Jamie Oliver has launched a stinging attack on binge drinkers, claiming they should be fined for clogging up the NHS.Well, of course he did.
In a rant on Twitter, the 34-year-old berated 'idiot weekend yobbo binge drinkers' for wasting resources that should be reserved for the genuinely ill.
The father-of-three went on to suggest that similar penalties could be applied to obese people who eat unhealthily.
He said: 'We must start fining these idiot weekend yobbo binge drinkers for their cost to the UK NHS, then spend the money on people that really need help.Which is par for the course from deep thinkers like Jamie.
'We can't afford fixing drunks. People in need have no choice; weekend drunks have a choice.'
But it seems even his followers have had enough of this:
His comments provoked a debate among his followers on the social networking website, many of whom disagreed with his stance.Heh!
One fan, who pointed out that the NHS worked precisely because it does not discriminate between patients, asked the chef if he thought obese patients should be similarly penalised.Big mistake! He wasn’t going to say ‘No’, was he?
To which Oliver replied that he certainly did. He said: 'Brother, now you are talking. For many it's an addiction and yes drunks can be as well, I know.There are indeed reasons why the NHS won’t last forever, but they certainly aren’t all down to binge drinking or eating. In fact, some of them are down to obscenities like this.
'So where is the line? Big debate - NHS won't last forever.'
But one user responded witheringly: 'People don't follow you for political comment mate.'Which rather begs the question: just why do they follow him?
Oliver, who is expecting his fourth child with wife Jools, explained that the outburst had been prompted by watching a BBC documentary on sick children.Ah. I knew there was a reason they called it ‘the idiot box’.
A spokesman for Oliver told the Daily Mail: 'Jamie was watching the very emotional programme about Great Ormond Street Hospital on Tuesday night and became annoyed that so much money has to be diverted by the NHS to treat people who binge drink.'
It is not the first time he has been moved by issues affecting children.He’s easily upset, isn’t he, poor lad?
He was recently reduced to tears by a U.S. radio host who dismissed his efforts to make American children healthy as part of his TV series, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.
Perhaps someone else should monitor and control his TV access. For his own good, of course. I’m sure he couldn’t object to that?