29 January, 2008
Call for a ceasefire: seconded!
He completely dodges the issues of health and aesthetics (good move! they're irrelevant to fat rights!) and focuses on the stupidity of fighting this war that doesn't need to be fought. Some choice quotes:
Like every other measure the government has ever announced on obesity, it promises greater intrusion and regulation of our everyday lives, and to make our society a more fraught and joyless place.
As the American academic Paul Campos neatly put it, maybe the best way to win the war on obesity is to stop fighting it; to stop waging war on actually quite normal people who enjoy eating nice, rich foods.
It is time there was a ceasefire in the war on obesity - and time that the government decommissioned and put beyond use its weapons of fearmongering and fatty-bashing.
Lyons is spot on - I'm actually not convinced it's about health at all, anyway. I think it's about whipping up hatred against a group that many people are already prejudiced against, so that Gordon and his morons can hit them hard in the pockets without incurring the wrath of (self-righteously thin) taxpayers. This is why fat is compared (re: Lyons' earlier article) to global warming. If you belong to a society that's guilty about its consumption of energy and so forth, people you can point at and claim that they visibly consume too much (even if it's a lie) are a handy scapegoat.