The Nanny State Index for 2023 is out.
I’m delighted to see Ireland up there in sixth place way ahead of the UK and our other immediate neighbours. The UK is positively Nirvana compared to us.
We are a credible third worst place for smokers and the fourth worst for drinkers and eaters. I am so proud.
The one thing that lets us down is the e-cigarette score, but that was set before yesterday’s announcement which should add considerably to our nannying score. Tough shit, e-smokers.
Naturally with all this nannying we must be one of the healthiest places around? It is, when all is said and done, for our own sake and for the sake of our health.and to protect us from ourselves. It is baffling then that there are waiting lists to see a doctor and overcrowded hospitals. Where are all these unhealthy people coming from? Are they all secret drinkers and closet smokers? It doesn’t make sense.
They published the latest census figures yesterday and amongst all the other facts and figures there is the startling announcement that we feel less healthy. On the other hand we are living longer so I can only assume that the extra years that have been added to our lifespan are miserable ones?
Maybe pensioners should be encouraged to smoke and drink more?