Can we hang them all? Please? Pleasse?

Cookery programmes featuring the likes of Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson should not be shown before the 9pm watershed because their meals are so unhealthy, say doctors.

Now where is that Albert Peirrepoint when you really need him?

15 comments on “Can we hang them all? Please? Pleasse?

  1. God they are morons. What do they want us to watch? McDonald’s Adverts instead?

    Although no doubt they will want to ban those too.

    As I keep saying, liberal Britain is dead. If you had said 100 years ago British doctors would seriously propose censoring Nigela deep frying turkeys in coca cola, they would have thought you insane.

  2. You should read “Big Fat Lies” by David Gillespie. That lays out the evidence that we are evolved to eat animal fats and that salt is perfectly fine provided you don’t already have a health condition.

    There is nothing wrong with butter, bacon and fat. At least that’s what I tell myself before having a bacon sandwich for breakfast.

  3. There’s a certain* amount of schadenfreude in seeing the ‘healthy eating’ fanatics that Oliver tried so hard to suck up to turn on him like the rabid weasels they are…

    * tons!

  4. Bearing in mind that many will be watching Jamie and Nigella in front of the telly with a home-delivered pizza and a can of lager with ice cream for dessert, I would have thought that expanding the plebs horizons with a better class of nutrition would be applauded. I’ve just bought Jamie’s “15 Minute Meals” The recipes are positively bursting with vitamins and almost obnoxiously healthy- but still manage to make eating a pleasure. Maybe that’s what the prod-noses are upset about?
    Disclaimer. I have no financial interest in the sales of Jamie’s book.

  5. “. . .I would have thought that expanding the plebs horizons with a better class of nutrition would be applauded. . . ”

    For these sorts of people, perfect is the enemy of good.

    Its like with smoking. Its not good enough that you switch to a lighter brand, to electric ciggarettes, or to snuff – only complete abstinence is good enough.

    Same sort of thinking here.

  6. Doctors must be the only profession in the world stupid enough to try and reduce their supply of customers.

    Its like Danish Bacon promoting Halal food.

  7. Serf – “Doctors must be the only profession in the world stupid enough to try and reduce their supply of customers. Its like Danish Bacon promoting Halal food.”

    I disagree. I think that doctors know that, by and large, they do little good. They never have. Some drugs do wonders. So do proper water and sewer supplies. But most doctors know that they are paid very well and selected from the best students to be given a very expensive education to do … not very much.

    So those that are not insane with a lust for power (and after all, who isn’t these days?) are simply hoping that if they are hyper-active enough we won’t notice that we don’t actually need them all that much.

    Not to mention any sensible doctor will tell you they know nothing about how diet and health works beyond saying a little bit of what you like and some moderate exercise is probably good for you.

  8. Ah, another nail in the coffin of discretion. (Which used to be called ‘discrimination’, from the Latin discrimen; interval or distinction and linguistically related to ‘discernment’ but now that’s bad apparently).

  9. Are these doctors who wrote this though? Note the title, “Professor of Public Health”.

    The nutters who write this sort of shit are usually sociologists, public health activists. All funded by the State, of course, and with a willing media (BBC, especially) desperate to portray every politicised word they write as gospel science.

  10. any sensible doctor will tell you they know nothing about how diet and health works beyond saying a little bit of what you like and some moderate exercise is probably good for you.

    Otherwise rendered: “stop smoking, drink a bit less, and try to lose a bit of weight” as the standard cold reading for health.

    I imagine that there is an emotional equivalent and that almost every ‘self-help’ book can be boiled down to “be a bit nicer to people and try to focus on the good things in your life.”* I’ve never read one, because life is too f*****g short, but I can’t see that they’d say much else.

    *religious/spiritual version: “try to be kind to others, forgive them that offend you, and thank [insert god of choice] for his blessings.”

  11. Rob: nah, this kind of epidemiological study (the sort that draws far-reaching conclusions for social policy based on narrow technical analysis of specific diseases and neglects wider issues) is almost invariably carried out by medical doctors and not social scientists, which is hardly surprising when you think about how the two disciplines work.

    And indeed, 10 seconds on Google reveal that Dr White is a medical doctor.

  12. “try to be kind to others, forgive them that offend you, and thank [insert god of choice] for his blessings.”

    “try to be kind to others, behead them that offend you, and thank [insert god of choice] for his blessings.”

    Fixed!

  13. I think this is a good thing, and we should all jump on the bandwagon, select some perfectly harmless activity that is popular among the public, and mount a campaign to get it banned.
    I will start my campaign against paint. Beginning with the evil, noxious spray paint that so pollutes and defaces our towns and cities. Then I will move on to tinned paint, varnish, masonry paint, etc. On the grounds of environmental devastation and pollution.

    While I’m busy with that, is there anyone on this site who fancies taking up a campaign against hairspray or perfume ? (Mustn’t forget to harness the anger of the fair sex.) Another good one to go after would be windscreen de-icer sprays.

    This is the classic frog in a pan of water situation. The way to deal with it is to suddenly turn the heat right up. Then wait for the backlash.

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