Via The Englishman (from whom I also pinched the title), it seems that the state is renewing its fight against obesity.
Local authorities are resorting to more aggressive policies to combat junk food in schools amid signs that government efforts to combat childhood obesity are failing.
As are, apparently, government efforts to combat councillor obesity.
Anyway, why is the state so bothered about childhood obesity anyway? Surely it is a good thing if people die young since, despite its promises and the 23.8% taken from our salaries, the state can't afford to pay for our old age anyway.
A London council is to become the first in the country to ban new fast-food outlets from opening within 400 metres of schools, parks and other places where young people gather.
Oh, for fuck's sake...
Waltham Forest council, in East London, aims to limit the number of fast-food outlets that can be opened in town centres and shopping parades, and to restrict their opening hours.
Clyde Loakes, leader of the council, said: “We have too many fast-food outlets in this borough and we've had enough.
Who's this "we", pale-face? Obviously your residents don't think that you have too many fast-food outlets because otherwise you wouldn't have so many fast-food outlets.
What's that? Why? Because, Counciller Loakes, if people didn't want fast-food outlets, they wouldn't buy stuff from said outlets and thus you wouldn't have so many. Do you see?
We don't want to tell people how to live their lives—...
Oh right. What's the next cliche that you're going to wheel out, you fucking tit: "this hurts me more than it hurts you"?
... but at the moment residents simply don't have enough choice because of the amount of fast-food takeaways.”
Hang on, Councillor: what you are saying is that all of these fast-food outlets are crowding out shops selling healthier food, and so young people are actually unable to choose a healthy option: is that right?
So, when they are given a healthy option, what happens?
Research suggests that the Government is failing in one of its key battles against obesity, with children bingeing on junk food even when healthy options are the only item on menus.
So, you are going to close down fast-food outlets and replace them with... what? Nothing? Will there be derelict shop fronts? Will newsagents be allowed to open there, but not allowed to sell chocolate?
Let us say that it is your wish that healthy food shops open there: who the fuck is going to buy stuff from them? Or will we see wonderful, state-subsidised health-food shops? And will their results be as wonderful as the latest tractor statistics...?
Seriously, what the fuck is going on in this country?