Government is about choices. The officials responsible for the paper Working together for a healthier Scotland have obviously heard that mantra. They write: "Yardsticks are necessary if we are to measure progress towards the health improvements we seek."
Two paragraphs further on, a new thought has dawned: "In considering the need for indicators and targets, the Government believe it important that these should be kept to the minimum necessary for the proper assessment of improvement in Scotland's health. Too many indicators and targets diffuse effort and resources."
Clearly too many targets can damage your health.