I see that various "health experts" have been recently rather vocal about the "need" for a "fat tax", ie a tax on food that Nanny believes is bad for us.
Seemingly, according to the "experts", if we do not stop eating the "wrong" kind of food 46% of us will be "obese" by 2030. Seemingly the NHS will fall apart caring for so many fat people...errmmmm....are we also not warned that the NHS will fall apart caring for the increased elderly population?
So what is it to be, die fat and young or live skinny and old? Either way the state seems to loath us!
Ho Hum! moving on, may I therefore ask what exactly the "wrong" sort of food is?
Let's assume it is food that contains fat, salt, sugar etc.
Most foods, in some form or other, contain traces of at least one of the above. Therefore are we to see a tax imposed by the state on all food?
Ker Farking Ching!
Failing that, would it be only on food that the "elite" don't eat (eg the fried chicken type of fast food)?
As ever Nanny is missing the rather obvious point, the food itself is not evil but it is the quantities consumed and the sedentary lifestyle of the consumers of that food that causes weight/health problems.
Therefore, taking this to its logical conclusion, why tax all of us for the indulgences of others? Instead of taxing the food, why not simply tax people who are obese (a variation of the poll tax)?
Needless to say, there then comes the tricky question, who exactly defines what obesity actually is?
Given that many of our politicians are rather portly, they are not really in the best position to tell us that we are fat!
Better still, why not simply let us get on with our lives in peace!
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