Ministers have been accused of colluding with the alcohol lobby to water down new warning labels on drinks.Which is basically the same thing, after all; if it was good for your baby, there'd be a quango trying to force it down your throat. Like the folic acid brigade.
Plans to warn mothers-to-be that alcohol 'can harm your baby' were rejected in favour of telling women to 'avoid alcohol when pregnant'.
Department of Health papers, which officials fought to keep secret, show how it opted for the milder warning.And this is a bad thing? Surely no-one would be in favour of the government going into costly legal battle with the trade over...
The document said one of the 'pros' was this message had been 'provisionally accepted by the alcohol industry'.
Last night, Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, said: 'These papers highlight the intense nervousness and impotence this Government feels in squaring up to the drinks industry.I dunno, Don.
'Rather than standing up for the public health of consumers, it appears labelling warning options have been watered down to appease the drinks industry. When will the health of consumers start to come before the interests of the drinks industry?'
When will the free choices of consumers start to come before the rapacious need of you NuPuritans to get your fizzog in the newspapers condemning something?