Well, we finally have been cited as the inspiration for reforms in England. Prime Minister David Cameron is suggesting a “fat tax” on foods to combat obesity and to avoid becoming like the United States — a nation of fat people. He appears to be unaware that we prefer to call ourselves a Rubenesque nation.
Denmark recently added a surcharge to foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat. That would include butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food.
Cameron, however, asked citizens to look across the pond to ponder the cost of not taxing the fat.
“But frankly, do we have a problem with the growing level of obesity? Yes. Do we have a kind of warning in terms of – look at America, how bad things have got there – what happens if we don’t do anything? Yes, that should be a wake-up call.”
You’re welcome. This pays us back for the years of pointing to England as what happens if you do not take care of your teeth.
There was a time when Prime Ministers were bigger than life. Winston Churchill could literally eat David Cameron for lunch and have room for a Home Secretary and an after-dinner mint.
It is also short sighted. With global warming, sea levels are expected to rise. Rather than reduce pollution causing global warming, we have decided to simply make our people more buoyant by increasing their percentage of body fat. In contrast, England — an island nation — will remain composed of “sinkers” who will disappear under the waves of Britannia with only their workout tapes and low-fat wrappers marking the surface of where their once proud nation once stood. As we float and bob on the surface of the water, we will look across the pond with great satisfaction that our fat saved our civilization.
This is precisely why so many English people died without lifeboats on the Titanic. Had they followed our lead — rather than ridiculed our people — they would have popped up like corks in the Atlantic.
Churchill cut a different and more buoyant image. This is why he told the leaner Hitler “We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes.” Hitler was a sinker and Churchill knew it.
They have forgotten the original verse to Rule Britania:
The nations, not so fat as thee,
Must, in their turns, to waves fall;
While thou shalt flourish fat and free,
The dread and envy of them all.
“Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
“Britons never will be slaves.”
29 thoughts on “PM Cameron Calls For Fat Tax To Prevent England From Becoming . . . Well . . . Us”
I’ve traded my intestinal fortitude for
Given my family history (both sides), and a half-century of a fat/carb/sugar/caffeine/alcohol laden diet as well as some bad habits such as no medical visits in over a decade (my health insurance costs so much I don’t dare go see a doctor for fear that my premiums can actually increase faster than they already do), I don’t figure y’all are long for any more of my posts; but —
A diet that can reverse heart disease? reverse diabetes? reverse cancer?
Yeah, it’s probably a fad. Yeah, in the long run it will probably do more harm than good (as if I even have a long run). BUT(T?) I’m thirty days in and eating unsweetened multi-grain cereal containing ground flax seeds with light soy milk. Yum-yum.
Yeah, I’m sorta homicidal, with no friends, a wife considering divorce, a dog that now growls at me, and kids refusing to come home over college break. All that I can handle. But that I now somehow seem compelled to post comments on a law professor’s blog because . . ? I DON’T KNOW! Because it’s the the only substitute I can find for prime cuts of red meat? Something I can sink my teeth into? Something with corpus?
This is gonna be hard.
Lots of good hearts here…
Regarding the debilitating pain that accompanies an outbreak of shingles, I’m glad you raised the topic…
I had to learn the heart way….that you cannot always judge a persons character or motives by outside appearances…..It is all in a persons heart….
SB “Yes” to a little sunlight every day…
I agree, Woosty… Chocolate is good for everything that ails one… and you’re right on the mark about all the stress and our soaring cortisol levels… We need to find our way back to some sort of sanity, as a nation.
lol about Tex’s teeth… I’ve funded the opulent lifestyles of a couple of practitioner’s over the years…
Regarding, “Actually, I am grateful that I feel this good in my advanced years.” I feel the same way… and “yes” to a little sunlight everyday.
Well, according to Study #1, we who live up north suffer low Vit, D levels due to lack of sun … then too much due to Vit. D pill popping according to Study #2 …
Think about a shingles shot. A couple of my friends came down with shingles and it is awful. The shot helps to protect or to lesson the severity. Look it up on line and you’ll see what I mean.
The government better not throw another tax on anything that’s “for my own good” … it’s all transference anyway ’cause they’re all a bunch of perverts.~Blouise
there i good news.
chocolate is allowed.
and the only truly effective tax that would make a dimple in the obesity epidemic would be to tax the governing officials every time they crossed a line that caused too much stress (and therefor cortisol production) in thier districts. Not only would we not be fat…we would probably be happy!
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