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George Tyndale Column: TV show's big mistake.

Byline: George Tyndale

THE nation now has a new Pop Idol who wears size 20 frocks and look like a badly-built ice cream kiosk. And a new threat to its health.

The elevation to celebrity status of Michelle McManus means that the 15-stone Glaswegian has sung the anthem millions have previously heard only in their dreams.

That being obese is no bar to a glamorous lifestyle, to fame and to the chance of riches.

The harm this has done is incalculable. Lives may, quite literally, be at stake.

The Government is already spending millions of pounds trying to persuade the greedy and the weak-willed that they are slowly eating themselves to death.

And what does our portly Pop Idol say? 'I'm this weight because I choose to be.'

Ms McManus waddled to victory on the show not because of her average singing talent but because of the fat vote. Every tub of lard rang in to cast a vote.

In the real world fat people are disadvantaged both socially and in terms of employment. They are also much closer to disease and death than they should be.

There is just one thing our new Pop Idol can do now. She can fail big-time.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2003
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