Isn't that terrible news?
Except that it isn't.
Not only has it been the clarion cry of the health fascists for some time now, but the article itself would tend to show the lie beneath the screeching headline.
He quotes the department of health figures which state that 60% of the Irish are overweight or obese, and that if the trend continues Ireland will become the most obese country etc etc. However the link he so generously supplied states that "It shows that obesity has plateaued and fallen slightly since the last survey in 2007 but 60% of people are still overweight." So figures are falling [if you’ll pardon the expression] and if that trend continues we are hardly going to get the trophy for the fatties of Europe?
I am very disappointed in the author, James Larkin. I did a little research on him and got nowhere. He is either in Limerick University or Trinity College Oxford or else he is a dead trade union leader. Whatever he is, I am disappointed at his complete lack of originality.
Taxing sugar, or taxing anything for that matter to try to solve a so called social problem is just going to screw everyone, including the skinnies amongst us and is going to hit the poorest the hardest. Why can't they come up with some decent suggestions that wouldn't cost anyone a red cent and would solve the nonexistent problem? I would propose a couple of simple measures.
First of all, all sweet shops [and fizzy drink shops] should be built on ten floor towers. This would be excellent advertising for the shops as they could be seen for miles. Obviously those towers would only have stairs so the customer will naturally burn off all that excess baggage on the way up and down.
Similarly all schools should be built at least three miles from the nearest road, with access only by a narrow footpath/cycle path. As an added bonus, the school could be placed at the top of a hill.
All televisions, Xboxes, iPads and similar stuff could be easily modified so they are powered exclusively by pedal powered generators placed in the living room. Imagine the fun deciding who is going to power the telly for the evening's entertainment? Fun for all the family. In fact a system could be easily developed whereby each member of the family gets to pedal, and whoever pedals the hardest would get their channel of choice. No more arguments over whether to watch football or Coronation Street – just pedal harder.
Yet another alternative and the easiest to implement – just tell all these nagging Puritans to go fuck themselves and mind their own fucking business.