Saturday 16 February 2013

Tesco Discovers That Appeasement Doesn't Work

I hope some of you caught this hilarious faux outrage on Twitter. It carried on for two days but seems to have abated for the weekend, at least..

His earth-shattering revelation has been flagged apparently, though we know not what for. Offside?

It didn't take long before another doctor (natch) couldn't help himself and seamlessly switched the subject to alcohol ... which was then followed by my tweet of the week.

Bravo! Tesco, you just earned my custom for this weekend's grocery shopping.

Unfortunately public health don't even recognise, let alone understand, the concept of free will. And considering the health community these days is a festering mass of ideological business-hating lefties, it was akin to hitting a hornet's nest like you would a piñata.

Don't Tesco know that these mostly tax-funded, shroud-waving, hyperbole-spouting con artists and fantasists are running the country now? All day they went at Tesco, tweeting their fellow tax-funded mates about the big evil supermarket which earns its own money by being popular instead of sponging off the state like 'decent' people.

Then, former professional tobacco controller and borderline communist Daniel Clayton - who really doesn't like being followed on Twitter, so don't do that - further displayed his arrested maturity by running to tell teacher. Or Alcohol Concern in this case.

So, we now have a complaint about tobacco display warnings - unreadable from the other side of a counter, hidden or not - turned into a case for Alcohol Concern's attention by a former employee of ASH Wales because it's all the same thing. Innit?

You know what I'm going to say here, I expect, seeing as I've had loads of fun with it before. Let's revisit Smokefree Action's Myth 7 about plain packaging, shall we?
Myth #7: It may be tobacco today but other consumer products will follow

FACT: Tobacco is not like any other product, it is the only legal consumer product on the market which is lethal when used as intended. [...] Plain packs for tobacco will not therefore set a precedent for other consumer products.
What fools we all are for believing that the public health industry would even dream about treating other products in the same condemnatory way as tobacco, eh? Well, apart from alcohol if sold by capitalist pig-dogs, perhaps.

But wait, what's this? Another doctor in response to Tesco complying with the law; displaying packs - in only some of their stores, not in large ones due to absurd regulation - so they don't fall off the shelves; with prices shown as per consumer info legislation; and bedecked with warnings placed where they are by government design which have bugger all effect on smoking rates anyway.

He spouts the same "people are all fucking stupid, except us" message the pompous parasites have underwritten their mortgage payments with for years.

Food now? That's a nice little slippery slope he has there, I wonder if he needs more vaseline to grease it up with.

Boy! I bet those guys at Tesco are overjoyed at having got in bed with these screwballs over minimum alcohol pricing, huh? They're feeling the lurve for such fawning appeasement now, and no mistake.


Furor Teutonicus said...

XX obesogenic XX ? WTF!!!???

You eat enough bloody carrots, you will get fat.

Jay said...

I am still laughing my arse off over these public health "patheticists"** racing out to take photos of Tesco's tobacco displays, and also a quick snap of Tesco's own-brand booze. And then, hilariously, taking the "fight" to Twitter, of all fucking places, to try to badger and harangue Tesco's social media account, and failing to make any difference at all...

**Patheticist is not yet a real word, as far as I know. But if obesogenic is a real word, I don't see any reason why patheticist cannot be one, too.

c777 said...

I'd love to corner one of these creeps, I really would.

jaycas said...

"obesogenic foods"!!! They're ill, aren't they?

Bucko TheMoose said...

I've boycotted TESCO for years, ever since they first got on board with minimum alcohol pricing, although I'm not sure if they noticed.

That tweet is a cracker though

Ivan D said...

Obesogenic is apparently a word. The fact that it is only used by authoritarian extremists and other people who the rest of us would prefer not to share a species with doesn't appear to have excluded it from online dictionaries at least.

V Hale said...

Seriously, about that "everyday value brandy" thing, and him mocking the concept of free will. Has he ever met an alcoholic or dependent drinker? Because anyone with a brain would know that the word "everyday" on a bottle has no fucking effect whatsoever. Nor would a picture of a mauled, gory corpse on the bottle. That Clayton chump seems to have been the perfect empty vessel for Common Purpose/prohibitionist/communitarian cunt training because he seems to have taken in 100% of the rubbish.

Sam Duncan said...

It will be. Gawd help us.

Tony said...

Is obesogenic even a proper word??

Dick_Puddlecote said...

Surprised none of you have heard it before. It's quite a trendy plank of the NCD campaign, doncha know.

Dick_Puddlecote said...

I have those dreams too, they usually involve Jamie Oliver.

Dick_Puddlecote said...

I love that, can I obtain a licence to use it? ;)

Leg-iron said...

I don't boycott Tesco as such, I just buy my whisky at Morrison's because they're a lot cheaper.

Probable outcome though is an apology from the Tesco drink-dhimmis and the firing of the only employee with any sense at all.

Chris Price said...

I can't help but wait for the day when it is finally recognised that everything sold in a supermarket is unhealthy. Surely all right-thinking people agree with me on this? Supermarkets should just be closed, to protect people.

Or should we just let people buy whatever the hell they like, to try and brighten up their miserable lives. This may be against the current 'protect the masses' climate; though it seems OK to tax the hell out of them and force them to buy only what is permitted even if it kills them, provided that a large and friendly* industry benefits.
* Friendly to government staff, that is

tomsmith said...

aren't all foods obesogenic?