Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 27/02/2001

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday February 27, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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Remember the furore a few months back when a couple of doctors suggested a "fat tax"? I warned at the time that this grotesque idea wouldn't go away, since it was logically consistent with existing Nanny State bossy-booting. Sure enough, earlier this month, the following appeared in the Christchurch Press:

"Professor Rossner is in New Zealand this week to introduce a new anti-obesity drug called Reductil. He has strong views on the problem of obesity & the implications it may have for the world. OIt is so serious that Governments may even have to consider such extreme measures as rationing fat, taxing fat, or forcing people to take more exercise by banning cars,' he said."

Then, at the weekend, this appeared in the Sunday Star-Times:

"A Christchurch school which has banned fizzy drinks from children's lunchboxes has denied it's using Gestapo tactics. Belfast School has banned soft drinks such as Coca Cola, making it a 'minor offence' for a child to have one at school - punishable by a detention. It has also banned children from buying fish & chips or hamburgers for lunch from nearby shops. A North Island school is also confiscating all packaged food discovered in children's lunch boxes ... One angry parent told the Sunday Star-Times: 'If a parent decides a child has been good that week & deserves a McDonald's burger then it is not the school's place to intervene. Where do you draw the line? If they get a whole lot of vegetarians in control of the school board do they reject meat sandwiches?'"

Well, it wouldn't surprise me to see meat being banned, with dairy products following in short order. Don't you just want to pour carrot juice over these puritanical, po-faced purveyors of Politically Correct food; tell them to "get a life!"? Coca-Cola makes kids "hyper-active," it is claimed (the behavioural effects of fish & chips are not specified). Well, all my classmates used to drink gallons of the stuff (I preferred Fanta) with no discernible effect. Why is "hyper-activity" a problem all of a sudden? I suspect that problems of restlessness have more to do with kids being bored by a lack of mental stimulation in what & how they're being taught than with their caffeine or sugar intake.

Whatever, the thing to do here is privatise the schools. If some of them then want to ban Coca Cola, so be it. As it is, with Nanny already thinking of lengthening the school day to make sure kids get more exercise, it won't be long before we have a full-fledged Strength Through Joy programme such as the world's most famous vegetarian, Hitler, introduced to Germany.

Ponder that ... while I attend to my Big Mac.

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