Thursday, April 20, 2006
The Anfluence of Ilcohol
Hot on the heels of Nanny's anti smoking drive, it now seems that she is planning to launch another anti booze drive.
This time Nanny feels that by labelling booze with health warnings, we will all drink less.
Nanny's chum Caroline Flint, the Public Health Minister, recently announced plans to place health alerts on bottles and cans similar to those on cigarette packets. She said that Nanny was talking to the drinks industry about putting the warnings in pubs, off-licences and on supermarket shelves.
I am not alone in feeling that this is a total waste of time and money.
No less a person that Egon Ronay, the food critic, has in effect called Nanny's scheme bollocks. He says that the changes would expose Britain to "worldwide ridicule".
"Britain would be exposed to worldwide ridicule if plans by Caroline Flint to print a health notice on wine labels materialise."
Unfortunately, Nanny has already caused this country to be subject to worldwide ridicule.
Nanny believes that because wine measures varied, people did not always know how much they were drinking.
Ronay quite rightly points out:
"Jacques Chirac, chief detractor of eating in Britain, would lead the laughter.
The degree of alcohol, mostly 12 to 13 per cent in ordinary wines, is already on every label."
One of Nanny's latest warning messages is
"Don't do drunk".
Effective it is not!
As with cigarettes the messages will be ignored; a man and a woman, each with a cigarette packet. The woman's packet says that fags will reduce the chances of pregnancy, the man's says that the fags will reduce the sperm count.
Swap the packets!
As with the majority of Nanny's "ideas", this is all a load of old tosh!