiled bacon and cabbage! At least you lot don't have a mental rabid vegan as "shadow" meat minister. Corbyn is a fecking bawbag.

  5. Personally, I blame those smart phones.

    Sitting on their bums with their chins welded to their chests, whacking away at their smart phones (even when sitting in the driver's seat), eating pizza (and taking pictures of the pizza and posting them on Facebook), isn't exactly promoting good health…or vision for that matter. Even when walking about, these smart phone users seem to be compelled to work their phones (and texting something like: "I'm wlking in frnt some bldng"). This is even more detrimental to their health since their chins are still welded to their chests which promotes walking into things like other people, posts, buildings, cars, lorries, etc.

    Ban smart phones and the problem(s) will be solved. And there will also be a whole lot less images of half eaten pizza on Facebook I'd imagine.

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