Coffee time took an unusual path this week we strayed from the casual debate to a more in depth conversation.
First up was the obesity crisis. Now we all agreed that some people have genuine medical related obesity issues that they are dealing with, but it was those who are self made “fatties” that we all had issues with.
Why are we supporting those who choose to stuff the equivalent of four full Englishes followed by two loaves of toast and heaven only knows what else for breakfast, and that’s only the start of their day, by bedtime they will have consumed enough calories to feed a family of ten for the week.
Drugs and alcohol fall in the same pitch, genuine cases okay, all others no.
Those non genuine people who make these lifestyle choices should not be a burden to the rest of us. Make them alter their thinking. And to do that we have to be cruel to be kind. No more benefits of any sort, no more free NHS, the nanny state must now act like a good parent and demand that these woolly heads take responsibility for their own actions and deal with them before they get any kind of handouts.
But of course it won’t happen. Why? I think the no-win no-fee lawyers will be standing in line to defend their Human Rights. It’s their right to eat, drink and drug themselves to death but it’s not their right to expect the rest of society to pay for the damage done. I agree we should support the genuine sick and lame but not the lazy.
By this time we are on to the third coffee, serious stuff you see, and our next big concern was irresponsible parenting.
You could talk all day on this subject, from bad manners to thuggish behaviour to lack of respect.
The list could be endless but how in the name of all that’s holy can any parent allow a young child go for hours and long distance from home and not check up on them or their whereabouts.
You can’t watch kids 24/7, but what we don’t do is presume to know what and where. All too often we hear and read of young children, toddlers in some cases wandering away and no one notices till some hours later.
Don’t we care enough to be vigilant at all times? Accidents can and do happen but how often do we see glaring examples of neglect. If negligence is an obvious factor then the parents should be seriously dealt with. Too often they are seen as the victim, they have lost their child, and yes that is tragic, but if they have contributed in any way to that loss then they too like those above should be made responsible.
For most of us we choose how we behave and conduct our lives and we alone are responsible. Us oldies must and should show leadership.
* Bill Morrison, Former chairman, Doncaster 50 Plus group