A number of people have pointed out in the comments of the last post that they came for cigarettes, now booze, and then it'll be the overweight. However, as we all know, the campaign against the overweight has already started.
There is a familiar pattern that is followed: first the advertising for the category is restricted. Then there comes the warning signs on the products, then there comes the "change of social attitudes" and then comes the ban. In amongst all of this, of course, there may or may not be talks about restricting NHS treatment.
Think about smoking; TV adverts have, of course, been banned for many years but one of NuLabour's first acts was to ban tobacco advertising completely (apart from as pertaining to Bernie Ecclestone's projects, netch'relly). Then there was the increase in the size of warnings on packets, and then there was an increase in the "social stigma" and then finally the ban.
Now drinking: restrictions on advertising, talks about warnings on bottles and in pubs and how they want to "socially stgmatise" being drunk.
Fatty foods? Well, we've already had the social stigma assault and the talks about banning fast food advertising, and we already have "warnings" on food.
All of these trends follow a very clear pattern of attack, and they are all wholly illiberal. I find it really rather worrying.
And where are the Tories—the supposed party of individual freedom? Why has Cameron not been all over the press, denouncing these measures as being the authoritarian, social-conditioning crap that they actually are? Who will stand up for personal liberty in this country, for the individual's right to choose their own course in life?
And answer came there none...
Because here's the trick: if you say that the government has responsibility over what an individual drinks, etc. when they cause no harm to others, then you are saying that the individual's control of their body is secondary to the state's claim on that same body.
And when an entity has more control over a human than that human does themselves... well... we have a word for that: slavery.