I have often wondered how the government gets away with encroaching ever more on our freedoms and liberties. I think it's accepted by many, and tolerated by others, on the 'well if you've nothing to hide' principle. There is a surviving naivety that what the state does it does for our good.
Now Hilary Benn, son of the pipe smoking inverted snob Anthony Wedgewood Benn, 2nd Viscount Stansgate, has decided that we have to be treated like children at a party when it comes to the food we eat, and be told and warned what is and isn't good for us. They don't allow prisoners to slop out any more, probably because of their human rights, but Mr Benn is going to force the rest of us to have slop buckets for waste food, on top of numerous wheelie bins, recycling boxes and God knows what other containers because he will no longer allow us to dump waste food in landfills.
In addition cafes, restaurants and takeaways will be forced to carry government health warnings. Why not put a warning along the lines of: "Eh fat boy, one more mouthful of that kebab and you'll burst"? You may remember last year the government warned it will force snack caravans to serve salads. God help us all.
According to the Telegraph it's the first major government food strategy since the last World War. I think it's a subconscious statement by the government that we are at war, and that the enemy of the people of the UK is the government.
First they came for the smokers, and I did not speak out—because I was not a smoker;
Then they came for the motorists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a motorist;
Then they came for the drinkers, and I did not speak out—because I was not a drinker;
Then they came for the restaurants and cafes, and I did not speak out because I didn't eat out;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.
With apologies to Pastor Niemoller.