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Would selling 'dementia friendship' courses be like selling 'Peckham Spring'?

At the outset, I would like to say that I am not aware of anyone selling courses on dementia friendship.

But it would perfectly feasible to set up a course with some sort of kite mark or quality standard, where you reach an objective level in dementia awareness, and to sell you a qualification in it.

There’s nothing, arguably, particularly immoral in it in that it’s selling education, such as for plumbing or complicated neurosurgery.

It is indeed a worthy cause – raising dementia awareness.

However, policy in England has recently seen a drive towards commodification of public services.

A number of entities are also working in increasingly corporate ways, in their access to finance, marketing, operations management and strategy.

However, policy in England has recently seen a drive towards commodification of public services.

Various organisations are also working in increasingly corporate ways, in their access to finance, marketing, operations management and strategy.

So there’s nothing to stop people ‘selling’ how to do dementia friendship. Even though it’s hard to value dementia friendship, it would be pretty easy to cost it.

People have found increasingly innovation-worthy ways of selling water.

Dementia friendship is a wide-ranging policy across a number of jurisdictions. Many people have befriending an individual with dementia without making a song or dance of it.

However, unfortunately, dementia friendship is open to commercial abuse.

It reminds me of the law on foraging – as such picking berries on farms is not against the law, but selling them by the bucketload for commercial gain is in fact a theft offence potentially under the Theft Act (1968).

“Mother Nature’s Son” was an episode of “Only Fools and Horses”, first transmitted on Christmas Day 1992.

Rodney is concerned that Del has lost his drive. When confronted, Derek explains that on top of his woes, the council have approved his application to buy their flat in Nelson Mendela House, doubling the rent. On top of that, Grandad’s allotment has become a health hazard and he has to clear it.

Finally spotting a gap in the market, Del decides to bottle tap water and sell it as Peckham Spring Water.

It is a legally interesting question as to whether you could rebottle tap water, which you’ve paid for, and sell it under your own branding.

Yes – it’s all about rent-seeking as usual; this is defined as is spending wealth on political lobbying to increase one’s share of existing wealth without creating wealth. The effects of rent-seeking are reduced economic efficiency through poor allocation of resources, reduced wealth creation, lost government revenue, national decline, and income inequality.

And so it goes on.

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