Our gubmint is going to make it mandatory to print calorie counts on menus.
Apparently this is going to halt our "obesity epidemic" in its tracks and we will all be slim and svelte overnight.
I think it's a daft idea. It's yet another intrusion [albeit a small one] by the Nanny State and can only encourage them to introduce further Draconian measures down the line. It is going to be the food equivalent to the lurid pictures they plaster on tobacco products – something to be ignored by all except by the tofu munching brigade who believe everything that they are told and whose goal in life is to lead the "perfect lifestyle", whatever the fuck that is. The Restaurant Association isn't too happy with the concept, but my heart bleeds custard for them – welcome to my world of the Nannied!
The concept though is a good one. I'm talking about the concept of publishing figures, not the idea of printing calories.
I propose a mandatory list, to be attached to all our politicians; a sort of calorie count of their effectiveness if you will.
Come the next election, I want to see a small list beside each candidate. That list would consist of just a few items. How much has that candidate cost the taxpayer in salary and expenses for the previous year, for example. How about listing their number of days in attendance in the Dáil over the period? How many funerals and factory openings have they attended, when they should have been doing what they are paid to do?
This would all be in the interests of public health. We want to be able to make choices based on the facts. Those figures may not represent the quality of a politician, but just as calories only tell a part of the story of food, they would allow us to make an "informed choice", and we all know how the Nanny State loves "informed choices"?
The gubmint is desperate to "educate" us. They reckon we can make "informed choices" when we are presented with the facts.
Let's see the facts.