Government Cracking Down on Food It Describes as Healthy

New research assessing the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy has revealed that the proposals would be far more drastic than most politicians realise. The proposals advocate severe restrcitions on the advertising, sale, display, and affordability of what campaigners call ‘junk food.’ But there is no legal definition of junk food…

The Government instead takes ‘junk food’ to mean all food that is ‘high in fat, sugar, and salt’ (HFSS food as defined by the Nutrient Profiling Model). This includes raisins, sultanas, most tinned fruit, most yoghurts, nearly all cheese (including half-fat cheese), cream crackers, tomato soup, hummus, ham, pesto, cereal bars, pure orange juice, olive bread, salami, many pasta sauces, butter, margarine, more than half of all meat, and one in every four sandwiches. Not exactly the bargain buckets that come to mind when the word ‘junk food’ is mentioned…

Under the Government’s proposals, all of these items (some of which are even recommended by the NHS as healthy ‘sugar swaps’) will be subject to pricing, promotion and advertising restrictions, a 9pm broadcast advertising ban, a ban on price promotions like meal deals and buy-one-get-one-free, and a display ban at shop entrances, checkouts and at the end of aisles. The Government’s bonkers strategy leaves us sleepwalking towards a miserable nannying tasteless future…

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Post Plain Packaging Aussie Tobacco Sales Up 0.5%

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Despite claims to the contrary, following the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes in Australia, tobacco sales increased by 0.5%. Sales were declining  by 5.4% per year in the years before plain packaging was introduced…

The Australian figures will come as an embarrassment for the puritanical British MPs who bulldozed through standardised packaging legislation in March this year. Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest… 

mdi-timer 18th August 2015 @ 12:15 pm 18th Aug 2015 @ 12:15 pm mdi-comment Comments
How Sugar Tax Would Affect You

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Prohibitionist doctors from the British Medical Association have published a report demanding an extra 20% tax on sugary drinks in order to fight obesity. Including VAT, that would raise tax on a can of deliciously refreshing coke to a whopping 40%…

mdi-timer 13th July 2015 @ 4:47 pm 13th Jul 2015 @ 4:47 pm mdi-comment Comments
50 Shades of Nanny Statism

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The German “Youth Protection Authority” have ruled that websites can only offer sexually explicit ebooks for download between the hours of between 10pm and 6am. The decision was made following a complaint that children were getting their digital mitts on a popular ebook titled “Schlauchgelüste”…

How German bureaucrats, who don’t have the best reputation with the whole banning books thing, will decide what is ‘explicit’ has not been explained. It’s rumoured hausfrau’s are digitally stockpiling Mills & Boon in preparation for lonely afternoons…

mdi-timer 23rd June 2015 @ 12:25 pm 23rd Jun 2015 @ 12:25 pm mdi-comment Comments
Health Lobbyists Plan to Spy on Gays and Pregnant Women

Gay people and pregnant mothers will be spied on under controversial plans drawn up by health lobby extremists. Guido has seen a copy of a report set to be released later this month by ASH, that draws up plans for a massive clamp down on the rights of the individual in regard to smoking.

The anti-smoking lobby group have written a wide-ranging wishlist for the coming parliament and it’s about as authoritarian as you can get. History would indicate that this bunch get what they want; from the smoking ban, to plain packs and restrictions on smoking in cars.

The document includes plan to spy on gay people in order to stop them smoking:

“Improve national surveillance to ensure that timely and robust data are available on smoking prevalence including data on all socio-economic groups, people with long-term conditions, people with mental health problems, minority ethnic groups, the LGBT population and other disadvantaged groups.”

And the midwives will be armed in this fight:

“Issue every midwife in England who conducts antenatal appointments with a carbon monoxide monitor.”

Because obviously all pregnant women are liars.

Smoking is set to be banned in prisons and on stage, as ASH demand the government “remove the smokefree exemption for prisons” and “theatrical performances.”

And they’re not done there…

The leaked memo includes plans to investigate “legislative and non-legislative options to make outdoor environments smokefree” and “all enclosed cars and motor vehicles.”

So what will the group recommend to make all their dreams come true? Higher taxes, obviously:

“Increase the tax escalator on tobacco products to 5 per cent above the level of inflation.”

You read it here first…

mdi-timer 1st June 2015 @ 2:56 pm 1st Jun 2015 @ 2:56 pm mdi-comment Comments
State Removes Child From Smoking Family

Up in Hull:

Well at least they didn’t vote UKIP.

mdi-timer 1st June 2015 @ 11:58 am 1st Jun 2015 @ 11:58 am mdi-comment Comments
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