Saturday, February 02, 2008
The Lunchbox Inspectors
Oh dear, is there nothing that Nanny and her trolls won't poke their noses into?
Now it seems that dinner ladies could soon be used to monitor school lunchboxes, in order to ensure that children are eating healthy meals.
Under Nanny's "obesity strategy" (give me strength!), there are plans to force all schools to implement a "healthy lunchbox policy".
Seemingly parents may even be asked to sign a form agreeing to ban unhealthy foods from their children's lunches.
Nanny has also called on heads to stop children from leaving schoolgrounds during lunchtimes.
Well, I realise that schools are not places that any child wants to be in, but really....do we have to make them prison camps???
When I was a "nipper" my mum would make me a nice lunchbox containing a myriad of delights, eg:
-a thermos of soup
-a banana sandwich
-homemade crisps (with added salt and grated cheese)
-a chocolate cup cake, or Jaffa cakes
Nanny wouldn't have approved of much of that.
Even the soup was risky, one day I dropped the thermos and the vacuum glass interior broke. Being a thickheaded child I happily drank the contents anyway, wondering why there were silver bits in the soup.
When I came back home I told my mum about this, and she promptly rushed me off to the doctor.
"Don't worry Mrs Frost, they don't use mercury now and whatever he swallowed will come out later."
Look at me now...perfectly healthy, and fully functional!
As Margaret Morrissey, of the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations, said:
"We don't need politicians to tell us what to put in our lunchboxes."
Once Nanny has implemented this policy it will dawn on her that the kids' diet is dictated, in the main, by what they eat at home.
Next step, Nanny will be inspecting people's dining tables (yes, I know people don't use tables anymore!).