Why would a conscientious MP not pass on a letter
on the UK government's promotion of physical ill health amongst Russian children?
(Something to do with the strength of the Sodomite lobby in Parliament perhaps?)
I hope you are well.
As a long serving consultant physician, I am concerned to see that,
whilst on the one hand Parliament has recently been debating
draconian laws to prevent private smoking habits to prevent harm to
children, the government is using taxpayers' money to promote ill
health of another kind among children.
The effects of passive smoking are indeed significant and
deleterious, though whether they justify imposing a legal ban on
smoking in privately owned cars I doubt. I spend a great deal of my
professional discouraging smoking, but the injury to personal and
family autonomy is very significant.
What is extraordinary is that the UK Government considers it wise to
directly promote anal sexual intercourse, by now funding groups
that promote homosexuality in Russia. Anal sex is well documented*
to cause considerable and wide ranging forms of injury to health. Even irrespective of significant moral
considerations and the amply documented damage to happy social and
family life, promoting anal sex amongst children will harm their
physical health and shorten their lives. Mortality data indicates
that the life shortening complications of anal intercourse have
greater impact than tobacco. Anal sex is also directly linked to an
uncommon but now increasing form of anal cancer, by the propagation
of oncogenic strains of human papilloma virus.
I'd be grateful for a response from the Culture Secretary on this
* I append a short summary of some of the evidence.
Mildly edited for typos. 5/2/14
MP kindly wrote today (5/2/14) to inform me he had in fact written
back, I won't embarrass him by providing the response here.