Libertarian Paternalism strikes again. You may have read our blog on Richard Thaler’s new political philosophy, posted Tuesday. Now Andrew Lansley, the Shadow Health Secretary has ‘come out’ as a Libertarian Paternalist.
People who are fat have no one to blame but themselves and are the only ones who can reverse their eating habits. In true Libertarian Paternalist spirit, the Conservatives are concerned about people who’ve had more than their fair share of Dailybites, but Lansley refuses to “lecture people”. Instead, persuasion and peer pressure will be used to create a low-fat environment and encourage obese individuals to become more slim-lined.