Let’s make our flabby MPs pay for their food and snacks

2012-02-25 11:32

Frank Hartry

I really was amused at the reasons expressed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently concerning overweight MPs and politicians in general.

“The reason we politicians suffer the ‘curse’ of bulging stomachs and widening waistlines is because of the danger of our profession in that there is food everywhere,” explained the minister.

“It’s the nature of our job,” he emphasised.

Of course the minister is dead right.

Every year when we watch the state of the nation address on our television screens, we viewers cannot help but see those ever-increasing bulging stomachs protruding from many of those posing as politicians.

But of course if he wants to see fitter, less ­weighty-looking MPs, the health minister need look no further than the parliamentary building itself.

It is there, in the many restaurants and bars, that “mountains” of food are “everywhere”. Food that is apparently free and, if not it’s certainly cheap, available all day to the hundreds of MPs.

Perhaps those “honourable” members should for a change save taxpayers’ money by obliging to pay out of their own pockets the real cost of their meals, snacks and drinks.

Then that “curse” so bemoaned by the health minister may finally be lifted.

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