A couple of days ago I watched Forest’s latest Zoom webinar on The Nanny State of the Nation. It featured two people from Public Health. Both wanted more nanny state.
I’ve been calling these kinds of people bullying bastards (and worse) for a long time.
Yet it was still a shock to discover, after hearing both of them speak for a few minutes, that this was exactly what they both were: bullying bastards.
In fact they were worse than mere bullying bastards. They were arrogant, power-hungry, bullying bastards.
And I didn’t really want to hear what they had to say because these people have dominated the media for decades, and they’re the only voices anyone hears.
The only person in the webinar who expressed anything like my own feelings was Pat Nurse, who said she was filled with burning anger at people taking away her freedom to run her own life in the way she wanted, smoking and all. She just wanted to be left alone.
But these people are never going to leave other people alone. They inhabit a separate universe, one that seems to be in profound and perpetual crisis. For a start, in their world there’s an “obesity epidemic”. There’s also even a “child obesity epidemic”. It’s something that I’ve somehow never noticed. Where I live, hardly anybody ever strikes me as being obese. There’s a school near where I live, and I often see children walking home from school, and none of them have ever struck me as being remotely obese. When I was at school 60 years ago, none of my fellow pupils was obese (except one). But the public health zealots wear different spectacles than I do, and they have re-defined obesity to include carrying the slightest amount of body fat, which they can somehow immediately detect.
And if there’s an “obesity epidemic”, there is of course also a “smoking epidemic” and an “alcohol epidemic”.and a “carbon epidemic” in addition to our current “coronavirus epidemic” – every single one vastly exaggerated.
Why should anyone be bothered about how fat other people are? Smokers exhale smoke, and drinkers can get a bit noisy, and that might bother them. But what do fat people do? Nothing.
Objecting to fat people means objecting to what people are. It’s like objecting to tall people. Or thin people. Or red-headed people.
They disapprove. They disapprove of everything. They disapprove of the world as it is.
And it’s not just that they disapprove, but they want something done about it. And usually what they want are laws to prevent it.
These people are never of their own accord going to leave other people alone. They’re going to have to be stopped.
P.S. Simon Clark has sent me a link to Pat Nurse’s contribution. The whole video is here..