A simple question has been bugging me for a while.
Why does the Bully State exist?
I can understand their anti-smoker thing because there is a logical reason for it. That's there because Big Pharma demands it. Big Pharma employs a lot of people here in Ireland so it is logical to assume that they will use that to threaten a gubmint – find ways of pushing our [useless] gum and patches or we cut back on investment. Also they fund directly or indirectly the Anti Smoker organisations such as ASH or the Irish Cancer Society so it is only natural that those organisations will also act as Big Pharma salesmen.
But I am at a loss when it comes to the other items on the agenda.
Why does the Nanny State worry about our weight or our fitness, or even our health in general? I can see no logical reason. We know they don't give a shite about us as individuals as we are merely productive units as far as they are concerned. Could that be the reason? They want us to stay healthy so we can carry on paying taxes? I find that hard to believe because they will rob us blind whether we are at work or not, or whether we are healthy or sick. The only way to [legally] avoid paying taxes is to die, and even then they screw your descendants for inheritance tax or various other death duties.
One of the reasons they trot out is the "burden on the health service". That is a load of bollox. The figures they quote for any individual "cost" are just makey-uppy so why should they worry about them? It's the other way around – they make up those figures as an excuse for their bullying.
Are they worried about their league tables? We are being constantly nagged that we are the worst drinkers in Europe or some such nonsensical factoid. Who gives a shit? If Ireland were the most obese nation on earth, would I care? would anyone care? I don't think so.
For once I don't blame Big Pharma as they have little to gain. There are no effective weight-loss medications. Big Pharma doesn't produce an anti-sugar or anti-fat pill so they have no financial interest.
Or maybe that's it?
The Bully State is just there to depress us?
I know sales of Valium, Prozac and their like have gone through the roof in the last few years.
It's all a fucking conspiracy.