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You’re Too Fat

I Beat AnorexiaThe BBC is today reporting on the suggestion that ‘Plus-Size’ clothes tags should include [tag]obesity[/tag] help-line numbers.

I agree – it’s a fact that many ‘heavy’ people are [tag]fat[/tag] because of lack of will-power (rather than any of the rare relevant medical condition), and every encouragement guilt-inducing-method should be used to help them.
Call me insensitive if you like, but there are many many people who are consciously [tag]self-harm[/tag]ing by smoking, binge-drinking and eating crap [tag]food[/tag].
It’s another fact that the [tag]NHS[/tag] is not able to cope with the increasing numbers of [tag]overweight[/tag] people.

Large size clothes ought to be taxed as are cigarettes and alcohol and for the same reason – the associated unhealthy habits/lifestyle cost us, the tax payers, unfathomable amounts each year. It will be argued that large clothes are not the cause and so the tax is unfair, but taxing food will affect everyone more or less equally unless we go into the minefield of taxing only unhealthy foods.


CCTV – Not Invading Privacy

Last week saw another wave of ‘public concern’ over the increasing numbers of CCTV cameras.

The BBC recently used the topic as one of their ‘Have Your Say‘ debates.
The majority of the replies ‘recommended by readers’ were scathing remarks against the “you must have a guilty conscience” “brigade”.

Unfortunately for them, many of these criticisms were flawed, along the lines of “why do you have curtains?” and so on – missing the vital point that CCTV is used to monitor people in public places – i.e. not invading privacy as too many people think.

Fact: authorities don’t care what most of us do with our lives; they aren’t watching you – unless you give them reason to.

There were other, more meaningful, comments – CCTV costs lots, cameras push crime elsewhere, cameras can’t arrest (or help) people, etc.

I personally am glad there are cameras, I don’t like the idea that sentence can be passed on verbal ‘evidence’ alone and after semantics-stretching creative-truthing.