Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Why Does The Public Sector Need To Hold Your Hand, Mr Clemmet?

Malcolm Clemmet, 66, joined the Just Beat It! programme in August last year. Since then his GP says his fitness has improved by a third, he has lost 10kg in weight, and his blood sugar and cholesterol levels have fallen.
Mr Clemmet, from Shildon, County Durham, credits the improvements to his health to the Just Beat It! programme.
Hurrah! Well done!
Last month, The Northern Echo revealed that the scheme launched less than a year ago was to be cancelled after funding was withdrawn.
Ah. Well, austerity, and all that.
Mr Clemmet said he was "astonished" at the decision to cancel the scheme.
"It cannot believe that this proven programme is having its funding withdrawn.
"I read that diabetes and obesity is costing the NHS some £50 million pounds in the North-East - I'm certain that this programme would help reduce this cost significantly."
Mr Clemmet has written to the scheme's managers to express his disappointment. He has also contacted his MP, Helen Goodman, asking her to get involved.
Ummm, why not start up your own little group, Mr Clemmet? These secrets to losing weight aren't copyright, are they?

9 comments:

Antisthenes said...

I do not know what is going on today but all the blogs I have read so far have employed humour more than normal that is. I haven't laughed so much since yesterday after reading David Duff's regular helping of his Monday funnies.

On a more serious note have you like me noticed nearly every blog you read including yours exposes humans to being very flawed animals. What is pointed out time after time is how their actions are all about self. About how entitled they are especially in helping themselves to other peoples money. It also exposes the fraudulent, irrational and unfair reasons they have for doing so.

They do not see that it is only through fair exchange and personal endeavour that anyone is entitled to anything. No they believe it should be there's for the asking. We of course can blame progressives and socialist ideology for fostering this now very prevalent culture that believes in entitlement and dependency. One day unless that is reversed it will destroy us econimcally and socially and probably politically as well.

Anonymous said...

I was diagnosed with type one diabetes in May 2013. I dusted off my old push bike, pumped up the tyres and started riding it. I also signed up to do the Parkrun 5K every Saturday (which is completely free), and set up and equipped my own gym. Eventually I started swimming regularly and attended the masters swim class at the local leisure centre. I lost about 15 kilos and went from having five injections per day down to one pill a day and eventually to no medication at all. I'm doing a half ironman in July. No government funded programme needed.

Stonyground

Bucko The Moose said...

It would be good if his MP gave him a suggestion similar to yours. More likely that she will spout some nonsense about the 'most vulnerable' in order to be seen to be doing something (Doing something that fits the modern narrative).

Lynne at Counting Cats said...

I am considered to be a Type II diabetic and I keep mine in check solely with diet and my blood sugar levels are normal and have remained so for several years. I eat sensibly, I've lost weight and discovered there is life after chocolate. I didn't need a self help group to do it, just willpower. All I needed was an understanding that the fault lay with me (yes, it was self inflicted) so I took control of the situation.

Why should I expect or demand taxpayers to pick up the tab?

Here's a clue - I don't.

Anonymous said...

The comments below the linked article are encouraging. The general drift seems to agree with you, why does he need some local authority programme to get fit and lose weight? In any case, there are lots of local authority funded activities and independent ones too. Mrs. Stonyground belongs to a running club that do regular couch to 5k courses. Parkruns are funded mainly by sponsorship and are free to take part in. Our local swimming pool has a masters swimming class that is free apart from the pool entrance fee. Cycling to work during the summer actually saves me money. It really isn't difficult and there is help everywhere.

Stonyground

MTG said...

Any prudent middle-aged person will stop smoking; take appropriate and meaningful daily exercise and treat themselves as if they were already suffering from Type 2.

Ted Treen said...

The populace has been so patronised and infantilised over the years that it naturally looks to the munificent hand of the state to provide. The thought of doing something for yourself off your own bat is becoming increasingly rare, I fear.

JuliaM said...

"...all the blogs I have read so far have employed humour more than normal that is."

We all need a break from outrage sometimes... ;)

"One day unless that is reversed it will destroy us econimcally and socially and probably politically as well."

I genuinely believe it's too late now to ever reverse it... :/

"I'm doing a half ironman in July. No government funded programme needed."

That's the spirit! And what an accomplishment. Well done!

"More likely that she will spout some nonsense about the 'most vulnerable' in order to be seen to be doing something (Doing something that fits the modern narrative)."

Yup. That seems to be what the electorate wants now... *sighs*

JuliaM said...

"...and discovered there is life after chocolate. "

I'd have a head start there - I've never fallen in love with the stuff. Couldn't give up fruit though.

"The comments below the linked article are encouraging. The general drift seems to agree with you..."

It does give me a tiny bit of hope when that happens! :)

"The populace has been so patronised and infantilised over the years that it naturally looks to the munificent hand of the state to provide. "

Sadly true... :(