Oh do bugger off would you?

The snack vans, often found in busy lay-bys, must now offer soup, salads or low fat yogurts with their artery-clogging kebabs.

They must also limit the amount of mayonnaise served – because it has been branded a "very high fat product".

Environmental health officers will inspect menus during routine hygiene checks.

And traders who fail to meet the strict new standards in Guildford, Surrey, will be refused a street trader\’s licence when it comes up for renewal each year.

Councillors at Guildford Borough Council this week reviewed their street traders policy for the first time in seven years and insisted every menu has at least one healthy option.

I am, of course, all in favour of diversity of provision. That there are hundreds if not thousands of different things with which we can, to taste, assuage our hunger/stuff our gobs.

But there are two ways of having that diversity. We can insist, as above, that each individual outlet provides a diverse menu. Or we can have a number of different outlets, each creating their own menu, the diversity coming from the fact that each menu will be different.

Consumers can thus eat healthily (to the extent that the docter in Woody Allen\’s "Sleeper" was wrong) by choosing which outlet to eat at rather than forcing each menu to offer them that option.

I would prefer that latter method of gaining the diversity we all applaud. Unfortunately it doesn\’t offer an opportunity for tax funded council prodnoses to interfere, so of course it won\’t be the method adopted.

12 comments on “Oh do bugger off would you?

  1. Some thing about food wastage. These snack vans don’t make much profit, there’s something a bit off about councils forcing them to have a bucket of coleslaw festering in the corner week after week if no one’s going to buy it.

  2. “FUCK OFF YOU DICTATORIAL CUNTS”

    Seconded…

    “…there’s something a bit off about councils forcing them to have a bucket of coleslaw festering in the corner week after week if no one’s going to buy it.”

    Agreed. Still might be healthier than the burgers, though… :)

  3. a bucket of coleslaw festering in the corner week after week

    Food poisoning is a very effective way of losing weight ;)

  4. Don’t suppose one could institute a system whereby councillors making rules pertaining to health would be forced to be healthy themselves?

    Obligatory coleslaw rules to be passed only by the coleslaw munching slim and fit, and so forth…;-)

  5. Perhaps if we could deep-fry the heads of council officials and offer them up as a ‘healthy alternative’. This delicacy would be vegetarian, after all, and they are self-propelled so there would be very few food miles. Also, there appears to be an inexhaustible supply of them so there is no need to worry about resource depletion.

    OK, they’d be thoroughly disgusting, but that’s nothing unusual in health food either.

  6. @Brian

    Such a good idea – especially as it seems offal is supposed to be the ‘new steak’ among foodies-in-the-know!

  7. Seconded @ QT. And at Phillip – the idea that the Tories will be less authoritarian than the current lot, based on everything they’ve ever said and done, is frankly bizarre.

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