It is a truism that as any government becomes larger and larger, its reach extends yet deeper and deeper into our private lives, and it becomes greedier and greedier for money to feed its bloated bulk, the only kind of creativity it produces is finding novel ways to tax us.
The idea, therefore, of a bloated, obscenely-large government lecturing us about the “sins” of obesity would be savagely ironic — not that any government would ever acknowledge that, being by definition bereft of a sense of humor.
So Gummint imposes a “sin” tax on us, for our own good. Liquor and tobacco were the earliest manifestations of this theft, and as society becomes more and more prosperous, it also becomes less and less fearful of starvation — and now, of course, “obesity” is the latest “danger” we need to be protected from — and as something becomes more expensive, people will always use less and less of it, what better than to make it expensive through taxation, thus feeding government coffers while “protecting” us.
Listen, as a Fat Bastard myself, I know that fatties (I’m sorry, “heavy people”) have health issues and are sometimes exposed to deadly consequences for their obesity.
Well, of course, if someone else is paying for the consequences of your “gluttony” and overindulgence — in this case, that would be taxpayers, through a nationalized health service — then the rationale for “sin” taxes is an easy one.
And right on cue, a fat-ass at the head of a fat-ass government is planning to shaft everybody.
‘Sin tax’ on sugary fizzy drinks could be extended to chocolates with adverts for sugary treats banned and health warnings slapped on alcohol bottles in anti-obesity plans being considered by Boris Johnson
And like Saul on the road to Damascus:
It came as Mr Johnson today launched the Government’s new anti-obesity drive., admitting he was ‘too fat’ when he was hospitalised with coronavirus. He said that since his recovery from the deadly illness he has focused on getting fitter by going on morning runs.
Of course, this is being done because Gummint really, really cares about our health:
The Prime Minister’s comments came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock said if overweight adults were to lose five pounds in weight it could save the NHS £100 million.
Or it could not. In fact, that’s an utterly bullshit statistic, and I would love to see how this incompetent prick came up with the number. (Five pounds’ loss in someone who weighs, say, three hundred pounds, achieves precisely fuck all — and lest we forget, it’s the 300-lb+ category of fatties which has the highest mortality rate.)
As much as I love visiting the place, I am so glad I don’t live in Britishland. Finally, as all arguments can be bolstered and/or improved by pitchurs, here’s something to ponder. If being fat is so damn bad, why is this trend growing?
Anyway, I think everyone’s got the point by now. It’s time for my morning breakfast of buttered Belgian waffles with syrup, followed by a refreshing pint or so of gin.
Someone else can live an austere life of self-denial and good health. I’d rather enjoy mine, as David Hockney suggests.