This crazy scheme has been dreamed up by the same quango which wants to force each and every household to install a slop bucket under the sink. The justification is to bring about a reduction in the amount of food we waste.
After just one day’s training, this new breed of busybody will be given the power to turn up on our doorsteps unannounced and demand answers to an intrusive series of questions about our food consumption.
They'll also be handing out guidance on optimum portion sizes and what to do with leftovers, as well as explaining the difference between ‘best before’, ‘use by’ and ‘sell by’ dates.
The impertinence is breathtaking. Who is to say what constitutes an acceptable portion? It’s a matter of individual choice, one of the hallmarks of a so-called ‘free’ society. Frankly, it’s none of the Government’s damn business what we eat. Or what we do with our leftovers.
In World War II, there was an official recipe for something called Woolton Pie, made out of scraps and named after the then food minister. What’s the modern austerity equivalent — Gordon Brown Windsor Soup?
How stupid do they think we are? We can read. Just a guess, but I would imagine that ‘best before’ means best eaten before the date specified. Similarly, ‘use by’ is the date said item is likely to go off and start to whiff a bit. If something in a supermarket has passed its ‘sell by’ date, don’t buy it.
This is all part of the infantilisation of Britain, the belief that we are incapable of running our own lives without government guidance, interference and regulation.
A spokesman for the health department said: ‘By hitting people at home, rather than in supermarkets, we can get inside their lives. It’s only by knocking on doors you can find out what they are having for their tea and offer some healthy suggestions.’
Listen, chum, we don’t want you getting inside our lives. Where do you get the idea that it is the job of government to ‘get inside’ our lives? What most people want is to get on with their lives, without constant official hectoring, nannying and bullying.
If I want to eat four rashers of bacon and three eggs for breakfast, that’s my heart attack. And I can assure you that if any of these inspectors comes knocking on the door of Littlejohn Towers at teatime, he’ll be sent away with his head in a slop bucket.
People want to eat bacon and eggs without nannying advice from the government
You can bet your life that this scheme won’t stop at just offering handy hints on how to make an appetising supper out of last night’s leftovers. Soon it will be backed up with fines and punishments. Under this government, ‘voluntary’ schemes have an inevitable habit of becoming compulsory.
How long before the polite knock on the door becomes a battering ram and the leaflet offering ‘advice’ turns into a warrant?
Think I’m exaggerating? Look at how ‘encouragement’ to recycle led to a vast enforcement industry, with householders being punished for leaving their dustbin lids ajar — with inspectors climbing over garden walls and using anti-terror laws to spy on those suspected of slipping plastic containers into the box marked ‘glass only’ or inadvertently dropping a used envelope into their garden waste.
As I keep telling you: once you give anyone in authority any kind of power, they will always, always, always abuse it.
‘Open the door, madam. Armed food police. We have a warrant to search your refrigerator. Anything you don’t eat may be taken away and used against you in court.’
Ministers claim that we throw away £8billion of food every year, which is one of those ludicrous round figures plucked from thin air.
In the scheme of things, with Gordon Brown blowing £100 billion and more bailing out the banks to no effect, that’s still just a drop in the ocean.
The food we put in our dustbins isn’t the problem. That’s all biodegradable and can be fed to farm animals or safely left to decompose in a landfill site. One man’s ‘waste’ is another man’s pig swill.
It’s the fast food some of the more antisocial members of society throw on the pavements we want addressed. Instead of hiring still more snoopers, councils should be recruiting more road sweepers.
This is where you end up when a government has no idea what to do about the big issues, so occupies itself meddling in ever more intimate and irrelevant areas of our lives. [Ron: Actually those who secretly direct and control the puppet politicians running most global governments know exactly what they are doing. They direct governments to orchestrate deliberate techniques designed to surreptitiously eviscerate the human spirit and psyche, little by little, through a policy of gradualism under which governments slowly crib a bit more of our sense of personal power and responsibility in a process that is almost imperceptible over time. If governments had arrogated to themselves "in one hit" all the powers they now have, we would have objected violently and rejected such intrusion. Hence their policy of "softly, softly, little by little" (as in the instance under discussion here). In effect, problems are created in such a way that general populations demand solution(s) whereupon "government" supplies that solution which invariably means assuming more power and control over our lives. Viewed in THAT light these constant government intrusions are much more than merely "meddling" in our lives. In effect they are deliberately destroying us and our lives by removing our ability and responsibility for living independently.]
I believe the expression is ‘past its sell by date’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1128642/RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-Open-madam-Weve-warrant-search-fridge.html
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