Speaking in support of a proposed “fat tax” on certain foods, the head of the Department of Health in England cited a figure of 900,000 people claiming benefits from the government due to “incapacity” from obesity. He said that the government was paying out £70.9million a week because of these people.
The actual number was only 900 people, and the weekly benefits were only £70,965.
Don’t you think that this guy or SOMEBODY on his staff would have double-checked such shocking figures? Unless, that is, they WANTED to be alarmist.