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Dislikes smokers, junk food, fat people's excusesThe truly are puritans, their likes all involve astringency and responsibility, as they see it. Probably their families like many are from a strong protestant background. But their dislikes are all about other people and what they do, or convenience. In otherwords they hate those who do not do as they do. What's more they are quite happy to force what they want on other people, to take an example,
Likes hard work, organic food
Dislikes cars, pregnant smokers, ready meals, meat
Likes exercise, staying-in, being responsible, being thin
Dislikes alcohol, air travel, dogs, disposable coffee cups
Likes economising, cycling, selfsufficiency
She now feels that it's not enough to try to educate people and that the only way forward is to regulate smoking and bad diets. 'There should be really skinny entrances to McDonald's. If you can't fit through the door that would be a pretty good indication that you shouldn't go in at all.' Conceding that this might be taking the tough love approach too far, she admits she'd settle for taxes 'on foods that have high percentages of sugar or fat, extra revenue which would then subsidise production, preferably local and organic, of healthier food'.Just listen to the dripping condescencion
She doesn't have much truck with excuses either: 'I get quite annoyed when I see really obese people complaining that diets don't work. They always seem to blame their weight on something. But it's too much junk food, carbohydrate or whatever - and their lifestyle - that's causing them to be like that. It's time that we took responsibility for our own actions.'Maybe they do eat too much and are lazy, but is that really any of your freaking business, Katie? You are scathing of their lack of personal responsibility so what do you want to do? Force all sorts of taxes and societal impositions on them... good thinking that girl, how exactly will that promote personal responsibility? Answer, it won't. The rest is shot through with the same theme on different topics. There is a ditzy survey at the end, with the New Puritan being described as
Congratulations. You are a New Puritan par excellence, prepared to be not just socially conscious but socially critical, even if it brings you into conflict with friends, lovers and/or dog owners. You have heightened ethical sensibilities which allow you to see the folly of competitive individualism and the prevailing consumerist madness. Never let anyone tell you this is single issue agit-prop, for you will have the last laugh.See, it ain't about individual responsibility because that would involve letting people go. The underlying thrust is be responsible for yourself, in this way we are, or else.