Local authorities should be given stronger powers to ban the spread of fried chicken shops and other fast food outlets, and end the sale of cheap alcohol from corner shops, especially near schools, according to proposals put forward by...Wizened homunculus Tam Fry? No. No, actually.
...Diane Abbott, the shadow public health minister.
Diane Abbott gives an interview from her beach holiday
Yeah. I know. Me too...
Discussing the need to tackle obesity and alcoholism, she said: "I am looking at planning legislation to make it easier for local authorities to ban not just McDonald's, but those chicken and chip shops that cluster around schools.
"I certainly think as part of Labour's policy review we should make it easier for local authorities to use public health criteria in planning and to stop the proliferation of chicken and chip shops. For too many children, fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple."I can only imagine that Abbott's never taken a rush-hour train at the times schools have turned out for the day, and clocked the identity of the kids usually found tucking into the fried chicken.
If she had, she might have held her tongue.