“The Cuts Don’t Work” is a beautiful reworking by Jack Morgan of The Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work”. The song attacks the cuts and the dismantling of the health service in particular. The accompanying video contains quotes and newspaper cuttings to support almost every line of the song and elegantly integrates amusing clips such as Cameron saying in parliament “listen to the doctor” before presenting evidence for doctors’ opposition to the health bill. The jabs at Jeremy Hunt for his involvement in the BSkyB scandal are particularly relevant now that Hunt has been dubbed Minister for Magic after the champion of homeopathy (a multi-million pound drain on the NHS) was appointed Minister for Health in this week’s cabinet reshuffle. Hunt is also known for having asked “is it really necessary” to include a tribute to the NHS in the Olympic opening ceremony. He has also been described as an extremist for his views on abortion and has even directly called for the dismantling of the health service. He really is the last man alive that should be allowed to be placed in charge of the nation’s health.
It’s quite astounding, I’m not sure anyone predicted we could see a worse man be placed in charge of the nation’s health than Andrew Lansley, the man who in opposition accepted tens of thousands in payments from a private health “tycoon” before arranging the wholesale dismantling of the NHS. The same man who before anyone could say “Orwell”, placed a permanently looping three minute clip of his own face in the beds of patients in treatment in hospital, unless they cough up £5 a day of course for the option to change the channel. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
A study published in PLoS ONE has found that people tend to drink 60% faster when they are drinking out of a round glass than when they drink out of a glass with straight edges. Participants also misjudged the halfway point of curved glasses to be lower than on straight glasses. This is something that hasn’t been researched before but that the drinks industry seems to have known for quite some time. Interestingly, the effect was only present in the alcohol condition (and not in the soft drink condition).
Somewhat amusingly, the researchers conclude:
“Glass shape appears to influence the rate of drinking of alcoholic beverages. This may represent a modifiable target for public health interventions.”
I’m fairly sure it will be the drink industry and not public health that will benefit from these findings, but we shall have to wait and see.
Attwood AS, Scott-Samuel NE, Stothart G, & Munafò MR (2012). Glass shape influences consumption rate for alcoholic beverages. PloS one, 7 (8) PMID: 22912776
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