February 27, 2007

Oh, yes. That'll help.

Prince Charles, ever the arbiter of well thought out positions, has decided that the best way to fight obesity in Britain is to ban McDonalds.

And with that, he has proven that freeing ourselves from the taint of monarchy was the best idea ever.

I am sick to death of being lectured by "our betters" on how to live and what to eat "for our own good," and their shrill cries of "ban everything icky!" as though they can legislate bad choices out of existence. They can't, and screw them for thinking they can. I already have a mom and dad and I don't need either my government or some shmuck who only got where he is through an accident of birth to fill that role for me, thankyouverymuch.

Freedom is about choice and responsibility. Why am I not surprised that a prince might have a bit of trouble with that concept?

Some days I'm positively libertarian in my outlook. Dunno whether or not I should be scared about that.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 27, 2007 11:49 AM | TrackBack

I kinda like ol' Charlie; I think in another world he might have been a useful press curmudgeon.

Posted by: John K. Lunde at February 27, 2007 06:14 PM

Arbiter makes free.

Imus on the Royals, after Princess Di di'd. http://rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/transcription.royals.txt

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 27, 2007 08:18 PM

The Prince of Wales is a very bright guy who is profoundly concerned with British tradition. He's also a lot more savvy politically than people give him credit for. I'd wager that he talked about banning McDonald's as a way to put the conversation out there than as a serious policy proposal.

Posted by: Michael at February 28, 2007 08:17 AM

Yeah, he's an artist who's just starting conversations and getting people to ask questions!

Posted by: marc at February 28, 2007 10:18 AM

Michael -

Why does he even want that "conversation out there?" Seriously, there are tons (ha!)of ways to address obesity in the UK--and some that would be equally as controversial to the home audience (like going after fish 'n chips) so why go with the tired trope that also conveniently plays into latent anti-Americanism?

If he's savvy enough to have done that on purpose, then he's an even bigger tool than I originally thought.

Posted by: BAW at February 28, 2007 11:53 AM

I find it hilarious that in the land of bangers 'n' mash, spotted dick, fish and chips, clotted cream, and all the other fat-packed, artery-exploding foods that make up British "cuisine," the solution to all the fat British people is to ban McDonalds. How about introducing the Brits to the concept of salads?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 28, 2007 09:53 PM

Not to mention that an "organic" fast-food item Charles's company sells is higher in fat, salt, and calories than a Big Mac.

Pwned! If I may coin a phrase.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at March 2, 2007 12:06 AM
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