Monday, 25 January 2010

Please, Big Nanny Government...

...raise my kids for me:
Donna Gayle, of New Cross, said: “One of my sons is 16 and I am concerned with him always going to the chicken and chip shop.”

The mother-of-five added: “I would like the zones to work but I don’t know if they would. I’d prefer healthy places to open up near schools instead of takeway shops.”
Oh, where to start...

Look, sweetie, he's 16. If he can't find junk food near his school, he'll still find it a mere bus ride away. And this policy will only affect new shops, not the ones already there anyway.

Have you considered not giving him the money to buy the food you consider unhealthy? No, of course not. Far better to whine that someone else ought to do something about it.

And so step forward, 'someone else':
Green Party councillor Ute Michel said: “Our children’s health actually gets far worse, not better, during their school careers.

“During that time they are in the care of the council and schools, so we cannot pretend it is not our problem."
Your kind never, ever pretend that something isn't your problem. Oh, you never quite manage to fix it, but you do manage to screw up everyone else's choices while you flounder about, banning this and restricting that, and then moving on to the next target...
The Greens say the restricted zones should be combined with a drive to help existing takeaways reduce the salt, fat and sugar content of their food.

Cllr Michel added: “Despite progress in making school meals healthier and teaching about healthy diets, takeaways are fuelling junk food culture just outside the school gate and undoing much of that good work.”
Isn't that nice? They are going to 'help' local takeaways reduce the amount of salt, fat and sugar in their meals.

Whether they want to, or not...

9 comments:

AntiCitizenOne said...

So to quote him...

"“Our children’s health actually gets far worse, not better, during their school careers.

“During that time they are in the care of the council and schools"

It seems to any normal logical person that the "problem" is caused the council and schools. Are they really the best entity to enact a fix with?

Dave H said...

Funnily, our European colleagues do things quite differently: just outside the Paul Erhlich* School in Frankfurt (M) you'll find a cigarette machine and a Kebab shop. Quite appalling, yet despite such outrages Germany doesn't seem to be doing so badly.

*He invented the first cure for syphilis. Another cultural difference. Had he been British we would never have named a school after him. We would be far too enbarassed to have to explain that to the children.

ranter said...

Wel what would most of London do without relying on others to take care of almost every aspect of their lives? There'll probably be a series of nutrition and diet workshops for one-parent african-Carribean mothers and grants to allow access to food types deemed necessary for specific racial groups. They will need toa ttend these to become 'empowered' as well as providfed the opportunity to be 'signposted' by those running them, who are able to 'engage' up close and personal. Pathetic! WHy are there so many fried chicken shops in certain parts of London?

Brian, follower of Deornoth said...

I see that sixteen-year-olds are not thought sufficiently responsible to decide what they eat for lunch, but are sufficiently mature for sex-change operations.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245697/Boy-16-sex-change-operation-NHS.html

The public sector: how low can they go?

Gibby Haynes said...

The public sector: how low can they go?

Oh, quite a bit lower, I'd wager.

In fact, I doubt they'll give up whilst there's still such a thing as a private sector.

Any way, let's further expand the already massive, bloated state. What's the worst that can happen, right?

AntiCitizenOne said...

You know. Instead of Unemployment reward and other such things, get a supermarket to deliver food with a standard diet. Might even save a bit of taxpayers cash.

Fat Hen said...

If only mothers could and would still cook... then kids would not go near the rank, greasy unfood that F&C is in most cases.

Henry Crun said...

Dear Ute Michel.

Here's an even better idea: Fuck off and leave us alone!

JuliaM said...

"It seems to any normal logical person that the "problem" is caused the council and schools."

That can't be possible, can it. No, no, the fault must lie elsewhere...

"...yet despite such outrages Germany doesn't seem to be doing so badly."

They are doing better than us in a lot of ways.

"I see that sixteen-year-olds are not thought sufficiently responsible to decide what they eat for lunch, but are sufficiently mature for sex-change operations."

That's another of those 'human rights', in a way that selecting what you'd like to eat definitely ISN'T...

"If only mothers could and would still cook..."

Too hard. Easier just to stick something in the microwave. I doubt Donna is a purveyor of home made meals and vegatables anyway!