September 09, 2007
Your Tax Money at Work
What an excellent idea:
All expectant mothers are to be given a one-off payment of around £120 that they will be encouraged to spend on fresh fruit and vegetables as a way of protecting their children from diseases and incurable conditions later in life.
The payment - the first by a government that is allied to a specific health target - would be given to women when they are seven months pregnant. It would be linked to them receiving professional health advice on how to maintain a proper balanced diet, and give up drinking and smoking.
Let's splash a few tens of millions, ooooh, say, £70 or £80 million in fact, on some eyecatching initiative that won't in fact do any damn good. The part of pregnancy where women need to be very careful about vitamins, booze and fags is during the time that the embryo is developing, not when it is developed and growing (might have the words wrong there but I mean while the nervous system is connecting etcetc, rather than simply getting bigger).
So, let's give them the money for such things in the 7 th month, when the embryo is pretty much fully developed and is in fact only growing in size. Excellent idea, don't you think?
I wonder if anyone else is as cynical as I am: the reason for not offering it earlier is that any earlier than 24 weeks and someone can take the money and then have an abortion. Or is that too, too cynical?
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Possibly, although it probably won't make any difference. An abortion will set you back at least £400 privately, and you can still have it on the NHS if you want.
Posted by: Biodun | Sep 9, 2007 10:22:32 AM
The government should give out the £120 on confirmation of pregnancy (i.e. when it will do some good) and start charging £120 for NHS abortions.
Posted by: windowlicker | Sep 9, 2007 11:27:56 AM
The Govt would do better to spend the money educating women even more in the importance of general good nutrition from early on, so that they have enough folic acid etc at conception.
Fat taxes would be good too. Plug the proceeds straight into free access to gyms and other anti-obesity measures.
Posted by: The Aunt | Sep 9, 2007 12:48:39 PM
This is just another example of the government preferring to tax money from us, use some of it to pay itself, and then give the rest of it back to us. The alternative, which is not to tax the money off us in the first place never occurs to the types we have running big government these days - for a start it'd mean many of them would be out of a job.
The government will soon tell us that it has spent some more of our money on an enquiry into the sucess of this scheme, and that hardly any of the grants are being spent on healthy foods. This will encourage them to hire more staff to find out why, all at our expense of course.
Posted by: Pete | Sep 9, 2007 6:36:42 PM
In the past parents raised their children, teaching them what to eat, how to behave, moral values etc. Now socialists are severing the link between parents and children, so now the young are looking to the authorities for guidance and support.
The authorities have become foster parents to a huge underclass which they have indirectly created. These chavs do not need to show respect, consideration or politeness to anyone and they don't need to work because their livelihood is guaranteed by the socialist welfare system. Isn't it wonderful.
Posted by: Bob | Sep 9, 2007 7:05:57 PM