Monday, 25 April 2011

Mockney Rot

Just a quick thought, this, which occurred to me while driving a sleeping Puddlecote family around Belgium at the weekend. I knew there was something nagging at me last week.

11m Britons can expect to live to 100, say government statisticians

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions suggest one in four under-16s will live to see their 100th birthday
Which backs up previous claims.

More than half of babies now born in the UK and other wealthy nations will live to 100 years, researchers say.

The study, published in The Lancet journal, also says the extra years are spent with less serious disability.
In light of this, could someone please tell us why government ever thought it a good idea to dictate school food policy on the say-so of an innumerate and egotistical fantasist?

‘We, the adults of the last four generations, have blessed our children with the destiny of a shorter lifespan than their own parents. Your child will live a life 10 years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them’, said Jamie [Oliver].
If Oliver has been challenged on this discrepancy anywhere, I haven't noticed it. Lucky for him, really, since being shown up as a liar or a fool isn't as advantageous to book sales as terrorising parents and dullard MPs, now is it?


WitteringsfromWitney said...

Fairs fair, DP. At least he is motivated by money - as against 'joolery'.

Curmudgeon said...

Oliver is a vile, arrogant, patronising snob who exemplifies so much of what is wrong with this country nowadays.

Anonymous said...

I will no longer watch him on TV now that his evil lying and manipulative persona has made himself clear. I didn't think he was that good a chef as others I've seen anyhow.

JuliaM said...

"...being shown up as a liar or a fool isn't as advantageous to book sales as terrorising parents and dullard MPs, now is it? "

Didn't do Jeffrey Archer's career much harm, though, did it?

Ian R Thorpe said...

Oliver was talking about the US of A where one in four babies born today will live to be 100 stone.

Xopher said...

His major achievements were to insult school cooks who were being TOLD to serve crap (for profit) and substantially raising the price of school meals.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Curmudgeon: One of the best comments on here this year.

Ian Thorpe: I noted the tongue in your cheek, but he said the same about the UK in 2008 (page 1).

"This will be the first generation in which children are predicted to die before their parents."

And even if he was solely talking about the US, he's still wrong.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

I note that he's been feted with a TED talk.

I used to follow these quite enthusiastically until the quality was flooded by an amazing quantity of self promoting berks who had SFA to say and quite a lot to bray.

Brand Oliver rolls inexorably forward on carousel quotes.

His team have upped the game of a couple of truly grim local eateries.

He's well out of his depth and he should STFU on 'elf- but then 'ees a sleb innee?

Anonymous said...

Wanker on a moped.

Anonymous said...

Original claim about life expectancy decreasing didn't come from Oliver, but from Public Health. Anybody remember exactly who?
Any claims about life expectancy of people born today are worthless. When life expectancy is quoted, it is calculated from current mortality for each age, for a hypothetical age distribution (so different countries can be compared). So, the probability of a sixty year old dying tomorrow is part of this calculation. It is not a realistic estimate of the life expectancy of anyone alive now - particularly a young person. In order to estimate the life expectancy of someone born today born today, one needs to propose a figure for the probability that, in sixty years time, a sixty year old will die the next day. This is pure guess work.