Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 21/05/2001

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday May 21, 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 two state-tit-sucking medicos who proposed a tax on fatty foods last year? I warned at the time that we shouldn't just laugh this off - that if present trends continued, this idea would eventually become a reality. Certainly it's gaining currency in America, whom we tend to emulate slavishly in the enactment of Politically Correct lunacy. Listen to this, from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin of May 10:

An obesity epidemic in Hawaii and across the mainland calls for bold action similar to that used to fight the tobacco industry, says an internationally known specialist on eating disorders and obesity.

"It is absolutely astounding what we're allowing to happen to our children," said Kelly Brownell of Yale University, describing the nation's "toxic food environment" at a conference yesterday on Childhood Obesity in Hawaii at the East-West Center.

A professor of psychology, epidemiology and public health and director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, Brownell said the food industry "has run amok." Poor nutritional foods are inexpensive and available everywhere, including "places where you never thought you could eat," such as gas stations, he said...

Brownell suggests actions to make physical activity more accessible, regulate TV fast-food ads aimed at children, ban fast foods and soft drinks from schools [ring a bell, this one?], restructure school lunch programs, subsidize healthy foods at a national level and, if money is needed to do those things, "tax bad foods."

Now get this, from our own Sunday Star-Times, yesterday:

"Beer & wine prices may increase as the government considers lifting excise taxes to stop a worrying rise in youth drinking & heavy boozing sessions ... The government reaps only $440 million a year in alcohol excise tax & plans to recoup some of the extra costs - more than $1b - through a plan for alcohol tax. It is proposing to cut drinking rates within two years, also delaying the onset of heavy drinking among youth - about 21% of male drinkers have more than six drinks in a session, which the government hopes to cut to 18% by 2003."

Get the picture? Soon you'll have to get a prescription for plonk, just so the government knows that you're not having more than six drinks per session. And how long before we have to report to a Ministry of Meals for our sustenance, just so the government knows we're not enjoying an excessive fat-fix? I tell you, these nutri-nazi bossyboot busybodies deserve the fate of their soulmate Mussolini.

To end on a positive note, however, I'm chuffed to see the name "Mario Lanza" in Metro magazine's current "Hot" column, forty-two years after his death. Now that's hot! Worth drinking a toast to. Or seven.

(Play Mario, Drink! Drink! Drink!)

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