The old Nanny State is at full throttle these days.
Buoyed with their success at marginalising and denormalising a quarter of Irish society they are now firmly setting their sights on food and alcohol.
All the cards are on the table now. Minimum pricing. Labelling. Banning sales of alcohol anywhere except pubs and off licences. Calorie listings on menus. Banning sponsorship. Banning advertising. You name it – it’s in that little deck of cards that the Nanny State loves so much.
Of course they are “holding consultations” on each card, but their minds are already made up. Food and alcohol are now going the way of tobacco. The cards have been dealt long before the game begins.
The Plank had the Minister for Sickness on his Frontline programme last night.
For the sake of sanity and convenience, I have trimmed it a little. I have trimmed it down to where The Plank asks the minister if he is running a Nanny State.
The reply is illuminating.
“No. We are not a Nanny State. We are merely protecting our children”
Ah yes. The children. The little darlings that have to be protected at all costs.
And yes, that overweight smirking slob is the minister supposedly in charge of our health.
If ever a face deserved a size 12 hobnailed boot, that’s it.