"It makes little sense to expect individuals to behave differently from their peers; it is more appropriate to seek a general change in behavioural norms and in the circumstances which facilitate their adoption."
“… socio-economic deprivation includes a whole constellation of closely interrelated factors, such as lack of money, overcrowded and substandard housing, living in a poor locality, worse education, unsatisfying work or actual unemployment, and reduced social approval and self-esteem. In turn this constellation of deprivations leads to a wide range of unhealthy behaviours, including smoking, alcohol excess, poor diet, theft, and a generally lower regard for societal ethics.”
"In a democracy the ultimate responsibility for decisions on any policy should lie with the public. At present that does not happen."
"Much can be done by individuals themselves to improve their own social prospects, but whether or not they will actually take such action depends substantially on economic and social structures for which governments are responsible"
"People are generally motivated only by the prospect of benefit which is visible, early, and likely. Health benefits rarely meet these criteria; they may be real, but they are likely to be delayed and to come to only a few of those who seek them.