Monday, July 21, 2008

Health nuts

Politicians and journalists serve several purposes - supposedly. Politicians are there to consider the prospects and needs of the people they govern and legislate accordingly while journalists are there to inform us. One thing we don't really need them to do, though, is state the bleedin' obvious.

Disease pandemic 'inevitable' in Britain warns House of Lords.

Noooo! Really? Sorry, but this isn't news. Of course a pandemic will hit Britain at some point in the future. We all know that - but what we want to know is what are our government doing about it? The answer is that they are actually doing very little - seemingly preferring to leave that to a transnational body.

The Lords intergovernmental organisations committee says the "dysfunctional" World Health Organisation needs to be better organised to cope with the threat.

I'd personally prefer my own government to be doing something about the threat - like curbing the unrestrained immigration which has led to a huge surge in TB and AIDS related cases. It doesn't help the fight against pandemics to be doing this either.

When it comes to dysfunctional government we should take a look at ourselves first.

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