Apparently the people who decide that the English should not get the latest cancer drugs think we have far too much money in our pockets and that local councils should relieve us of it in an attempt to make us all fitter. NICE (an extremely unfitting acronym if ever there was one) believe that we don’t get enough exercise and that local councils (and others no doubt) should hike their parking charges to make us all walk, cycle or pay exorbitant public transport fees to go onto town to work or shop.
Drivers should be charged more for parking to make them walk instead, health chiefs said yesterday.
New guidelines say going by foot or bicycle should become the norm for short journeys to work, school and the shops.
Families should even consider selling their car to end the ‘bad habit’ of using it for trips of less than a mile.
The advice from NICE, which sets national standards for healthcare, aims to get Britain fit and reduce disease in later life.
Doctors and nurses are told to set a good example ‘through their own behaviour’ and town halls are urged to ‘restrain’ car use with parking restrictions and higher fees.
I do wonder at times if these people are really petty vindictive (well paid) spiteful little oiks with no real clue as to how the economy really works or whether they are simply well meaning oiks with no clue as to how the economy works. Town centres are already suffering from internet based shopping and out of town shopping whose businesses own their own car parks and will not be putting any fees on them as they want the custom and won’t care a fig if the customer turns up on a bike or a fume belching 4 x 4.
It really ought to be no business whatsoever for health service professionals to be interfering in the lives of the people of this country. Offer advice yes, but also be prepared to accept that some people if not the majority might just choose to ignore the advice given. Nor under any circumstances should they be encouraging the local councils to raise parking prices (Or due to laffer curve economics more likely lose revenue) and threaten the local economy because no one will bother to go into town any more. Shops will continue to close, councillors will wring their hands and blame anyone but themselves as town centres become ghost towns (already happening in some places) Nor should it be any business of the petty officials of NICE if we own cars or not, nor should they even suggest that we sell them to make us more healthier, some people need their cars and getting a full load of shopping home by carrying it might just cause further health problems for those who try it.
This as ever is a poorly thought out attempt to run our lives for us in straightened economic times. I’m sure there will be other unforeseen circumstances along with those I mentioned. But no doubt some councils will try it, after all, it’s not their money.