Sigh. Haven't we been here before?
Pork pies, sausage rolls and packs of crisps should all be shrunk in size to tackle Britain's obesity epidemic, the Government's chief food adviser has recommended.
Any changes the FSA formally recommends, following the consultation, will be voluntary. However, most people in the food industry believe the power and influence of the FSA, which is both regulator and policy adviser to the Government, will mean the recommendations will be adopted by all the major manufacturers.
It matters not whether they adopt the voluntary guidelines or not. The state will legislate to enshrine these plans into law anyway, it's how they have always worked.
Maureen Moore, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland , said:
"Scotland 's smoking ban is delivering effective protection, something that both ventilation and voluntary approaches failed to do."
There should be a ban on all alcohol advertising, including sports and music sponsorship, doctors say.
Dr Vivienne Nathanson: "Voluntary marketing codes are just not working"
Yet again we see the state interfering where it has no place. Businesses offer products, consumers in a 'free' society either purchase the products or don't. If the product is sized inadequately, or not to the taste of the purchaser, they won't buy and the vendor must rethink its policy to attract sales.
It is a natural, and infallible, system which ensures food manufacturers and their customers are almost always happy.
Once government starts sticking its grimy, corrupt, dictatorial fingers into the very workings of the business community, the stench of paternalistic communitarianism becomes retch-inducing.
There is, at least, a consultation on this. But then, under Labour, such procedures have been bastardised to such an extent that we can more readily trust a crack-addled whore to look after our credit cards for a couple of hours.
How long before we can kick these cuntnuggets out, again?
Addendum: Alan 'Dancing Queen' Johnson told us this was on the cards in February, by the way. And you just know that if Labour want, they will throw an ideological tantrum until they get. Don't vote Labour.