I have no interest in McDonald's.
I think their buildings are garish and their sign ugly and I do not like what they serve in the guise of food, but all that is a personal thing, and I just don't give them my custom. By the same token I don't like jazz or opera so I avoid them too. In all cases though, while I might not like 'em I recognise they have a perfect right to exist for those who do like 'em.
But apparently some people don't share my tolerant view of life.
A while ago I saw a news item where some people were complaining that McDonald's had obtained planning permission for a new store within reach of three schools. My first reaction was that if McDonald's had already obtained planning permission then it was hard fucking cheese – objections should have been lodged during the planning process.
Their objections were purely on the grounds that their little darlings were going to stuff themselves with greasy burgers because said burgers were going to all but trot in the school doors.
I would love to know what their legal argument is. As far as I am aware, McDonald's can build where the fuck they like provided they have planning permission, which they have.
But the parents have been sucked in by the hype. They have been suckered by all the hysteria over obesity and they reckon that little Seán is going to turn into Billy Bunter overnight just because there is a burger joint beside his school. They overlook the fact that little Seán will have to walk to the place which is probably the most exercise he gets in a day. I would dearly love to know how many of those yummy-mummys drive their little precious to school thereby saving him a healthy dose of exercise?
Somehow they reckon that the granting of planning permission contravenes the gumbint strategy on obesity. I wasn't aware that this strategy had somehow crept into planning legislation, but if it has, then someone in the planning department would surely have noticed?
I notice that part of the proposed development is a health & fitness studio. Maybe the kids' parents should sign their precious sprogs in for a grand course of weight lifting?
Maybe there isn't a problem?
Maybe if you place a plus-obesity facility and a minus-obesity facility side by side they will react like matter and anti-matter and will mutually annihilate in a glorious multi-megaton explosion?
I like that idea.
In fact, I'm lovin' it.