My but the Nanny Staters are busy bees this weather…
Ridiculing someone as ‘fat’ or ‘obese’ could become a hate crime under an idea being floated by a group of MPs and a leading charity.
Here’s the insanity..
Under the Equalities Act 2010, it is illegal to harass, victimise or discriminate against anyone on the basis of a number of ‘protected’ characteristics, such as their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. The parliamentary group, supported by the charity Central YMCA, has today published a report, Reflections on Body Image, recommending “a review into the scale of the problem of appearance-based discrimination and how this would be best tackled”. It goes on: “This may include exploring whether an amendment to the Equalities Act would be the most appropriate way of tackling such discrimination.”
Oh, and they go further, much further…
The report also advocated compulsory “body image and self-esteem lessons” for those in primary and secondary school, which Ms Prescott said should start “in nursery”. Other ideas include a tight code of regulation governing cosmetic surgery advertising, which has come in for sharp criticism in the wake of the faulty breast implant scandal.
Basically this is totalitarianism wrapped up in pretty clothes for the PC brigade. There once was a saying “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” but now we can legislate that away.