Not to worry, the State (or rather, the Superstate run by a faceless band of people who have deluded themselves into believing that they know what they are doing) will save you.
Well, not save you, so much. More… tax you. That is all they really know how to do.
The food tax will result in a massive administrative problem requiring whole departments staffed with idiots who think they know best. It will probably cost so much that the tax will have to be extended to carrots, lentils and tofu. In a sensible world, this would mean the whole idea would be dropped as unworkable and filed in the darkest drawer of the ‘this is stupid’ filing cabinet.
We live in the EU which cannot, not even by the most talented spin doctor, be considered in any way ‘sensible’. To that mob, an idea that rakes in more money and results in employing more useless beurocrats to adminster, at great expense, a measure that makes no difference, is exactly what they are looking for.
I’m sure I read that there have already been calls for plain packs for those foods deemed ‘unhealthy’. Pictures of Bernard Manning in a thong (he’d have needed to use pliers to take it off) will adorn the ones aimed at men, while pictures of Bella Emberg spattered with vomit and diarrhoea will cover those aimed at women. They are both dead, and the establishment regards the dead as fair game these days.
For products aimed at children, Jamie Oliver’s face would do it. With a speech bubble saying ‘I recommend this’. In fact for anything aimed at anyone…
Food is now equated with booze (which has calories so counts as food) and tobacco (which does not, well, unless it’s tobacco wine or a tobacco salad). Which reminds me, I still have to get to Smoky-Drinky early enough to pass round that bottle of tobacco wine. They are mostly incoherent by the time I arrive these days, especially since I don’t finish until 9 pm. That small bottle will be my celebration of freedom from this job. It’s still here.
It will start with the so-called unhealthy foods, all of which are only unhealthy if you eat them all the time, and to excess at that. You can live on burgers and not get fat. If you feel your belt shrinking, reduce the number of burgers per day until it fits your waist again. It will not end with those foods. Once the wall that stops the taxing of essentials has been breached there is no turning back.
Is it possible to convince people that food is bad for them? Take a look at this first line from a Mail article –
Yes, we humans only eat through greed. It is not necessary. There are three choices of lunacy here – the article was written by a) a Breatharian, b) an escapee from a secure mental hospital or c) the Mail editor’s pet flying monkeys, sometimes abbreviated to ‘reporters’.
The commenters aren’t falling for it but you can be sure there are many drones out there who will.
I rarely eat at a burger bar. The stuff is awful. I prefer a decent burger. Still there are times when I get hungry in an airport or railway station and it’s all that’s available. It’s tolerable and I have eaten worse in the past. Also, I admit I do like those ultra-thin chips. I don’t care how they are made, they taste nice and they have never made me ill. Good enough.
Yet, even though I personally regard such places as a last resort, I would never advocate banning them. I just don’t use them. They are not frogmarching me inside, emptying my wallet (wouldn’t take long) and then force-feeding me. They are not doing that to anyone. Just like the places dedicated to bad-coffee connosieurs and tofu addicts, you go there or don’t go there. Your choice.
There is an obsession now with controlling everyone else. The drones are all at it. It’s hard to understand. I don’t want to be fat and am not fat. If someone else is happy with a waistline that puts them ahead of Pluto in planet status, that is not my concern. If another person wants to live with their after-death remains showiing through their pallid skin, that is also not my concern. I have enough to do living my life. Yours is your business.
It’s a simple outlook on life really, but it is too complex for any politician to understand.
I think that says more about politicians than they could ever say about themselves.
By the way, Mopman got the job he was after. Good thing I resigned or I’d be working all day, every day. His start date for his new job is pretty much the same as my end date for mine. Area Manager will be furious. I will try to keep a straight face but I’m not succeeding so far.
If I’m honest, I’m not trying all that hard.