This is why we need a fat bastard tax

Tax payers are funding gluttony and poor health choices. Christine Odone explains what most of us feel when a friend’s elderly mother fell over.

I was happy to know that my taxes were being used for this pensioner’s welfare. The infirmities of age come to us all, and, to use an old-fashioned term, this was a deserving case.

Then she describes how she feels about a fat bastard.

I feel differently about Brenda Flanagan-Davies. Britain’s fattest woman weighs 40 stone. That’s more than my refrigerator, double bed and desk combined. Brenda has reached these gargantuan proportions by chomping her way through nine chocolate bars and three fizzy drinks per day. Now immobile, she needs help to turn in bed, wash, dress and relieve herself.

A team of carers is on hand to do just that. Every day they come and cater for a 43-year-old who for decades has deliberately indulged her cravings for Twix and crisps. Paid for by my taxes, the carers make this obese woman’s existence as pleasant as her 40 stone will allow. They plump her pillows, massage cream into her fleshy folds and cook her meals. I begrudge her the team’s assistance, I’m afraid: in my eyes, she belongs to a growing number of the “undeserving ill”.

We should charge fat bastards a fat bastard tax for being fat bastards. They are taxing the rest of us to fund their gluttony caused ill health. Don’t tax food, tax the fat bastard.

I may be a bit overweight but with a fat bastard tax I would sort it out quick smart.


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