Is this idiot on this earth or fuller's? Does he not realise that if the healthy are paying less tax in his utopia, the unhealthy will be paying more. What if you can't play sport or exercise because of some ailment? do you have to get a note from your Mum? Norman says:
"You could, for instance, have a card which you swipe whenever you take part in regular screenings or when you take part in physical exercise. "I'm sure we won't be able to police the amount of wine you drink every evening. I don't seek to move the scheme beyond what is possible to measure."Hello Norman, is anybody in there? You don't think that forcing people to make the choice between partaking physical exercise, or paying more tax than everyone else, is a little - now what's the word I'm looking for - ah yes that's it, "Stalinist"? And as for "what is possible to measure" I'm afraid, what you can't measure, is quickly diminishing.
Of course this is nothing to do with exercise and everything to do with smoking and drinking. What Norman is really saying is that if you smoke you will pay more tax than everybody else, even though you are already paying a massive amount of tax every time you buy your fags.
Jesus! Is this the best they can come up with? If it is, then the Lib Dems really are in deep trouble.
UPDATE: I've been pulled up by Nich Starling for calling Norman Lamb a complete and utter idiot. Nich is right, I'm willing to believe that Norman is not an idiot all of the time, but I'm afraid on this occasion, he most definitely is.