Oh dear oh dear, Nanny's minions running what they believe to be the people's republic of Liverpool clearly have far too much time on their hands.
Liverpool council have taken umbrage at McDonalds over their "Happy Meals".
Seemingly the children of Liverpool are exceedingly fat, and the council are blaming McDonalds and their Happy Meals for this. According to Nanny the fact that Happy Meals offer a small toy, is the cause of Liverpudlian kids buying all those "nasty" Happy Meals which are making them fat.
As such, Nanny's chums on the council (in the "Scrutiny Group", how very sinister and Orwellian) want to introduce a by-law banning the sale of fast food accompanied by toys.
Lib-Dem councillor Paul Twigger said:
"The Scrutiny Group is recommending that a by-law be enforced to stop the circulation of free toys associated with junk food promotions.
We consider it is high time that McDonald's are challenged over their marketing policies which are directly aimed at promoting unhealthy eating among children.
Childhood obesity is a dire threat to health in this country and it needs to be nipped in the bud.
I am not impressed that McDonald's have introduced so-called healthy options to its menu.
Children are directly targeted with junk food and McDonald's use the Happy Meals to exploit the pester power of children, against which many parents give in.
In most Happy Meals, the toy is sold with a burger along with high-calorie fries and milkshakes.
This kind of junk food is habit-forming and the Happy Meals are cynically aimed at younger children."
Isn't it funny how the "Liberal Democrats" are more often than not anything but "liberal" or "democratic" in their actions and desires?
Maybe they should change their name to something that more accurately reflects their true feelings?
OK folks, here's why this idea is bollocks:
1 The fatness or otherwise of the children of Liverpool is the responsibility of their parents, not the state.
2 The fat kids will be eating all sorts of shit, Happy Meals are not the prime cause of their obesity
3 We live in a free market economy, people can buy what the fark they like; and companies can market their products in any way that they see fit (so long as it is not misleading)
4 Free toys and gifts etc have been included with products (eg cornflakes etc) for decades; they have not been the cause of "fatness" before, and are not the cause of "fatness" in this case.
Nanny should keep her nose out, we have the right as consumers to buy what the fark we want!