Dr Alf’s Two Cents: Junk food still marketed to children as companies bypass rules | Life and style | The Guardian

This is a MUST READ article by the Guardian, citing a critical report by the WHO that David Cameron‘s UK Government is not doing enough to cut the aggressive marketing of junk food to children;  junk food, with high levels of sugar, salt and fats is one of the main causes of the explosion of childhood obesity in the UK.

Junk food still marketed to children as companies bypass rules | Life and style | The Guardian.

Interestingly, the article cites progress made by other European countries in implementing effective European regulations and the UK is way down the list, despite having the biggest child obesity crisis in Europe.

Personally, I think that UK Value Added Tax on junk food should be doubled to 40%.

Any thoughts?

Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Defending the UK – Rodney Willett

The following blog by Rodney Willett is well worth a read. Check it out!

via Defending the UK.

Rodney’s thoughtful blog is in response to John Gelmini’s article.

Personally, I believe passionately in free and open trade, so am not comfortable with proposals to build a more fortress-like UK. However, I very much share Rodney’s views on risk analysis and defense spending.

Much of the difficulty with defense is that we are asked to trust the Government that it is looking after our best interests. Sadly, based upon his record of results achieved and changing policy decisions, I am uncomfortable  trusting UK Prime Minister David Cameron‘s decisions, nor those of his political appointees to Government office. It seriously worries me that the Government simply rubbishes the expert views of senior military figures.

The problem with the cuts proposed by the Treasury and the Cabinet Office is that they are effectively top-slicing budgets, and cuts are falling, in the main, on front-line services. In my view, there has been an absence of strategic thinking with the consequence that decisions to consolidate across central and local government have been missed.

Any thoughts?

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