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Friday, June 25, 2010

Won't Someone Think of The Children?

Sadly not everyone seems to have realised that ZaNuLabour no longer runs this country, and are still trying to apply that party's discredited social engineering policies.

The core of ZaNaLabour's policies was the "won't someone think of the children?" credo, which was placed at the heart of absolutely everything they did.

Our old "friends" from the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) are still firm believers in the policy, and are demanding that pregnant women (when they book a midwife) be given a carbon monoxide test.

For why?

To determine if they are smokers.

Now we are all aware that smoking during pregancy can cause issues with the foetus. However, so can many other things that expectant mothers do.

Whilst it is easy to let this one slip by, as a non smoker, it is but the slippery slope.

Once NICE have the test results Nanny will then "encourage" the mothers to stop smoking.

The "encouragement" will be made harsher and harsher as time progresses, until it will become mandatory for expectant mothers to quit smoking.

Having conquered the smoking demon, Nanny (NICE) will move on to the drinkers (and demand blood tests for booze).

Once that is done, NICE will demand that pregnant mothers be monitored for their food intake.

Once all of these issues have been neatly dealt with, Nanny will demand that people be given a certificate of "good health" before they try to conceive.

Over reaction?

Variations on this form of state interference in people's breeding habits has been, and is, practised by a number of countries around the world.

Britain is not immune from such policies, as long as quangos such as NICE are allowed to exist.

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  1. Lord of Atlantis11:31 AM

    If this should be allowed, it may well be, as you suggest, Ken, the thin end of the wedge. Although it may be well-intentioned, this strikes me as very sinister indeed, and not something one would expect in a democracy. As I have pointed out several times, in my view NICE have lost all credibility on health matters due to their refusal to sanction medication to cancer sufferers and others, drugs which are available in other European counties.

  2. I feel my Lord makes a good point; instead of wasting money on such scemes and research, why not use the money saved by not interfering to buy life saving cancer drugs.

    When I was in forensic psychiatry, (Treating the bad and mad) we used to use an agency for specialist nursing staff called NISE which stood for, Nursing in a secure enviroment....As we become more of a prison Island within the EUSSR, perhaps NISE would be more apt than NICE.

    Whilst I would not suggest any pregnat woman smokes, it must be the choice of the adult concerned not Nice Nanny.

  3. Uncle Joh11:44 AM

    I seem to recall a 'survey' encouraging use of condoms, that did blood teats on pregnant women to detect 'HIV antigens' - and discovered that had had unprotected sex.

  4. Anonymous11:58 AM

    Simple solution.

    Refuse the fucking test.


  5. With apologies to Niemöller...

    First they came for the smokers, and I did nothing because I no longer smoked anyway.
    Then they came for the drinkers, and I didn't speak since I don't drink these days.
    Then they came for the junk food eaters, and I was a little bit annoyed because I like the odd burger but not enough to say anything.
    Then they came for the meat eaters.
    Then they came for the sports car drivers.
    When will they ever come for the wankers who dream up this shit?

  6. Archroy1:51 PM

    I've said it once, and I'll say it again:

    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

    "The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." --C.S.Lewis.

  7. But midwives have no power or authority.

    ’Hello, I am here for my appointment with the midwife.

    OK, take a seat and I will just do a quick carbon monoxide test on you.

    No thanks, I just want a check-up.

    People working in healthcare are paid by the community to work for the community. They have no right to carry out any test or procedure that you do not want them to.

    If you are just prepared to bend over and take it up the arse every time someone comes out with a silly rule or directive, then you really deserve everything that you get.

  8. "Over reaction?"

    Not at all. Common sense from a man who would quite like to keep some freedom from state interference.

  9. Most certainly not an over-reaction. Nanny's modus operandi has been historically revealed as following the "boiling frog" model. The initial controls imposed are mild, perhaps initially voluntary, and devoid of sanctions. Then once the apathetic public accepts them, the level of harshness is ramped up, sanctions are applied to those who, in this case, smoke or refuse the test...

    And of course, as you point out Ken, once accepted, the scope of the testing regime will only be widened. Very sinister.