Remember the tories and the Kiwiblog Right getting all flustered about the â€˜Food Police’, when guidelines were announced to control junk food in school tuck shops? Remember how this was the Nanny State at its most perverse and surely one step from us all being fed a daily ration of Soylent Green?
Well, now the guidelines are in place. Our state schools and on-site businesses are no longer making a profit off feeding junk to our kids. Contrary to all the howling and gnashing of tory teeth, the world hasn’t ended. The jackbooted Food Police haven’t been raiding schools. Somehow, it seems to be OK. In fact, a report today shows that, while obesity levels have plateaued they are still very high, bringing with them an enormous cost in quality of life, lost productivity, and extra health expenditure. So, it seems very wise that the government is tackling this issue at the beginning, by ensuring that our kids have healthy food options at school and aren’t encouraged into bad eating habits that will have dangerous and costly ramifications later in life.
Hmm, a wise use of moderate government regulation to help nip a problem in the bud. But don’t expect to hear the tories praising it any time soon. No, they’re too busy looking for the next issue over which to whip up an empty hysteria.