Dear David Cameron,
I note that you have been taking advice from an old leader about how to rid society of those who drain the economy, look nasty, and generally mess up the place by not fitting in.
David Cameron calls on obese to accept help or risk losing benefits.
Under proposals that are likely to be met with resistance from charities and some medics, the Conservatives will consider whether to reduce payments worth about £100 a week for those they consider could do more to help themselves by going on medical programmes designed to make them to lose weight, stop taking drugs or give up alcohol.
I know you know that you’re not the first to have ideas on how to clean up society by targetting the vulnerable. I am sure you won’t be the last. I am pretty sure (as a relatively intelligent fat woman) that Hitler wasn’t the first with these ideas, however he is an ideal example when making comparisons.
In other words, a society could achieve positive outcomes – like increased productivity or reductions in crime – if it removed unhealthy or ‘undesirable’ genetic elements. Many governments had experimented with eugenics-driven policies long before the Nazis came to power. More than 64,000 Americans with mental illnesses were forcibly sterilised between the 1890s and 1924. Other countries – such as Japan, Canada, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland – also dabbled in eugenics-based policies in the 1920s and 1930s. – See more at: http://alphahistory.com/nazigermany/nazi-eugenics/#sthash.UsYHy9dW.dpuf
‘Life unworthy of living’
The final, most drastic phase of the Nazi eugenics program was euthanasia. Killing the unhealthy to protect public health had been proposed as early as 1920, by two German writers: psychiatrist Alfred Hoche and philosopher Karl Binding. The mentally disabled, Hoche and Binding argued, possessed only lebensunwertem lebens (‘life unworthy of living’); legalised euthanasia would end the “burden for society and their families”. While many Nazis supported introducing euthanasia, Hitler was wary, because he knew approving the medical killing of the disabled would generate considerable public opposition. In 1936 Hitler told his inner circle that euthanasia was a policy that would have to wait until wartime, when it could be introduced with less fuss
– See more at: http://alphahistory.com/nazigermany/nazi-eugenics/#sthash.UsYHy9dW.dpuf
Have read the above, I am wondering whether you should just move to Plan B and kill off all those who are not worthy. I can imagine it will be far cheaper than wasting time paying buereacrats to administer yet another “scheme”. I am sure G4S and /or ATOS will be able to offer you a cheap all inclusive package. You could probably get them to deal with all prison inmates at the same time in a job lot. How much nicer society will be then!
Of course your eugenics programme is not new. You started with my disabled friends sometime ago.
No more benefits for fatties, says Cameron, while fat cats remain his bestest chums.
“It is not fair to ask hardworking taxpayers to fund the benefits of people who refuse to accept the support and treatment that could help them get back to a life of work,” the Prime Minister said. “While it’s perfectly fair to force hardworking taxpayers to bail out banks and my friends in the City because massively high-stakes gambling with money that isn’t yours is an addiction that we Tories cherish and support one hundred per cent.
He then hurried away saying he had to meet his friend Eric Pickles for a drink and “something chocolatey and naughty” in one of the Houses of Parliament bars which are subsidised by the taxpayer at a cost of six million pounds a year.”
As you can see, some people think your ideas are beyond belief. I do really wonder whether you really are getting your ideas from Hitler! How can you sleep at night? If only you could step back and look at yourself in the mirror and see what we see.
You may have missed this Horizon programme,
Why Are Thin People Not Fat?
“Most of the studies on obesity and weight loss have been done on subjects who are overweight to begin with. A BBC Horizon documentary titled Why are thin people not fat? looked at the obesity problem from a different angle. They chose subjects who were naturally thin and stuffed them with excess calories. None of the participants had watched their food intake before, but their weight had remained roughly the same for years.”
The problem is that according to our current understanding, the number of fat cells can only be increased, never decreased. This means that any new fat cells produced as a result of (prolonged) overeating will always stay with you. What’s worse, as the purpose of fat cells is precisely to store energy, the body will now send more signals of hunger to your brain to keep those fat cells filled up. Obviously this makes following diets that rely only on cutting back on calories very difficult.”
The overall message of the documentary is that being naturally thin is a combination of many factors, some of which are genetically determined and some a result of the environment. Of course, individual choice also plays a role, but the studies on small children given unlimited candy show that even before we have the capability to think rationally about our food choices (kids will eat as much candy as they desire), there are differences among people.”
So you see David, those people you are suggesting you sanction are not just fat through lack of will power. I am not fat due to lack of willpower. Fat people spend their whole lives being told they’re fat and the person telling them is,
- Doing them a favour
- Telling them something they didn’t already know
- Is being cruel to be kind
- Wants to help them
- Is no longer allowed to be racist, so fatist will do
When you look in the mirror do you see a fat guy?
So, let perhaps begin higher up the food chain a sanction some bankers.
Do that and you’d get my vote.