I had the, um …... interesting(?) experience of meeting some people who either already are or shortly will be indirectly employed to tackle the island's so-called substance abuse problems last week.
Inevitably, I was not impressed, and rather than
yet again hear fact-free drivel that's been printed uncut in the
local media for years fell to musing what might be done to tackle one
of the island's real social problems.
You know, some days I really worry about the Manx
addiction to inventing social panics, linked to the ease with which
intellectually challenged middle class deadwood can feed off a social
network close to government which will find things for them to do.
Frankly, I'd rather they stayed home and did something less socially
damaging ..... drink a bottle of supermarket own brand sherry daily, read what Sunday supplement critics pass
off as literature, weave baskets, make pots....anything really but
engage with the real world and drag others down to their level.
Now this (see http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2391
) is the kind of thing they should be reading, and to stay well ahead
of their publically subsidised games you should too. Take a quick
look and have most of your misconceptions about “public health”
blown away ...... just like that.
And as Chris Snowden commented (see
“Clive is too polite to mention one of the other
reasons why 'public health' people are "surprised to find there
are people who get up and do something, and do it for nothing",
which is that they would never consider doing anything without being
paid for it, preferably by the government. A grass roots,
volunteer-run 'public health' group is an oxymoron.”
Over here, it is even worse. I suspect most morons
would be offended to be associated with the kind of woo-woo merchants
and research-free tactics all too common in Manx health scams.
And for another succint analysis of the way this
stuff works, you really have to see
Local Government running an astroturf campaign to
promote their own no-brainers and money-drainers to taxpayers? You
just could not make this stuff up! Thank goodness that kind of stuff
never happens on the Isle of Man...
..oh hang on a minute......
2 years ago